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February 26, 2014
Chessplayers at the 2011 North American Youth Championship, Tarrytown, New York. Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©

 NEW YORK - The official USA Players for the 2014 North American Youth Championships will be selected according to the following criteria:

1.     The highest USCF rated player, in each section, as determined by the February 2014 Rating Supplement.

2.     These players need to have an established regular USCF rating.

3.     These players must have played at least 30 regular rated games in the timeframe spanned by the March 2013 to February 2014 Rating Supplements.

4.     These players must be registered for the tournament by April 11th, 2014. The website for registrations is http://www.chesseducators.com/northamericanyouth/

The Scholastic Council will be reviewing the list of US entrants shortly after April 11th, using the above criteria to identify who is the US Representative for each section.

A special thanks to the U.S. Chess Trust, a major supporter of the 2014 North American Youth! Visit them at www.USChessTrust.org.

2014 North American Youth Information


June 12-16, 2014


Doubletree Tarrytown Hotel 455 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA


IO Beatriz Marinello


IA Francisco Guadalupe

Chess Educators LLC, The US Chess Federation, FIDE Americas and FIDE - the World Chess Federation, invite players under 18 years (age as of Jan 1, 2014) to participate in the 11th Annual North American Youth Championship, in New York, USA. International Master IM, Women International Master WIM, FIDE Master FM and Candidate Master CM titles are being awarded, over 9 rounds.

Each Federation can register one official player in each category and gender (U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18), up to a maximum of 12 official players and one representative of the federation. Each Federation can register any amount of players in any category it desires.

PLEASE NOTE: Only USA and Canadian Players can register directly through the website. Players from Bermuda and Mexico should register through their Federation. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].


Only the official representatives of each country will be provided free accommodation in shared double occupancy at the official hotels for up to 4 nights.

Those who wish single occupancy may pay the difference. No other expenses are the responsibility of the organizers of the event. International participants are requested to carry sufficient medical cover, and inform the organizers of any pre-existing medical conditions in advance.


•     Gold (1st, on Tie-Breaks, if Necessary) - IM/WIM Title
•     1st Equal (down to 3rd place on tie-breaks) - IM/WIM Norm
•     Silver & Bronze (2nd and 3rd on Tie-Breaks, if Necessary) - FM Title


•     Gold - IM/WIM Norm
•     1st Equal (down to 3rd place on tie-breaks)- FM Title
•     Silver & Bronze - CM Title

U14 & U12:
•     Gold - FM Title
•     Silver & Bronze - CM Title

U10 & U8
•     First Equal (down to 3rd place on tie-breaks), Silver & Bronze - CM Title

SECTIONS (age as of Jan 1, 2014):

Open and Girls Sections: Under 8 years old, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18. Sections with less than 8 players may be combined at Chief Tournament Director's discretion.



•     Game 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment.


•     30 min. after the start of the round.


Thursday, June 12 at the River Room - Doubletree Hotel. Opens at 9:30 am.

PLEASE CARRY PROOF OF BIRTH-DATE. Playing up is permitted under FIDE Rules.

For pairing purposes we will only be considering the latest and highest rating, including USCF rating, Canadian Rating, Mexican rating and FIDE rating. FIDE rules apply. This is a FIDE and USCF rated event.


1.     Direct encounter (head-to-head).

2.     Median Buchholz 2 (Modified median).
Swiss-Sys implementation: Of the two median tiebreaks, this is the most standard now. It evaluates the strength of a player's opposition by summing the final scores of his or her opponents and then discarding either the highest of these scores, the lowest, or both, depending on the tied player's score. For players who tie with even scores (that is, their number of wins and losses is the same), both high and low are discarded. For tied players with plus scores, only the lowest is discarded, and for players with minus scores only the highest is discarded. For tournaments of nine or more rounds, the top two scores are discarded (or the bottom two scores, or all four, as determined by the same even/plus/minus criteria above). These scores are adjusted for any unplayed games, which [may] count a half point each. If the player involved in the tie has any unplayed games, they count as opponents with adjusted scores of 0.

