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Online registration will be available on March 15th, 2010.
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As the WPC is now a NASPA-rated event, you must must be a NASPA
As the WPC is now a NASPA-rated event, you must must be a NASPA

Revision as of 19:14, 16 March 2010

The 2010 World Players Championship (WPC) will take place on August 13–16, 2010 at the Hotel InterContinental Dallas at 15201 Dallas Parkway in Addison, TX. The WPC was conceived in 2008 as a biennial event to encourage the return of international SCRABBLE players to North America, and is therefore held in years when there is no World SCRABBLE Championship. This year’s WPC will be rated in both the WESPA and NASPA (SOWPODS) rating systems, and will be played using NASPA rules modified to use the Collins word list and 10-point/word penalty challenges.

This page will be updated frequently before the championship. You can see what has changed recently by clicking on the “history” tab above.


Online registration will be available on March 19th, 2010.

As the WPC is now a NASPA-rated event, you must must be a NASPA member to play in it. Membership costs USD 30.00 for a year if you have a NASPA rating (formerly known as an NSA rating); if you do not, you may pay USD 15.00 for a six-month trial membership instead. You can purchase membership online with a Visa or MasterCard card, or pay cash at the tournament site.

Registration closes on July 21st, 2010. No refunds will be issued after that date, and registrations will only be accepted with a $75 surcharge, if space is still available.

By registering for the WPC, you agree to abide by the NASPA Tournament Rules and Code of Conduct. In particular, some games at this tournament, probably the highest board(s) without a Gibsonized player, will be annotated live. If you refuse to play a designated game with annotation, you will forfeit it, and may at the director’s discretion be assigned a spread penalty of −200 points.

A Minor Release and Consent form can be downloaded for players who have not reached the legal age of majority. It can be mailed with your registration or alone if you have paid online to Chris Cree. Alternatively, it can be signed by the accompanying parent or guardian at the WPC in Dayton.

Before you register, please read our player bulletin, and check it again for last-minute updates before you travel to the event.

The WPC is an open event: all players play in one division. Players must pay the following amounts to enter, all amounts in U.S. dollars, payable online by Visa or MasterCard, by cash at the door (or paid to WPC staff in person at the European Open or King's Cup): $270 entry fee, $40 facility fee (if not staying at the event hotel), $30 NASPA membership fee (unless already a member, or not NASPA-rated and eligible for the $15 trial membership rate). Accommodation is not included in the above: the event hotel is offering a $129 nightly room rate We are looking into a meal plan for players who wish to remain on site at lunch, but there are a large number of restaurants within walking distance of the venue.


This tentative schedule is subject to change, though the dates and hours of play are firm. All locations TBA. We are thinking about another evening outing, and welcome suggestions.

Saturday, August 7 – Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2010 National SCRABBLE Championship

Thursday, August 12, 2010

3:00 P.M.–11:00 P.M.
After hours play.
6:00 P.M.–7:00 P.M.
Registration: please let us know if you cannot register in person at this time.
7:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M.
Dinner for contestants, staff and paid guests. Please let us know if you are unable to attend.

Friday, August 13, 2010

8:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M.
Set up for play
9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Rounds 1–4
1:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M.
Lunch (not provided)
2:30 P.M.–6:30 P.M.
Rounds 5–8
6:30 P.M.–11:00 P.M.
After hours play

Saturday, August 14, 2010

8:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M.
Set up for play
9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Rounds 9–12
1:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M.
Lunch (not provided)
2:30 P.M.–6:30 P.M.
Rounds 13–16
6:30 P.M.–11:00 P.M.
After hours play

Sunday, August 15, 2010

8:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M.
Set up for play
9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Rounds 17–20
1:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M.
Lunch (not provided)
2:30 P.M.–6:30 P.M.
Rounds 21–24
6:30 P.M.–11:00 P.M.
After hours play

Monday, August 9, 2010

8:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M.
Set up for play
9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Rounds 25–28
1:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M.
Lunch (not provided)
2:30 P.M.–7:00 P.M.
Rounds 29–32
7:00 P.M.–7:30 P.M.
Prize Ceremony
7:30 P.M.–11:00 P.M.
After hours play


The first place prize will be $10,000, assuming we get 100 players. The formula to be used in determining the rest of the prizes, and for determining first place for any number of registrants, will be posted here later.


The WPC will be paired using tsh similarly to the NSC. Players will be seeded by WESPA rating (estimated if necessary) for the first three rounds, then paired according to standing. In each round, the top contenders are paired with each other, and everyone else is paired Swiss. These two groups, contenders and noncontenders, are paired with minimal repeats. For example, if there is no way to pair the contenders without at least one repeat, then they will be paired with one repeat.

The maximum number of contenders is 12 in Rounds 1-28, 8 in Round 29, 4 in Round 30 and 2 in Round 31. The contenders are further divided into a subgroup of leaders and non-leaders, if this can be done without increasing the number of required repeats while maintaining at least four players among the leaders. Leaders are paired by repeatedly having the top unpaired player play the lowest-ranked player that can catch up to them. Non-leaders are paired Swiss.

For further information about this pairing system, please refer to the section on Chew pairings in the tsh documentation. tsh configuration files for each division will be found at this website: config.tsh.


Chris Cree
Wilma Vialle
Webmaster, Assistant Director
John Chew
Internet reporter
Sherrie Saint John
Kate Watson
Dee Segrest

Host city

The Town of Addison is located in the northern suburbs of Dallas, approximately 13 miles from the downtown area. Addison is regional business, shopping, and dining hub; it has several shopping centers, over 150 restaurants and one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country.

See also
(details will be added as they become available)

Tournament venue

Hotel InterContinental Dallas offers both the meeting space and accommodations. The hotel is a member of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) chain. When booking online, please use this link to obtain our group rate. (Don't use it yet, the link needs checking.)

Tournament organizers negotiate fees for the use of playing rooms based on meeting guest night quotas. When you stay at the host hotel, you help support the WPC by helping us meet our quota. You may opt not do so by paying a facility fee instead when you register for our championship.

ADDISON TX  75001-4609
Phone numbers
  • IHG reservations: +1 888 424 6835
  • Hotel front desk: +1 972 386 6000
  • Hotel fax: +1 972 991 6937


  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 20 mi
    • American Airlines (main hub)
    • most major airlines
  • Dallas Love Field (DAL): 11 mi
    • Southwest Airlines (focus city)
    • Continental Express, Northwest Airlink
  • Addison Airport (ADS): 2 mi
    • no scheduled passenger service
  • The nearest Greyhound terminal is in downtown Dallas (the Greyhound building across the street has corporate offices but no bus terminal).


No vendors have registered yet for this event.

Further Information

For more information about the WPC or any other NASPA activity, please click on “Contact us” in the navigation bar at left.