Washington High School
Chess Association

2017 Washington State High School
State Team Championship
Friday & Saturday
March 3 - 4, 2017

Site

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027.    (See Google maps driving directions )

Register your team online before Wednesday, March 1st at 8:00 pm.    Registration closes in 19 days 9 hours.

Directions

Allow plenty of time; these are very congested areas.

Bring these directions with you on tournament day.

From I-90 Eastbound:

  1. Take Exit #17
  2. Turn right onto Front Street
  3. Continue through downtown Issaquah and turn left at Sunset Way
  4. Turn right on Second Avenue and continue for approximately .7 miles
  5. Watch your speed near the traffic camera by the High School
  6. The school is on the left

Or:

  1. Take Exit #18
  2. Turn right onto Sunset (Highland Dr)
  3. Turn left on Second Avenue and continue for approximately .7 miles
  4. Watch your speed near the traffic camera by the High School
  5. The school is on the left

From I-90 Westbound:

  1. Take Exit #18
  2. Turn left onto Sunset (Highland Dr)
  3. Turn left on Second Avenue and continue for approximately .7 miles
  4. Watch your speed near the traffic camera by the High School
  5. The school is on the left

Format

5 round Swiss system tournament of 5 player teams with 2 optional reserves.

Computer pairing and the place of finish are by team point system (one point per board, all board scores count!).

League Protect: Our pairings will limit the number of times a team plays against another team from the same league in the early rounds. Our schedule is: in round 1, league protection is fully on. In rounds 2 and 3, league protection will be on within scoregroups (meaning, we won't pair outside of scoregroups to preserve league protection). In rounds 4 and 5, all league protection is off.

Eligible

Teams: Must place in top half plus one team in each league to be eligible. If an eligible team chooses not to participate, the next eligible team may replace it. Check with league director. Schools without a league available are "independent" and may enter. Please consult with the tournament director early if you are an independent school (see contact below).

Individuals on a team: The WHSCA website (www.whsca.org) has the complete team eligibility policy but here's a brief summary:

  1. Players must be registered for a majority of their program at the school they represent.
  2. A home schooled student or a student at a school without any chess program may appeal to WHSCA to play for the closest available public school.
  3. Such school should be their resident public school (if one is explicitly stated in district policy) or, if not applicable, the closest public school with a program.

ALL APPEALS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING OR RECEIVED EMAIL AT LEAST 10 DAYS BEFORE THE STATE TEAM TOURNAMENT. Email your questions to Dave Ellinger at dellinger@seaprep.org.

Make sure your contact information is present on your entry form.

Special note: No school can enter this tournament without a full team (of five). If you do not have a full team in round 1, your players will be moved to the all-comers tournament. You must have 5 players for every round. If you think it possible that you won't have enough players for a round, you should enter the all-comers for the entire tournament.

Board Order

Establish your team board order carefully when pre-registering. Absolutely no changes from this pre-registered order will be allowed at the tournament except for the use of alternates.

AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGE OF BOARD ORDER FROM YOUR PRE-REGISRATION, EXCEPT FOR ALTERNATES, WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE AT CHECK-IN!! Call or email David Ellinger the night before if you have changes!

Some teams list alternates from a "just in case" standpoint. This is fine, and it is much easier to for the TD to keep players as alternates than to add players at the tournament site.

Ratings

Northwest Scholastic Rating System, no membership is required. We will use the latest ratings from the NWSRS database available on March 1st. NWSRS ratings are available any time at www.ratingsnw.com.

RATINGS, SPECIAL NOTE: Players must play in order of playing strength.
Board 1 should be your strongest player, board 2 your next strongest player, and so on. Ratings are helpful for this but players’ ratings don’t always indicate their proper strength. Our rules allow a 150 point variance of established ratings on team placement if coaches and captains feel a player is not correctly placed by the rating. Variances of order greater than 150 points should be explained carefully in the registration, and may be challenged by the Tournament Directors. Note that this 150-point rule is for established ratings; ratings for players who have played 20 games or less are considered provisional and are not impacted by this rule; however, players should still be in order of strength.

Time Control

Round 1: Game/60 minutes with a five second delay.

Rounds 2-5: Game/90 minutes with a five second delay.

Recording of games is required except in the last 5 minutes on either player's clock.

Schedule

Friday:
  3:30 pm Check in no later than 3:30; verify team roster and individual players.
    Teams not checked in by 3:30 will be fined clock time in round one. Plan to arrive early!
  3:40 pm All-Players' meeting at 3:40 pm is important!
  4:15 pm Round 1 (Game/60)
  7:00 pm Round 2 (Game/90)
Saturday:
  9:00 am Round 3 clocks start.
  1:00 pm Round 4.
  5:00 pm Round 5. Starting times will not be moved up.
  8:30 pm Awards
  9:00 pm End

Tie Breaks

If there is a tie for 1st Place there will be a speed chess team playoff (Game in 3 minutes with a 2 second delay), played with USCF touch-move rules.

The tie-breaks for all other ties for team trophies will be resolved by the following tie-break system, in order:

  1. Head-to-Head:
    If two teams are tied and played each other, their head-to-head result will determine the top finisher. If more than two teams are tied, head-to-head will only apply if one of the tied teams beat all other teams in the tie.
  2. Modified Median: The sum of all your opponent's scores, save the worst-finishing opponent.
  3. Solkoff: The sum of all your opponent's scores.
  4. Cumulative Score: Add together the team's total score after each round.

Bring

Clocks, writing utensils. We expect to have enough sets and boards. Score sheets provided.
PLEASE COME EQUIPPED!! BRING CLOCKS!

Awards

Trophies to the top twelve placing schools, plus the winning team also is awarded custody of the LaFreniere Cup (the Washington State High School Chess Team Championship rotating trophy) for one year.

Medals for members of the winning team.

Medals for All-Stars at each board.

Tournament Pairings

Dave Ellinger will manage the pairing and is the Tournament Director.
Randy Walther will lead the floor judging, supported by David Ellinger and our usual cast of helpful people.

Entry Fee

$50 per team. All entry fees are to be paid at check in. No Purchase Orders accepted. Cash or checks only.

All entries at a minimum must show:
• the full team, in proposed board order
• the NWSRS ID number for each player (if they've played before)
• the grade for each player (for unrated players use the word "new" but grade must always be provided)

All entries must use the online registration page or be emailed to David Ellinger at dellinger@seaprep.org by Wednesday, March 1st at 8:00 pm, NO EXCEPTIONS!!

ONLINE ENTRY IS PREFERRED BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR. Please treat him well.

Absolutely no entries on site! No standard mail or faxed entries will be accepted!

Please respect the fact that considerable work must be done with the entries prior to the tournament, and that teams are counting on us to start as close to on time as possible.

REGISTER ON TIME before Wednesday, March 1st at 8:00 pm!!!

Make Checks Payable To

WHSCA (Washington High School Chess Association) during check-in at the event.

Questions or Problems

Email David Ellinger at dellinger@seaprep.org

Emergency phone number: At the tournament (if you are delayed), 206-458-9403 (David Ellinger's cell phone).



2017 State All-Comers
Friday & Saturday
March 3 - 4, 2017

Date, Site, Ratings, Time Control, Schedule, Registration

All the same as for State Team, above.

Come equipped with writing implements and clocks!

Format

Five round Swiss system individual tournament, computer paired, no limit on number of players from a school.

Two sections:

The tournament director may adjust the rating cutoff to even out the sections.

Eligible

This tournament is an open tournament for all high schoolers not participating in state team. Players may be extras from qualifying teams, or from teams that did not qualify, or from teams without sufficient players for state team.

Awards

A generous number of trophies for both Premier and Reserve sections.

Entry Fee

$10 per player.

A 100% pre-registered tournament. 

The Tournament Director may allow late entries, but anyone who registers late should be prepared to be told they can’t play in the first round (to give the TD time to enter the late-comers).

Please submit your list of players competing in the All-Comers with your State Team Entry. Include first and last name, the NWSRS ID number (or indicate "new" for unrated) and the grade for each player.

Register teams and individual entries using our online entry form before Wednesday, March 1st at 8:00 pm.