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The following are the general requirements for US Chess Scholastic National and International Invitation Events and Awards. Whenever possible, invitations shall be issued several months prior to the scheduled beginning of the event. Eligibility for US Chess invitations shall be based on several factors including: established rating (not provisional), age (if applicable), activity, and residency. Match points will be excluded in ratings calculations. Players must be US Chess members in good standing at the time of invitation. Reasonable efforts shall be made to accommodate players with expired memberships who would otherwise qualify for US Chess invitations. The Activity Requirement will be 30 rated games (either US Chess or FIDE-rated – if FIDE-rated, submitted to US Chess for verification) in a calendar year. Contact the US Chess Office. 

 

1. US Junior Championship (Invitational) Selection Criteria:  US Junior Championship has a maximum of 10 players – the top players Under 20 (as of Jan. 1) based on the average of the:

a.    US Chess April supplement rating

b.    Peak published US Chess rating (going back 12 months from the April supplement)

NOTE:  The winner of the preceding US Junior Open and the winner of the preceding Denker Tournament of High School Champions shall be directly seeded, if still eligible by age.

 

2. US Junior Girls Championship (Invitational) Selection Criteria:  The US Junior Girls Championship has a maximum of ten players – the top players Under 20 (as of Jan. 1) based on the average of the

a.    US Chess April supplement rating.

b.    Peak published US Chess Rating (going back 12 months from the April Supplement)

NOTE: The winner of the preceding National Girls Tournament of Champions shall be directly seeded, if still eligible by age. 

 

3. US Cadet Championship Selection Criteria:  The tournament has a maximum of eight players – the top players Under 16 (as of Jan. 1) based on the April supplement rating.  The winner of the preceding Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions shall be directly seeded, if still eligible by age.

 

4. FIDE World Junior Championship Selection Criteria: Invitational ratings are determined by the February Rating List of the year of competition. The winners of the US Junior Championship and the US Junior Girls Championship are each offered an invitation. If the scheduling of the FIDE World Junior Championship is such that this method is not feasible, both candidates shall be determined by the February Rating List.) 

If a champion player declines, invitations are offered down to the fifth highest rated player (top five boys, top five girls).

 

5. Pan-American Junior Championships Selection Criteria: US Chess usually sends two players to the Pan-American Junior Championships (one boy, one girl). Invitational ratings are determined by the February Rating List of the year of competition. 

 

6. Pan-American Youth Festival Selection Criteria: While the Pan-American Youth Festival is an open tournament (and players attending may require a letter from the US Chess Scholastic Office verifying membership status), the official representatives of US Chess in each age category are determined by the February Rating List of the year of competition. In addition, players may earn a personal right to compete in the Pan-American Youth Festival by earning a medal in the previous Pan-American Youth Festival competition. If a player who has earned a personal right also qualifies as the top qualified player by rating in their age category, the next player in line will be considered the official candidate in that category and will also be entitled to receive whatever financial assistance is offered towards the cost of participation. (A player who wins a Gold Medal at the Pan-American Youth Festival will also be qualified by right for the next World Youth or World Cadet and will qualify for whatever financial assistance is offered towards the cost of participation.)

 

7. FIDE World Youth (U18, U16 and U14) and World Cadet (U12, U10 and U8) Chess Championships Selection Criteria: The World Youth and World Cadet are annual tournaments held traditionally between June and November. Players who attend as part of the U.S, Delegation must be approved by US Chess in order to participate. The age categories are currently U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 (subject to change by the host country and FIDE). The age cutoff is based on January 1st of the year of the tournament. In the event that any FIDE rules or regulations are determined to be in contradiction with these selection criteria, FIDE rules and procedures will supersede these criteria.  If the organizer of the event does not limit the number of players who can participate, any US Chess players with “USA” as their FIDE country who meet the age criteria can attend the World Youth or World Cadet as a member of the U.S. Delegation.  Only the “qualified” representatives must meet the minimum rating and activity requirements as defined below.  All other players may be allowed to participate; however, these additional players will not be offered any financial assistance by US Chess.  They must pay their own way, to include the administrative fee established by US Chess. These players do not need to meet the activity requirement but they must still be eligible to represent the US under FIDE rules.  Players who transfer their FIDE country to the USA may not represent the US until the date established by FIDE. 

