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2014 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge

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The 2014 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge is the 11th in this series of transborder invitational championships.

2014 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge qualification system

A total of 14 entrants will qualify to compete at the 2014 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge, seven each representing the United States and Canada.

The event will be hosted by the U.S. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 370 N Route 83, Elmhurst IL, in the metro Chicago area on 13-14 September, 2014.

We intend the end of the qualifying period to also be 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 13 September 2014.

Qualification Period

As in past years, the qualification period is from the beginning of September 2013 (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 2013 to 15 July 2014 (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. These can be either TWL, CSW or a combination of both.

Peak Rating

Players will qualify based on the higher of their peak NASPA rating (PR) in either TWL or Collins. 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 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.


The following procedure was used for the 2012 and 2013 Can-Am: When registering, players will indicate their preferred lexicon. They will not be able to change this after the end of the qualification period, which falls on 2014-07-15. During the tournament, if both players have registered as preferring CSW, their game will be played to the CSW lexicon, with 10 point per word penalty challenges. All other games will be played to the TWL lexicon with double challenge. Players will have until 2014-07-22, which is one week after the end of the qualification period to withdraw without penalty if they are not comfortable with the number of their opponents who have opted for their non-preferred lexicon, (by emailing Chris Lipe for U.S. Players or Tony Leah for Canadian players).

Current Standings

To see where players currently stand in qualifying to represent their countries, please see the full qualification standings. Players marked ‘n’ have confirmed that they will not play; those who have confirmed their intent to play are marked with their preferred lexicon. Please report any corrections to John Chew.


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), TeamUSA Selection Committee (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 15 July 2014 with your lexical preference if you'd like to represent USA.

Please email Tony Leah by 15 July 2014 with your lexical preference if you'd like to represent Canada.

The standings will be announced and updated by John Chew.