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 World Scrabble Championship

- the England team for the Four Nations

- the invitees to the ABSP Masters

The qualification criteria have remained almost the same for the 2013 competitions, though there have been a couple of slight changes.

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.

These points are covered in the criteria - items iv) and v)

England team for World Championship 2013:

The new qualifying year runs from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, and is split into three four-month periods; April to July, August to November and December to March. Your peak rating in each period will be recorded, and the nine players with the highest average peak will qualify for the team. If a player declines their place, their invite goes to the next in line based on these criteria. (This is based on the England team receiving an extra place in the WSC 2013)

To qualify you must:

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

ii) meet the England residency criteria

iii) play at least 25 games in each period, and at least 100 games throughout the qualifying year.

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

v) at least 60 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 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 2011. There is also still a qualifying spot for the highest-finishing UK-resident member at the BMSC 2013 who has not already qualified.

ABSP Masters 2013:

The qualification criteria for the 2013 ABSP Masters, held on the first weekend of July annually, are the same as those for the WSC, except on the following points:

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

- a minimum of 36 games played in "open" competitions is required; and

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

England team for Four Nations:

The 2013 Four Nations event qualification criteria for Team England are the same as those for the WSC, except on the following points:

- the qualification year runs from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013;

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

- a minimum of 36 games played in "open" competitions is required ; and

- only the top four England-resident players are invited.

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