Frequently Asked Questions

What is the School Chess League (SCL)?

The SCL is a school team chess competition open to students attending school in the Perth metropolitan area. The SCL consists of two leagues – one for primary schools and one for secondary schools.

A school may enter a team of 4 of their students per division, up to a maximum of 3 teams. Teams will play against other nearby schools’ teams within designated geographical zones. In the Premier division, the top performing teams from each zone will qualify for a state-wide final. The top performing teams in the final will be selected to represent Western Australia at the annual Australian Schools’ Teams Championships, typically held in December each year.


How do I know which divisions are right for my teams?

There are 3 divisions – Premier, B and C – in order of players’ relative playing strength, with Premier being the strongest. Your school may enter teams in any combination of divisions. However, it should be noted that only Premier division teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the finals.


When is the SCL being run? How often are matches played?

Matches will be played fortnightly and SCL will run from 26th February 2018 to 8th June 2018, with a break in between for the Term 1 school holidays in 2018. The finals will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of July 2018 at Leeming Primary School.


How do I know which school my teams are playing against each fortnight? Where and when will matches be played?

The SCL coordinators will send the pairings to team captains, i.e. each school’s supervising teacher, once a fortnight. For each pairing, one team will be designated the ‘Home’ team and the other the ‘Away’ team. Each team will have approximately the same number of ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ matches.

Upon receiving a pairing, the ‘Home’ team captain is responsible for organising with the ‘Away’ team captain for the match to be played within the next fortnight. The ‘Home’ team is expected to provide the venue and equipment for the match.


What equipment will my school need to host a match?

As a minimum, your school will require:

• 4 chess clocks, for the Premier division games; and
• 4 x (no. of teams your school has entered) chess sets and boards.

If your school needs to purchase chess equipment, please contact the league coordinators – the CAWA will likely be able to obtain discounted equipment for schools from our local equipment supplier, Australian Chess Enterprises. (And no, we won’t charge a service fee!)


How do teams qualify for the finals?

The top 2 Premier division teams from each zone will qualify for the finals. In the event that a girls’ team is not in the top 2, the best performing girls’ team from each zone will also qualify.

Please see the Rules document for details on match scoring and the tiebreak system. Note that the finals will be held over two days at a neutral location, to be advised in due course.


How are teams selected to represent Western Australia at the annual Australian Schools’ Teams Chess Championships (ASTC)?

The winning team in the Primary schools final will be selected as WA’s Primary Open team for the ASTC. The top scoring girls’ team will be selected as WA’s Primary Girls team.

The winning team in the Secondary schools final will be selected as WA’s Secondary Open team for the ASTC. The top scoring girls’ team will be selected as WA’s Secondary Girls team.


How will winning teams in the B and C division be recognised?

The winning teams in each zone for all divisions (including B and C) will be presented with trophies at the prize giving ceremony after the completion of the finals.


How much is it to enter?

The team entry fees are identical for both the Primary and Secondary School Leagues:

  Number of Teams   Entry Fee
  1   $40
  2   $70
  3   $90



How do I enter?

Please fill out and return the Registration Form by Friday 16th February 2018 to the SCL coordinators at: cawaschoolchessleague@gmail.com. Enter a team today!



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