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2015 WSC Qualification Criteria
The WESPA Championship (WC) will be held at Gloucester Park in Perth on 3 to 8 November 2015. This will be an invitational event using the World Scrabble Championship system as a basis for allocating country seats, and at this time Singapore expects to be allocated places for 6 players. There will also be an open event, the Perth International, alongside for those not qualifying for the WESPA Championship. The event website is http://scrabble.org.au/events/15WSC/index.html
For previous WSCs the qualification process was formulated with the expectation in advance that a WSC would be held every two years. For 2015 SA has elected to await the confirmation of a WSC or equivalent (viz WC), and the qualification scheme is therefore adjusted accordingly. SA will address situations not covered below if required, with the overall objective of achieving a fair and workable selection process.
It is noted that the possibility of adopting the 2013 WSC qualification criteria largely unchanged has been considered. This would require backdating the start date to the date of the 2014 National Championship.
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Note 1 "The National Champion will hold the Teck Ghee challenge shield until the 2015 Nationals, and will qualify to represent Singapore at the 2015 World Championship in the event that one is announced (subject to any other terms of the 2015 WSC Qualification Criteria)" was previously approved and announced.
Note 2 A major tournament is for this purpose one in which the top division lasts for at least 16 rounds.
Note 3 It is desirable to aim to hold the 2015 Nationals before 3 August 2015 as a result.
for SA Committee
ADDENDUM: MODIFICATION TO THE 2015 WSC QC (13 July 2015)
As announced previously, the National Scrabble Championship will be held on 15-16 August 2015 at Jurong Green CC.
Given that the Nationals date unexpectedly falls outside the end of the qualification period (QP), the SA committee has deliberated whether modification is needed to the WSC qualification (QC), in the interest of fairness. The decision has been taken by the disinterested members of the committee.
There was reasonable expectation until very recently that the Nationals would be the final rated tournament of the QP. At the request of the SA committee, the Nationals date was determined at the discretion of the organising chairman, after consultation, solely in best interest of the event. The committee also notes that some major tournaments (as defined in the QC) expected to take place during the QP did not eventuate due to venue unavailability.
Therefore, the SA Committee has ruled that the QP be extended to the conclusion of the 2015 National Championship such that the Nationals will, as intended, be the final rated tournament in the QP, and to accept no other tournaments for rating between now and the conclusion of the Nationals. The intent is that the QC will apply as if the Nationals had been held on 1-2 August.
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