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This page outlines the criteria that will be used to select the players who will represent the United States at the 2011 World SCRABBLE Championship (WSC).
All players wishing to qualify must be NASPA members in good standing.
United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible.
Players may not register for the qualification process if they have already registered to qualify for another nation. If a player registers to play for the U.S. and then withdraws to attempt to represent another nation at WSC 2011, they will be ineligible to compete for the U.S. at any Causeway Challenges held between 2011 and 2013 and the 2013 World Scrabble Championship.
In order to claim a spot on the team, interested players must register for the qualification process before the end of the qualification period. Players wishing to register can do so by contacting Sam Kantimathi or Brian Bowman.
A player who registers for the qualification process may withdraw from consideration without penalty until the qualifying tournament is held in May or June of 2011. Any player who commits to play in the WSC and withdraws after the QT (after the U.S. team has been finalized) will be ineligible to play on the U.S. team at the 2013 World Scrabble Championship.
The following players have registered for the qualification process:
The qualification period begins on January 1, 2010 and will end on May 31, 2011. A qualification tournament (QT) will be held in Northeast Ohio on July 15-17, 2011.
Note: Tournaments that are in progress at the beginning or end of the QP will be considered to fall within the QP.
The United States will be represented by fifteen players in 2011.
Any spots awarded by WESPA (for example, for being a finalist at the previous WSC, or for being champion of the WYSC) do not count against the United States' allotment.
Three spots will be reserved for the top three American finishers at the 2009 WSC. If any of these players decline to play, then additional spots will be determined by peak rating.
Note: The top three American finishers at the 2009 WSC were Dave Wiegand, Nathan Benedict and Jason Katz-Brown.
Nine spots will be determined by peak rating during the QP.
A player’s PR is the highest tournament rating that is achieved after the player has fulfilled the participation requirements (see below).
A player may use either their NASPA TWL rating or their NASPA SOWPODS rating as a peak rating.
In order for a player's NASPA TWL rating to count as a valid peak rating, the player must have played 50 total games in the NASPA TWL and NASPA SOWPODS rating systems. Additionally, the player must have played 30 games in the NASPA TWL rating system, including two tournaments of at least 5 games each.
In order for a player's NASPA SOWPODS rating to count as a valid peak rating, the player must have played 50 total games in the NASPA TWL and NASPA SOWPODS rating systems. Additionally, the player must have played 30 games in the NASPA SOWPODS rating system, including two tournaments of at least 5 games each.
Players with peak ratings in both rating systems will use the higher of the two peaks as their PR.
Only ratings achieved at the conclusion of fully rated tournaments will be considered a PR.
If a PR includes bonus points earned from the second half of a tourney 17-32 rounds long (or from the final third of a tourney 33-48 rounds long), then those specific bonus points will be subtracted from the player's final rating that tourney before reaching the PR for that tourney only. Subsequent tourneys will again include the bonus points from the previous events.
Three spots (and one alternate) will be determined by a 20-game qualification tournament that will be held from July 15-17 in Northeast Ohio (the Cleveland/Akron area). Details about the tournament can be found on the NASPA tournament calendar here To be eligible for the QT, players must have played 20 fully-rated games (TWL or SOWPODS) during the QP. Players who sign up for the QT will be automatically registered for the qualifying process, and must commit to play the WSC if they earn a spot.
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.
Standings as of February 22, 2011:
1. Cappelletto - TWL 2047
2. Bassett-Bouchard - TWL 2014
3. Thevenot - Collins 1986 (TWL 1970)
4. Bowman - TWL 1974 (Collins 1943)
5. Koenig - TWL 1964
6. Cohen - TWL 1958
7. Rosin - TWL 1942
8. Cree - TWL 1941
9. O'Laughlin - TWL 1936 (Collins 1888)
10. Robinsky - TWL 1936
11. Clinchy - TWL 1928
12. Walton - TWL 1927
13. J. Day - TWL 1920
14. MacNeil - TWL 1919
15. P. Armstrong - TWL 1918
16. Withers - TWL 1909
17. Idalski - TWL 1906
18. Lipe - TWL 1902
19. Whitmarsh - TWL 1901
20. Kramer - TWL 1891 (Collins 1872)
21. Kantimathi - Collins 1887 (TWL 1859)
22. Polatnick – TWL 1884 (Collins 1866)
23. Keller - TWL 1864
24. Linn - TWL 1839 (Collins 1834)
25. Chaney - Collins 1790
26. Chakrabarti - TWL 1775
27. Pratt - not enough games for valid peak rating
If you see any errors in the standings, please contact Brian Bowman.