17th Annual Albany New Year’s Scrabble Tournament

Main Event: NWL & CSW

23 games | Dec 30-Jan 2

$130 USD ($180 CDN)

CSW also WESPA rated

Early Bird 1: NWL & CSW

7 games | Dec 29

$25 USD ($40 CDN)

Early Bird 2: NWL & CSW

5 games | Dec 30

$25 USD ($40 CDN)

Scroll to bottom of page for schedule

Scrabble Tournament

  • 23 Game Main Event

  • 7 Game Early Bird 1

  • 5 Game Early Bird 2

Karaoke Party

  • Hosted by Heidi Robertson

  • Sing your heart out!

  • Free to participate!

Team Trivia

  • Hosted by Matthew O'Connor

  • Free to play!

  • Cash prizes!

Albany Marriott

189 Wolf Rd, Albany NY 12205 USA

Hotel Information

  • Room rate $89/night + taxes USD

  • Book online: booking link Map to hotel

  • Book by phone: 800-443-8952

  • Mention 'Nor’easter Scrabble Tournament' or code 'SCT'

  • Deadline to book is Dec 19, 2022 (contact Josh or Kieran after this date)

  • Commuter fee per person (if not staying at the tournament hotel and within the room block) for main event: $25 US ($40 CDN)

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking is no cost for players

  • Free WiFi in guest rooms, lobby and playing room

  • All rooms have mini-fridge, coffee maker. Lobby microwaves.

  • In-hotel restaurant/bar

  • You may cancel your room booking, with no penalty, up until 4PM, two days before the first night of your reservation.

  • EV charging (free) 2 minute walk from hotel. Link

COVID-19 Information

  • NEW: Masks are now optional for players in the playing room, common areas, and social events

  • Anyone at this tournament must be fully vaccinated and provide proof in advance to complete registration

  • Due to the nature of in person Scrabble play, 6 feet of distancing is not possible. Players sit 4 to a table.

  • Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, players should plan for last minute changes, including cancellation

Tournament Information

  • Commuter fee per person (if not staying at the tournament hotel and within the room block) for main event: $25 US ($40 CDN)

  • Swiss/Performance pairings. Division size TBD, smaller divisions may be merged

  • In addition to place prizes, performance-based prizes will be given in all divisions

  • NEW: Prizes paid in $USD. Prize payouts over $100 USD will be paid electronically or by check

  • Directors may alter tournament structure in best interest of the event, including spread Gibsonization

Tournament Schedule


Thursday Dec 29

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

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Board game night. Bring a game or show up and play with others


Friday Dec 30

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

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


Saturday Dec 31

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

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

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Karaoke Party in game room. Participation is free.


Sunday Jan 1

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.


Monday Jan 2

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

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Hang out with Josh and Kieran in game room. Participation is free.