2011 North American Youth Chess Championship, June 25-29
By Beatriz Marinello   
June 22, 2011
The North American Youth Championship begins Friday in Tarrytown, New York. Bookmark the official website for updates and check out some details below from tournament organizer Beatriz Marinello. Also look for an exclusive midway tournament report by Shaun Smith for CLO.
Previously hosted in Boca Raton, Florida (USA) in 2004, it is with great pleasure and honor that I organize the North American Youth Championship again, bringing it to the United States for the second time around. 

We have staff that speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and French, the main languages of the Americas.

Record Breaking Attendance

At this point we have 264 players registered (a record breaking number!) and we are expecting 10-20 more to sign up this week. We welcome these young talented players to this year's event!

We have an impressive list of participants which includes official and extra playersfrom each participating country. These talented young chess players are among the top rated in their nations. This is definitely a challenging FIDE event eagerly anticipated by many who are serious about their game. 

Get Serious About Your Game - this phrase adequately conveys how these young players feel about chess and the strength of this competition.

This event is a rallying of truly talented young minds ready for serious play to kick off, not only their summer, but, their introduction to international competition.

About the North American Youth Chess Championship

FIDE Americas created this event to provide geographical diversity and allow players to participate in international youth events in their regions. The 2011 North American Youth has representation from the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Impressive List of Talented Young Players

With over 264 players from the participating countries attending, find out who's competing! 

Here is a link to all of the players participating in this tournament. This list includes the player's national rating. In a few days we will add the FIDE ratings for those players who have them. See the list of players now >>>

This tournament is being sanctioned by the World Chess Federation (FIDE), FIDE Americas and the U.S. Chess Federation.

Sponsored by Chess Educators and the U.S. Chess Trust

It is with great gratitude that we acknowledge the contribution of the U.S. Chess Trust, an independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization created in 1967 to promote, stimulate and encourage the study and play of the game of chess as a means of intellectual development. Visit them online at www.uschesstrust.org.

World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rules Apply

For this event, FIDE rules apply, exposing many of these young, talented players to the international rules of tournament play.

Rules Highlights: FIDE Rules vs. USCF Rules

1.      Moves must be made on the board before they are recorded.

2.      If castling, the King must be touched first.

3.      The arbiter can also call flags.

4.      Any cell phone that goes off, whether on vibrate or not, will result in a player being forfeited. All cell phones must be turned completely off in the playing halls.

5.      Any player that arrives late at the board, will be forfeited after 1 hour. If neither player is present initially, the arbiter will split the clock time between the two players.

Click Here for FIDE Rules >>

Tournament BYES

FIDE allows zero point byes, so if players need to request a bye, please do so in advance. You can send an e-mail to [email protected] to request it.
See you in Tarrytown!

Beatriz Marinello
Tournament Organizer