2024 Canadian Scrabble Classic Daily Briefing

Sunday, March 3, 2024
It's the final day of the 2024 Canadian Scrabble Classic. All the games so far were just a warm-up for what's coming today. Shake your tiles and sharpen your pencils as we get ready to play some serious Scrabble. It's time to show off those word skills and bring home some prize money!

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time with us, the best way to say thank you is to 1) tell a friend and 2) fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event. It's how we evaluate what's working well, and it's our main tool for improving your tournament experience.


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

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Network name. Marriott Bonvoy_Guest. 

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Access code/password Password:  MARRIOTT21


You might become Famous!

A local documentary film crew from Belleville will be filming some of the action this weekend, in addition to some local press covering the tournament. You may be asked for an interview (always optional, of course). We're also offering free tours of the tournament to local residents to try to 'spread the words'. 


Bounty Prizes for the Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule of bounty prizes for the Main Event tournament:


Saturday's Winners (Bounty Prizes, Round 4-11, Biggest Rating Upset - 2 prizes per division)


Sunday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15 (no lunch break) 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 3/3/2024

The tournament got a visit from the Mayor of Belleville, Neil R. Ellis, to kick things off on Saturday.

Players enjoyed a visit from our Loyalist College Mascot friends, Sharkie and Lanny. All player photos with these two will be posted on the Let's Play Scrabble and Instagram pages soon. 

There were a handful of Scrabble newcomers from the local community who visited the tournament. They were warmly greeted by our Scrabble ambassadors Farrah and Marcia, and walked away with a package of 'Tips and Tricks' and a positive impression of our competitive Scrabble scene. 

Finally, Hosted Dinners continue to bear fruit, connecting Scrabblers for fun and friendly dining experiences. 

What a Day!

Saturday, March 2, 2024
Hello Word Nerds! It's time for another day at the 2024 Canadian Scrabble Classic. Yesterday's battles were just a taste of the linguistic feast that awaits us today. So, sharpen your pencils, dust off your dictionaries, and prepare to unleash your lexical prowess once more as we dive headfirst into another day of tile-tapping triumphs and alphabet acrobatics. Together, let's weave a tapestry of words that will echo through the annals of Scrabble history!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Network name. Marriott Bonvoy_Guest. 

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Access code/password Password:  MARRIOTT21


Hosted Dinners
Sgn ups for Hosted Dinners are now closed. If you signed up for a dinner, you will have received an email with all the details. 


You might become Famous!

A local documentary film crew from Belleville will be filming some of the action this weekend, in addition to some local press covering the tournament. You may be asked for an interview (always optional, of course). We're also offering free tours of the tournament to local residents to try to 'spread the words'. 


Bounty Prizes for the Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule of bounty prizes for the Main Event tournament:


Friday's Early Bird Winners

Division A: 1st Arie Sinke 5-0 +337, 2nd Hank Hees 3-2 +178

Division B: 1st Terry Aitken 4-1 +107, 2nd Sharmaine Farini 3-2 +302

Division C: 1st Oscar Frier 4-1 +448, 2nd Patrick Beatrez 4-1 +415

Division CSW A: 1st Matthew O'Connor 5-0 +485, 2nd Josh Castellano 3-2 +310

Division CSW B: 1st Niel Gan 4-1 +434, 2nd Danny Panganiban 3-2 +374, 3rd Jason Hazzard 3-2 +178


Friday's Winners (Bounty Prizes, Round 1-3)

Division A: 542 Gregg Bigourdin

Division B: 482 Joan Buma

Division C: 491 Peter Hopkins

Division CSW A: 624 Jason Ubeika

Division CSW B: 530 Justin Morris



Saturday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 4-7 

2:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Main Event Rounds 8-11

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Hosted Dinners (sign ups only)

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Team Trivia. Participation is free. Teams up to 5 players. Cash prizes!


Sunday’s Start Time

9:30 am 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 3/2/2024

Who knew Scrabble Tournaments were so hot and exciting? An ear-splitting good time was had by all last night thanks to a false alarm. Let's be thankful there was no fire, AND that it didn't happen during our games! 

Friday, March 1, 2024
Hello Word Wizards! The Early Bird is chirping, and the Main Event curtain is about to rise at the 2024 Canadian Scrabble Classic! Your support means the world to us—let's cast a spell together!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Network name. Marriott Bonvoy_Guest. 

Scroll down and Click on “connect with access code.”

Access code/password Password:  MARRIOTT21


Hosted Dinners
We have a few seats left for the hosted dinner on Saturday… Click this link to sign up for a group dinner with your fellow Scrabblers → hosted dinner sign up


You might become Famous!

A local documentary film crew from Belleville will be filming some of the action this weekend, in addition to some local press covering the tournament. You may be asked for an interview (always optional, of course). We're also offering free tours of the tournament to local residents to try to 'spread the words'. 


Bounty Prizes for the Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule of bounty prizes for the Main Event tournament:


Friday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Early Bird Rounds 1-5 (no break)

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 1-3


Saturday’s Start Time

9:15 am 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 3/1/2024

Looks like we're in for some mild weather this weekend (high of 12C Sunday), unlike last year's very cold Canadian Scrabble Classic in Kingston.

Photo Credit: Roger Cullman

2024 Albany New Year's Daily Briefing

Monday, January 1, 2024
Can you believe it's already the grand finale of the Albany New Year’s Scrabble Tournament? A heartfelt thank you for sharing this weekend of wordsmith wizardry with us! Your enthusiasm and love for the game are the beating heart of this event, and we can't express enough gratitude for making it truly special. Until our tiles cross paths again, keep those triple word scores soaring, and may your future games be filled with nothing but blank tiles and victorious plays! 🌟🔠

And on this bright New Year's Day, as we bid farewell to the tournament, we can't help but ask: What are your Scrabble resolutions for 2024? Whether it's perfecting that two-letter word strategy or forming the ultimate bingo, share your wordy aspirations as we embark on a new year of linguistic adventures! 🎉📚 Here's to a year filled with high-scoring triumphs and a Scrabble board that always spells success! 🥳🔤

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time with us, the best way to say thank you is to 1) tell a friend and 2) fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event. It's how we evaluate what's working well, and it's our main tool for improving your tournament experience.


Important Links

Standings and Pairings      

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


How to get Paid

Prizes $100 or greater are awarded electronically (Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, CashApp, ApplePay) or by check. If you win a prize, you'll receive a envelope with a payment survey inside it. We ask that you fill out the survey and return it to us on site, before you leave.  You can expect to receive it within a few days after the tournament ends.


Reminder: Class Prizes will be Awarded!

There are two class prizes in NWL A, C, and CSW. There is one class prize in NWL B. You can see who's in the lead on these Prize Tables:   NWL   and    CSW


Grab & Go Lunch/Dinner Options

Marriott Albany is providing grab and go lunch/dinner options at the Market Restaurant counter near the lobby. We’ll provide a menu for you to order a to-go meal. Available 11AM-11PM with 45 minutes for preparation time.  Check out the menu HERE and stop by and see Kieran to get an order form.