 

The “qualified” players must meet the minimum rating requirement as well as the activity requirement of 30 rated games in the 12-month qualification period.  The 30-rated games can be either US Chess or FIDE-rated.  If the games are FIDE rated, the player may request US Chess verification.  The 30 game activity requirement applies to the World Youth and World Cadet with the exception of the winners of US Chess national scholastic events.    

 

Within each age and gender category, players may qualify to represent the USA under any of the following criteria:

Achieve the minimum rating requirement within the age and gender categories. These are peak post tournament ratings achieved in the previous 12 months prior to the Rating Supplement used for the event. The Rating Supplement used will be the one 6 months prior to the month of the tournament (for example, if the tournament is in December the June Rating Supplement will be used – please note on the US Chess website the dates that Supplements are run): 

 

·        Girls Under 18 Minimum Rating 2000

·        Girls Under 16 Minimum Rating 1900

·        Girls Under 14 Minimum Rating 1800

·        Girls Under 12 Minimum Rating 1700

·        Girls Under 10 Minimum Rating 1500

·        Girls Under 8 Minimum Rating 1200

·        Boys Under 18 Minimum Rating 2400

·        Boys Under 16 Minimum Rating 2300

·        Boys Under 14 Minimum Rating 2200

·        Boys Under 12 Minimum Rating 2050

·        Boys Under 10 Minimum Rating 1900

·        Boys Under 8 Minimum Rating 1600

 

Players whose peak post tournament rating equals or exceeds this minimum rating will be able to participate in the World Youth or World Cadet. Should FIDE or the tournament organizer in any way restrict our delegation’s overall size, players who qualified by rating and not personal right or national champion status and whose registration fees were received last by the US Chess office will be excluded from the team and their registration fee promptly returned.  
NOTE: A player can qualify based on rating with either a supplement rating (SR) or a peak post tournament rating (PPT) that is determined the first working day after the cut-off supplement is run. Re-rates would not be considered and thus could not subsequently disqualify a player who has already qualified based on this peak post tournament rating report. Top players in each category will be determined by the peak post tournament (PPT) rating as of the date that the qualifying list is run.

 

The US Chess office may set an administrative fee for all players; however, the following are players who also qualify for the World Youth or World Cadet and are exempt from paying this fee:

Those who have earned a personal right to compete by virtue of their performance at the previous World Youth or World Cadet Championship or the previous Pan American Youth Festival – see below “Qualifying by Personal Right"

·        The top player in each category (Official Representatives)

·        Winner of the Denker Tournament of High School Champions preceding the World Youth event

·        Winner of the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions preceding the World Youth or World Cadet event

·        Winner of the National Girls Tournament of Champions

·        Those who achieve a perfect 7-0 score or win the first place trophy in a Championship section of the National Elementary Championship, the National Junior High Championship, or the National High School Championship in the same year of the World Youth or World Cadet Chess Championship.

The following players are exempt from paying a coaching fee:

·       Top three players in each of the 12 categories

·       Those who qualify by “Personal Right”

·       Winner of the Denker Tournament of High School Champions preceding the World Youth event

·       Winner of the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions preceding the World Youth or World Cadet event

·        Winner of the National Girls Tournament of Champions preceding the World Youth or World Cadet event

 

In addition, players who achieve a perfect 6-0 score or win the first place trophy in any section of the All-Girls National Championships and the winner of the US Girls Championship preceding the World Youth or World Cadet event are also “qualified” players; however, they are not exempt from payment of the administrative fee nor do they get free coaching, unless otherwise determined by the US Chess office.

Players not receiving free coaching may request such services provided they pay the coaching fee established by the US Chess office.

 

The top qualified player in each category based on the PPT rating determined by the qualifying list will be considered the official representative in that category and will be entitled to receive whatever financial assistance is offered towards the cost of participation. In case of a tie, the player with the highest Regular SR at the time of the Rating Supplement (used for that year’s World Youth or World Cadet) will be considered the top qualified player. If a player who has earned a personal right also qualifies as the top qualified player by rating in their category, the next player in line will be considered the official representative in that category and will be entitled to receive whatever financial assistance is offered towards the cost of participation.

If the top qualified player declines the invitation, the next player in line will be entitled to the financial assistance described above.

