The format for the WA School Chess League involves a series of one-day events to be held throughout the year.
Each team receives a number of the league points for each tournament, based on the performance.
Upon accumulating enough points a team qualifies for the finals.
To view the number of SCL points a school has accumulated, visit the Leaderboard page.
There will be at least four SCL-run qualifying events. These matches will be run as a Swiss tournament with barred team pairings. This means that students will only verse other students from different schools and will not verse others from the same school (with some exceptions if the number of participants is low).
The rate of play will be 15 minutes plus a 3-second increment per move.
The method of scoring during tournaments is as follows:
* In individual games, if the game was decisive, the winner receives 1 point and the loser receives 0 points. If the game was drawn, both players receive 0.5 points each.
* Each win by a player will earn points for their school. At the conclusion of the tournament, overall placings will be determined by the top 4 scorers in each school. Based on the final placing each school receives a number of "league points"
The SCL Zone events have the following school points allocation:
1st place: 12 points
2nd place: 10 points
3rd place: 8 points
4th place: 6 points
5th place: 4 points
6th place: 2 points
Participation: 1 point
Each team who accumulated 10 league points will be invited to play in the finals