Whatcom County Middle School Chess League
2015 - 2016 Season

All Whatcom County middle schools, junior highs, and private schools that encompass 6th through 8th graders are invited to participate in the 2015-16 season of the Whatcom County Middle School Chess League.

The WC MS League starts with the first local Saturday tournament of the school year, and ends with the last. The WC MS League Champion is determined by points earned in all NWSRS rated five-round Saturday tournaments held in Whatcom County from October through April, using the following formula:

1st Place MS Team: 5 points
2nd Place MS Team: 4 points
3rd Place MS Team: 3 points
4th Place MS Team: 2 points
5th Place MS Team: 1 point

For the 2015-2016 season, tournaments that would gain MS League points would include:
(schedule as of April 2015 -- all sites not confirmed)

2015-2016:

  • Nov. 21: LC Thanksgiving Classic, Lynden
  • Jan. 9: Assumption Winter Chess Blast, Bellingham
  • Jan. 23: The KING's Tournament, Wade King Elem., Bellingham
  • Feb. 20: International Chess Jam, Ferndale
  • Mar. 5: Happy Valley Chess Rally, Bellingham

Any additional NWSRS-rated five-round Saturday tournaments in Whatcom County scheduled before Elementary/MS State (end of April), such as a Kickoff tournament, a Thanksgiving or Christmas tournament, or a Whatcom County Championship tournament, would also have their scores included.

To participating schools we encourage a two-fold emphasis. First, an emphasis on learning: the rules of the game, chess notation, good sportsmanship, basic strategy, logical thinking. Then, an emphasis on fun: enjoying the game and the inter-school competition as a team, in a supportive environment.

Whatcom County Middle School Chess League Rules - Official
The full version of the rules, a bit verbose to cover contingencies.


Contact WCL league director Randy Kaech at Randy.Kaech@ferndalesd.org for further information.





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