Scrabble Australia

The WESPA Scrabble Championship 2019

Selective events 2019

WESPAC is a prestige invitational event in the spirit of the World Scrabble Championship. The first such event was held in Perth in 2015, and it is intended that it should take place under the supervision of WESPA every odd year. This time the location is Goa, India from 16 to 20 October, 2019.

Selecting Australia's team for 2019

A team of thirteen Australians will be selected by ASPA to play in the 2019 WESPAC. This is in addition to players selected by WESPA, which includes the WESPA Top 5 at some cutoff date. More details of other ways to qualify here, including the pathway via the Last Chance Qualifier. The event web site has much more information about Scrabble events and the attractions of Goa.

Qualifying period The qualifying period is the twelve month span from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019.
Eligibility: You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident on 30 June 2019, and be a financial member of ASPA on 30 June 2019.

Selection by major titles

A maximum of two eligible players are selected by tournament success, namely

(1) The winner of the 2018 Australian Masters. Andrew Fisher
(2) The highest placed eligible Australian in the 2019 Australian Championship.

Players who qualify this way must also play 90 games recognised by ASPA during the qualifying period.

If any of these berths is unfilled for any reason, the place is taken by another player selected via ratings.

Players who qualify via ratings

All remaining eligible places will be determined by ratings as follows
  1. The method of ranking candidates is by the three peak statistic (the Q statistic) described below.
  2. Players may appeal to CASPA for a special dispensation in exceptional circumstances.
  3. In the event of any unforeseen issue the decision of CASPA is final.

The three peaks Q statistic

The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this:

  1. Subperiods are May to Aug 2018, Sep 2018 to Dec 2019 and Jan to Apr 2019.
  2. The Qstat: The qualifying statistic is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 , which is a weighted average of peak ratings in the three subperiods.
  3. Third peak: You cannot earn the peak in the third subperiod until you have played 90 games rated by ASPA in the qualification period.
  4. Penalty: If you do not earn a peak in a subperiod , your peak in that subperiod is equal to the last rating minus 200. There is no requirement about how often this may be applied.
  5. Games quota: You must play at least 90 games recognised by ASPA or WESPA in the qualification period.
  6. Multiday tournament which spans two subperiods will be treated for peak and game count as occurring on the first day.
  7. Missed games: If you miss a game in a tournament for any reason other than an assigned bye, you cannot count a peak attained in that tournament for any qualification purposes. Games played will count towards games quotas. Ratings will be calculated as usual, with byes and forfeits not rated.

If two players have the same Q statistic, the one with the greater number of games in the qualification period is ranked higher.

Adam Kretschmer is approaching contenders to elicit a tentative answer as to whether they are going. At this stage, answers are non-binding, and players may revise their answers later.


