Scrabble for Cheaters

Scrabble for Cheaters 2017

Registration for the 2017 tournament is now open!

Here's how it works:

30 teams pledge to fundraise on behalf of 826CHI's creative writing programs. Dollars raised will be used to purchase "cheats," which can be used during tournament games to decimate your opponents.

On Saturday, March 4th, after weeks of peer fundraising, teams will go head-to-head in a Scrabble tournament, using their hard-earned arsenal of cheats to win a series of 45-minute games. Champions take home a gloriously gaudy trophy and critical acclaim for eternity.

This year, we aim to raise $25,000. Every donation helps ensure that each of our 2,400+ students can attend our literary arts programs, 100% free-of-cost. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Can we count on your trickery?

Questions? Email Tracy at [email protected].

The tournament begins at noon. Championship round is at 5pm.

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  1. Each team pledges to raise a minimum of $150
  2. Each team must consist of 2 players.*
  3. Each team must have a team name.
  4. Each team must have an identifiable uniform on the day of the tournament (costumes are encouraged!).
  5. Each team must arrive by 11:00am on the day of the tournament.
  6. Cheats will be bought and issued on tournament day.
  7. Each cheat purchased may be used only once.
  8. Turns are timed at 2 minutes. Games are over at 45 minutes.
  9. Cheating is encouraged.

* If you're having trouble finding a teammate, don't fret. Email [email protected] and 826CHI will try its best to match you up with another independent player.