|Over 400 Young Chess Enthusiasts Converge on Atlanta for National Chess Titles|
|By Joan DuBois|
|November 21, 2006|
(Crossville, TN) The United States Chess Federation (USCF) held its 2006 National Youth Action (NYA) Chess Championship at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Georgia Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19.
The main event consisted of nine rounds; players play one game per round with a time control of 30 minutes per player. Primary (K-3), Elementary (K-6), Junior High (K-9) and High School (K-12) make up the four sections of the championship. The event also offered team competition in each of the four sections and they too are competing for a national title. The 404 young chess enthusiasts represented 24 states!
2006 NYA Blitz Chess Championship on Friday, November 17 at 6:30pm. Blitz chess is played with a time control of five minutes per player per game. Ryan Joseph Moon of Georgia won the K-6 Blitz with 10.0 and Nikolas J. Theiss rated 1343 of Maryland won the K-12 Blitz with 12.0 points. The second event, 2006 NYA Bughouse Championship was won by Bughouse Team C. Williams and X. Chang with a 10.5 score. Bughouse is a two-player team chess variant and the time control is five minutes per game!
The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members.