SCRABBLE® Crossword Game Tournament
May 23rd-25th, 2009
PruneYard Plaza Hotel
1995 South Bascom Avenue
Campbell, California
DIRECTORS: Bennett Jacobstein (408) 506-0407
Rick Wong (415) 425-2798
John Karris
Div. 1 (1600 and above) $80 US
Div. 2 (under 1600) $70 US
Div. 3 (under 1200) $35 US
May play up in Div. 1 if peak rating in 2009 is within 100 points, at director discretion to keep divisions even. Anyone under 1600 may choose to play in Div. 2.
Players must be current National Scrabble® Association members. You may join the NSA by adding $20 annual dues. $10 refund if payment received before May 1, 2009 AND player arrives by 8:45 am on Sat. May 23rd
PREREGISTRATION: No entries will be accepted after Thursday May 21st. All players must preregister. No Walk-ins will be accepted!
LUNCH: Lunch will be provided on Saturday. The PruneYard has many eating establishments for your Sunday enjoyment. NOTE: No outside food or beveridges may be brought into the hotel.
TRIVIA: Trivia competition will be held during the Saturday lunch.
DINNER: Sign up for the optional Sunday evening dinner at Bucca di Beppo in the PruneYard.
PARTY: John Karris will be hosting a post-tournament party for all participants at his home on Monday after the Awards Ceremony.
Saturday  8 games  Registration 8:30-9:00am, Play starts at 9:30am.
Sunday  8 games  Play starts promptly at 9am
Monday  3 games  Play starts promptly at 9am, Awards Ceremony follows after last game.
PAIRINGS: Mini RRs, followed by Fontes, and KOTH
PRIZES: Cash prizes will be awarded to a minimum of the top 3 finishers in divisions 1 and 2. Additionally, a performance prize will be awarded in divisions 1 and 2 (limit one prize per contestant). Division 3 will not have cash prizes. Actual prize amounts will be determined based on the number of entrants. The directors for this tournament are not paid, and all after-expense funds are intended to be awarded as prize money.
LODGING: PruneYard Plaza Hotel has reserved rooms at $119 per night (double or single); Mention "Scrabble" to get the rate. Reserve early, as rooms are subject to availability. (800) 559-4344.
LOCAL CHARM: The Pruneyard Shopping Center has a wide variety of restaurants, as well as shopping. The revitalized downtown Campbell is nearby, and Los Gatos and San Jose are a short drive away.
DIRECTIONS: Campbell is about 5 miles south of the San Jose International Airport, and the Pruneyard Towers (located in the same Pruneyard Shopping Center as the Pruneyard Inn) can be seen from at least a mile away. From the airport, take I-880 South (toward Los Gatos/Santa Cruz), just past I-280 to the Hamilton Avenue exit. Turn left onto Hamilton Avenue. Turn right at the third stoplight onto Bascom Avenue. Pruneyard Inn will be in the Pruneyard Shopping Center on the second block on the right.
EQUIPMENT: Please bring Deluxe Scrabble® Game Boards, clocks, and tournament tiles.
TOURNEY WEBSITE: Current tourney information is available at
ENTRY: Complete and print the form below and mail with check or money order to:
  Bennett Jacobstein
  PO Box 15520
  Fremont, CA 94539
  (408) 506-0407

Please register me for Silicon Valley Showdown, May 23-25, 2009

I plan to stay at the PruneYard.
I need help finding a roommate.
I want to join the Sunday dinner at Bucca di Beppo (additional $25 enclosed).
I plan to join the post-tournament party at John Karris's house.
I will arrive by 9:00 on Saturday for check-in. Enclosed is my entry fee:
$80 (≥1600)  Division 1
$70 (≥1200 and <1600)  Division 2
$35 (<1200)  Division 3
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