For players age 14 and under, the International Youth Championship highlights a weekend of chess fun. Players compete for trophies, chess prizes and a computer loaded with software and chess videos donated by ChessDVDs.com.
Side events include
- WGM Sabina Foisor Simul for Kids
- Youth Blitz Tournament
- Trophy Tournament
- Puzzle Competition
- Grandmaster Chess Camp (for all ages)
- and more
Hundreds of girls and boys from all over the world compete for trophies, prizes and the thrill of the game. Players are grouped by age and rating so everyone can be competitive. The tournaments are Swiss System events, which means that every player gets to play all rounds: no eliminations.
The youth events are separated from the adult events but players, parents and coaches are welcome to participate or watch any of the chess festival events. Many of the kids participate in the open side events and lectures.
6 Round US Chess Rated Swiss System Tournament
- Swiss Tournament format means no eliminations
- US Chess Rated, new players will have a rating after this event
- Team score in each section is the total of the 3 best scores by team members.
Game/60 + 5 second increment. This means each player starts with 60 minutes and 5 more seconds are added after every move. Please bring a chess clock if you have one.
Sections & Eligibility
- Age 14 & Under Open: Born after June 24, 2003
- Age 14 & Under Reserve: Born after June 24, 2003 and Rated Under 1000
- Age 9 & Under Open: Born after June 24, 2008
- Age 9 & Under Reserve: Born after June 24, 2008 and Rated under 800
Unrated players may play in Reserve Sections but are not eligible for 1st prize in Reserve Sections.
The June US Chess Rating Supplement will be used. Other ratings may be used if higher. If you pre-register and your rating changes you will be moved up automatically or down on request.
The decision of the chief tournament director regarding player or team eligibility, rating adjustments, unofficial ratings, or similar issues is final.
$89 by 5/31, $99 by 6/19, $120 later.
There will be a $20 change fee for team or section changes after round 1 begins. No players may be added to a team after 5 p.m. Saturday.
Sometimes a player has to skip a round.
1/2 Point Byes are available in any round (limit 2) if requested in advance or before the start of the previous round. A player with a bye receives 1/2 point for the unplayed game.
Round 5 or 6 byes must be requested before the start of round 2.
Membership in the U.S. Chess Federation is required of all players. You may join with your entry or on site. Players will not be allowed to complete the tournament without a valid membership.
- It’s easy to register online before you arrive.
- On site registration is available all day Thursday and Friday
- Late Registration Saturday 8:30-9:00 a.m.
- Players registering later may not be paired for round 1.
- 1/2 Point Byes are available in any round (limit 2).
- Saturday 9:45 a.m.
- Special Guest Host to be Announced
- Round 1 10:00 a.m.
- Round 2 1:00 p.m.
- Round 3 3:30 p.m.
- Round 4 10:00 a.m.
- Round 5 1:00 p.m.
- Round 6 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday 6:30 p.m.
Other Youth Events
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Prizes in Each Section
- 1st Place: Trophy plus a computer loaded with Chess Videos and Software worth over $1,000.
- 2nd Place: Trophy plus chess prizes valued at $250.
- 3rd Place: Trophy plus chess prizes valued at $150.
- 4th Place: Trophy plus chess prizes valued at $100.
- 5th – 10th: Trophy
- Top player in each class: Trophy
- 14 & Under: 1300-1499, 1100-1299, & under 1100
- 14 & Under Reserve: 700-899, 500-699, under 500, unrated
- 9 & Under: 1100-1299, 900-1099, under 900
- 9 & Under Reserve: 500-699, 300-499, under 300, unrated
- Top 5 Teams: Trophy
- Team score is the total of the 3 best scores by team members.
Unrated players may not win 1st prize in Reserve Sections.
- Every player receives a participation award.
- Internet Chess Club will be giving free memberships to many players!
- The highest finishing (using tiebreaks as necessary) player in each 14 & under section, who will be too old to play in that section next year, wins free entry to the next National Open.
- Free Raffle Prizes will be awarded at the start of some rounds.
Special Guest Host U.S. Women’s Champion WGM Sabina Foisor
Each year we invite a player who is or was famous as a child star to host the International Youth Championship.
The current U.S. Women’s Champion, Sabina Foisor, has won medals at the European Youth Chess Championships in various age categories. Her result at 2007 European Women’s Championship qualified her for the Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 in Nalchik, Russia.
Both her parents are International Masters and were multiple Romanian chess championship medalists. Sabina learned to play chess at the age of 4 and entered her first tournament at the age of 6. Aside from playing chess professionally, she gives chess lessons to players of all levels. She has been an instructor at our Grandmaster Chess Camp.
Sabina moved to the United States in 2008 to study at the University of Maryland. She has represented the United States on the USA’s Women Chess Olympic Team at four consecutive Olympiads and three Women’s World Team Championships.
In addition to hosting the youth championship Sabina will give a simul for young players at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. She will also participate in the opening ceremony and an autograph session.
Past hosts have included Grandmaster Kayden Troff, Grandmaster Irina Krush, Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky, Woman International Master Annie Wang, Grandmaster Ruifeng Li, and Former World Champion Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov.
This is a great opportunity for young players to meet their chess heroes.