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The 2016 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge is the 13th in this series of transborder invitational championships.
A total of 20 entrants will qualify to compete at the 2016 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 the U.S. on November 12-13, 2016. It will be held at the Ft. Lauderdale Bridge Club – 700 N.E. 6th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale Florida 33304. The event is organized by Steve Polatnick and will be directed by Tim Wise.
The end of the qualifying period – 11 September 2016 -- is also the deadline for registering. Note: There will be a side tournament with both TWL and CSW divisions open to anyone who does not qualify for the Can-Am Challenge.
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 September 11, 2016.
As in past years, the qualification period is from the beginning of August 2015 (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: August 1, 2015 to September 11, 2016 (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:
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.
Registrants are listed below. Qualifiers are listed in bold.
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 U.S. Subcommittee (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 Steve Polatnick by September 11, 2016 with your lexical preference if you would like to represent USA.
Please email Tony Leah by September 11, 2016 with your lexical preference if you would like to represent Canada.
The standings will be announced and updated by John Chew.