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The 2015 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge is the 12th in this series of transborder invitational championships.
Due to a lack of TWL entrants on the US team, the format of Can-Am has been changed from what had been originally announced. It will consist of a total of 14 entrants, seven each representing the United States and Canada. The lexicon used for all games will be 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.
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).
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.
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.
Collins Scrabble Words will be the lexicon used for all games.
Registrants are listed below. Current projected qualifiers are listed in bold. Note this list is not yet final -- due to the format change there will be an opportunity for TWL registrants who wish to express interest in playing CSW.
All alternates will be chosen on the basis of PR.
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.