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This page outlines the criteria that will be used to select the players who qualify to represent Canada at the 2017 WESPA Championship (WESPAC2017).
WESPAC2017 is an event with national allocations resembling those of the World SCRABBLE Championship (WSC). It will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 8-12, 2017. (There will also be a Last Chance Qualifier on November 7, 2017 in Nairobi that will select additional players.) Canada has been allotted 9 spots for the WESPAC2017. This document sets out how the 9 qualifiers will be chosen.
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 application deadline for qualifying by peak rating is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on May 31, 2017. The deadline for registering for the Qualifying Tournament will be determined later.
The qualification period began on December 1, 2015 and ends on May 31, 2017. The qualification tournament 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.
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 for WESPAC2017.
These spots are awarded to eligible players who finish in the top quarter of the 130 person field in WESPAC 2015 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. These spots must be accepted before May 31, 2017. Any spots not claimed under this provision will be awarded based on peak rating.
Qualified under this criterion:
Two spots will be reserved for a qualifying tournament. The remaining 6 spots will be awarded based on Peak Rating.
Note: Second highest rating can be taken from either rating system.
Note that the QT was eliminated, and any future available spots will be awarded by the Canadian Committee.
The Canadian Committee has certified that the following 8 players have qualified to represent Canada at WESPAC 2017:
The following players registered for WESPAC2017:
Players who accept an allotted spot under criteria 2 or 3, and who withdraw without a valid reason after the QT will not be permitted to qualify for the next event with WSC-like national allocations except through the QT.
Any dispute regarding the interpretation of any of the above rules and criteria will be resolved by the NASPA Canadian Committee.