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This page outlines the criteria that will be used to select the players who will represent Canada at
the 2013 World SCRABBLE Championship (WSC).
All players wishing to qualify must be NASPA members in good standing.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible.
Temporary Residents (TRs) are eligible with the following restrictions:
Players wishing to register for the qualification process can do so by contacting any member of the Canadian Committee.
The following players have registered for the qualification process:
The qualification period begins on November 1, 2011 and ends May 31, 2013. If there is a qualification tournament, it will be held sometime in the summer thereafter.
Note: Tournaments that are in progress at the beginning or end of the QP will be considered to fall within the QP.
Canada's player allotment for WSC 2013 is expected to be seven players.
These are spots awarded by WESPA, typically for being a finalist in the previous WSC. Any spots awarded by WESPA do not count against Canada’s allotment. No one from Canada is expected to receive a spot awarded by WESPA.
These spots are awarded to eligible players who finish in the top quarter of the field in WSC 2011 while representing Canada. Players already awarded WESPA byes are not considered part of Canada’s allotment and do not count against the maximum number of spots to be awarded. Players who withdraw from WSC 2011 without a valid reason will not be eligible for any spot granted using this criterion. Players who wish to accept one of these spots must register their intention to do so by April 30, 2013.
Both Adam and David have accepted.
The Canadian Committee is reserving one spot for the winner of a Major Championship. This is the spot that in years past has been awarded to the winner of the CNSC. Which event will be chosen as the Major Event Qualifier has yet to be determined. However, it will almost certainly be one of the following:
Details will follow once a decision has been finalized.
Any player wishing to take this spot must register for the qualification process within one month of being awarded the spot or by May 31, 2013, whichever comes first.
One spot at most will be reserved for a qualifying tournament.
The remaining spots will be awarded based on Peak Rating.
Note: Second highest rating can be taken from either rating system.
The Canadian Committee is currently debating the merits of holding a qualifying tournament. If there is to be one then the following will likely apply:
If two or more players are tied then that tie will be broken based on PR and PR tie breaker procedures will be in effect.
Note that if the QT is eliminated then this section will be revised
Players who accept an allotted spot under criteria 2, 3, or 4, and who withdraw without a valid reason after the QT will not be permitted to qualify for the 2015 World SCRABBLE Championship except through the QT.
This only applies if there is a QT for WSC 2015.
Any dispute regarding the interpretation of any of the above rules and criteria will be resolved by the NASPA Canadian Committee, whose decision will be final.