FORT WAYNE — A major competition is coming to Fort Wayne this weekend.

The best Scrabble players from around the United States and Canada will compete in the 2016 North American Scrabble Championship Saturday to Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

More than 420 Scrabble professionals and amateurs will be vying for the coveted championship title and a cash grand prize, including the 2015 overall champion Matthew Tunnicliffe of Ottawa, Canada.

The competition features four divisions, an international division and 31 rounds of championship pairings. Championship play will start at 9 a.m. Saturday.

This is the first time Fort Wayne has hosted the North American Scrabble Championship. The event has previously been in Reno, Nev., Buffalo, N.Y., Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas.

For more information on the championship visit scrabbleplayers.org, or contact Dallas Johnson of the NASC at 330-252-6404 or John Felts of Visit Fort Wayne at 260-424-3700.

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