About the Ratings
The WESPA Ratings Officer updates the ratings file
using the latest results of approved tournaments. Rankings are given to those who have played in the past two years and have reached 50 games in WESPA-rated tournaments.
Note that players with more than seven years of inactivity will retain their previous rating but will be considered provisional until they have reached 50 games in WESPA-rated tournaments after their return.
The WESPA Ratings System is known as Aardvark and has been in operation in its current form from 28 May 2012. You can find historical tournament results as well as ratings information regarding specific players.
The full list of players is not only available as a text file; if you are looking to search for a specific player (including yourself), our search tool below can assist.
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You can obtain information on previous tournaments here:
Information for Tournament Organizers
For Tournament Organizers
Before the Event
If you would like to stage an internationally rated tournament, first check the Criteria for
WESPA Rated Tournaments (located on our Tournaments
page) to determine if it is likely to be eligible. If you believe it to
be exempt from application, forward details direct to the webmaster
for inclusion on the
Applications for rating a specific event which is not exempt are to be forwarded to your region representative or the Tournament and Rating Committee chair using this form
Once approval is obtained, check that your tournament appears on the International Calendar. If it does not appear within one week, contact the webmaster.
WESPA can provide promotional assistance where tournaments are submitted with enough lead time to the event taking place. Dedicated webpages or flyers greatly assist with this. In addition, it is advisable, though not a requirement, to make a list of registered players available when known.
After the Event
Results of the event in the form of a tournament file (*.tou) should be emailed the
WESPA Ratings Officer Bob Jackman
as soon as possible after completion of the
For players who have competed internationally before, their names in the file must match
those on the current ratings file to avoid them being treated as new players. If you are
using the TSH software developed by John Chew, you should deploy the name checking
routine when exporting TSH files to the required *.tou file.
Both TSH users who do not run the name check and Aupair users should run a ‘TouFile
to check the *.tou file against the existing ratings file and produce a list of
exceptions. These should all be new players to the system.
The WESPA Ratings Ratings Officer must be provided with the nationalities of players
new to the Ratings system at the time the *.tou file is sent.
Changes of nationalities or spellings of existing players should also be provided.
A levy must be forwarded to WESPA immediately after the tournament. The WESPA
ratings levy is $US1 per player for member Associations of WESPA, and $US2 per
player for non-member Associations. The minimum total levy is $US20. You must have
a Paypal account and submit your levies via Paypal to the WESPA treasurer, Jason
if you have any queries regarding the payment of the ratings
Further assistance for TSH users is available here.
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