2013 USCF National Girls Invitational Tournament Information & Rules
(Revised-March 26, 2013)
The USCF National Girls Invitational is a tournament of Champions for girls from across the United States.
When: July 27 to July 30 during the 2013 U.S. Open.
Where: The location will be the Madison Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI 53562, (608) 831-2000. Chess Room Rate: $99.
- All Players are eligible for free entry to the US Open provided they complete play of all rounds in the Girls tournament and the US Open.
- The winner of the tournament shall receive the title of USCF National Girls Champion of Champions. (In case of ties, co-champions shall be recognized.)
- The winner (or tiebreak winner if co-champions exist) will qualify for the 2013 World Youth if eligible for the World Youth based on age.
- Each state (States defined per USCF include Washington, DC and Northern & Southern California) shall be allowed one Representative as determined by their USCF State Affiliate.
- The Girls Nomination Form will be filled out by the authorized state official. We strongly encourage each affiliate to identify a tournament to determine its Girl’s State Champion. Selecting the representative by some other criteria as determined by the state affiliate is acceptable.
- Alternates may be substituted as the official Representative.
- If there are an uneven number of entrants in the tournament, the host state may enter an additional eligible player. The additional player is eligible for prize monies.
- Should the USCF state affiliate fail to submit their Girls Nomination Form for this tournament by July 5, the USCF office’s Director of National Events will determine the candidate from that state. Representatives must be residents of the state/area they are representing.
- All players including home schooled students must be under the age of 20 on September 1 of the year in which the tournament is held.
- All players must have taken at least three (3) courses, during the spring before the National Girls Invitational using the K through 12th grade curriculum.
- The Representative may not be listed as a full-time student at any college, or university.
- Proof of eligibility shall be the responsibility of the players and the USCF state official certifying the Representative or Alternate.
- In addition to all players in the National Girls Invitational Tournament (NGIT) being eligible for free entry to the US Open, each player from a state that enters a participant in all three tournaments – one each for eligible spots in the Denker, Barber, and the National Girls Invitational—will receive free entry to the 2013 US Open, provided they complete play of all rounds in their respective tournaments.
National Girls Invitational Schedule
| ||Opening Ceremony||3 PM Saturday, July 27, 2013 (REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AND CHECK-IN). All participants including the host state alternate are required to attend the opening ceremony. |
| ||Round 1 ||Saturday, July 27, 7PM (Same time as the evening round of the US Open-7 PM) |
| ||Round 2 ||Sunday, July 28 - 12:00 Noon. |
| ||Round 3 ||Sunday, July 28 - 7 PM. |
| ||Round 4 ||Monday, July 29 - 12:00 Noon. |
| ||Round 5 ||Monday, July 29 - 7 PM. |
| ||Round 6 ||Tuesday, July 30 - 11 AM. |
| ||Awards Ceremony ||Tuesday, July 30 - 4 PM. |
- Players shall be required to play all six rounds of the tournament.
- Players need to notify the TD staff if they become ill during the tournament, so that the host state alternate can be substituted.
- Players expelled from the tournament, or who withdraw, forfeit all expense money.
- Each player shall be required to furnish the TD with a legible and complete score sheet at the conclusion of each round.
- The time control will be Game 90 with 30 second increment.
- USCF Rated
This tournament is sponsored by the US Chess Federation. Other sponsors include the US Chess Trust and Trophies Plus.
1st Place: $800 Scholarship |
2nd Place: $500 Scholarship
3rd Place: $300 Scholarship awarded to the third place finisher on tiebreak – All players who tie for 3rd will receive a prize. Final prizes will be announced before the 2nd round begins.
(Parents will have the option to accept a cash prize to help defray expenses.)
Best Game – Gift Certificate
Upset Prize – Gift Certificate
Ursula Foster Award - There will be a $500 Ursula Foster award presented by the Chess Trust to the highest finisher under the age of 13 (as of the first day of the tournament). There must be a minimum of three eligible recipients or under age 14 will be used. This award will not be split. In the event of ties, the recipient will be the player with the highest tie-break score.
Each participant including the host state alternate will receive a stipend to help defray travel expenses. Players expelled from the tournament, or who withdraw forfeit all expense money.
Travel & Accommodations
Players are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Players sharing rooms should make their arrangements carefully, as neither the USCF nor the tournament is responsible for any consequences arising from such arrangements. Please note that registration in a hotel room will require a person 18 years of age or older to be present.
Each state affiliate needs to request and complete the Nomination Form from the National Girls Invitational organizer. Each player must provide the Tournament Organizer with a phone number of a parent or other responsible adult in case of an emergency.
National Girls Invitational Organizers:
US Chess Federation and
2385 Executive Center Dr. #100
Boca Raton, FL 33431