2020 WSECC Final Standings have been released

Dear Chess Families,

We have completed our extensive review of the issue reports that were submitted for the event.  Official final standings are now posted on wsecc.org.  The types of issues and actions taken are as follows:

Incorrect piece moves: This issue covers a wide variety of problems such as mouse slips, miss drops, and any other move glitches.  These issues, while unfortunate, are a part of online chess and were not reviewed further by our team.

Unpaired Rounds: Players who missed rounds due to technical difficulties were awarded ½ point per round, with a maximum of 2 points total awarded in this manner.

Unintentional Disconnects, Resignations and Draws:  Our team found 433 matches that warranted additional review.  Each match was scored by 4 different reviewers based on 5 criteria.  Any ties were broken by the Chief Pairings Director.  The scoring criteria were:

0 — Game under 10 moves total: Disconnecting player gets Half Point Bye, opponent gets Full Point Bye, match is unrated.

1 — Disconnecting player was in a clearly losing position: No change, match is rated.

2 — Game was still undecided: Half Point Bye for the disconnecting player, Full Point Bye for opponent, match is unrated.

3 — Disconnecting player was ahead but the reviewer was not sure it was going to be a win for them: Half Point Bye for both players, match is unrated.

4 — Disconnecting player was ahead and the reviewer thinks it would have been a win for them: Full Point Bye for disconnecting player, Half Point Bye for opponent, match is unrated.

A complete list of the reviewed matches and decisions can be viewed in Appendix A.

Fair Play: All top scoring players along with anyone else suspected of using outside assistance in their matches were reviewed by the chess.com / chesskid.com fair play team, engine analysis, and by our match review team.  8 players were found by all 3 methods to have violated the Fair Play Agreement and were forfeited from the event.  Their opponents were awarded full point byes for their matches against these players.  One additional player was removed from the event due to a different fair play violation.  The violation did not affect any of their matches, so all results against that player stayed the same, but will be counted as unplayed matches.

Awards: It is our hope to begin award distribution once all counties in the state have moved into at least phase 2 of the reopening guidelines.  We are still looking for volunteers to help distribute them locally, especially in Snohomish, Olympia, Snoqualmie, Bellingham, Vancouver, Tacoma, and Wenatchee.  Please email us if you are interested in helping.

Sincerely,

WSECC Organizers

Tournament Wrap-up and Issue Reporting Form

Dear Chess Families,

Congratulations to all the families that participated in the first ever online WSECC Tournament.  We are aware that there were some users who were unable to join and others who experienced technical issues that affected the results of one or more matches.  We are committed to addressing and correcting as many of these issues as possible.  In order to best accomplish this, we have set up an official Issue Reporting Form here: https://forms.gle/UfeWBeaUMR5mzJjc6

The Tournament Directors will review all submissions over the coming weeks and make any necessary adjustments and adjudications to the final results.  Please note that due to the large number of inquiries we are receiving, we will not be able to address any technical issues submitted via email.  This form will be the only place to report those issues.

You can view the unofficial standings here: https://wsecc.org/index.php/standings/

We will post the official final standings at the conclusion of our review.

We will also reach out to everyone regarding the distribution of trophies and medals.  The plan is to distribute them to various regional coordinators who will then arrange times for people to come and pick them up.  We will not begin distribution of awards until after the stay-at-home order is lifted, and we can arrange to do so in a safe manner.

We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience during these challenging times and thank you for participating in one of the largest single-day online chess tournaments in history (if anyone has contacts at The Guiness Book of World Records, please let us know)!  

Sincerely,

WSECC Organizers

2020 Washington State Elementary Chess Championship is moving online

Dear Chess Families,

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the organizers of the 2020 WSECC have voted to approve the switch from an in person event in Tacoma to an online event that will be hosted on chesskid.com!

For more information, please check out the Online Event section.

The organizers are aware that there will be many questions and they hope to address most of them when they announce the final details of the event. 
Thank you all for your support of chess and look forward to having as many of you as possible join us online on May 2nd.

Addressing COVID-19 situation

As of 3/17…

At this time we are aware of the recent CDC recommendation against gatherings of 50 or more (article). The WSECC Committee will be convening in the coming days to discuss how best to address the situation.

Our players and families safety and health is of our utmost concern. We will be updating this page as new information becomes available.