Association of British Scrabble Players

Qualifying Criteria

The ABSP committee is reponsible for determining the qualifying criteria for the following:

- the England team for the WESPAC 2015

- the invitees to the ABSP Masters

The criteria were put in place to choose the 'best' team, but also to stop players sitting on ratings, and to get those in contention playing in open competition. A questionnaire was given to those around the qualifiying level, and though a few points were raised regarding a high peak effectively counting twice if it fell at the end of a period, and whether the final peak should be doubled in the end it was felt by the Committee that the criteria should be kept reasonably simple, and any methods to combat the issues lead to a cumbersome system.

However, to take account of the 'recent form' issue, the tie break has now been changed from the highest peak to the most recent peak, with the highest peak as the secondary criterion.

The more significant change is the limit of the use of 'invitationals'. Players will have to play a minimum number of games in "open" tournaments. Events are classified as open unless both of the following apply:-

There are fewer than 16 players in a division AND entry is by invitation only.

WESPAC 2015 Qualifying criteria - England

England will have 15 places.

Based on an average of the following three figures:-

Figure 1 - peak rating for the period April 14 - Nov 14

Figure 2 - peak rating for the period Dec 14 - Mar 15

Figure 3 - the unweighted rating (as used for title purposes) for the year 2014

The no of games required will be 100 games between Jan 14 - March 15 inclusive.

A minimum of 7 games will need to be played in each of the periods mentioned (Apr-Nov and Dec-Mar.

This will form the basis of the first 12 qualifiers.

There will be one qualifier from the BMSC 2015 for anyone not already qualified.

The remaining 2 places will be awarded to anyone who meets three 3 'peak' rating criteria above the 13th and 14th players in line but has only played between 75-100 games, otherwise the players in 13th and/or 14th place will qualify.

Qualifiers must therefore have played games in the period Dec-Mar regardless of how many games they have played up to the end November 2014, with the exception of the BMSC place.

Residency requirements for the England players are the year of the event (2015) the year of qualifying (2014) and the year before (2013).

ABSP membership will be required by end of January for the peak places, and at the time of playing for the BMSC place.

Ties will be decided on the peak from Dec-Mar.

Craig Beevers will already have a spot due to his win at the 2014 SCT in London.

ABSP Masters 2015:

The qualification criteria for the 2015 ABSP Masters:

- be a paid-up ABSP member for the full qualifying period (NB: this period covers two calendar years)

- a minimum of 15 games is required per period (minimum of 60 for the qualifying year);

- ties will be split on most recent peak, then the highest peak.

- at least 36 games must have been played in "open" competitions as defined above. This applies to the year as a whole. It does not have to be spread evenly amongst the qualifying periods.

- the top sixteen ABSP members are invited (no residency requirements).

The qualifying spot previously awarded to the UK resident with the highest end-of-year rating now goes to the UK-resident next in line based on the above criteria at 31 March 2015.

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