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Revision as of 17:58, 29 May 2015

The 2015 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge is the 12th in this series of transborder invitational championships.

2015 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge qualification system

A total of 20 entrants will qualify to compete at the 2015 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge, ten each representing the United States and Canada. Each slate of ten entrants will feature five players playing TWL and five players playing CSW.

The event will be hosted by Canada on August 29-30, hosted by the Ottawa Scrabble Club in Ottawa, ON. It will be held at the office of iPolitics, a news-gathering organization located in Ottawa's Byward Market area.

The end of the qualifying period -- 28 June 2015 -- is also the deadline for registering.


All Canadian team members must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. All U.S. team members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. All participants must be NASPA members in good standing as of 29 August 2015.

Qualification Period

As in past years, the qualification period is from the beginning of September 2014 (the month in which the previous Challenge was contested) to about two months before this year's Can-Am, with dates adjusted slightly to include events played on the first and last weekends during that period: 1 September 2014 to 28 June 2015 (inclusive).

Participation Requirement

Players who wish to qualify must meet a minimum participation requirement of 24 NASPA rated tournament games played during the qualification period. The games must be played in the lexicon in which the player wishes to qualify.

Peak Rating

Players will qualify based on the higher of their peak NASPA rating (PR) in the lexicon of their choice. A player’s PR is defined as his or her highest rating that satisfies the following conditions: It is achieved at the end of a rated tournament played. It is not achieved before the tournament in which the participation requirement has been met.

If two or more players have the same PR, then the tie will be broken by each player's second highest PR eligible rating. If still tied then the tie will be broken by total number of games played (in any lexicon) during the QP. If still tied then the tie will be broken by rating achieved after any fully rated tournament in the QP. Drawing of lots will be necessary if there is still a tie.


Each team will consist of five TWL players and five CSW players. Each player will play a triple round robin against the members of the other team who chose the same lexicon. The tournament will thus be a total of 15 games. A player must play in the lexicon they designated when registering/qualifying.

Current Standings

Below is a list of players who have expressed interest in registering for Can Am. Peak Rating standings will be updated soon.

Registrants are listed below. Current projected qualifiers are listed in bold.

  • US
    • TWL
      • Kate Fukawa-Connelly (PR 1870)
      • Jason Keller (PR 1842)
      • Steve Polatnick (PR 1815)
    • CSW
      • Rob Robinsky (PR 2007)
      • Chris Lipe (PR 2006)
      • Matthew O'Connor (PR 1964)
      • Jason Keller (PR 1898 (Preferred Lexicon)
      • Steve Polatnick (PR 1841) (Preferred Lexicon)
  • Canada
    • TWL
      • Matthew Tunnicliffe (PR 2004)
      • Jason Li (PR 1974)
      • Joshua Sokol (PR 1850)
      • Robin Pollock Daniel (PR 1839)
      • Christopher Sykes (PR 1827)
      • Zev Kaufman (11/24 games played)
    • CSW
      • Tony Leah (PR 1949)
      • Jeremy Hildebrand (PR 1851)
      • Sinna Vijajakumar (PR 1718)
      • Jason Broersma (PR 1611)
      • Andy Saunders (PR 1605)


All alternates will be chosen on the basis of PR.


Dispute Resolution

In the event that a dispute concerning these rules should arise, it will be
 resolved by one of the following bodies as indicated: Canadian Committee 
(matters concerning qualification of Canadian players), International Committee US Subcomittee (matters concerning qualification of US players), International
 Committee (all other matters arising before the first day of the tournament), 
the Tournament Director (any matters arising on the days on which the 
tournament is contested). As always, rulings concerning disputes may
be appealed to the Advisory Board, which will (time permitting) hear 
them at its next scheduled monthly meeting.


Please email Chris Lipe by 28 June 2015 with your lexical preference if you would like to represent USA.

Please email Tony Leah by 28 June 2015 with your lexical preference if you would like to represent Canada.

The standings will be announced and updated by John Chew.