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SCRABBLE® Crossword Game Tournament
20 Rounds February 16-19, 2001
Danbury, Connecticut

Join us for the seventh annual Eastern Championship in Connecticut's Housatonic Valley region. We'll be back at The Inn At Ethan Allen, next to the Ethan Allen corporate headquarters on Mill Plain Road. See the bottom of this page for more about getting there, Danbury, The Inn, and the HVTD connection.

Division 1
1800 and up*
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4
1149 and below*
*ratings as of February 1.

Important Notes:
-Early birds deduct $10 from the total amount if entry and other fees are postmarked prior to January 1.
-Late birds add $10 if entry and other fees are postmarked after January 24.
-Add commuter fee of $22 if not on the hotel package; this includes the two coffee breaks.
Absolutely no walk-ins.

Playing up:
Any player who has received a post-tournament rating within 100 points of a higher division
after July 31, 2000, may play in that division.

$158 per person triple occupancy
$188 per person double occupancy
$324 per person single occupancy.

Price includes three nights' lodging, three buffet breakfasts, two coffee breaks, and all taxes. Parking is free.
(based on 24 players each division):

Division 1: Division 2:Division 3:Division 4:
$500 first prize $300 first prize $300 first prize$200 first prize
at least four prizes per division (24+ players).
Size and/or number of prizes to be increased based on turnout.

Ron Tiekert, Susi Tiekert, and Sherrie Saint John.

20 games; w/l with spread tiebreaker. Round robin/speed pairings followed by Swiss.

Friday SaturdaySundayMonday
Check in after 2 pm.
Assemble by 8:15,
rounds 1-3 begin 8:30.
Rounds 4-10 begin 10 am,
with a lunch break and
afternoon coffee break.
Rounds 11-17 at 10 am,
with a lunch break and
afternoon coffee break.
Rounds 18-20 begin at
10:00 am sharp. Awards
at 2:00 pm.

Please bring a deluxe set and a chess clock.

Click on the entry form link below, print out, complete the form, and mail with check or money order for all applicable fees to:
Ron Tiekert, 10345 Colony Glen Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30022.


The Housatonic Valley encompasses Newtown, where the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Brunot became the first SCRABBLE® manufacturing site. In 1997, the Housatonic Valley Tourism District (HVTD) contacted the NSA and then us about holding a tournament in the area. The outcome was the 1998 Eastern Championship in Danbury, Connecticut, a prosperous and attractive city of about 65,000. We are pleased to return to Danbury once again for the seventh annual Eastern Championship.

The HVTD will again provide many extras, including commemorative T-shirts, info packs about the Danbury area, dine-around coupons, late night snacks in the skittles room, the Sunday New York Times, and more. Upon arrival at the Inn, be sure to go the HVTD hospitality desk to pick up your "goody bag."

This year we'll again be at The Inn At Ethan Allan (203-744-1776) just off Exit 4 I-84 in Danbury. The Inn features well-appointed rooms, fine dining, an exercise room and sauna, and racquetball. A lounge area for between-round smokers will be located a comfortable distance down the hallway, and a skittles room will be available for after-dinner play Saturday and Sunday nights. The Inn is easily reached by car, train, or plane.

From New York City: Hutchinson River Parkway to White Plains and I-684 North towards Brewster. Exit 9E towards Danbury on I-84 East. Take I-84 to Exit 4; at the bottom of the ramp turn right. The Inn is a quarter mile down on the right.

From New Jersey and other points south and west: Take the Tappan Zee Bridge; after crossing the bridge take Exit 8 for New England and the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287). Proceed to I-684 North and take exit 9E (I-84 East to Danbury). Take I-84 to Exit 4; at the bottom of the ramp turn right. The Inn is a quarter mile down on the right.

From Boston and other points northeast: Take Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Sturbridge, Exit 9. Proceed onto I-84 West to Exit 4; at the bottom of the ramp turn right. The Inn is a quarter mile down on the right.

From New Haven and other points southeast: Take route 34 West to Newtown and pick up I-84 West. Take I-84 to Exit 4; at the bottom of the ramp turn right. The Inn is a quarter mile down on the right.

Airport Arrival
Connecticut Limousine (800 472-LIMO) provides service from Newark, La Guardia, Kennedy, and Bradley (Windsor Locks, CT) airports to the Radisson Hotel, which is just down the street from the Inn. Once at the Radisson call the Inn (203-744-1776) to arrange for a lift. Taxis and rental cars are available from Westchester Airport (While Plains, NY), or Stewart International Airport (Newburgh, NY).

By Train
Metro North provides commuter service to Danbury and Brewster, NY, from New York City and New Haven. The HVTD will provide transport to and from the Brewster station Friday and Monday afternoons. Please check the appropriate box on the entry form if you will be using this service. If you know when you'll be arriving, the HVTD would appreciate that information as well. If not, call the Inn (203-744-1776) upon arrival at Brewster.

Ron or Susi Tiekert at (770) 752-8511

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