If you go
• What: Words with Forsyth Scrabble Tournament
• When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9
• Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.
• Cost: $20 donation per person or team
• Online: www.literacyforsyth.com
The two-time champion of the Words with Forsyth Scrabble Tournament is ready for someone else to take on the title.
However, that person is going to have to earn it in a battle of the English lexicon on triple word scores.
Defending champ Stephen Kight is hoping for some great competition on the upcoming Feb. 9 tournament, which benefits local nonprofit Literacy Forsyth.
The organization also holds the annual adult spelling bee, Spell Check Live!
Kight, who serves on the nonprofit’s executive board, said the board game tournament was created as a fun event that also fits with the group’s mission to increase local literacy rates.
“This really has to do with literacy, with words,” said Kight, who also works for the Forsyth County Public Library. “It’s a great way to get the whole family out there. We have both a competitive side and a recreational side.”
The competitive division is an individual game, with the final round between the top two players determining the champion.
The recreational division allows people to play in pairs, and a team will take top honors.
Both divisions feature prizes for the winners.
Either side is sure to be fun, Kight said, but the culture of competition is what he loves in the game he’s been playing since he was a child.
The one-on-one matches can get intensely competitive, with opponents challenging whether a play can be found in a dictionary, he said.
The move can cost the challenger a turn if the word is in fact part of the English language.
“I’m looking forward to playing some of my former nemeses,” Kight said. “I’m very laid back. I just eat my cookies and do my thing, but there are some that are so intense.
“They have blood in their eyes and they’re raising their hands shouting ‘challenge.’ It’s great. I love it.”
Anyone wanting to play should register ahead of time online. The cost is a $20 donation per player or team.
The funds raised will go toward the services provided by Literacy Forsyth, which include free tutoring for low-level and non-reading adults, for students studying for their GED and for English language classes for adults.