GM Ben Finegold Youth Simul

Youth Events

The chess festival has many events that are just for kids or may be of interest to kids as well as adults.

International Youth Championship

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 chess videos and software.

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Youth Trophy Tournament

The Youth Trophy Tournament is just for fun, with a moderate entry fee and lots of trophies. It’s open to all players born after [lvcf-date FRI age=14]. 5 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 Time Control Game/25 +…

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Youth Blitz

Youth Blitz
5 Round US Chess Rated Swiss System Tournament Swiss Tournament format means no eliminations Play 10 games: white and black against each opponent US Chess Blitz Rated Time Control Game/3 + 2 second increment. This means each player starts with 3 minutes and 2more seconds are added after every move. Please bring a chess clock if…

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Grandmaster Chess Camp

Chess Camp with GM Walter Browne
For Players of all Ages and Playing Strength Small class sizes and top notch instructors make this mini-camp a great opportunity to hone your game. Children and adults are welcome. Players will be divided into groups of similar strength to maximize the learning experience. Each group will have sessions with several different instructors.  This format allows the…

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Simuls

The Festival offers two GM Simultaneous Exhibitions: a 25 Board Grandmaster Simul Thursday at 3 p.m. and a special Simul just for KIDS special Simul just for KIDS Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 

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Young Players may also enjoy

U.S. Women’s Open

The U.S. Women's Open draws women and girls from all over the world to play on the Wednesday & Thursday before the National Open. 5 round US Chess and FIDE rated Swiss Tournament with a $3,500 prize fund and a friendly atmosphere.

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Walter Browne Memorial Blitz

$5,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund plus the Walter Shawn Browne Cup We honor the memory of our friend, GM Walter Browne, by naming the National Open Blitz Championship after him. Walter started the World Blitz Chess Association (WBCA) and always seemed to be in time trouble. His flag has fallen, but he will always be a champion…

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Free GM Analysis of Your Games

All Chess Festival players may have games analyzed by a grandmaster. Please take advantage of this special opportunity to improve your game and to watch other games being discussed. Sessions start approximately 2 hours after the start of each round of the National Open. GM Analyst to be announced. Past analysts have included GM Larry…

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