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Scholastic National Invitational Event and Award Requirements
The following are the general requirements for USCF 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 USCF 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 USCF 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 USCF invitations. The Activity Requirement will be 30 rated games (either USCF or FIDE-rated – if FIDE-rated, submitted to the USCF for verification) in a calendar year. Contact the USCF Office.
All other events:
USCF reserves the right to use whatever criteria it deems appropriate for all other events.
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.
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.
Players must play a minimum of 30 USCF-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 USCF’s Quick Chess rating system do not count toward the activity requirement. There is no minimum number of events.
Players without previous international experience and/or FIDE ratings shall usually be given U.S. status immediately by both the USCF and FIDE. If a question arises as to USCF versus FIDE requirements, USCF’s criteria shall be used for national events and FIDE’s criteria will be used for international events. Before becoming eligible for USCF invitations, non-United States citizens who have FIDE ratings or have represented another country in a chess competition must fulfill the following residency requirements:
INVITATIONS ARE A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT
Note: USCF invitations are a privilege, not a right afforded to any player by virtue of his or her status as a USCF member. The USCF 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 8 November 2013