Monday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15 (no lunch break) 


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule:

Monday (Games 20-22): High Loss (first 3 games only)


Sunday's Winners (Bounty Prizes, Round 12-19, Biggest Upset)

NWL A: Chris Kulig (522 rating points difference) 

NWL B: Dathan Lang (431 rating points difference)

NWL C: Ida Ann Shapiro (268 rating points difference)

CSW: Roger Cullman (594 rating points difference)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

PicS of the day: 1/1/2024

Joel Horn (tile bag), Molly Gardner (tiles), and Chloe Fatsis (board) won Door Prizes on Sunday Morning

Cheryl Melvin (tile bag), Ida Ann Shapiro (tiles), and Cynthia Seales (hotel night + breakfast for two) won Door Prizes on Sunday Afternoon

Josh Sokol is interviewed by Channel 13

Sunday, December 31, 2023
Ahoy, logophiles and letter luminaries! The Main Event sets sail once more at the Albany New Year's Scrabble Tournament, and your unwavering support is the wind beneath our lexical wings! 🚢✨ As the sun sets on this penultimate day of the year, we can't help but ask: It's New Year's Eve! Any bold Scrabble resolutions on your horizon? Whether it's conquering Q without U or mastering the elusive X play, let's toast to a night of strategic triumphs and triple word score dreams! 🥂🔠 Cheers to the final tiles of the year! 🌟


Important Links

Standings and Pairings       

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Grab & Go Lunch/Dinner Options

Marriott Albany is providing grab and go lunch/dinner options at the Market Restaurant counter near the lobby. We’ll provide a menu for you to order a to-go meal. Available 11AM-11PM with 45 minutes for preparation time.  Check out the menu HERE and stop by and see Kieran to get an order form.


Ring in the new year at the Hosted After Hours Playing Room

Join your hosts Josh and Kieran in the playing room for fun and games. Let's play scrabble - including variants like blitz and team play!


Sunday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15 

2:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Main Event Rounds 16-19

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM The game room will be open - come ring in the new year with your scrabble friends


Monday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event Round 20)


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule:

Sunday (Games 12-19): Biggest Upset (ratings-based)

Monday (Games 20-22): High Loss (first 3 games only)


Friday's Winners (Bounty Prizes, Round 4-11, High Combined Score, $20 for each player)

NWL A: 1002 Max Panitch vs Chris Kulig

NWL B: 916 Chauncey Patton vs Rishabh Murali

NWL C: 885 Sharmaine Farini vs Betsey Wood

CSW: 978 Adam Logan vs Samuel Anikoh


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/31/2023

Sue Tremblay, Katya Lezin, and Marie Filandro all won door prizes on Saturday morning!

Saturday, December 30, 2023
Greetings, wordsmith warriors! The Scrabble spectacle continues at the Albany New Year’s Scrabble Tournament, and your support adds an extra layer of joy to the wordy battlefield! 🌟 Brace yourselves for the linguistic marathon—it's the first full day of the Main Event, and we're diving headfirst into eight games of lexical brilliance! 🏆🔤 Let the Scrabble symphony play on, and may your triple word scores be ever in your favor! 🚀🔠


Important Links

Standings and Pairings         

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Grab & Go Lunch/Dinner Options

Marriott Albany is providing grab and go lunch/dinner options at the Market Restaurant counter near the lobby. We’ll provide a menu for you to order a to-go meal. Available 11AM-11PM with 45 minutes for preparation time.  Check out the menu HERE and stop by and see Kieran to get an order form.


Let's Play Trivia!:

We hope you'll join your Trivia Master Matthew O'Connor for Trivia tonight at 915pm in the game room! Participation is free. Max team size is 5. Come with a team, or come on your own and we'll find you a team. Prizes to top 2 winning teams.


Hosted Dinners

If you signed up for a hosted dinner, you're confirmed for your first choice. You should have received an email with more details. If you have any questions, ask Kieran or Josh. 


Saturday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 4-7 

2:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Main Event Rounds 8-11

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Hosted Dinners (sign ups only)

9:15 PM - 11:00 PM Team Trivia. Participation is free. Teams up to 5 players. Cash prizes!


Sunday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event Round 12)


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule:

Saturday (Games 4-11): High Combined Score ($20 for each player)

Sunday (Games 12-19): Biggest Upset (ratings-based)

Monday (Games 20-22): High Loss (first 3 games only)


Friday's Winners (Bounty Prizes, Round 1-3)

NWL A: Chris Kulig 522

NWL B: Chauncey Patton 596

NWL C: Sharmaine Farini 498

CSW: Jason Broersma 560


Friday's Winners (Early Bird 2):

NWL A: (1st) John Luebkemann 4-1 +238, (2nd) Christopher Sykes 4-1 +174

NWL B: (1st) Dustin Dean 3-2 +257, (2nd) Annette Obrestad 3-2 +131

NWL C: (1st) Rishabh Murali 4-1 +303, (2nd) Nancy Bowen 4-1 +108

NWL D: (1st) Harry Chan 4.5-0,5 +341, (2nd) Michael Galloway 3.5-1.5 +164, (3rd) Tina Yates 3-2 +230, (High Win) Portia Zwicker 492

CSW: (1st) Jason Broersma 4-1 +238, (2nd) Ben Schoenbrun 3-2 +278


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/30/2023

Megan McMahon wins a bottle of Vodka, courtesy of the Albany Distilling Company, and Discovery Albany!

Friday, December 29, 2023
Greetings, lexicon legends! Get ready to spread those tiles like confetti because it's time for Early Bird 2 and the Main Event at the 18th annual Albany New Year’s Scrabble Tournament! 🎊 Whether you're an early-riser word maestro or a night-owl linguistic virtuoso, we've got the perfect wordplay stage for you! Let the linguistic symphony continue! 🎹🔠 


Important Links

Standings and Pairings         

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Grab & Go Lunch/Dinner Options

Marriott Albany is providing grab and go lunch/dinner options at the Market Restaurant counter near the lobby. We’ll provide a menu for you to order a to-go meal. Available 11AM-11PM with 45 minutes for preparation time.  Check out the menu HERE and stop by and see Kieran to get an order form.


Hosted Dinners

We have a few available seats for our two hosted dinners on Saturday… Click this link to sign up for a group dinner with your fellow Scrabblers → hosted dinner sign up


Friday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Early Bird 2 Rounds 1-5 

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 1-3


Saturday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event Round 4)


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule of bounty prizes for the Main Event tournament:

Friday (Games 1-3): High Win

Saturday (Games 4-11): High Combined Score ($20 for each player)

Sunday (Games 12-19): Biggest Upset (ratings-based)

Monday (Games 20-22): High Loss (first 3 games only)


Thursday's Winners (Early Bird 1):

NWL A: (1st) Karl Higby 6-1 +507, (2nd) Jonathan Lindh 5-2 +286, (High Win) Eric Goldstein 538

NWL B: (1st) Marian Calabro 6-1 +626, (2nd) Noah Goldstein 5-2 +433, (High Win) George Maston 492, (Low Win) Susan Blanchard 353

CSW: (1st) Ben Schoenbrun 7-0 +624, (2nd) Josh Castellano 5-2 +432


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/29/2023

Congrats to our Early Bird 1 Winners!

Thursday, December 28, 2023
Welcome, word wizards and letter luminaries, to the 18th annual Albany New Year’s Scrabble Tournament! 🎉 Whether you're already knee-deep in consonants or gearing up to plunge into the vowel ocean tomorrow, we're absolutely thrilled to have you join our lexical extravaganza! 🚀 Let the tile-tastic adventure begin!


Important Links

Standings and Pairings       

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Grab & Go Lunch/Dinner Options

Marriott Albany is providing grab and go lunch/dinner options at the Market Restaurant counter near the lobby. We’ll provide a menu for you to order a to-go meal. Available 11AM-11PM with 45 minutes for preparation time.  Check out the menu HERE and stop by and see Kieran to get an order form.


Hosted Dinners

We have a few available seats for our two hosted dinners on Saturday… Click this link to sign up for a group dinner with your fellow Scrabblers → hosted dinner sign up


Thursday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 3:15 PM Early Bird 1 Rounds 1-4 

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Short Break

3:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Early Bird 1 Rounds 5-7


Friday’s Start Time

11:30am (Early Bird 2)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/28/2023

Chloe, Eric, Annette, Noah, Josh, Stefan, Noah, Eric, Brian, and Chris hang out after Early Bird 1 games at last year's tournament.

