Back to Poslfit: SCRABBLE Variants
See also 2004-06-19
This web page describes the variant of Speed SCRABBLE that is
played in Toronto, Canada.
We play according to NSA
Tournament Rules, with the following modifications:
Where possible, games will be scored by a non-playing scorekeeper.
For each play that is made,
the scorekeeper is responsible for recording the first letter of the play,
the play score and the cumulative score.
If play gets ahead of the scorekeeper, the scorekeeper should record
only the first letter of the play, and catch up when time permits.
If a scorekeeper does not see a play made,
s/he may ask the player to identify it.
Either player may ask the scorekeeper for the current score at any time.
To begin the game, both players draw seven tiles facedown, before
the timer is started. If a player sees a tile, s/he must leave it
Clocks start at 03:00, not 25:00.
At the end of each turn, you must hit the clock. You do not have
to announce or record any scores. If you play a blank, clearly
announce its designation and check to make sure that the scorekeeper
records it correctly.
If your opponent calls hold on a play, you may draw your provisional
Your opponent may challenge your play at any time up until the end
of their turn. Keep your new tiles separate to avoid invoking the
overdraw penalty on a successful challenge.
Time penalties are 1 point per second, not 10 points per minute or part thereof.
When your clock reaches -1:01, you may make no more plays. If a
partially or completely executed play is on the board when your
clock passes -1:00, it should be removed from the board with the
If your opponent runs out of time and you are still behind, you may
continue to make plays if you think you can catch up doing so. Your
opponent may hold or challenge your plays before passing his/her
The director may call a halt to recounts after sixty seconds,
if all other games that round have finished.
If it is not possible to determine who won the game in time,
the game is declared a tie.
Players score one match point for a win, half a match point for a tie,
no match points for a loss.
Point spread is not recorded, and ties on match points are either
broken by the playing of a tiebreaker game (time permitting),
or resolved by combining and splitting prize money.
Notes for Directors
Pairing instructions are given in a separate
file. It is a very good idea to have the total number of players be
divisible by three, so that every game can have a nonplaying scorekeeper
and no one has to have a bye.
The following Elo ratings (updated 2008-09-20)
are based on all tournament games played according
to these rules and may be used for seeding players at tournaments.
Adam Logan 2207
Matt Graham 2028
Mitzi Pollak 1953
Joel Wapnick 1953
John Chew 1808
Christopher Sykes 1787
Bernard Gotlieb 1777
Sinna Vijayakumar 1745
Gavin Thompson 1734
Emilie Henkelman 1702
Lynda Kraar 1702
Graham Palmateer 1702
Ron Hoekstra 1696
Libero Paolella 1683
Robb Griffith 1667
Craig Rowland 1666
Heather McCall 1647
Lynda Wise 1604
John Robertson 1605
Eileen Jones 1580
Mike Przybyszewski 1538
Glenn Mosher 1495
Roger Cullman 1416
Kaveri Raviraj 1301
Ember Nelson 1282
Betzy Collins 1205
Aaron Finkel 1197
SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark of J.W. Spear & Sons Limited, Maidenhead SL6 4UB, England
except in Canada and the United States, where it is a registered trademark of HASBRO.
This page is copyright © 2008 John J. Chew, III, director of
National SCRABBLE® Association Club #3 (the Toronto SCRABBLE® Club),
and comments may be directed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.