Goa
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CONTENDERS
13 quota
Games Q Stat
13.01.2019
Peak (games)
May-Aug
Peak (games)
Sep-Dec
Peak (games)
Jan-Apr
1. David Eldar (VIC) 16+97 2078.50*1982 (0)2175 (16)
2.MAYBE Chris May (NSW) 71+45 2028.002008 (47)2048 (24)
3.MAYBE Andrew Fisher (VIC) 2018 MASTERS WINNER 76+45 2015.502001 (48)2030 (28)
4.MAYBE Naween Fernando (VIC) 64+69 1967.001934 (37)2000 (27)
5. Trevor Halsall (VIC) 48 1956.001977 (30)1935 (18)
6.MAYBE Edward Okulicz (NSW) 42+45 1955.25*2010 (33)1793 (0)2009? (9)
7.MAYBE Cameron Farlow (QLD) 89 1934.001923 (32)1945 (57)
8.MAYBE Esther Perrins (NSW) 60+97 1920.001949 (18)1891 (42)
9.MAYBE Peter Kougi (VIC) 52 1918.501884 (7)1953 (45)
NO Michael Cameron (SA) 51 1865.251864 (5)1873 (40)1862? (6)
10.YES Anand Bharadwaj (VIC) 52+34 1850.501830 (28)1871 (24)
NO Daniel Piechnick (SA) 96✓ 1827.001916 (37)1812 (53)1790 (6)
12.YES Jakob Teitelbaum (ACT) 43 1819.501818 (4)1821 (39)
13. Joanne Craig (NSW) 107+228 1811.501815 (57)1808 (50)
ALMOST IN
14.YES Bob Jackman (NSW) 136+24 1798.501772 (43)1814 (84)1804 (9)
ALMOST IN
15. Michael McKenna (ACT) 7 1750.00*1850 (7)1650 (0)
16. Wayne Jones (NSW) 101✓ 1747.001762 (39)1732 (62)
17.YES Adam Kretschmer (SA) 116+24 1743.751786 (47)1787 (63)1701 (6)
18. John Holgate (NSW) 115+119 1724.251793 (62)1748 (44)1678 (9)
19.MAYBE Andrew Hamblin (QLD) 89 1714.501705 (56)1724 (33)
20. Rod Talbot (NSW) 184+24 1713.001737 (80)1727 (95)1694 (9)
NO Simon Walton (SA) 20 1712.001710 (10)1714 (10)
NO Ron Baginski (QLD) 88+24 1711.501683 (40)1740 (48)
22.MAYBE Tony Hunt (NSW) 207+24 1692.751707 (65)1724 (133)1670 (9)
23.YES Victor Tung (NSW) 83+24 1686.501688 (29)1696 (45)1681? (9)
NO Ryan Sutton (NSW) 89+24 1671.001672 (47)1670 (42)
NO Helen Hynes (QLD) 28 1671.001666 (7)1676 (21)
24. Graeme Lock Lee (NSW) 118+24 1667.001714 (59)1654 (50)1650 (9)
26. Nick Ivanovski (VIC) 47 1665.501679 (25)1652 (22)
27.MAYBE Trevor Tao (SA) 77 1656.751650 (36)1663 (35)1657? (6)
28. Mythili Rudra (VIC) 15 1643.00*1546 (0)1740 (15)
29. John Spaan (ACT) 99✓ 1625.501639 (38)1612 (61)
30. John Hamilton (ACT) 98✓ 1621.501568 (33)1675 (65)

International games:
David Eldar : 97 games (NASC Collins,Niagara Collins,Alchemist Cup)
Chris May : 45 games (Alchemist Cup)
Andrew Fisher : 45 games (Alchemist Cup)
Naween Fernando : 69 games (Sri Lanka Open,Alchemist Cup)
Edward Okulicz : 45 games (Alchemist Cup)
Esther Perrins : 97 games (NASC Collins,Niagara Collins,Alchemist Cup)
Anand Bharadwaj : 34 games (Capgemini)
Joanne Craig : 228 games (NASC Collins,Niagara Collins,Continental,WSC,WSC fling,Malaysian Open,World Seniors,Trans Tasman,Alchemist Cup)
Bob Jackman : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
Adam Kretschmer : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
John Holgate : 119 games (NASC Collins,Niagara Collins,WSC,WSC fling,Trans Tasman)
Rod Talbot : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
Ron Baginski : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
David Vanzyl : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
Tony Hunt : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
Victor Tung : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
Ryan Sutton : 24 games (Trans Tasman)
Graeme Lock Lee : 24 games (Trans Tasman)

Missed a peak
David Eldar (VIC) (currently rated 2175) Peak 1 = 2182−200
Edward Okulicz (NSW) (currently rated 2009) Peak 2 = 1993−200
Michael McKenna (ACT) (currently rated 1850) Peak 2 = 1850−200
Mythili Rudra (VIC) (currently rated 1716) Peak 1 = 1746−200

Recently processed:
15.12.2018 Dec Seaford Fundraiser (SA)
27.12.2018 Christmas Leftovers (SA)
27.12.2018 Last Chance (QLD)
30.12.2018 DECATHON (VIC) New peak for David Eldar, Naween Fernando
30.12.2018 Scroker 9 (NSW) New peak for Victor Tung
05.01.2019 JANBOREE (NSW) New peak for Edward Okulicz, Bob Jackman, Rod Talbot, Tony Hunt, Graeme Lock Lee, John Holgate, Victor Tung
05.01.2019 January Pub Tourney (SA) New peak for Daniel Piechnick, Michael Cameron, Trevor Tao, Adam Kretschmer