If a qualified player is unable to attend, that place will not be offered to a non-qualified player ranked lower on the rating list.

The Scholastic Council Chair and the US Chess office shall review the rating history of all qualified players before approving the final selection. Irregularities in a player’s rating history may be grounds for disqualification.

 

Qualifying by personal right - Players may earn a personal right to compete in the World Youth  or World Cadet by earning a medal in one of the following ways:

·        A player who receives a medal at the World Youth or World Cadet will be qualified by personal right for the World Youth or World Cadet for the next year based on maintaining the activity requirement in that year.

·        A player who receives the gold medal at the Pan-American Youth Festival will be qualified by personal right for the next World Youth or World Cadet and will qualify for whatever financial assistance is offered towards the cost of participation.

 

Players must meet the current qualification requirements. Players who qualified in the past must still meet the current requirements, regardless of their previous achievements.


8. FIDE World Youth U16 Olympiad Selection Criteria: The World Youth U16 Olympiad is an annual tournament featuring team play. Teams are composed of four players and an alternate.  Players who attend as part of the U.S. Team must be approved by US Chess in order to participate. The age cutoff is based on January 1st of the year of the tournament. In the event that any FIDE rules or regulations are determined to be in contradiction with these selection criteria, FIDE rules and procedures will supersede these criteria. 

 

FIDE does not limit the number of teams that can participate. Any group of four or five US Chess players with “USA” as their FIDE country who meet the age criteria can attend the World Youth U16 Olympiad as a member of the U.S. Delegation.  Only the sponsored team members must meet the rating and activity requirements as defined below.  All other players may be allowed to participate; however, these additional players will not be offered any financial assistance by US Chess.  They must pay their own way, to include the administrative fee established by US Chess. These players do not need to meet the activity requirement but they must still be eligible to represent the US under FIDE rules.  Players who transfer their FIDE country to the USA may not represent the US until the date established by FIDE. 

 

The sponsored team members must meet the rating requirement as well as the activity requirement of 30 rated games in the 12-month qualification period.  The 30-rated games can be either US Chess or FIDE-rated.  If the games are FIDE rated, the player may request US Chess verification. 

a.      The sponsored team shall consist of 5 players + one coach/Head of Delegation.  Per FIDE requirements at least one of the players must be female who will play in at least 1/3 of the games.

b.     The team will be comprised of the 5 highest rated eligible players by peak supplement rating in the six months prior to selection. Selection will be six months prior to the event.

c.      Only US Chess ratings will count for selection. FIDE ratings will not be averaged in. This will ensure that players from areas without access to FIDE rated events will not be discriminated against.

 

9. Denker Tournament of High School Champions Selection Criteria:
Players must be confirmed by their respective state affiliates and must meet the general eligibility rules for the event. For more information, contact the US Chess Office or go to www.denkerchess.com.

 

10. Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions Selection Criteria:
Players must be confirmed by their respective state affiliates and must meet the general eligibility rules for the event. For more information, contact the US Chess Office or go to www.barberchess.com.

 

11. National Girls Tournament of Champions Selection Criteria:
Players must be confirmed by their respective state affiliates and must meet the general eligibility rules for the event. For more information, contact the US Chess Office or go to www.nationalgirlschess.com.

 

12 All-America Chess Team Selection Criteria: This is an honorary award to players of US citizenship under age 19 who must meet minimum rating and activity requirements that are reviewed annually by the US Chess Office and the US Chess Scholastic Council. The events included for rating and activity requirements are those from July 1 of the previous year to June 30 of the current year. Typically the awards are officially announced at the National K-12 Grade Level Championships held each December. A student need not be present at the tournament to receive an award.

Starting with the 2019 All-America Chess Team the following ratings limits will be applied to be named to the All-America Team

Age     Rating

08        1950

09        2050

10        2150

11        2225

12        2300

13        2350

14        2400

15        2425

16        2450

17        2475

18        2500


For more information, contact the US Chess Office.

13. Scholar-ChessPlayer Award Selection Criteria:
These annual scholarships awarded by US Chess and the US Chess Trust, are intended to recognize and encourage high school junior or senior students who promote a positive image of chess. Current US Chess members (high school juniors or seniors) who have shown outstanding merit in academics, sportsmanship, and chess are eligible to apply for a National Scholar-Chessplayer Award. Five awards of $1,500.00 each (for a total of $7,500.00) in scholarship money are available.  Applications will be on-line when they become available.


