US Chess League Standings

AtlantaKingseee
AtlantaKingseee
Oct 21, 2015, 11:38 PM |
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The United States Chess League is entering its final week of regular season matches.  The league is split into 2 divisions of 10 teams, with 6 teams in each division qualifying for the postseason / playoff matches.  As we enter week 10 (of 10), nine out of the ten  teams in both divisions are still in the hunt for those six playoff spots, keeping things exciting until the last minute.

The tiebreak system is: 1. Match points 2. Game Points 3. Average Opponent Rating by August USCF ratings 4. Head to Head result

The top six teams from each the Eastern and Western divisions qualify for the playoff matches.  

 

Playoff Structure

Wildcard Round - both divisions

  • 1st and 2nd seeds receive a bye
  • 3rd seed vs 6th seed, 3rd seed receives draw odds AND color choice
  • 4th seed vs 5th seed, 4th seed receives draw odds OR color choice
Quarterfinals - both divisions
  • 1st seed vs lower seeded Wildcard winner, 1st seed receives draw odds AND color choice
  • 2nd seed vs higher seeded Wildcard winner, 2nd seed receives draw odds
Semifinals - both divisions
  • The 2 winners of the above Quarterfinal matches play each other, higher seed receives draw odds
Championship
  • Eastern Division Semifinal winner vs Western Division Semifinal winner. The team with the better regular season record gets color choice. Drawn match = blitz tiebreaker.
Regular season records are extremely important, as the top 2 seeds in each division are given a bye in the first round, and a higher seed number often affords you draw odds in the post-season matches.  Since no team in either division has clinched first place, and only 2 teams out of 20 have been eliminated for contention, there is still a lot to fight for in Week 10.

Eastern Division Standings

Team Match Points Game Points Opp Avg Week 10 / Playoff Situation
New York Knights 6.5/9 21.5/36 2364 Guaranteed playoff berth. Week 10 win = guaranteed at least 2nd place.  
New England Nor'easters 6.5 21.0 2379 Guaranteed playoff berth. Week 10 win = guaranteed at least 2nd place.
Manhattan Applesauce 6.5 21.0 2365 Guaranteed playoff berth. Week 10 win = guaranteed at least 2nd place. 
New Jersey Knockouts 6.0 22.5 2379 Guaranteed playoff berth.  Week 10 win or draw = guaranteed at least 3rd place. Match loss = 4th place.
Connecticut Dreadnoughts 4.5 18.0 2383 Playoff berth unless Connecticut loses 0-4 AND Atlanta wins 4-0. Week 10 win or draw = 5th place.
Boston Blitz 3.5 17.0 2392 Week 10 win = playoff berth. A draw or loss would eliminate them if Atlanta wins.
Atlanta Kings 3.5 14.0 2388 Must outscore Boston in Week 10 match points for 6th place (i.e. win and hope that Boston does not win, game points are not relevant)
Philadelphia Inventors 3.0 18.5 2387 Must outscore Boston and Atlanta in Week 10 match points. Automatically eliminated if Boston OR Atlanta win
Carolina Cobras 3.0 14.5 2388 Must win and hope that Boston and Philadelphia lose. Automatically eliminated if Boston wins, Atlanta wins or draws, or Philadelphia wins or draws. 
Miami Sharks 2.0 12.0 2402 Eliminated from playoff contention


Tuesday 10/27 Matches - Eastern Division - 7pm EST

New Jersey - Philadelphia A win or draw for New Jersey guarantees them at least 3rd place in the Eastern Division leading to the playoffs. A Philadelphia win means New Jersey will clinch in 4th place. Philadelphia is automatically eliminated if Boston OR Atlanta win.

Carolina - Atlanta Atlanta must outscore Boston in Week 10 match points to clinch 6th place (i.e. win and hope that Boston does not win). Carolina must win and hope that Boston and Philadelphia lose. Carolina is automatically eliminated if Boston wins, Atlanta wins or draws, or Philadelphia wins or draws.

New England - Boston A win for New England guarantees them at least 2nd place and a bye in the first week of the playoffs. A win for Boston guarantees them a playoff berth, while a draw or loss would eliminate them if Atlanta wins.

New York - Manhattan A win for either team guarantees that team at least 2nd place and a bye in the first week of the playoffs

Miami - Connecticut Unless Connecticut loses 0/4, they are guaranteed playoff berth. A win or draw for Connecticut clinches them 5th place. Miami cannot make the playoffs under any circumstances.

 

 

 

Western Division Standings

Team Match Points Game Points Opp Avg Week 10 / Playoff Situation
Dallas Destiny 6.0/9 22.0/36 2404 Guaranteed playoff berth. Week 10 win or draw = guaranteed first place in Western Division.
St. Louis Archbishops 6.0 21.0 2409 Guaranteed playoff berth. Week 10 win = guaranteed first place. Week 10 draw = second place unless Las Vegas scores 4/4 over San Diego 
Las Vegas Desert Rats 5.5 19.5 2400 Guaranteed playoff berth. 4/4 win over San Diego clinches second place. 
San Francisco Mechanics 5.0 17.0 2399 Win or draw clinches playoff berth. Some chances of clinching playoff berth with a loss if they are not passed by three lower teams.
Seattle Sluggers 4.5 19.0 2406 Win or draw clinches playoff berth.
Arizona Scorpions 4.5 18.5 2405 Win clinches playoff berth. Draw allows slim chances of being eliminated. 
Lubbock Tornadoes 4.0 18.0 2384 Win clinches playoff berth.
Rio Grande Ospreys 4.0 16.5 2388 Must win by a large margin, and hope Lubbock loses, and Seattle draws Arizona for Rio Grande to clinch 6th place. 
Minnesota Blizzard 3.5 14.5 2394 Not mathematically eliminated, but must win by a large margin and hope for many specific results for a chance at 6th place.
San Diego Surfers 2.0 14.0 2401 Eliminated from playoff contention. Guaranteed last place in Western Division


Wednesday 10/28 Matches - Western Division - 8pm EST

Minnesota - Lubbock A win for Lubbock clinches playoff berth. Minnesota must win by a large margin for any chances of making 6th place.

Dallas - St. Louis If either team wins, they will clinch first place in the Western division. A draw would mean Dallas would clinch first place, and St. Louis would get second place unless Las Vegas scores 4/4 over San Diego.

San Francisco - Rio Grande A win or draw for San Francisco clinches them playoff berth. San Francisco retains some chancees of a playoff berth even if they lose, as long as they are not passed by three of the teams trailing them. Rio Grande must win by a large margin, and hope Lubbock losess, and Seattle draws Arizona for Rio Grande to clinch 6th place.

Arizona - Seattle A Seattle win or draw clinches them playoff berth. An Arizona win clinches playoff berth, and a draw allows slim chances of eliminating Arizona.

Las Vegas - San Diego If Las Vegas wins 4/4, they clinch second place. San Diego cannot make the playoffs or improve from 10th place under any circumstances

 

See uschessleague.com for more details.  Week 10 matches are Tuesday 10/27 and Wednesday 10/28 on ICC.

 

Grant Oen

Manager, Atlanta Kings