Australian Scrabble Championship

The flagship event of the Australian Scrabble scene is held each year, rotating between state and territory capitals. This year it is being held in Canberra and is titled the 2018 Communities at Work Australian Championship. The ASPA Australian Capital Territory have organised it this year, and are grateful to have received sponsorship from the child care network Communities at Work, from the historic Argyle Inn north east of Canberra, and food delivery service Deliveroo. Players from all around Australia come for this, all may enter. There are also visiting players from overseas.

The event has two sections, the Championship and the Plate. Each section plays 24 games over the course of three days Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Championship: Australian rating of 1300 and over. Those reaching 1300 after 1 October 2017 but who are below 1300 on the first day of play have the option of playing in the Championship at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
Plate: Australian rating under 1300.
Prize Money: $7500 including a guaranteed $1250 for the Championship winner.
Format: 8 games Saturday, 9 games Sunday and 7 games Monday, followed by Presentation Dinner at Rydges Hotel at 6.30pm.
Tournament Director: John Hamilton.
Assistant Tournament Director and Webmaster: Barry Harridge.
Protocols: 25 minutes per player, Australian Rules, CSW15 reference, reset after game 12.
Registration: All players must have checked in by 8.45 am on 31 March for a 9.00 am start.
Venue: On the day, the Main Gate and VIP Gates will be open. There will be no access to the ground via the East Gate. If you are driving to the venue, the carpark for the venue is located at the junction of Manuka Circle and Fitzroy Street (listed as carpark A on the map). There is a small amount of parking available inside the grounds of the stadium so it is highly recommended you park in carpark A. The tournament will be held in the Bradman Stand.
Food: A major shopping centre is located across the road south of the venue. Here you will find McDonalds and Subway as well as several cafes . A smaller shopping centre is around 500 metres north of the venue. Deliveroo will deliver some lunches each day. If you wish to order from Deliveroo, speak to John Hamilton to coordinate deliveries and save costs.
Difficulties: If for any reason you are running late, you MUST contact John Hamilton on 0400 650 349.

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