USCF Ratings and Adjustments

A note about USCF ratings and adjustments: We will continue Ollie’s practice of updating NWSRS ratings to match USCF ratings if:

  1. Your USCF ID is included in the NWSRS database. To find out if it’s included, go to this page, and open the “Ratings File in Excel Format (Zipped)”. Find your record in the spreadsheet and look to see if your USCF information is listed in the last several columns. If it’s not there, email your state ratings coordinator.
  2. And your USCF “regular” rating has been established. That is, if the USCF database has a “provisional” rating then the NWSRS will make no adjustment. A provisional rating is usually defined by USCF for players with less than 25 USCF-rated games.
  3. And your USCF rating is higher than your NWSRS rating.

For the date of the most recent ratings adjustment, see the bottom of this page.

For more than you ever wanted to know about our rating system, see:

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HS State Individual Championship Jan 25-26

Happy Holidays! For friends and relatives of high school chess players, this is a good time to think of ways you can help support your favorite chess player. Maybe there are some good books, some software for chess, an upgraded clock or other hardware suitable for Christmas!

Remember, the Washington High School State Individual Championship is coming soon on January 25-26. It will be held at Lakeside School in Seattle. Keep your eye on for upcoming announcements and further details.

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Mini-Teams Championship Saturday Nov 17

The Mini-Teams tournament is coming this weekend to Interlake High School. Please put a team together, or encourage individuals to register and we’ll put them on a team! Great experience for newcomers before they head into the new league season.

Register by Friday 3pm, 11-16-2012, by e-mail. See Mini-Teams announcement here.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Glad to help.
Best, Dave Ellinger, WHSCA

PS: State Individual: Jan 25-26
State Team: Feb 8-9

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2012 Elementary State Concludes

Congratulations to all those participating at WA Elementary State this year! Over 850 players braved the mountains and crossed the desert to “Duel in the Desert”.

Several Parents have asked where they can provide feedback to the folks running the event. You can send your comments to the WSEEC Policy Board ( that oversees the event as well as this year’s organizer (

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2012 WA State Team Championship

The 2012 State Team Championships were held on February 24-25. It was a rainy weekend at Issaquah High School, but their freshly remodeled school provided a wonderful and comfortable facility for the event.

We have a huge photo album and slide show for your enjoyment here, more than 340 pictures from photographers Ed McPherson and Barry Hansen. Or click here to download all photos to your local hard drive, a large Zip file (125 MB) containing 340+ high-resolution pictures.

Our top teams of Washington State:

  1. Lakeside A (22 points)
  2. Interlake (18.5 pt)
  3. Newport (16.5 pt)
  4. Garfield (16.5 pt)
  5. Mercer Island (14 pt)

The top five Junior Varsity players:

  1. Andrew Tat (Lakeside)
  2. Kunal Roy (Interlake)
  3. Richard Xu (Bellevue)
  4. Zealous Zhu (Garfield)
  5. Cameron Cameron (Interlake)

Many thanks to our hard-working WHSCA volunteers for a smooth-running event!

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2012 WA State Individual Championship

The 2012 State Individual Championships were held on January 27-28 at Ferndale High School up in the far northwest corner of Washington State.

Congratulations to our winners:

  • State champion Michael Omori from Lakeside School, scoring of 4.5 out of 5.0.
  • Premier section winner Karen Marcjan
  • Reserve section winner David Jorgensen

You can view and download photos here and get your new ratings from the State Championship Results here.

Many thanks to our hard-working WHSCA volunteers for a smooth-running event!

Register now for the state Team Championship coming up soon on February 24-25, 2012!

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2012 Middle School Championships

The Middle School Individual Championships will be held on March 3, 2012 in Lynnwood WA. All players grade 5-9 are eligible to play. Details can be found at This is also the event that will select the WCF Representative to the “Barber” Tournament held this year at the USOPEN in Vancouver, WA. For more information, email

This year’s TEAM Match will be held in Lynnwood WA in May (after Elementary Nationals) – specific Date – TBD. If you would like to form a team for your school, contact

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Mini-Teams Results

The 2011 Mini-Teams Tournament was held on Nov 19th on a crisp Fall day at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Congratulations to the winning team of Michael Wang, Abinav Viswanathan and Andrew Porisch!

You can view and download photos here and get your new ratings from the Mini-Teams results here.

Many thanks to our hard-working WHSCA volunteers for a fine event!

Interlake High School 2011 Mini-Teams Tournament

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Streamlined Navigation

Good news, web traffic shows that practically everyone has updated their bookmarks to go directly to ratings and reports! So I’ve expired the last few placeholder pages on I replaced them with automatic redirection to the corresponding new page here on Ratings NW.

In case you’re interested in the webmaster’s perspective, here are statistics from my tracking tools and a gratuitous green chess image in honor of St Patrick’s Day:

  • gets 400 – 600 visits per day, averaging 15,000 visits per month. This is a lot of traffic by any standard.
  • Two-thirds of our visitors look at tournament reports
  • One-third of our visitors look-up individual ratings
  • Web browsers used are: IE 48%, Firefox 21%, Safari 17%, Chrome 13%
  • Operating systems are: Windows 76%, Mac 15%, iPhone 2.3%, Android 1.6%, iPad 1.5%, Linux 1.4%
  • 13 of our visitors like to capitalize just part of the domain name:
  • Washington visitors outnumbered Oregon visitors by 8,800 visits to 4,700
  • 8 – 10pm is our busiest time of the day, but one-third of our visits occur in working hours from 9am to 2pm (it’s okay, I won’t tell on you)
  • Nobody has made any comments (yet!) under our headings for Elementary, Middle School or High School topics. Go ahead, this should be a good place to ask/share your school chess ideas.

Mobile users are up to almost 5% of our visits. Cool! Let me know how it’s working on your mobile device.

Webmaster Barry

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Time to Update Your Bookmarks

Your move in the new yearHappy New Year!
If you haven’t already, it’s time to update your bookmarks. I’ve been watching you (almost as closely as Santa Claus!) and noticed many of you are still finding your ratings by clicking through from This isn’t naughty but you will get your ratings more easily if you create bookmarks to:

Next week I will expire some of the almost-empty WHSCA pages that are no longer needed and replace them with redirection to Ratings NW.

Remember: remains focused on Washington state high school events, while brings you the NWSRS database.

Webmaster Barry

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