The Tel Aviv Scrabble® Club

Club Director: Evan Cohen

The Twelfth Israeli Open Tournament - 28.2.20-1.3.20

We're pleased to announce that the 12th Israeli Open Scrabble Tournament will take place on February 28th - March 1st, 2020. 

Mark the dates in your diaries. Scroll down for information regarding the venue, registered participants, the schedule and the format. Please read this whole page carefully, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Maureen.

Venue

The event will take place at Tel Aviv Municipal LGBT Community Centre, 22a Tchernikhovski Street. 

The community centre is in the middle of Meir Park, which is located in the heart of Tel Aviv. It has two main entrances, one on Tchernikhovski Street and one opposite 30 King George Street. It's extremely accessible, surrounded by dozens of excellent eateries. The centre itself is a hop, skip and a (small) jump from Rothschild Avenue, Dizengoff Centre, Tel Aviv's famous beaches, and there are many hotels (boutique and otherwise), Airbnbs etc. within walking distance. For those parking, this may a problem on the adjacent streets. The parking area in Dizengoff Centre is 450 metres away from the venue.

Schedule (subject to changes)

12th Israeli Open Timetable

Friday, 28.2.2020

Saturday, 29.2.2020

Sunday, 1.3.2020

13:00-14:00

Registration

9:00-13:00

Games 6-9 (4)

9:00-13:00

Games 15-18 (4)

14:00-14:15

Opening Words

13:00-14:00

Break

13:00-14:00

Break

14:15-17:15

Games 1-3 (3)

14:00-16:00

Games 10-11 (2)

14:00-18:00

Games 19-22 (4)

17:15-17:30

Break

16:00-16:15

Break

18:15-18:30

Closing Ceremony

17:30-19:30

Games 4-5 (2)

16:15-19:15

Games 12-14 (3)

 

See you next year!

 

 

19:00-

Dinner*

 

 

Note: On Friday, many roads will be closed in central Tel Aviv until 13:00. Everything will be open by 14:00. Please use Waze etc. and plan accordingly!

There will be coffee/tea/water available throughout the games.
*Dinner – not included in price, restaurant yet to be decided.

 

 

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.

Pairings
The first games will be paired according to players' pre-tournament ratings. If players do not have an international rating, their Israeli, ABSP, or other available rating (in that order) will be used instead. The overall system will be Chew pairings, minimising repeats with 4 rounds of KOTH, all depending on the number of participants. The pairings and standings will all be done using internationally used software.

Prizes
The estimated prize fund will be about NIS10000 (2500 Euros). The winner will receive a cash prize, in addition to being the 12th Israeli Open Champion. The first and second runners-up will also receive cash prizes. In addition, there will be at least two very substantial ratings prizes, and other prizes for special achievements will also be awarded.
For the first time ever, we will be awarding the "Debut Award", NIS1000! This prize will go to the highest finishing player who's never played in an Israeli Open, provided this player is not eligible for other cash prizes. 
The prize fund depends on the number of participants and the estimate is based on a field of 36 players (as in previous years) and could fluctuate accordingly

Lexicon
CSW19 (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 (self-adjudication).

Registration

Registration fee
To register, please contact Maureen Hoch at structuresense@gmail.com / +972-52-3495125

NIS 400. The first 15 players to register will receive a refund of NIS 50 at the tournament.

Cancellation policy: The registration fee is non-refundable.

How to register in a few easy steps:

1.       Read the tournament information well (https://www.scrabble.org.il/israeli-open).

2.       Contact Maureen (above) with any questions.

3.       Pay. There are four payment options:

a. Cash to Maureen.

b. BIT transfer to Evan (only for Israeli players)

c. Paypal to Evan (contact Evan for details)

d. Bank transfer to Maureen (contact Maureen for details)

4.       If selecting the Paypal option, contact Evan (evangarycohen@gmail.com) to confirm receipt. 

Note: The organisers reserve the right to refuse entries.

Contact organisers for further information.

Maureen Hoch - structuresense@gmail.com

Updated (13.2.2020)

Note: Only players who have finalised registration appear on this list. If you have registered, and don't appear on the list, please contact the organisers ASAP. Players with (*) are eligible for the "Debut Award".

 

Name

Charles Micallef
Raz Naot
Naomi Landau
Jack Mpakaboari*
Mihai Pantis*
Anand Buddhdev
Omri Rosenkrantz 
Maureen Hoch
Ami Tzubery
Nancy Alroy
Phyllis DeCastro
Linda Marguy
Sharon Peress
Norman Loberant
Gila Blits
Brigitte Brath
Peggy Fehily
Fifi Lefebvre
Amos Fabian
Anne Garber
Karen Adler
Hilda Ben-Nun
Allan Bernstein
Avril Shaw
Martin Curtis
Jack Hoch
Barbara Kliner
Adina Kfir
Angela Levine
Natalie Elgrod*
Julia Gelbard*
Michelle Moshelian*
Viva Press*


Country

Malta
Israel
Israel
Nigeria
Romania
Netherlands
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Germany
Germany
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel
Israel

 

WESPA Rating

1591
1536
1528
1523
1515
1511
1465
1243
1219
1105
1047
1040
1024
1017
1010
0908
0960
0954
0933
0905
0885
0876
0843
0791
0707
0659
0632
0513
0464
0436
0000
0000
0000








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