Washington High School
Chess Association

Washington State High School
Individual Championship
January 27-28, 2012


Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248

Get Google map and driving directions and register here


Take these directions with you on tournament day!


Open to any student registered in grades 9-12 in Washington State.


Five round Swiss system, computer paired, (no knockouts).

Three sections using NWSRS ratings published at www.ratingsnw.com:

Note: The director reserves the right to change rating parameters to balance numbers in the sections.

Note: Players who may have received high first time and provisional ratings may request to play in the Reserve section. These requests will be granted or refused on an individual basis.

Note: When entering, put C (Championship), P (PREMIER) or R (RESERVE) before each player's name to indicate his/her choice of section.


If you play in the Championship section you must be a USCF member. Other sections do not require USCF membership, although we recommend joining USCF for its many benefits.

WHSCA recommends that players in the Championship Section can save time by joining online in advance of the tournament. The tournament directors will confirm your USCF ID as current, so have your USCF ID number available at check-in.


All players check in by 3:45pm Friday. Players checking in after 3:45pm risk forfeiting round one.

Friday rounds 4:15 pm, 7:45 pm

Saturday rounds: 9 am, 1 pm, 5 pm (these times are firm)

Time Control

90 minutes per player per game (Game/90 with 5-sec delay preferred). Recording is required.


Print and bring this list of local restaurants near Ferndale High.

There are snacks available on site, courtesy of the Skyline Elementary 5th and 6th grade classes. You can buy pastry, confections, baked goods, coffee, bottled water and other munchies.


Ferndale's Super 8 is recommended (free breakfast, pool, "kids under 17 free"):
Super 8 Bellingham/Ferndale, I-5 Exit 262, 5788 Barrett Rd, Ferndale, WA, 360-380-1930

If the Super 8 becomes full, then look to the many options in Bellingham.


We have a lot of chess sets and boards, but please bring clocks, writing utensils and chess sets for the skittles area.

Bring your USCF ID number if you're playing in the Championship section.

Bring this tournament announcement and driving directions.


Winner of the Championship Section receives the title of High School Champion of the State of Washington. The state champion will receive $500.00 of monetary support from the Washington High School Chess Association and may receive some additional funds from the Washington Chess Federation to attend the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School State Champions.

An appropriate number of trophies will be awarded to individuals in each section. Players that score at least 3.5, but do not place high enough to earn a trophy, will be awarded a chess medal.

Note: Ties for first place in the Championship Section will be resolved later in the year by a G/90 playoff game.
If there is a tie for first place in the Premier or Reserve Section, it will be resolved in a speed chess playoff (game in 3 minutes with a 2 second delay).

Entry Fee

$25 for the Championship section to be paid at check-in.

$15 for the Premier and Reserve sections to be paid at check-in.

ALL must enter in advance by online registration or email by Thursday, January 23th at 8:00 pm.

100% advance entry only.

No phone, fax or postal mail entries.

For each player entering please provide their first and last name with their NWSRS ID number. If the player is unrated or their NWSRS ID number is unknown, then you must indicate their school and the current grade the student is in.

When registering, put C (Championship), P (Premier) or R (Reserve) by each player's name to indicate the section.

Half Point Byes

One-half point bye available for Friday afternoon and/or evening if you can't make it both days; one-half point bye available for round 3 on Saturday morning. Only two half point byes available. Request for HPB must be made with advance registration or at check-in. No half point byes for rounds 4 and 5.

Make Checks Payable To

WHSCA (Washington High School Chess Association).

Questions or Problems

Contact David Ellinger at dellinger@seaprep.org

Day of tournament, call 206-458-9403 (tournament director's cell phone)