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Criteria for WESPAC 2019

We are pleased to announce the India team for the WESPAC (4 quota seats + 1 additional as runners up country in 2017 + 2 additional as hosts, total team of 7):

No. NICK state NAME Games Old Rating New Rating Last Rated Qualifying Games Played
1 GJAY OSI Goutham Jayaraman 396 1920 1920 20190113 82
2 EMAL MUM Eeshan Malhotra 419 1760 1760 20190113 81
3 SROD MUM Sherwin Rodrigues 1399 1731 1749 20190531 169
4 RCHA CHN Ranganathan Chakrav 856 1661 1688 20190531 82
5 AIYE PUN Aditya Iyengar 442 1650 1650 20190113 131
6 UGRO PUN Udayan Grover 1677 1508 1576 20190531 208
7 VHIN MUM Varisht Hingorani 1053 1550 1557 20190531 195
Reserve 1 RRAW BLR Rajveer Rawlin 422 1527 1549 20190531 82
Reserve 2 NPRA MUM Nakul Prabhu 1428 1596 1540 20190531 146
Reserve 3 DLOB GOA Douglas Lobo 1255 1483 1503 20190531 122

Please find below the qualification criteria for the WESPAC 2019 to be held in Goa:

1. The  top 7 ranked players as per the SAI ratings at the end of the selection period, meeting the remaining criteria below will represent India at  the WESPAC.
2. The selection period will be the ‘Scrabble year’ starting after last Nationals i.e. after 2nd June 2018 and up to the end of the Mumbai Nationals 2019.
3. Only players having played a minimum of 60 games  during the selection period are eligible.
4. Only players that have played in at least 1 of the 2 tournaments: the Capgemini in Jan and the Mumbai Nationals to be held in May will be eligible.
5. Must be an Indian National i.e. with Indian Passport holder irrespective of residence period in the country.
6. Only SAI members are eligible – i.e. a player  should be a valid member at the end of the selection period  to be eligible.
7. Note that players have to be willing to cover their own costs for the tournament
8. In case a player who has been selected cannot attend the WSC for any reason, the same has to be informed to the managing committee within 15 days after ratings post Nationals are declared. In this case the opportunity would go to the next highest ranked player fulfilling the criteria and so forth.

Managing Committee 2018-2020


The General Body has elected the following members to form the Managing Committee for 2018- 2020 at the elections held on 26th May 2018 at the Bayer National Scrabble Championship 2018 in Vashi: Rajiv Antao, Sudhir Kamath, Ashok Bhandarkar, Vidya Goggi, Mohan Chunkat, Shankar Prasad, Harvinderjit Singh Bhatia

Following this the Managing Committee met on 6/2/2018 and have allocated the designations as below:

President: Ashok Bhandarkar
Vice President: Shankar Prasad
Treasurer: Harvinderjit Singh Bhatia
Secretary: Rajiv Antao
Jt. Secretary: Vidya Goggi
Exec. Members: Sudhir Kamath and Mohan Chunkath

Eligibility Criteria for Rating a Tournament

The Scrabble Association of India provides ratings for tournaments across India. We have revised the criteria for rating of tournaments, and host associations/organisers can apply for any tournament to be rated, which meets the following criteria:

– A minimum of 7 games and 12 players
– Tournaments should follow the WESPA rules (ref.
– An experienced Tournament Director who ensures that all WESPA rules are followed
– At least 50% of the players have to be SAI-rated
– All pairings and results to be compiled and provided electronically (e.g., TSH / Au Pair)
– Rating fees to be paid: 1day- Rs.50, 2days- Rs.100, 3 days – Rs.150, 4 days and above – Rs.250  per player. Note that Rating fees are to be paid for all players in a tournament regardless of whether they are SAI members or not.
– Actual acceptance for a tournament to be rated is at the discretion of the SAI Managing Committee.

Ratings levy

SAI has decided to impose a rating/tournament levy of Rs.100 per player for any SAI-rated tournament. Organisers of fully sponsored tournaments such as iGate/ Bayer Nationals/GAIL, may make contributions over and above this if funds allow, and are urged to continue at the same level they have been contributing in the past. It may be noted that SAI has very limited funding and depends on funding from these tournaments.

Membership fee changes

A couple of announcements following decisions passed in the SAI management committee meeting held in Bangalore 13/1/2017 :

A. Change in Membership Fees:

Criteria for WESPAC 2017 selection

Criteria for qualification for WESPAC (erstwhile WSC) 2017 seats:

Sherwin Rodrigues, Goutham Jayaraman and Ranganathan Chakrav will represent India. India has been allocated 3 seats at the WESPAC in Nairobi, Kenya. We have decided to keep the selection criteria based on the  ratings, which have been well established over the last 9  years: