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Announcing the 37th annual --


  2004  High  School  State  Team


Friday & Saturday, February 27 & 28th


Site: Issquah High School, 700 Second Ave SE, Issaquah.  Take I-90 to the Sunset Way exit, exit #17, in Issaquah.  Head south (right) on Sunset.  Turn left at the four way stop onto 2nd Ave (south).  After 5-6 short blocks, you will see the high school on your left.  Give yourself plenty of time; this is a very congested area, especially during Friday afternoon rush hours.  Take these directions with you on tournament day.


Format: 5 round Swiss system tournament of 5 player teams with 2 optional reserves.  Pairing, placing by team point system (all board scores count!)  Pairing is "head-on"-- no adjustments within score groups.  Teams from the same league will not be paired in the early rounds whenever possible, and when not counter to the basic rules of Swiss pairing.  Pairing is by computer with hand adjustments.


Eligible: Teams: Must place in top half plus one team in each league.  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.


Individuals on a team: Must be registered for a majority of their program at the school they represent.  A homeschooled student or a student at a school without any chess program may appeal to WHSCA to play for the closest available public school.  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 AT LEAST 10 DAYS BEFORE THE STATE TEAM TOURNAMENT.  Email to or use the fax number below.  Failure to provide sufficient notification (by Feb 18, including coaches phone number) may result in a player not being able to compete in the tournament.  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).


Note: 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.  The variance on established ratings is 150 points.  AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGE OF BOARD ORDER FROM YOUR PRE-REGISRATION,  EXCEPT FOR ALTERNATES, WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE AT CHECK-IN!! Call Kirk night before if you have changes!


Ratings: Washington Scholastic Rating System, no memberships required.  We will use the latest ratings from the WSRS database.  League ratings are available at any time on the WHSCA website  Contact Kirk with any questions


RATINGS, SPECIAL NOTE: Players must play in order of playing strength.  Our rules allow a 150 point variance of 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, and may be challenged by the TDs.  Normally players with unusually high provisional ratings may play out of rating order.


Time Control:, Game/90.  Digital clocks will be set at Game/85 with a five second delay set from the beginning of the game.  Recording of games required except in last 5 minutes on either player's clock.


Schedule: Friday: Check in no later than 3:30; verify team roster and JV Individual players.  Teams not checked in by 3:30 will be fined clock time in round one.    As agreed in 2002 coaches meeting, this rule will be enforced this year.  Plan to arrive early!  Players' meeting at 3:35--important!  Friday rounds 4:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.  Saturday rounds 9 a.m., 1 & 5 p.m.  Round times will not be moved up.  Awards 8:30-9 p.m.


Tiebreaks: All ties for place and trophies broken by team Solkoff except a tie for the title itself.  Title tie broken by all-team speed (5 minutes) match, played with WBCA touch-move rules.


Bring: Sets, boards, clocks, writing utensils.  Scoresheets provided.  PLEASE COME EQUIPPED!! BRING CLOCKS, SETS, BOARDS!


Awards: Trophies (or better) to top twelve teams, including rotating and permanent trophies for top two teams.  Medals or other awards for members of winning team.  Medals or other awards for all-stars at each board. 


Tournament Pairings & Chief Floor Arbiter: Kirk Winges will manage computer pairings, Paul Zurybida will be the chief floor judge. Supported by staff secretaries.


Host: Issaquah High School chess team, Jay Radmer, coach.


Concessions:  Concessions will be available on site. Sehome High School & Barbara June will do concessions this year.


Lodging: Issaquah has a Motel 6, a Holiday Inn, and a Candlewood Suites.


Entry Fee: $50 per team.  Entries on the official entry form (available on the website) are preferred, but at a minimum, all entries must show the full team, in proposed board order, with the WSRS ID number and the grade listed for each player.  For unrated players use the word “new” but grade must still be provided.  Fees can be paid at registration.  No Purchase Orders accepted.  Cash or checks only.  Entry information must be received by Wednesday, February 25th at 6:00 PM, no exceptions.  Or use FAX option: (425) 921-4040, to arrive no later than 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 25. Or use e-mail address below, (must have it by 6 p.m. Wed Feb 26!) supplying ALL info requested on official entry form.  NO ENTRIES WHATEVER ACCEPTED BY FAX, EXPRESS SPECIAL DELIVERY MAIL, OR IN PERSON, AFTER FEBRUARY 25, 6 p.m.!! The staff meeting that sets up the tournament begins then.  Absolutely no entries on site.  Absolutely no telephone entries.  Please respect the fact that considerable work must be done with the entries prior to the tournament, including the editing and printing of the tournament edition of Chess Express.  REGISTER ON TIME!!!


Make check payable to: Washington High School Chess Association (WHSCA).  Plan far ahead (because many districts have winter break in this period.)


Mail entries, checks to: WHSCA c/o Kirk Winges, 18031 NE 99th Ct., Redmond, WA 98052.


Questions problems?  Call: Kirk Winges, (425) 921-4013 (work) or (425) 867-9231 (home).  Or call Paul Zurybida (425) 776-6655.  Please no entries to Paul B questions only.  All entries must go to Kirk.


Emergency phone number: At the tournament (if you are delayed), (206) 794-6010 (Kirk Winges' cell phone.)





And bring along your JVs for great practice & learning --




Dates, site, ratings, time control, schedule the same as State Team above.  Come equipped: sets, boards, clocks!

Format: 5 round Swiss system individual tournament, computer paired, no limit on number of players from a school.


Eligibility: Individuals are eligible if their school is fielding a team in State Team and if they have not played with their varsity team except as a sometime substitute.  This is not an open event.  This tournament is only for JV players accompanying their varsity teams.


Special! Players (two alternates named in your registration) in this event may replace players on a varsity team and still receive a half point bye in the JV event.  To do this, make sure the TD knows your intention before the conclusion of the previous round.


Awards: A suitable list of good WHSCA trophies.  Also trophies to highest scoring schools based on 4 best scores made by players from a school.  Medals for best performances in each grade, grades 9 through 12.


Tournament director, make checks to, mail to, FAX option, e-mail, further info: As in State Team announcement.


Entry Fee: $8 per player--a 100% pre-registered tournament.  No registrations accepted on site or after Wednesday, February 26, 6 p.m.