Where will you be after Early Bird 1 this year?

2023 Lake George Daily Briefing

Sunday, October 15, 2022
It's the final day of the Lake George Scrabble Tournament - thank you so much for spending the weekend with us! You're the reason we do this and we can't wait to see you again!

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time at the Lake George Scrabble Tournament, the best way to thank us is to fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event. It's how we evaluate what's working well, and it's our main tool for improving the overall tournament experience. 


Important Links

Standings       Pairings         Contact Us


Sunday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15 (no lunch break) 

Pairings will be done round by round please turn in your scores as quickly as possible

Don't forget to come to the playing room checked out of the hotel. Thanks for your cooperation on this!


Bounty Prizes

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize


Saturday's Winners High Loss, Rounds 4-7

NWL A: Chloe Fatsis (473)

NWL B: Froilan Mendoza (441)

NWL C: Susan Blanchard (436)

NWL D: Deb Mulrooney (400)

NWL E: Pamela Hunter (393)

CSW: Joshua Castellano (442)


Low Win, Rounds 8-11

NWL A: Eric Goldstein (355)

NWL B: Sam Masling  (359)

NWL C: Susan Bertoni  (353)

NWL D: Marichelle Roque-Lutz  (323)

NWL E: Diane Blackwell (316)

CSW: Andrea Hatch (380)

 

Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 10/15/2023

Your Let's Play Scrabble Staff are always happy to serve!

Thank you for all your support we couldn't do this without you!

Saturday, October 14, 2023
The Main Event continues at the Lake George Scrabble Tournament! We appreciate your support! 

We'd like to take a moment to acknowledge all our long-time Lake George loyalists who didn't make it into the Main Event this year due to the unprecedented demand. We are very sorry we couldn't accommodate you this time, and we truly hope that we can make it up to you at a future event!


Important Info

Standings

Pairings

Contact Us


Saturday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 4-7 

2:45 PM - 6:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 8-11

9:30 PM - 11:00 PM Team Trivia. Participation is free. Teams up to 5 players. Cash prizes!


Sunday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event Round 12)


Bounty Prizes

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for bounty prizes


Friday's Winners (High Win, Rounds 1-3)

NWL A: Jason Li 506

NWL B: Evan Yurko 538

NWL C: Kyle Fellahi 581

NWL D: Tracy McQueen 471

NWL E: Sharon Freeman 435

CSW: Erickson Smith 581


Friday's Winners (Early Bird 2):

NWL A: (1st) Jonathan Lindh 3-2 +174, (2nd) Arie Sinke 3-2 +84

NWL B: (1st) Annette Obrestad 4-1 +397, (2nd) Jeffrey Nelson 4-1 +157

NWL C: (1st) Richard Popper 4-1 +284, (2nd) Robert Fenske 3-2 +224

NWL D: (1st) Cynthia Seales 3-2 +415, (2nd) Robert Desimone Jr 3-2 +198

NWL E: (1st) Susan Bertoni 4-1 +304, (2nd) Ben Ansell 4-1 +211 

NWL F: (1st) Joe Giebler 4-1 +192, (2nd) Tracy McQueen 3-2 +104

NWL G: (1st) Joseph Waldbaum 4-1 +300, (2nd) Shubha Kamath 4-1 +270

NWL H: (1st) Greg Golding 5-0 +512, (2nd) Greg Weiss 3-2 +103

CSW: (1st) Matthew O'Connor 4-1 +391, (2nd) Mark Francillon +206, (3rd) Jason Broersma 3-2 +231, (High Win) TBD


Saturday Social Events 

Both Team Trivia (930-11pm) will take place in the 3rd floor game room. Come with your team of 5 or be added to a group. 


Hosted Dinners

If you've signed up for a hosted dinner, you'll receive an email reminder with details. 


Where to eat breakfast: 

Surfside's Club Hamilton restaurant is serving a breakfast buffet for Scrabble players for $18 (includes tax/tip). Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 8AM-11AM. 


Where to eat dinner: 

We have 3 restaurant sponsors this year that are worth your consideration:

Blue Thirty-Two https://lgbluethirtytwo.com/menu/ ( 2897 Lake Shore Drive - 1min drive / 4 min walk from Surfside ) 

Lake House Bistro https://lakehousebistro.com/menu ( 325 Canada Street - 1min drive / 5 min walk from Surfside )

TR’s Restaurant & Lounge https://www.trsrestaurant.com/menus/ ( 2223 Canada St & Route 9 - 4min drive / 25min walk from Surfside )


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 10/14/2023

Matthew O'Connor dominates again!

Yesterday, he won the CSW Early Bird 2 with a commanding 4-1 +391 performance.

And let's not forget that back in 2016, as the 9th seed, he crushed the Collins division with an impressive 13-2 +1178!

Way to go, Matthew!  

Friday, October 13, 2023
It's time for Early Bird 2 and the Main Event at the Lake George Scrabble Tournament! It's Friday the 13th - will that mean good luck or bad in your games today?


Important Info

Standings

Pairings

Contact Us


Friday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Early Bird 2 Rounds 1-5 

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 1-3


Saturday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event Round 4)


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule of bounty prizes for the Main Event tournament:


Thursday's Winners (Early Bird 1):

NWL A: (1st) Jonathan Lindh 5-2 +286, (2nd) John Luebkemann 5-2 +144

NWL B: (1st) Susan Bertoni 6-1 +799, (2nd) Katya Lezin 5-2 +231

NWL C: (1st) Linda Brandt 6-1 +171, (2nd) Michael Donegan 5-2 +316, (3rd) Andrew Rosen 5-2 +216, (High Win) Shubha Kamath 495

CSW: (1st) Mark Francillon 7-0 +578, (2nd) Karl Higby 5-2 +679


Where to eat breakfast: 

Surfside's Club Hamilton restaurant is serving a breakfast buffet for Scrabble players for $18 (includes tax/tip). Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 8AM-11AM. 


Where to eat dinner: 

We have 3 restaurant sponsors this year that are worth your consideration:

Blue Thirty-Two https://lgbluethirtytwo.com/menu/ ( 2897 Lake Shore Drive - 1min drive / 4 min walk from Surfside ) 

Lake House Bistro https://lakehousebistro.com/menu ( 325 Canada Street - 1min drive / 5 min walk from Surfside )

TR’s Restaurant & Lounge https://www.trsrestaurant.com/menus/ ( 2223 Canada St & Route 9 - 4min drive / 25min walk from Surfside )


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 10/13/2023

Mad Palazzo did a great job directing Early Bird 1 on Thursday, and is seen here awarding $60 to Linda Brandt, who finished first in NWL Division C with a 6-1 +171 record. Linda came into the day as the 8th seed, and picked up 65 rating points. 

Thursday, October 12, 2022
Welcome to the 23rd annual Lake George Scrabble Tournament! Whether you're joining us today or tomorrow, we're so happy that you're playing!


Important Info

Standings

Pairings

Contact Us


Thursday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 3:15 PM Early Bird 1 Rounds 1-4 

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Short Break

3:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Early Bird 1 Rounds 5-7

7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Pizza Party: Opt-in to order pizza by the slice (during today's Early Bird) and play Scrabble and other games in the game room


Friday’s Start Time

11:30am (Early Bird 2)


Where to eat breakfast: 

Surfside's Club Hamilton restaurant is serving a breakfast buffet for Scrabble players for $18 (includes tax/tip). Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 8AM-11AM. 


