Swedish players get qualifying points for representing Sweden at the WESPA Championship (WESPAC) by taking part in rating-approved tournaments of English Scrabble in Sweden. In 2023, WESPAC will take place in Las Vegas.
Swedish players qualify to take part in WESPAC and similar world invitationals as follows:
- To be allowed to represent Sweden, a player must be a Swedish citizen. However, the committee of the SSA can give exemption for a player who has lived permanently in Sweden for at least five years. For questions in this matter, the committee's e-mail address is styrelsen[at]scrabbleforbundet.se (exchange [at] for @). The Swedish representative have to cover their own costs for going to the tournament.
- Players (eligible for qualifiation) in English-Scrabble tournaments in Sweden get qualifying points according to their relative position. The last placed player gets 1 point, the last but one 2 points and so on. The highest placed player in a tournament with eight possible candidates thus gets 8 position points. The three best participants also get bonus qualifying points: the best one 8, the second best 4, and the third best 2 points. These bonus points are doubled, however, in the Swedish Championship in English Scrabble, held every odd year. At least six people eligible for qualification must take part in a tournament for qualification points to be awarded.
- If players have the same number of total points after a tournament, highest rating, number of qualifying tournaments, and number of played games in turn determine the order of qualification.
- After the last tournament before Sweden's player must register with the organisers, the SSA committee offers the topmost qualified player(s) the chance to represent Sweden.
- If no qualifying tournament has taken place for an upcoming world tournament, eligible players on the current rating list, starting from the top, are asked if they accept to represent Sweden.
- If still no player has accepted to represent Sweden, the SSA committe can offer another worthy player residing in Sweden to do so.
Previous Swedish representation at WSC/SCTI/SCT/WESPAC
In 2005, the Swedish Scrabble Association (SSA) for the first time had a representative at the WSC (World Scrabble Championship). In 2013, WSC was replaced by an invitational event at Scrabble Champions Tournament (SCTI). In 2015, the international Scrabble association WESPA for the first time arranged WESPAC, an invitational tournament similar to WSC.
|2005||WSC||16-20 Nov||London||Mårten Björkman||102/102||5/24||Greger Nässén|
|2007||WSC||9-12 Nov||Mumbai||Greger Nässén||103/104||6.5/24||Johan Rönnblom|
|2009||WSC||26-29 Nov||Johor Bahru||Marc Roddis||91/108||10/24||Johan Rönnblom|
|2011||WSC||12-16 Oct||Warsaw||Gunnar Andersson||96/106||13/34||Daniel Domert|
|2013||SCTI||3-8 Dec||Prague||Gunnar Andersson||79/110||15/31||Johan Rönnblom|
|2014||SCT||31 Aug-4 Sep||London||Gunnar Andersson||90/108||10/14||-|
|2016||MSI WSC||31 Aug-4 Sep||Lille||Gunnar Andersson||45/72||10/24||-|
|2019||WESPAC||16-20 Oct||Goa||Todd Webster||132/140||11/32||-|
|2023||WESPAC||22-26 July||Las Vegas||Mårten Björkman||-||-||-|