The Tel Aviv Scrabble® Club

Club Director: Evan Cohen

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THIRD ISRAELI OPEN SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT

We're pleased to announce that the Third Israeli Open Scrabble Tournament will take place October 8-10, 2010. Mark the dates in your diaries! Information regarding the venue and registered participants will follow, but you can already find details regarding the schedule and format. Please read carefully, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Evan. For a noticeboard flyer, click here.

Venue

The event will take place at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Haifa. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and many more facilities to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. The hotel is high on Mount Carmel, overlooking the bay, and in the city centre. 

Haifa, on the coast of Mediterranean, has average October temperatures in low-mid twenties (Celsius) and there is about an 8% chance of rain on any given day. Great autumn weather for Scrabble (or beaches, for that matter...).

Schedule

Dates: 8-10.10.10

Timetable:

Friday, 8.10.10

 

12:00-14:00

14:30-14:45

Registration

Opening words

14:45-17:45

Games 1-3 (3)

17:45-18:00

Break

18:00-20:00

Games 4-5 (2)

 

Saturday, 9.10.10

 

9:30-11:30

11:30-11:45

Games 6-7 (2)

Break

11:45-13:45

13:45-15:15

15:15-17:15

17:15-17:30

17:30-19:30

Games 8-9 (2)
Lunch break

Games 10-11 (2)

Break

Games 12-13 (2)

 

 

Sunday, 10.10.10

 

9:00-11:00

11:00-11:15

Games 14-15 (2)

Break

11:15-13:15

13:15-14:45

14:45-17:45

Games 16-17 (2)
Lunch break

Games 18-19-20 (3)

18:00 

 

Mealtimes
Breakfast: 7:00-10:30
Dinner: 18:30-21:00

Closing ceremony – see you all next year!


Format

Divisions
There will be a single division in the event, all games will be internationally rated and played according to WESPA rules. The pairings system (see below) ensures that players will be playing opponents with a similar record in the event.

Ratings
The tournament qualifies for international ratings and for ABSP ratings. Players' international ratings will be updated accordingly. Needless to say, this tournament qualifies for Israeli ratings too.

Pairings
The first game will be pairing according to players' pre-tournament ratings. If players do not have an international rating, their Israeli, ABSP, Maltese or other available rating (in that order) will be used instead. Swiss pairings according to the standings will be used for games 2-19. Game 20 will be strict KOTH. There will be no repeats in games 1-10, or in games 11-19. The pairing and standings will all be done using internationally used software. Note, there may be a change in the pairings system, depending on the number of registrants

Prizes
The minimum prize fund will be NIS5000 (~1000 Euros). The winner will receive a cash prize, in addition to being the Third Israeli Open Champion. The runner-up will also receive a cash prize. In addition, there will be a cash ratings prizes, and other prizes for special achievements will also be awarded. Sponsorship and registration may increase the overall prize fund.

Lexicon
The CSW (a.k.a. SOWPODS, the international Scrabble dictionary) will be the official word source.

Challenges
A player may challenge any number of words played by his/her opponent. If all the words are acceptable, the opponent will get an additional 5 points added to his/her score. No turn loss for the challenging player. If one or more of the words are unacceptable, the move will be removed and the opponent will lose a turn. Players, supervised by the tournament director, will take their own challenges using Zyzzyva.

Registration

Registration fee
There is a non-refundable registration fee of NIS200 (~35 Euros). The registration fee can either be paid in cash, or by cheque. 
Registration is only finalised after paying the registration fee and/or booking a hotel room.

Accommodation
Person in double room (sharing): NIS928 (~160 Euros). Note, foreign players get a 16.5% reduction (VAT refund). 
Person in single room: NIS1590 (~280 Euros). Note, foreign players get a 16.5% reduction (VAT refund).  
Prices include:
* Two nights
* Half-board (a full Israeli breakfast + one meal). The hotel food is amazing (just ask anyone who was there last year...).
* Drinks (hot and cold) throughout the event in the playing room.
* Full use of the hotel facilities.
* Additional nights (before/after the event) are at the same rate (i.e. NIS795 for a single, NIS464 per person in a double room, half-board).
Prices do not include the NIS200 registration fee.
The above prices only apply when booking rooms via the organisers. We cannot guarantee the price when booking via the hotel.
Note: Foreign players do not pay sales tax (i.e. a 16.5% refund will be given).
Payment for Israeli residents: Credit card, equal instalments, the first on the day of registration, the last upon check-in. The sooner you register, the more hotel payments you can pay.
Payment for foreign players: Before event, two payments, 30% upon registration, the balance two weeks before the event. 
Cancellation 10-21 days before the event: NIS300 ; After this, cancellation is 50% of the hotel cost.

Note: The organisers reserve the right to refuse entries.

To register, contact the organisers
Evan Cohen - +972-77-8844-013 or
evan@post.tau.ac.il
Naomi Landau - +972-3-5287084 or ninja@netvision.net.il

Participants

So who's coming to the event? The following players have registered for the event. Ranking is according to WESPA ratings (to be updated closer to the event). WESPA ratings in italics are estimates based on other ratings:

Name

Surname

Country

WESPA

Israeli

Evan

Cohen

Israel

1918

 

Anthony

Ikolo

Nigeria

1910

 

Ricky

Zinger

Scotland

1898

 

Sam

Kantimathi

USA

1872

 

Elie

Dangoor

England

1858

 

Paloma

Raychbart

England

1796

 

Cecil

Muscat

Malta

1747

 

Ray

Tate

Scotland

1674

 

Amy

Byrne

Scotland

1662

 

Mihai

Pantis

Romania

1660

 

Abba

Hydara

The Gambia

1604

 

Raz

Na'ot

Israel

1586

 

Charles

Micallef

Malta

1555

 

Omri

Rosenkrantz

Israel

1543

 

Naomi

Landau

Israel

1534

 

Michelle

Moshelian

Israel

1419

1419

Ami

Tzubery

Israel

1390

1390

Nicky

Huitson

England

1388

 

Jake

Berliner

England

1360

 

Gila

Blits

Israel

1292

 

Maureen

Hoch

Israel

1255

 

Cody

McCormick

England

1244

 

Julie

Tate

Scotland

1228

 

Moshe

Feingold

Israel

1216

 

Hilda

Bennun

Israel

1198

 

Charles

Silverstone

Israel

1178

1178

Ben

Berger

Germany

1175

 

Nancy

Alroy

Israel

1121

 

Mona

Nobil

Israel

1024

 

Amos

Fabian

Israel

0992

 

Avril

Shaw

Israel

0987

 

Linda

Marguy

Israel

0910

 

Masha

Katz

Israel

0860

 

Peggy

Fehily

Germany

0850

 

Marion

Loewenstein

Israel

0807

 

Adriana

Spira

Israel

0796

 

Estelle

Matthews

Canada

0773

 

Kay

Faust

USA

0766

 

Andrew

Zusman

Israel

0710

0710

Brigitte

Brath

Germany

0704

 

Charlotte

Perlin

Israel

0697

 

Elisheva

Auerbach

Israel

0514

 

Miryam

Blum

Canada

0493

 

Gila

Shapiro

Israel

0391

 

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