With the dust settling after the seven-week regular season of the inaugural year for the States Chess Cup, it is now time for the playoffs.
Minnesota and Southern California earned wildcard spots for being the league’s best performing third place teams. Minnesota drew Virginia and Southern California faced Georgia – Virginia and Georgia being the two winners in the Southern Division.
The wildcard round was the chosen solution to the smaller Southern Division and makes possible a scenario in which a team from another division takes the spot of a Southern Division team in the Division Championship round.
Wild Card Matches (October 24)
Virginia vs. Minnesota – Virginia won
Georgia vs. Southern California – Southern California won
Tonight, on Halloween, the next round begins as eight teams remain. In this round, teams will compete against division rivals to see who will represent their division moving forward.
Iowa vs. Illinois – These two teams were top finishers in the Central Division and will rematch at 5:00 Eastern.
Northern California vs. Washington – These two will face one another at 7:30 PM Eastern.
Michigan vs. New Jersey – These teams will face off at 2:00 PM Eastern.
Virginia vs. Southern California – With Southern California taking one of the Southern Division’s playoff spots, they will face Virginia at 8:00 PM Eastern.
By Monday, only four teams will remain!