Scrabble Australia
The Alchemist Cup 2018
Contenders

Selective events 2018

The event

Michael Tang has created the Alchemist Cup as an elite team event organised in the same way as the Teams division of the Causeway Challenge of the past. Pictured below is the victorious Australian team from 2006 (Naween Fernando, Edward Okulicz, Andrew Fisher, David Eldar, Chris May).
Ten teams of 5 players will play 45 rounds from 5th to 9th December 2018 in Penang, Malaysia. The ten teams are Australia, New Zealand, England, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Rest of Asia, Rest of World.

Selection process

This is an invitational event where Australian players are selected by the Council of Australian Scrabble Players Association, subject to approval of criteria by Michael Tang.

Qualification criteria

The qualification criteria are:
  1. A player must be a financial member of ASPA for the entire qualifying period.
  2. A player must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Temporary visa holders are not eligible.
  3. The method of ranking candidates is by the three peak statistic (the Q statistic) described below.

The three peaks Q statistic

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

  1. The qualification period is the nine months from Dec 1 2017 to Aug 31 2018 inclusive.
  2. Subperiods are Dec 2017 to Feb 2018, Mar 2018 to May 2018 and June 2018 to Aug 2018.
  3. A multiday tournament which spans two periods will be treated for peak and game count as occurring on the first day.
  4. The qualifying statistic is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 , which is a weighted average of peak ratings in three subperiods.
  5. If you play no games rated by ASPA in a period, your peak in that period is equal to the rating before that period minus 200.
  6. You must have played at least 45 games rated by ASPA in the qualifying period before the last peak.
  7. You must have played 60 games recognised by ASPA in the qualifying period, which includes games rated nationally by ASPA and up to 15 games played outside Australia and rated by WESPA.
  8. You cannot be credited with a peak in a tournament where you are absent from a game for any reason except an allocated bye.

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

The contenders

The table below shows the notional team as at 20.06.2018 plus 10 more who are almost in.

More details revealed as you move your mouse over the table.
Rank  
THE TEAM
Q Stat
20.06.2018
Games Peak (games)
Dec-Feb
Peak (games)
Mar-May
Peak (games)
Jun-Aug
1David Eldar(VIC) 2082.0049 2182 (49)1982 (0)
2Edward Okulicz(NSW) 2012.75107 2036 (55)1995 (37)2010 (15)
3Chris May(NSW) 1984.75105 2024 (36)1977 (54)1969 (15)
4Trevor Halsall(VIC) 1974.0072 1950 (25)1992 (29)1977 (18)
5Naween Fernando(VIC) 1973.5099 2019 (47)2011 (34)1932 (18)
ALMOST IN
6Peter Kougi(VIC) 1939.5097 2005 (68)1874 (29)
7Esther Perrins(NSW) 1937.5087 1914 (29)1938 (40)1949 (18)
8Andrew Fisher(VIC) 1930.50113 1985 (54)1955 (41)1891 (18)
9Cameron Farlow(QLD) 1917.5092 1910 (36)1925 (56)
10Daniel Piechnick(SA) 1896.75110 1861 (39)1918 (67)1904 (4)
11Anand Bharadwaj(VIC) 1811.7559 1843 (17)1806 (24)1799 (18)
13Adam Kretschmer(SA) 1771.00118 1772 (43)1760 (67)1776 (8)
14Mythili Rudra(VIC) 1766.0080 1786 (49)1746 (31)
15Ron Baginski(QLD) 1760.00112 1778 (64)1742 (48)

Candidates who are unavailable:
Alastair Richards,Joanne Craig

Recently processed:
20.05.2018 Cranbourne (VIC)
20.05.2018 Melville (WA)
20.05.2018 Ulladulla (NSW)
26.05.2018 May Open (QLD)
27.05.2018 BELL WINTER (TAS)
02.06.2018 Central Coast (NSW) New peak for Chris May, Edward Okulicz
04.06.2018 WA Championship (WA) New peak for Russell Honeybun
09.06.2018 18vicchamps (VIC) New peak for Trevor Halsall, Esther Perrins, Naween Fernando, Andrew Fisher, Anand Bharadwaj
10.06.2018 Toowoomba Wound Wobins (QLD)
16.06.2018 JUNE WGONG (NSW) New peak for Edward Okulicz
16.06.2018 SA June 4-4 (SA) New peak for Adam Kretschmer, Daniel Piechnick