Where to eat dinner: 

We have 3 restaurant sponsors this year that are worth your consideration:

Blue Thirty-Two https://lgbluethirtytwo.com/menu/ ( 2897 Lake Shore Drive - 1min drive / 4 min walk from Surfside ) 

Lake House Bistro https://lakehousebistro.com/menu ( 325 Canada Street - 1min drive / 5 min walk from Surfside )

TR’s Restaurant & Lounge https://www.trsrestaurant.com/menus/ ( 2223 Canada St & Route 9 - 4min drive / 25min walk from Surfside )


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 10/12/2023

In this throwback picture, Players wait for games to begin at the Lake George Scrabble Tournament (at the Tiki Resort) in 2016! Can you spot any familiar faces?

Word Cup 2023 Daily Briefing

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
It's the last full day of games at Word Cup 2023, followed by Stefan Fatsis talking NASPA vs WGPO and the future of competitve Scrabble!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Schedule

If you are running late, or are absent, please call or text: 315-481-8541

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriotte


Tuesday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 28-31 (no lunch - just short pairing breaks between rounds - please come to the playing room checked out)

1:00pm - 2:00pm Award Ceremony


Word Cup 2023 PRIZE TABLE

TWL Prizes

CSW Prizes

*Note: you may be in contention for a class prize. please check the prize table so you don't miss getting recognized at the award ceremony!


Introducing Secret "Flash" Prizes

On the last day, we'll have a 'secret' unannounced prize - the first three players to score a triple triple (and yell out "triple triple!" will win $50 cash on the spot. 


Monday's Bounty Prize Winners:

A: Jon Shreve 637

B: Annette Obrestad 601, John Scalzo 584

C: Kyle Fellahi 668, Paul Mistrette 587, Susi Tiekert 572

CSW: Sammy Okosagah 625, Matthew Tunnicliffe 606

*note: there are no bounty prizes for rounds 28-31


Pic of the Day Contest! (See yesterday's winners below)

Keep your camera at the ready because you can win a $25 daily prize to the best photo submitted to photos@letsplayscrabble.com 


Check out WGPO's brand new website!

https://wordgameplayers.org/


Word Cup 2023 Social Media:


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at Let's Play Scrabble tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

a message from steve pellinen and lisa odom

Steve and Lisa wish all the players at Word Cup 2023 their very best.

Pic of the day: 7/4/2023

Dustin Brown snapped this Pic of the Day of the former General Electric Co. headquarters building, now (in 2018) a research facility, in Schenectady, New York

Runner Up - Nits and Josh before afternoon games - Roger Cullman

Runner Up - Hosted Dinner at Koto - Josh Sokol

Runner Up - Kyle at Koto - Josh Sokol

Runner Up - Mack at Koto - Josh Sokol

Runner Up - Two of the lovely people working behind the scenes to make the tournament run smoothly for all of us! - Unknown sender

Runner Up - "The Perfect Fit" - Nits Chagti

Runner Up - Stefan gets killed in round 20 😉 - Ben Greenwood

Runner Up - "bingo or exchange until you can’t csw edition" - James Donnelly

Monday, July 3, 2023
It's the last full day of games at Word Cup 2023, followed by Stefan Fatsis talking NASPA vs WGPO and the future of competitve Scrabble!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Schedule

If you are running late, or are absent, please call or text: 315-481-8541

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Monday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 20-23

1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break

2:30pm - 6:30pm Main Event Games 24-27

9:00pm - 11:00pm Stefan Fatsis "20 years after Word Freak: the State of Competitive Scrabble" (Q&A, autographs, and photos)


Tuesday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 28-31

1:00pm - 2:00pm Award Ceremony


Note on Class Prizes (if you have a question about what class you're in, ask a director):

Division A: 2 Classes - 3 Prizes for Class B

Division B: 3 Classes - 3 Prizes for Class B, 3 Prizes for Class C

Division C: 4 Classes - 3 Prizes for Class B, 3 Prizes for Class C, 3 Prizes for Class D

Division CSW: 3 Classes - 3 Prizes for Class B, 3 Prizes for Class C


Monday Bounty Prizes:

On Monday, each division will compete for $20 High Win prizes (1 prize n A, 2 in B, 3 in C, 2 in CSW). 


Sunday's Bounty Prize Winners:

A: Joey Krafchick 654

B: Brett Constantine 589, Ben Lam 568

C: Lisa Perry 637, R. Scott Smith 542, Pamina Deutsch 521

CSW: Charles Reinke 628, Terry Kang 612


Pic of the Day Contest! (See yesterday's winners below)

Keep your camera at the ready because you can win a $25 daily prize to the best photo submitted to photos@letsplayscrabble.com 


This Weekend's Social Events:


Word Cup 2023 Social Media:


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at Let's Play Scrabble tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 7/3/2023

Word Cup 2023 saw the introduction of a new social event: hosted dinners, which offered players the opportunity to sign up for a group dinner with their favorite Scrabble players, Today's winning Pic of the Day comes from Hannah Lieberman, who hosted this group dinner at Toro, an upscale Mexican restaurant near the venue.

Runner Up - Karaoke Hijinks - Roger Cullman

Runner Up - Edley vs Swift - Roger Cullman

Runner Up - Social Director Christine takes a Break - Kieran O'Connor

Runner Up - Cameron, Eric, and Noah - Eric Goldstein

Runner Up - Doobie gets his Lobster on - Lynda Finn

Runner Up - "Focus with a Smile" - Zana Anderson

Sunday, July 2, 2023
It's the first full day of games at Word Cup 2023! We're playing 8 games, then playing Trivia!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Schedule

If you are running late, or are absent, please call or text: 315-481-8541

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Sunday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 12-15

1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break / Meet WGPO's Board

2:30pm - 6:30pm Main Event Games 16-19

8:30pm - 9:00pm Social Kickoff (cash bar)

9:00pm - 12:00am Trivia (cash bar)


Monday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 20-23

1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break

2:30pm - 6:30pm Main Event Games 24-27

9:00pm - 11:00pm Stefan Fatsis "20 years after Word Freak: the State of Competitive Scrabble" (Q&A, autographs, and photos)


Sunday Bounty Prizes:

On Sunday, each division will compete for $20 High Win prizes (1 prize n A, 2 in B, 3 in C, 2 in CSW). 


Saturday's Bounty Prize Winners:

A: Jon Shreve 587

B: Matthew Zeleznik 622, David Spargo 565

C: Julia Swaney 576, Trevor Sealy 566, Susan Blanchard 550

CSW: Stefan Rau 584, Thomas Reinke 577


Pic of the Day Contest! (See yesterday's winners below)

Keep your camera at the ready because you can win a $25 daily prize to the best photo submitted to photos@letsplayscrabble.com 


This Weekend's Social Events:


Word Cup 2023 Social Media:


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 7/2/2023

Judi Boviard wins $25 for this great picture of Fran, Deb, Judy, Megan, and Nicole enjoying the beautiful weather in Albany NY!

Runner Up - "In the C division Round 9, Pamina Deutsch was able to “see” the gap and create QUIETS, HEP, and TAILORER* by playing SEE (36 pts)" - Peter Hopkins

Runner Up - "I spy a purple plushie" - Kathleen Murphy

Runner Up - Kieran O'Connor

Runner Up- Kieran O'Connor

Saturday, July 1, 2023
It's the first full day of games at Word Cup 2023! We're playing 8 games, then singing Karaoke!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Schedule

If you are running late, or are absent, please call or text: 315-481-8541

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Saturday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 4-7

1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break

2:30pm - 6:30pm Main Event Games 8-11

8:30pm - 9:00pm Social Kickoff (cash bar)

9:00pm - 12:00am Karaoke Party (cash bar)


Sunday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 12-15

1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break

2:30pm - 6:30pm Main Event Games 16-19

8:30pm - 9:00pm Social Kickoff (cash bar)

9:00pm - 12:00am Trivia (cash bar)


Saturday Bounty Prizes:

On Saturday, each division will compete for $20 High Win prizes (1 prize n A, 2 in B, 3 in C, 2 in CSW). 


