2009 WSC

2009 World SCRABBLE® Championship: Team Canada

Qualified as 2008 Canadian Champion

When Adam Logan won the 2008 CNSC, he won a place on the 2008 Canadian WSC team. He is however unable to play in this year’s event.

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Adam Logan

Qualified on Rating

Five players qualify by having the highest peak tournament ratings (QR) during the qualification period.

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Tony Leah
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Joel Wapnick
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David Boys
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Max Panitch
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Dielle Saldanha

Qualified by Tournament

A qualifying tournament on July 18-19, 2009 determine thde three (normally two, but one more because of Adam Logan, see above) remaining places on the Canadian team, as well as the precedence order of all team alternates.

Ron Hoekstra, Mark Schellenberg and Andrew Golding qualified as the winners of the QT. The following player is the team alternate in the order in which he may be called upon: Dean Saldanha.

Ron Hoekstra
Mark Schellenberg
Andrew Golding

Qualification Rules

The qualification process for Team Canada was announced September 10th, 2008. Once at least one player has potentially qualified on rating, this page will be kept updated with current qualification standings.

[2009-03-03] The WSC qualification process will also be used to determine the team for the 2009 Causeway Challenge, which follows the WSC at the same venue. The five players for that event will be chosen from the WSC team, giving precedence first to the Canadian Champion, then to players who qualify on rating, and last to those who qualify by tournament.

  1. These rules describe how eight players will qualify to represent Canada at the 2009 World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC).

  2. Qualification is based on a player's tournament activity during the Qualifying Period (QP), which begins on September 11th, 2008 and ends on June 3rd, 2009. A player's peak rating (PR) is their highest tournament rating during the QP, not including mid-tournament ratings at split-rated tournaments, or any ratings earned before a player has played at least 34 games in Open Rated Tournaments during the QP.

  3. As in past years, the winner of the first Canadian Championship held after the last WSC qualifies. This time, Adam Logan, who won the 2008 Canadian Championship, which took place after the 2007 WSC, qualifies.

  4. A Qualifying Tournament (QT) will be held in July 2009 at a location to be determined by the usual vote of players who have registered as of May 17th, 2009. The top two finishers from the QT will qualify. The QT will use the same lexicon and challenge rule as the WSC. To play in the QT, a player must have played at least 17 games in fully-rated tournaments during the QP.

  5. The remaining five places will go to those players who have the highest PRs.

  6. All players who wish to qualify to play in the WSC must register with John Chew by June 3rd, 2009 regardless of on what basis they think they will qualify. As of when they register, players must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. A player who registers for the qualification process but then without good reason withdraws from it after the end of the QP or does not play in the WSC will not be able to qualify based on PR at the next World SCRABBLE® Championship. At the end of the QP, registered players who have qualified based on PR will be so informed, and up to 24 additional registered players will be invited to participate in the QT. If there are more than 24 players who want to participate in the QT, only those with the highest PR will play.

  7. Players who forfeit tournament games under suspicious circumstances will have their games for that event nullified towards earning a PR.

  8. If any of the qualified players decides not to play in the WSC, their place will be given to the player who finished highest at the QT who has not yet accepted a place on the team.

The following players registered for the qualification process: Andrew Golding, David Boys, Dean Saldanha, Dielle Saldanha, Joel Wapnick, Mark Schellenberg, Max Panitch, Ron Hoekstra, Tony Leah.

John Chew withdrew because he was unable to play enough qualifying games to play in the QT. George Macaulay withdrew on 2009-07-10 for personal reasons communicated to John Chew.

As a result of a vote held among players registered as of 2009-05-17, the qualifying tournament will be held for the first time in Vancouver.

Voting for nonwinning locations and thereby adding to their carryover votes if they attend this year were: Andrew Golding (5), George Macaulay (2), Ron Hoekstra (2). Past holders of carryover votes who did not vote this year were Albert Hahn (5), David Boys (2), Emanuel Chicoine (2), Joel Wapnick (2), Randall Thomas (2). In each list, the number in parentheses shows the number of votes they are entitled to next time, including their one regular vote.

The director of the QT has yet to be determined. Further details on the format will be announced when the registration period ends and the number of players is known, but for now players should be prepared to play roughly from 9:00 to 6:00 on each of Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th.

Current team qualification standings and Current QT qualification standings are updated regularly.

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