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 www.whsca.org for upcoming announcements and further details.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) that oversees the event as well as this year’s organizer (email@example.com).
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:
- Lakeside A (22 points)
- Interlake (18.5 pt)
- Newport (16.5 pt)
- Garfield (16.5 pt)
- Mercer Island (14 pt)
The top five Junior Varsity players:
- Andrew Tat (Lakeside)
- Kunal Roy (Interlake)
- Richard Xu (Bellevue)
- Zealous Zhu (Garfield)
- Cameron Cameron (Interlake)
Many thanks to our hard-working WHSCA volunteers for a smooth-running event!
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 www.middleschoolchess.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 whsca.org. 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:
- RatingsNW.com 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: www.ratingsNW.com
- 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.