Friday Night's Bounty Prize Winners:

A: Joey Krafchick 572

B: Noah Kalus 540, David Spargo 536

C: Beth Leech 524, Margo Kuno 522, Noah Goldstein 520

CSW: Thomas Reinke 679, Bradley Whitmarsh 604


Pic of the Day Contest! (See yesterday's winners below)

Keep your camera at the ready because you can win a $25 daily prize to the best photo submitted to photos@letsplayscrabble.com 


This Weekend's Social Events:


Word Cup 2023 Social Media:


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

EARLY BIRD 2 WINNERS: 

Friday's Winners (Early Bird 2):

NWL A: 1st - Orry Swift 4-1, 2nd - Norases Vesdapunt 4-1

NWL B: 1st - Winter 3-2, 2nd -  Dan Wachtell 3-2

NWL C: 1st - Annette Obrestad 4-1, 2nd - Steve Hartsman 3.5-1.5

NWL D: 1st - Noah Kalus 4-1, 2nd - David Gremaud 3-2

NWL E: 1st - Katya Lezin 4-1, 2nd - Carol McDonald 3.5-1.5

NWL F: 1st - Paul Avrin 5-0, 2nd -  Yaacov Barak 3-2

NWL G: 1st - Marian Calabro 3-2, 2nd - Trevor Sealy 3-2

NWL H: 1st -  Brian Garnett 4-1, 2nd - Susan Blanchard 3-2

NWL I: 1st - Cheryl Kagan 5-0, 2nd - Marichelle Roque-Lutz 4-1

NWL J: 1st - Humberto Cruz 4-1, 2nd - Patricia Yovonovitz 4-1, 3rd - Carol Salvino 3-2

CSW: 1st - Matthew O'Connor 4-1, 2nd - Femi Awowade 3-2

CSW: 1st - Fidelis Olotu 4-1, 2nd - Jason Broersma 3-2

CSW: 1st - Charles Uzamere 5-0, 2nd - Yvonne Lobo 3-2, 3rd - Ayotunde Adeyeri 3-2


Pic of the day: 7/1/2023

Roger Cullman wins $25 for this great picture of Jackson Smylie, Josh Sokol, and John Karris, which is our Pic of the Day!

Runner Up - "No Microwave No Problem!" - Carol Gibbs

Runner Up - "Let's Play" - Kathleen Murphy

Friday, June 30, 2023
It's time for Early Bird 2 and the start of Word Cup 2023 Main Event! Thank you for your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Schedule

If you are running late, or are absent, please call or text: 315-481-8541

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Main Event Check-in Requirement: Games begin at 7pm. You must show up no later than 6pm Friday to check in or you will be dropped from Friday night’s games, (you’ll be added back in on Saturday).  If you have an unexpected delay you must call/text Kieran O’Connor at 315-481-8541 by 6pm. Note: you can check in Thursday or Friday at the Early Birds, for the Main Event.


Got scoresheets? You don’t need to bring ‘em! We are providing a keepsake WGPO bound book of scoresheets.


Friday’s Schedule

11:30am - 4:30pm Early Bird 2 Games 1-5

4:30pm - 6:00pm Main Event Check-in Open (you can also register for the main event at early bird 1 and 2)

7:00pm - 10:00pm Main Event Games 1-3


Saturday’s Schedule

9:00am - 1:00pm Main Event Games 4-7

1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch Break

2:30pm - 6:30pm Main Event Games 8-11

8:30pm - 9:00pm Social Kickoff (cash bar)

9:00pm - 12:00am Karaoke Party


Bounty Prizes for the Main Event!

On Friday night, each division will compete for $20 High Win prizes (1 prize n A, 2 in B, 3 in C, 2 in CSW). 


Pic of the Day Contest!

Keep your camera at the ready because you can win a $25 daily prize to the best photo submitted to photos@letsplayscrabble.com 


This Weekend's Social Events:


Word Cup 2023 Social Media:


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

EARLY BIRD 1 WINNERS

Thursday's Winners (Early Bird 1):

NWL A: 1st - Ian Weinstein (6-1), 2nd - Jonathan Lindh (5-2)

NWL B: 1st - Howard Pistol (5-2 +19), 2nd -  Steve Hartsman (5-2)

NWL C: 1st - Marian Calabro (5-2), 2nd - Russell McKinstry (5-2)

NWL D: 1st -  Cheryl Kagan (5-2), 2nd - Peter Hopkins (5-2)

CSW: 1st - Winter (6-1)

Pic of the day: 6/30/2023

You never know what you're going to find in the playing room, and today was no exception. This Panama hat, brown bear, and fabulous yellow suitcase are not only evocative of a whimsical journey to Albany, but it's also our Pic of the Day!

Thursday, June 29, 2023
Welcome to Word Cup 2023! We're SO excited that you chose to spend your Scrabble time with us this weekend. We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Schedule

If you are running late, or are absent, please call or text: 315-481-8541

Playing Room Wi-Fi Network: Marriott_Conference

Playing Room Wi-Fi Password: marriott2023


Main Event Check-in Requirement: Games begin at 7pm. You must show up no later than 6pm Friday to check in or you will be dropped from Friday night’s games, (you’ll be added back in on Saturday).  If you have an unexpected delay you must call/text Kieran O’Connor at 315-481-8541 by 6pm. Note: you can check in Thursday or Friday at the Early Birds, for the Main Event.


Got scoresheets? You don’t need to bring ‘em! We are providing a keepsake WGPO bound book of scoresheets.


Thursday’s Schedule

11:30am - 3:15pm Early Bird 1 Games 1-4

3:45pm - 6:45pm Early Bird 1 Games 5-7 


Friday’s Schedule

11:30am - 4:30pm Early Bird 2 Games 1-5

4:30pm - 6:00pm Main Event Check-in Open (you can also register for the main event at early bird 1 and 2)

7:00pm - 10:00pm Main Event Games 1-3


This Weekend's Social Events:


Word Cup 2023 Social Media:


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 6/29/2023

Jackson Smylie, winner of Word Cup 2022, is back this year to defend his title.

2023 Montreal Scrabblefest Daily Briefing

Monday, May 8, 2023
Today is the very last day of Montreal Scrabblefest - if you're still in town, here's what you need to know! Please bring your board - I'm hoping we have enough!

If you'd like to sign up for the Late Bird, contact Josh to be added! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi: there are two networks ("LeLux" and "Empiresuites") neither of which require a password

The Playing Room is downstairs from the lobby of the hotel - that's where the Late Bird will be. 


Monday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM  Group Breakfast at Ginkgo Cafe/Bar, 308 rue Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal (8min walk from hotel). 

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Late Bird Rounds 1-5  (no breaks)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 5/8/2023

It's a wrap for the 2023 Montreal Scrabblefest main event! Here's a group picture of a lot of happy Scrabblers!

Sunday, May 7, 2023
It's the final day of 2023 Montreal Scrabblefest - thanks so much for attending!

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time with us, the best way to say thank you is to:

1) tell a friend

2) fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event: this is our main tool for evaluating what's working so we can optimize your tournament experience. 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi: there are two networks ("LeLux" and "Empiresuites") neither of which require a password

If you're leaving on Sunday, please arrive at the Playing Room checked out


Sunday’s Schedule

9:30am - 1:30pm Main Event Games 11-14

1:30pm - 2pm Prize Ceremony

2:30pm - 5pm Walking Tour of Old Montreal (location TBD, times approximate)

7pm - 9pm Group dinner (location TBD, times approximate)


Monday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM  Group Breakfast at Ginkgo Cafe/Bar, 308 rue Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal (8min walk from hotel)

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Late Bird Rounds 1-5


$20 Bounty Prizes available for the Main Event!

