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Gretchen Cowan celebrating at the Pruneyard in 2014

Gretchen Cowan celebrating at the Pruneyard in 2014

From Bennett Jacobstein:

The 29th Annual Silicon Valley Classic will be held at the Pruneyard Plaza in Campbell CA from August 13 – 15.  The tournament has been given a waiver and will be allowed a maximum of 60 players.  It has previously always been held on Memorial Day Weekend.  It was not held in 2020 and the 2021 version has been moved to the summer (COVID-19).

The tournament has been held in Santa Clara, Los Gatos, and for the last 20 years at the Pruneyard Plaza Center in Campbell.  The hotel was originally the Pruneyard Plaza Hotel and has now become the Doubletree by Hilton.

It was started by Johnny Nevarez and has been directed over the years by Rick Wong, Jeff Widergren, John Karris, John Green, Steve Pellinen and Bennett Jacobstein.

Notable tournament-related highlights have included a very young Noah Walton singing opera at a group dinner at Buca di Beppo, Stu Goldman’s great upset at whoever used his jacket to cover up an air-conditioning vent (many years later it was revealed the culprit was Alan Whitman), and Chris Cree chasing John Green down the hall to discuss how the pairings were done.

Past tournament winners have included many prominent Scrabble players:

1992 – Ellis Wyer

1993 – Steven Alexander

1994 – Lester Schonbrun

1995 – Brian Cappelletto

1996 – Lester Schonbrun

1997 – Jim Geary

1998 – Ira Cohen

1999 – Lisa Odom

2000 – Lester Schonbrun

2001 – Jeff Widergren

2002 – J Goard

2003 – Dave Weigand

2004 – Nathan Benedict

2005 – Jerry Lerman

2006 – Lester Schonbrun

2007 – Dominick Mancine

2008 – Scott AnderBois

2009 – Andrew Friedrich

2010 – Jeff Widergren

2011 – Kevin Fraley

2012 – Noah Walton

2013 – Dominick Mancine

2014 – Lewis Martinez

2015 – Jerry Lerman

2016 – Lisa Odom

2017 – Robin Levin

2018 – Kevin Fraley (TWL)

2018 – Bruce Ward (Collins)

2019 – Norases (Saint) Vesdapunt (TWL)

2019 – Bruce Ward (Collins)

2020 – Not held due to COVID-19

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