The top 6 teams qualify for state, but if one of those 6 teams cannot attend, we can make room for the next KingCo team in line that can attend! Please let Michael or I know right away if your team will not be able to make it. Even if your team didn’t qualify, we encourage you to play in the All-Comers for experience and as a potential evener team!
Ratings Update: This includes all games in KingCo to date with the exception of the Interlake A – Skyline make-up match, which I’ll put into today’s rating report.
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3 – 2
1.5 – 3.5
2 – 3
1.5 – 3.5
1.5 – 3.5
5 – 0
4 – 1
1 – 4
xy – 1st – Interlake A
Controls finish for: 1st Possible finishes: 1st Most likely finish: 1st
Interlake A has clinched the KingCo title and a state playoff berth. They try to finish with an undefeated match record against Mercer Island
x – 2nd – Newport
Controls finish for: 2nd Possible finishes: 2nd or 3rd Most likely finish: 2nd
Newport has clinched a state playoff berth. Newport currently has the same number of game points as Redmond, but an extra half match point (Redmond tied Skyline in Round 3, but Newport beat Skyline in Round 5). If the Newport-Redmond match this week is tied, Newport will have the tiebreaker for 2nd place.
3rd – Redmond
Controls finish for: 2nd Possible finishes: 2nd or 3rd Most likely finish: 3rd
Redmond has clinched a state playoff berth. Pretty much the same scenario as Newport, except that tied match versus Skyline hurts Redmond a little bit more. They need to beat Newport to get 2nd in the league. However, there’s no risk of Skyline catching them.
4th – Skyline
Controls finish for: 4th Possible finishes: 4th Most likely finish: 4th
Skyline has clinched a state playoff berth. Skyline is 5.5 points back of Newport/Redmond in 2nd and 3rd, and 1 point ahead of Eastlake (who finished their schedule). They’re 5 points ahead of Bellevue, but hold the tiebreaker, so they’re mostly playing for experience, pride, and a winning game record this week against Interlake B.
5th – Eastlake
Controls finish for: 6th Possible finishes: 5th or 6th Most likely finish: 5th
Eastlake has clinched a state playoff berth. Eastlake has played all their matches, so there’s no points to gain. They just have to hold off a Bellevue team sitting four points back. Bellevue holds the tiebreaker if they beat Woodinville by a 4-1 margin.
6th – Bellevue
Controls finish for: 5th Possible finishes: 5th – 8th Most likely finish: 6th
Bellevue currently sits in the driver’s seat for the last state playoff berth, but hasn’t clinched it yet. They play Woodinville this week. They pass Eastlake with 4 or more points. They need at least 1 point against Woodinville to stop Woodinville from passing them, and 1.5 points to guarantee that Mercer Island can’t pass them. Bellevue holds the tiebreaker against both Eastlake (week 5) and Mercer Island (week 2), and can’t end up tied with Woodinville. The most likely finish is based on Bellevue’s five matches this season where the match finished 3-2 (including all three of their wins).
7th – Woodinville
Controls finish for: 6th Possible finishes: 6th – 9th Most likely finish: 7th
Woodinville plays Bellevue this week, and trails by 3.5 points. Accordingly, they would need 4.5 points or greater to pass Bellevue to move into that 6th position. They also need to make sure Mercer Island (which also has 10.5 points) doesn’t pass them by. Woodinville does hold the tiebreaker over Mercer Island, thanks to a Week 7 victory.
8th – Mercer Island
Controls finish for: 7th Possible finishes: 6th – 9th Most likely finish: 8th
Mercer Island has a tough assignment against the league champions, Interlake A, this week. Perhaps they’ll rest their starters? Mercer Island’s route to state depends on a very particular set of results: they need Woodinville to beat Bellevue by a score of 4 – 1 or 4.5 – 0.5, and then they need to score more than Woodinville did against Interlake A.
9th – Interlake B
Controls finish for: 9th Possible finishes: 7th – 9th Most likely finish: 9th
Interlake B is the only team that enters Week 9 and cannot qualify for state. They currently trail both Mercer Island and Woodinville by 3 points. Mercer Island holds the tiebreaker. If Interlake B scores at least 3.5 points more than Mercer Island or Woodinville, they pass those teams in the standings. If they score exactly 3 points more than Woodinville? Well, we don’t have a tiebreaker built for that: they have the head-to-head tied match in Week 3, and they’d have identical match point totals. They’ll need to heavily beat up on a Skyline team for this to come into play.
Due to the closure of the Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts, KingCo chess matches on Monday, 1/13/2020 have been postponed. We will be utilizing our emergency make-up date on Monday, 2/24/2020 for our final week.
[NOTE: 1/13/2020, I realized I never hit publish on this.]
Round 5 Results:
5 – 0
3 – 2
4 – 1
3 – 2
From here on forward, Skyline B withdrew from the league. This changes our format to nine teams, with six qualifying for state. Teams scheduled to play Skyline B will have BYE weeks that do not count for or against teams in the standings. Teams that already played Skyline B will have those matches rated (except for the Skyline A – Skyline B make-up match), but will not have those results count in the standings from this point forward.
Also, from here on forward, Skyline A will be referred to as Skyline.
Individual match results to be featured on the Round 5 page when time permits. Ratings to be submitted when time permits.
In the event of inclement weather matches will be cancelled if:
any of our member districts cancels school for the day
any of our member districts cancels after school activities for the day
in the rare event that a member district has a late start but does not cancel after-school activities, matches are not cancelled. Team advisors should contact league directors as soon as possible if they anticipate transportation being an issue in such circumstances.
This rule applies even if a scheduled match involves two teams scheduled to play that do not have such restrictions at their respective districts.
Our member districts are:
Bellevue (Bellevue, Interlake, Newport)
Lake Washington (Eastlake, Redmond)
Mercer Island (Mercer Island)
This page will be updated and an e-mail sent to all advisors and/or captains once we have received word of school closure or cancellation of after-school activities of any of our member districts.
Our only scheduled make-up date is on Monday, February 24. In the event of multiple cancellations, league directors will discuss potential remedies.