Each day of the Main Event, each division will compete for a bounty prize. 

For rounds 11-13, we're playing for high loss 


High Rating Gain Prizes

Each division will have two high rating gain prizes - stick around for the award ceremony to see if you won!


Saturday's Bounty Prize Winners

Div A: 525 Rating Difference: Bernard Gotlieb over Cesar Del Solar

Div C: 469 Rating Difference: Greg Golding over Akiva Gitelman

Div CSW: 458 Rating Difference: Andrea Hatch over Roger Cullman

Div B: 329 Rating Difference: Betsey Wood over Richard Kirsch


Sunday Dinner TBD

For those staying until Monday, we're going to work on arranging a dinner on Sunday night, after the walking tour of old Montreal. 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 5/7/2023

Roger Cullman hits hard with this 176 point triple triple OVERHITS in the last game of day two.

Saturday, May 6, 2023
It's day two of the Main Event - thanks for playing!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi: there are two networks ("LeLux" and "Empiresuites") neither of which require a password


Saturday’s Schedule

9:30am - 12:30pm Main Event Games 4-6

2pm - 6pm Main Event Games 7-10

7pm-9pm Group dinner at Maison Grecque - sign up at the tournament (please sign up by 12pm)


Sunday’s Schedule

9:30am - 1:30pm Main Event Games 11-14

1:30pm - 2pm Prize Ceremony

2:30pm - 5pm Walking Tour of Old Montreal (location TBD, times approximate)

7pm - 9pm Group dinner (location TBD, times approximate)


$20 Bounty Prizes available for the Main Event!

Each day of the Main Event, each division will compete for a bounty prize. 

For rounds 4-10, we're playing for high rating upset ("Ranks players according to the difference between their rating and the rating of the highest stronger player whom they were able to defeat")


Friday's Bounty Prize Winners

Div A: 616 Cesar Del Solar

Div CSW: 605 Noah Slatkoff

Div B: 537 Barbara Bultz

Div C: 507 Christine Cardinal


Montreal Bagel Breakfast

Come by Saturday morning at 9am for some delicious Montreal-style bagels and cream cheese before we begin play at 930am. 


Saturday Dinner Sign-up

We'll be passing around a sign-up sheet in the morning for Maison Grecque (prix fixe $35 plus tax, includes soup and choice of 7 entrees. BYOB. Directions)


Hotel check-in irregularities 

Our team is incredibly disappointed by how frustrating it was for players to deal with the hotel. We knew and announced last night that their staff was dealing with a new registration system, as well as new management from the time we first signed a contract with them. We've since further learned that the hotel was also "booked" by a large group booking that was never confirmed, so many of the people (not players) waiting in line had no room available. This clearly exacerbated the problems. Regardless of the circumstances, this was unacceptable and we commit to working as hard as possible to never see a repeat. Needless to say we won’t be here next year.


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 5/6/2023

In round 2 last night, Noah Slatkoff scored 605 points, and playerd the word JEREPIGO, the defintion of which is "a South African usually red heavy dessert wine consisting of very sweet, unfermented grape juice fortified with grape spirit"

Friday, May 5, 2023
Welcome to Montreal Scrabblefest! We're SO excited that you chose to spend your Scrabble time (and dollars) with us this weekend. We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

The Playing Room is located downstairs from the lobby.

Playing Room Wi-Fi: there are two networks ("LeLux" and "Empiresuites") neither of which require a password


Friday’s Schedule

3pm - 6pm Welcome Party / casual Scrabble games at Cafe Sfouf (1250 Ontario Est)

730pm - 1030pm Main Event Games 1-3


Saturday’s Schedule

9:30am - 1230pm Main Event Games 4-6

2pm - 6pm Main Event Games 7-10

7pm-9pm Group dinner at Maison Grecque - sign up at the tournament


$20 Bounty Prizes available for the Main Event!

Each day of the Main Event, each division will compete for a bounty prize. For rounds 1-3, we're playing for high game.


A new beginning for a tournament with an incredible history 

This event is the 40th annual Montreal Scrabble Tournament. Bernard Gotlieb has been the driving force of Montreal Scrabble for much of that incredible run. We're so happy that Bernard will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this event, welcoming players from 18 states and provinces. While Christine Cardinal is new to tournament organizing, she's worked tirelessly as the event's Social Director, creating a fun line up of activities that we hope you'll attend. We also want to recognize Sary Karanofsky and Josh Sokol for their contributions as well.  


Please allow extra time for hotel check-in

The hotel has told us that they upgraded to a new reservation system just yesterday and that delays are possible checking in. The hotel has assigned an extra staff person to help, but the check-in process may take longer than normal. Please allow extra time for check in, and keep in mind our start time of 730pm.


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 5/5/2023

Bernard and Josh back in 2022 when discussions first began to work together on today's tournament

2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic Daily Briefing

Monday, February 20 2023
It's the final day of the 2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic - thanks so much for attending!

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time with us, the best way to say thank you is to:

1) tell a friend

2) fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event 

     This is our main tool for evaluating what's working so we can optimize your tournament experience. 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us


Monday's Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 20-23 (no lunch break) 



Sunday's High Loss Prize Winners (Rounds 12-19)

NWL A: Noah Kalus (453)

NWL B: 1st - Sid Lashley (416); 2nd - Roderick McDonald (396)

CSW: Jason Broersma (473)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 2/20/2023

Noah Kalus rocks the house with some Eminem featuring Shay -- one of the talented servers from the bar. Have you picked out a song to sing at our next Karaoke Night?

Sunday, February 19, 2023
It's Day 3 of the 2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic! Last night, we enjoyed some rousing performances at karaoke -- thanks to all who joined us, and thanks to every single one of you for choosing to spend time with us this weekend!


Yesterday's Media Coverage: 

Global News

CTV


Let's Play Trivia!:

Join Trivia Host Matthew O'Connor for free Trivia tonight at 9 pm in the game room!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott Bovoy

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: No password, just need to accept the terms and conditions


Sunday’s Schedule

9:15 AM - 1:15 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15

2:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 16-19

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Team Trivia in game room. Participation is free. Prizes to top 2 winning teams (up to 5 players/team)


Bounty Prize - High Loss

For each day of the Main Event, High Loss in each division will receive a $20 bounty prize.


Saturday's Bounty Prize Winners 

NWL A: Michael Fagen (478)

NWL B: 1st - Kyle Fellahi (422), 2nd - Greg Golding (416)

CSW: Roger Cullman (455)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 2/19/2023

Reporters from CTV Ottawa and CKWS Global News Kingston stopped by to check out the tournament and interview players. Here, an animated Josh Greenway shares his enthusiasm for this amazing community and talks to our media friends about what keeps players coming back. What's your biggest reason?

Discount at the Hotel Restaurant:

Players get a 20% discount on lunch and dinner (no alcohol discounts) at the King Street Sizzle Restaurant & Bar which is in the main floor of the hotel. Mention you're with the Scrabble group. The restaurant is open for breakfast every day, and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Hours below:

Fri Feb 17: 7am-130pm / 5-10pm

Sat Feb 18: 7-1130am / 5-10pm

Sun Feb 19: 7-1130am

Mon Feb 20: 7-10am

Saturday, Feb 18, 2023
It's the first full day of the main event and we're playing 8 games! Let's Play Scrabble! 


Tonight - KARAOKE (9PM start)!

Come to Old Stones and sing your heart out with host, Heidi Robertson! Submit your song choice to guarantee your spot in the lineup -- and don't forget to include the link to your preferred youtube karaoke version!


At Your Service!