3.  Date of birth (younger player).

4.  Random blind e.g. coin flip.


The Appeals Committee shall be formed prior to the start of the first round. Any appeals must be submitted in writing within two (2) hours of the completion of the round, and shall be accompanied by a deposit of $100. If the appeal is successful the deposit shall be returned.


•     Thursday, June 12: Blitz tournament ($20) @ 11 am;  Opening
•     Ceremony and Technical meeting 5:45 pm; Rd 1 - 6:00 pm
•     Friday,  June 13: Rd 2 - 11:00 am; Rd 3 - 5:00 pm
•     Saturday, June 14: Rd 4 - 10:00 am; Rd 5 - 6:00 pm
•     Sunday June 15: Rd 6 - 11:00 am; Rd 7 - 5:00 pm;
•     Monday, June 16: Rd 8 - 8:30 am; Rd 9 - 1:30 pm; Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm.

$100 Per Player from January 15 - April 11, 2014; $115 from April 12- May 16 & $135 per player after May 17, 2014. USCF Membership is required for USA Players.  No half-points byes, only zero-point byes. On-site registrations June 12 from 9:30am- 4pm.  Registrations after 4pm will be paired for the second round. 



Official Hotels:

Doubletree Tarrytown Hotel & Tarrytown SpringHill Suites

DOUBLETREE TARRYTOWN HOTEL: 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA.  $139, plus taxes.  This hotel is located in Westchester County in New York, and it is only 35 minutes away from Grand Central Station in New York City by Metro North Train.  Each room has 2 double beds, and the price is the same for 1-4 people in the same room.  This is special rate and you must mention "Chess" when you make the reservation. You must make your reservation by  May 10, 2014 (Cut-off Date). Call 1-914-631-5700. Free Parking. Free Internet Connection & complimentary shuttle service for 7 passenger van within a 5 mile radius.

TARRYTOWN SPRINGHILL SUITES:  Room rate $149 room, cut off date for reservations is May 12, 2014. Rate includes breakfast, wifi, parking and complimentary shuttle service for 7 passenger van within a 5 mile radius.

Reservations for these group rooms will be made by individually calling 1-800-817-3329 (mention "Chess Tournament Group" to get discounted rate). Each reservation must be guaranteed to a credit card.  The "cut-off date" for accepting reservations into this room block is May 12th, 2014. Reservations requests received after 6:00 p.m. local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted at Hotel's prevailing rate, based on room type availability.

Contact Information: IO Beatriz Marinello, 917-553-4522 [email protected]

Official website: Chesseducators.com/northamericanyouth

About FIDE
Founded in Paris on 20 July 1924, the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym) was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an International Sports Federation in 1999.

Prior to the founding of FIDE, Chess had existed as a sport played at competitive level for centuries. In its over 2000 years history from its origins in India and outlying countries in Asia, the game had undergone a series of changes and metamorphosed into its present day form by the 15th century.

In those days, there was no common code governing the Laws of Chess or uniform regulations for International Competitions. The only binding force was that it was a gentleman's sport in which the players were expected to act with decorum plus the enduring beauty of the game to its practitioners.

The general promotion of chess in the world owes a great deal to competitions officially known as the "Tournament of Nations" and more popularly as the "Chess Olympiads". This latter title has been accepted so widely that the official name has been almost forgotten. This is quite understandable, given the fact that Olympiads date back over three thousand years.

Find out more about chess and the World Chess Federation by visiting: www.fide.com

About U.S Chess Trust
The U.S. Chess Trust is a major supporter of this event. The U.S. Chess Trust is an independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.  Created in 1967, the Trust was organized to promote, stimulate and encourage the study and play of the game of chess as a means of intellectual development.  The Trust uses its resources for charitable purposes, including social, educational, scientific, historical endeavors.

About Chess Educators

Once again, Chess Educators is proud to bring you the North American Youth Chess Championship!

Chess Educators is geared towards the promotion of chess and education. Our goal is to help young chess players build good life skills through learning and mastering chess.

For more information please visit: www.chesseducators.com

About the U.S. Chess Federation

The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is 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. For additional information about the USCF please visit: www.uschess.org

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