14.  North American Youth Championship Selection Criteria:

Official Representatives for each section are selected passed on ratings from the February Rating Supplement.  The US Chess Official Representative will be the player in each age/gender group with the highest rating per the February Rating Supplement who has registered with the organizers and the US Chess office by the deadline announced on US Chess Online after the organizer releases their information. For all players, US Chess must confirm to the organizer that the player is a US Chess member.

 

15.  World Schools Individual Championship Selection Criteria:

Players wishing to play in this event need to contact US Chess for Official Representative selection.

 

16.  World Youth and World Cadet Rapid and Blitz Championships Selection Criteria:

Players wishing to play in this event need to contact US Chess for Official Representative selection.

 

All other events:
US Chess reserves the right to use whatever criteria it deems appropriate for all other events.

General Comments
If the rating scale is raised or lowered at some future date, prior ratings affecting invitations will be adjusted accordingly.
Ties will be broken by the number of games played since invitations to the previous event (generally 12 months). It is the responsibility of the tied players to provide evidence of games played.

AGE
To be eligible for national and international competitions with age requirements,
candidates must meet those age requirements as of January 1 of the year of competition.

ACTIVITY
Players must play a minimum of 30 US Chess-rated games during the twelve month period prior to computation of invitational ratings. Games played to satisfy the activity requirement must be played under the rating system used to select players for a particular event (see above). Thus, games played under the US Chess Quick Chess rating system do not count toward the activity requirement. There is no minimum number of events.

RESIDENCY
Players without previous international experience and/or FIDE ratings shall usually be given US status immediately by both US Chess and FIDE. If a question arises as to US Chess versus FIDE requirements, US Chess criteria shall be used for national events and FIDE’s criteria will be used for international events. Before becoming eligible for US Chess invitations, non-United States citizens who have FIDE ratings or have represented another country in a chess competition must fulfill the following residency requirements:

1.      Players under age 20 are considered eligible upon proof of full- time enrollment in a US school. However, FIDE may still, at its discretion, require that such individuals fulfill a waiting period of up to three years.

2.      A player who has a green card or other acceptable proof of permanent US residency must complete one continuous year (12 months) of United States residency, with a US address, immediately prior to the event in question. Candidates may be required to provide a written promise that they will apply for US citizenship as soon as legally possible.

3.      A player who does not have a green card or other acceptable proof of permanent US residency must complete two continuous years (24 months) of United States residency, with a US address, immediately prior to the event in question. Candidates may be required to provide a written promise that they will apply for US citizenship as soon as legally possible.

4.      Players must complete and sign a US Chess residency form and a FIDE residency form, and these residency forms must be received by the US Chess prior to the time when invitations are determined. US Chess shall then contact FIDE to arrange for the player’s national affiliation code to be changed to reflect the player’s status as a US player. Blank residency forms can be obtained from the US Chess office.

5.      Players must refuse to represent other countries within the waiting period as specified above. Playing for another country at any time requires a candidate for invitations to begin the waiting period anew (i.e., one or two years from the time of the infraction for adults; at least one year for players under age 20). Representing another country is defined as playing in the national championship of another country, and/or playing as a member of another country’s national team in international competition.

 

FIDE ID’s and how your FIDE tournament may affect your US Chess rating.

FIDE-rated games played by US Chess members in other countries will be US Chess-rated for all players whose FIDE rating is at least 2200 (or has passed 2200 prior to the event). If your rating is under 2200 (FIDE) then you must opt in with the US Chess office prior to the FIDE event to have any FIDE event such as the Pan Am Youth, World Youth, or World Cadets affect your US Chess rating. If you opt in for having international tournaments rated, then you cannot opt out later.

To opt in and/or to obtain a FIDE ID, please contact [email protected].

 

INVITATIONS ARE A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT
Note: US Chess invitations are a privilege, not a right afforded to any player by virtue of his or her status as a US Chess member. US Chess reserves the right to not issue invitations to any particular event, or to change these criteria without advance notice. Please note that if a player does not respond to several invitations, that player may lose the privilege of a future invitation.

 

 

Updated on November 27, 2017

 
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