Stop by the Director's table or come see Kieran or Heidi. :)


Important Info

Standings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott Bovoy

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: No password, just need to accept the terms and conditions

Today's Bounty Prize (rounds 4-11): High Loss


Saturday's Schedule

9:15 AM - 1:15 PM Main Event Rounds 4-7

2:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 8-11


Sunday’s Start Time

9:15 am (Main Event Round 12)


Friday's Winners (Early Bird 2):

NWL A: 1st -  Chris Sykes (4-1 +420), 2nd - Max Panitch (4-1 +37)

NWL B: 1st - Andre Popadynec (4-1 +193), 2nd -  Lydia Keras (3-2 +92)

NWL C: 1st - Mad Palazzo (4-1 +108), 2nd - Trevor Sealy (3-2 +293); High Win: Trevor Sealy (559)

NWL D: 1st -  Benjamin Pries (5-0 +535), 2nd - Ruth Haywood (3-2 +150), 3rd - Peter Hopkins (3-2 +19)

CSW: 1st - Matthew O'Connor (5-0 +577), 2nd - Jason Broersma (4-1 +451), 3rd - Eric Peters (4-1 -50), High Win: George MacAulay (650)


Friday's Winners (Bounty Prize Winners for rounds 1-3 / High Loss):

NWL A: Eric Goldstein (467)

NWL B: 1st - Pamela Hunter (422), 2nd - Paul Hunsberger (394)

CSW: Jason Keller (480)


Emergency Contact Info:

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 2/18/2023

Left: American members (Kieran O'Connor, Will Anderson) of the 2023 CSC Team hard at work for you. And so nice, we should make them Honorary Canadians, eh?

Below: Some of our Early Bird 2 Prize Winners (Trevor Sealy, Matthew O'Connor, Ruth Haywood, Eric Peters, Christopher Sykes)

Friday, February 17, 2023
It's time for Early Bird 2 and the start of the Main Event at the 2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic! We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott Bovoy

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: No password, just need to accept the terms and conditions


Friday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Early Bird 2 Rounds 1-5 (no break)

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 1-3


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the Main Event, each division will compete for a High Loss prize. 


Saturday’s Start Time

9:15 am 


Thursday's Winners (Early Bird 1):

NWL A: 1st - Jackson Smylie (6-1 +863); 2nd - Christopher Sykes (6-1 +393)

NWL B: 1st - Joseph Bowman (6-1 +601); 2nd - Sid Lashley (5-2 +453)

CSW A: 1st - Arie Sinke (6-1 +585); 2nd - Bob Linn (5-2 +265) 


Get to know Kingston: 

Special Thanks to Tourism Kingston for their generous support of the Canadian Scrabble Classic

Find local places to eat and things to do at this link: https://www.visitkingston.ca/


Discount at the Hotel Restaurant:

Players get a 20% discount on lunch and dinner (no alcohol discounts) at the King Street Sizzle Restaurant & Bar which is in the main floor of the hotel. Mention you're with the Scrabble group. The restaurant is open for breakfast every day, and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Hours below:

Fri Feb 17: 7am-130pm / 5-10pm

Sat Feb 18: 7-1130am / 5-10pm

Sun Feb 19: 7-1130am

Mon Feb 20: 7-10am


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 2/17/2023

Great to see so many familiar faces and new ones too at the second annual Canadian Scrabble Classic! Congratulations to Benjamin Pries and Emily Pittfield, who just launched their tournament careers with Early Bird 1... Welcome to the community! 

Thursday, February, 2023
Welcome to the 2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic! We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott Bovoy

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: No password, just need to accept the terms and conditions


Thursday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 3:15 PM Early Bird 1 Rounds 1-4, then 30 minute snack break

3:45 PM - 6:30 PM  Early Bird 1 Rounds 5-7

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Game room open for after hours play


Friday’s Start Time

11:30am (Early Bird 2) 


Get to know Kingston: 

Special Thanks to Tourism Kingston for their generous support of the Canadian Scrabble Classic

Find local places to eat and things to do at this link: https://www.visitkingston.ca/


Discount at the Hotel Restaurant:

Players get a 20% discount on lunch and dinner (no alcohol discounts) at the King Street Sizzle Restaurant & Bar which is in the main floor of the hotel. Mention you're with the Scrabble group. The restaurant is open for breakfast every day, and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Hours below:

Thu Feb 16: 5-9pm

Fri Feb 17: 7am-130pm / 5-10pm

Sat Feb 18: 7-1130am / 5-10pm

Sun Feb 19: 7-1130am

Mon Feb 20: 7-10am


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 02/16/2023

At last year's Canadian Scrabble Classic, former World Youth Champion, Matthew O'Connor, faced off against Barrick the Bear, mascot of the minor league hockey team, the Kingston Frontenacs.

Any guesses as to who won?  

 

2023 Albany New Year's Daily Briefing

Monday, January 2, 2023
It's the final day of the Albany New Year's Scrabble Tournament - thanks so much for attending!

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time with us, the best way to say thank you is to 1) tell a friend and 2) fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event. It's how we evaluate what's working well, and it's our main tool for improving your tournament experience. 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us


Monday's Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 20-23 (no lunch break) 

Pairings will be done round by round - please turn in your tally slips as quickly as possible

Please come to the playing room checked out of the hotel 


Bounty Prizes

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize


Sunday's Bounty Prize Winners (High Loss, Rounds 12-19)

NWL A: Jason Li (453)

NWL B: Beth Mix (457)

NWL C: Gideon Brosowsky (432)

CSW: Stefan Rau (499)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 1/2/2023

Kieran played the role of Trivia Master last night (with the help of questions written by Matthew) and the winners were "Phat Bros on the Block" (Stefan Fatsis, Josh Sokol, Brian Garnett, Melissa Block, Gideon Brosowsky)

Sunday, January 1, 2023
Happy New Year! It's day 3 of the Albany New Year's Scrabble Tournament - thanks for choosing to spend your time with us! 


Let's Play Trivia!:

We hope you'll join your Trivia Masters Josh and Kieran for Trivia tonight at 9pm in the game room!


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott_CONFERENCE

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: Marriott2022


Sunday’s Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15

2:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Main Event Rounds 16-19

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Team Trivia in game room. Participation is free. Prizes to top 2 winning teams (up to 5 players/team)


Bounty Prizes

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize


Saturday's Bounty Prize Winners (High Win, Rounds 4-11)

NWL A: Christopher Sykes (562)

NWL B: Richard Popper (643)

NWL C: Michael Galloway (516)

CSW: Joshua Castellano (606)


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 1/1/2023

Josh Sokol and Noah Kalus wait for their next turn on New Year's Eve at the hosted after hours event in the game room. 40 players celebrated together, playing blitz, Scrabble team games, Fry Your Brain, Codenames, Sports Trivia, and more. Players rang in the new year together at midnight.   

Saturday, December 31, 2022
It's the first full day of the main event and we're playing 8 games! Let's Play Scrabble! 


Ring in the new year at the HOSTED After Hours Playing Room:

Join your hosts Josh and Kieran in the playing room for fun and games. Let's play scrabble - including variants like blitz and team play!


