State Tournament Today!

I’ll try to post some periodic updates.  Definitely look for an overall report at the end.  This should be a great weekend for KingCo Chess with all 8 KingCo state-qualifying teams seeded in the top 11:

#1  Lakeside A
#2  Redmond
#3  Interlake A
#4  Newport
#5  Garfield A
#6  Inglemoor
#7  Bellevue
#8  Tesla STEM
#9  Interlake B
#10  Lakeside B
#11  Mercer Island

A few notes for pairings fans:

  • League protect: the league has rules about teams playing other teams from the same league.  Those rules work as follows:
    • No KingCo teams will play each other in Round 1.  We weren’t expected to anyway with everyone in the top half, but it may shuffle a couple other pairings where perhaps a Metro team would be slated to play another Metro team.
    • No KingCo teams will play each other in Rounds 2 or 3 if it’s possible to do so within the score group.  So, for instance, if 8 teams end up 5-0 after Round 1, but five of them are from KingCo, two 5-0 KingCo teams will play each other in Round 2.  But if only four of them are from KingCo, they will try to pit each 5-0 KingCo team against a team not from KingCo.  At least as I read the rules.
    • League protection is off for Rounds 4 and 5.  No adjustments are made to the rules to prevent teams from the same league from playing.
    • I would expect in the later rounds for a LOT of KingCo vs. KingCo matches with the seedings the way they are.
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