Important Info

Standings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott_CONFERENCE

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: Marriott2022

Today's Bounty Prize (rounds 4-11): High Win


Saturday's Schedule

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Event Rounds 4-7

2:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Main Event Rounds 8-11


Sunday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event Round 12)


Friday's Winners (Early Bird 2):

NWL A: (1st) Arie Sinke 4-1 +80, (2nd) Max Panitch 3-2 +170

NWL B: (1st) Annette Obrestad 4-1 +289, (2nd) Hannah Lieberman 3-2 +62

NWL C: (1st) Beth Mix 4-1 +218, (2nd) Judy Horn 4-1 +113

NWL D: (1st) Harry Chan 5-0 +355, (2nd) Brian Garnett 4-1 +291

CSW: (1st) Erickson Smith 5-0 +859, (2nd) Bob Linn 3-2 +254, (High Game) Roger Cullman 528


Friday's Winners (Bounty Prize Winners for rounds 1-3 / Low Win):

NWL A: Lou Cornelis 373

NWL B: Sara Corbin 343

NWL C: Robin Schlauch 309

CSW: Roger Cullman 354


Emergency Contact Info:

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/31/2022

Sue Tremblay joins Kieran behind the Director's desk during Early Bird 2 at the 2023 Albany New Year's Scrabble Tournament

Friday, December 30, 2022
It's time for Early Bird 2 and the start of the Main Event at the Albany New Year's Scrabble Tournament! We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott_CONFERENCE

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: Marriott2022


Friday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Early Bird 2 Rounds 1-5 (no break)

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 1-3


Bounty Prizes are back for Main Event!

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize. Here's the schedule of bounty prizes for the Main Event tournament:


Saturday’s Start Time

9:30am (Main Event) 


Thursday's Winners (Early Bird 1):

NWL A: (1st) Josh Sokol 6-1 +673, (2nd) Eric Goldstein 5-2 +25

NWL B: (1st) Brian Garnett 6-1 +489, (2nd) Buffy Hogan 5-2 +24

CSW A: (1st) Jason Ubeika 5-2 +146, (2nd) Bob Linn 4-2-1 +47


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/30/2022

We had a very busy after hours room following Early Bird 1 last night. Here we see Chloe, Annette,Josh Sokol, Stefan, Noah Kalus, Brian, and Noak Goldstein enjoy an after hours game. 

Thursday, December 29, 2022
Welcome to the Albany New Year's Scrabble Tournament! We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings/Pairings

Contact Us

Playing Room Wi-Fi network: Marriott_CONFERENCE

Playing Room Wi-Fi password: Marriott2022


Thursday’s Schedule

11:30 AM - 3:15 PM Early Bird 1 Rounds 1-4, then 30 minute snack break

3:45 PM - 6:45 PM  Early Bird 1 Rounds 5-7

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Don't miss the Let's Play Scrabble 2022 Awards Show. Come and watch live and in person in the playing room, or on YouTube at THIS LINK


Friday’s Start Time

11:30am (Early Bird 2) 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 12/29/2022

In this picture from last year, Diane Sleek wins a new Scrabble clock as a door prize.  

Because Albany New Year's takes place over the holidays, it's our "giveback" tournament... players will win door prizes throughout the event.  

2022 Lake George Daily Briefing

Sunday, October 16, 2022
It's the final day of the Lake George Scrabble Tournament - thanks for choosing to spend your time with us! We appreciate your support!

Farewell message
If you enjoyed your time at the Lake George Scrabble Tournament, the best way to thank us is to fill out the player survey you'll receive soon after the event. It's how we evaluate what's working well, and it's our main tool for improving the overall tournament experience. 


Important Info

Standings

Pairings

Contact Us


Sunday’s Schedule

9:15 AM - 1:15 PM Main Event Rounds 12-15 (no lunch break) 

Pairings will be done round by round - please turn in your tally slips as quickly as possible

Please come to the playing room checked out of the hotel 


Bounty Prizes

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize


Saturday's Winners (High Win, Rounds 4-11)

NWL A: César Del Solar (664)

NWL B: Don Finkey (620)

NWL C: Marwan Saadi (533)

NWL D: Michael Galloway (505)

NWL E: Ruth Brower (524)

CSW: Joshua Castellano (612)


Where to eat 

Blue Thirty-two is a local restaurant (1min drive / 4min walk from Surfside) and sponsor of the 2022 Lake George Scrabble Tournament. You can check out the menu here. All players will receive a 10% discount card for the restaurant, and we'll have some fun theme prizes throughout the weekend as well.


Surfside's Club Hamilton restaurant is serving a breakfast buffet for Scrabble players for $18 (includes tax/tip). Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 7:30AM-11AM. The buffet will include: scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon & sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, toast, bagels, assorted pastries & muffins. 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 10/16/2022

The Lake George Scrabble Tournament got a special visit yesterday from future champion Lucas! 

Lucas has been hanging out with cousin Karol while his parents have amassed an awesome combined record of 16-6! César is holding on to first place in Div A and Mina has a winning record in Div CSW and is a game back of cashing. 

Saturday, October 15, 2022
The Main Event continues at the Lake George Scrabble Tournament! We appreciate your support! 


Important Info

Standings

Pairings

Contact Us


Saturday’s Schedule

9:15 AM - 1:15 PM Main Event Rounds 4-7 

2:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Main Event Rounds 8-11

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Team Trivia. (9PM-10PM) Participation is free. Teams up to 5 players

 Karaoke Party (10PM-12AM). Participation is free

 Bar available 8:30PM-12AM


Sunday’s Start Time

9:15am (Main Event Round 12)


Bounty Prizes

Each day of the (Main Event) tournament, each division will compete for a bounty prize


Friday's Winners (Biggest Upset, Rounds 1-3)

NWL A: Ryan Chepita

NWL B: Barbara Bultz

NWL C: Willy Pitzer

NWL D: Michael Galloway

NWL E: Glenda Cosenza

CSW: Barbara Bordwell McGrew


Friday's Winners (Early Bird 2):

NWL A: (1st) Jared Cappel 4-1 +211, (2nd) Max Panitch 3-2 -77

NWL B: (1st) Jonathan Lindh 4-1 +275, (2nd) Wally Schultz 3-2 +230

NWL C: (1st) David Spargo 5-0 +402, (2nd) Mark Berg 4-1 +314

NWL D: (1st) Lydia Keras 4-1 +242, (2nd) Verna Richards Berg 3-2 +229

NWL E: (1st) Carol Tillson 4-1 +501, (2nd) Marvin Kraus 4-1 +142

Super Secret Hidden Bonus Prize for Saturday: Be the first to play the word LAKE, call the director, and win $10

NWL F: (1st) Russell McKinstry 5-0 +265, (2nd) Joan Knobelsdorf 3-2 +105

NWL G: (1st) James Krycka 5-0 +485, (2nd) Carol Salvino 4-1 +188, (3rd) Gary Emanuel 3-2 +315

CSW: (1st) Matthew O'Connor 4-1 +499, (2nd) Karl Higby +365, (3rd) Jason Broersma 4-1 +127


Saturday Social Events 

Both Team Trivia (9-10pm) and Karaoke Party (10pm-12am) will take place in the 3rd floor game room. There will be a bar available outside playing room 8:30PM-12AM, during trivia and karaoke. 


Karaoke song submission 

To secure your spot in Saturday night's lineup, please let us know here which song you'd like to sing. It's also best to include the YouTube link to ensure it's the version you want. 


Where to eat 

Blue Thirty-two is a local restaurant (1min drive / 4min walk from Surfside) and sponsor of the 2022 Lake George Scrabble Tournament. You can check out the menu here. All players will receive a 10% discount card for the restaurant, and we'll have some fun theme prizes throughout the weekend as well.


Surfside's Club Hamilton restaurant is serving a breakfast buffet for Scrabble players for $18 (includes tax/tip). Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 7:30AM-11AM. The buffet will include: scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon & sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, toast, bagels, assorted pastries & muffins. 


Emergency Contact Info

Player safety is the number one priority at our tournaments. In the event of an emergency, having your contact information can be crucial. Please update your Emergency Contact information by clicking this link. 

Pic of the day: 10/15/2022

Dan Blake runs trivia at the 2016 Lake George Scrabble Tournament at the Tiki Resort.  

Photo Credit: Roger Cullman

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