Regulations for the World Junior Championship
and the World
Approved by the 1982 General Assembly. Amended by
the 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994,1995, 1997 and 1998 General
(The words "Girls" and "Woman" in parenthesis are applicable
only to the World Girls-20 Championship.)
A tournament for the World Junior Championship and World
Girls-20 Championship shall be organized together each year by a chess
federation affiliated to FIDE and designated by the General Assembly, if
possible, two years before the event is to take place. (GA '94)
Entitled to participate are chess players who shall not have
reached the age of 20 by January 1st of the year in which the tournament will
The players placed 1-3 in the previous Championship and the
champions of Continental Junior Championships, and the top 6 (4) players from
the International rating list for men (women) shall have the personal right to
participate in the tournament if they fulfil the condition of Article 2, as well
as the present World Boys (Girls)-18 and 16 champions. (GA '93) ( Cf. D.V.02
Art. 14.1 & D.V.04 14.1)
In addition to the players mentioned in Article 3, each
affiliated federation shall have the right to send one representative. The
organizing federation shall have a second place in the tournament, and shall
hold a player in reserve to make an even number of participants, if necessary.
Without prejudice to previous regulations on number of
participants in this championship, each federation shall be entitled to register
any number of participants it deems necessary provided the following conditions
- payment to FIDE of the approved fee of SFr. 200 per player in advance;
- payment of the full board and lodge of the additional player(s) to the host
- the additional participants shall not be entitled to any other privileges
such as payment of pocket money, etc. (if any), already reserved to the original
nominee(s) of each federation (GA '97)
At least four months before the beginning of the tournament the
organizing federation shall send an invitation to all affiliated federations.
The letter of invitation shall be approved by the FIDE
President. Copies of the invitation shall be sent to the FIDE President, to the
Continental Presidents and to the Zone Presidents.
At least two months before the beginning of the tournament each
federation accepting the invitation shall send its entry to the organizing
Copies of the entry shall be sent to the FIDE President, to the
Continental President concerned and to the President of the Zone to which the
The entry fee stipulated in the Financial Regulations shall be
paid to FIDE.
The tournament shall be played in thirteen rounds according to
the Swiss System.
Each 7th day shall be a free day.
The tournament shall be played according to FIDE regulations.
The time limit is 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 20 moves in 50
minutes and finally 10 minutes for the remaining moves. From move 1 30 seconds
will be added after each move. The games shall be played using the DGT clocks.
Chief Arbiter and his Assistants
The President of FIDE shall - after consultation with the
organizing federation - nominate the Chief Arbiter, as well as the necessary
assistant arbiters and other officials.
Protests, including protests against a decision of the Chief
Arbiter or his assistants, must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter
within two hours after completion of the playing session.
Before the beginning of the tournament an Appeals Committee
shall be selected. This committee shall consist of five members and two
reserves, chosen by the players from among themselves or the representatives of
national federations present. The persons chosen for the Appeals Committee shall
represent seven different federations.
No member of the committee shall have the right to decide on
questions concerning his own federation. In such cases the member concerned
shall have the right only to partake in the discussions of the committee.
Designation of the Winner
The order of the players is determined according to the number
of points obtained. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied
for first place, the tie shall be broken in the following order:
- For swiss tournaments where the players involved have all played only
against rated opponents, after eliminating the lowest rated opponent, find the
sum of opponents' ratings. The highest total wins. If still tied, eliminate the
rating of the next lowest rated opponent(s) until a decision is possible.
- For other swiss tournaments, the sum of progressive scores. The highest
total wins. If still tied, deduct the first round score, and if necessary the
second round and so on.
If the tie remains unbroken, decide by lot
The champion by clear first place shall
receive the (Woman) Grandmaster title. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.15
& 1.44.) Ties for first shall be equivalent to a 9-round
Grandmaster result. (GA '93) (cf. B.01 Art. 1.16 & 1.45.)
The players placed 1-3 in the World Junior (Girls-20) Champion
shall be awarded the title of (Woman) International Master. (GA '93) (cf. B.01
Art. 1.23 & 1.54.)
Financial Regulations and Prizes
The travelling expenses of the participants and accompanying
persons shall be paid by their national federations. Board and lodging and
pocket money of at least SFr.5.- per day in local currency shall be provided by
the organizing federation.
The organizing federation shall award prizes to at least the
ten highest placed participants.
Before the beginning of the tournament a list of these prizes
shall be published together with other prizes to be awarded, and the conditions
to be met for winning them.
Moreover, the organizing federation shall award a gold medal to
the winner of the title World Junior (Girls-20) Champion, a silver medal to the
player who took the second place and a bronze medal to the player who took the
FIDE shall issue a certificate signed by the FIDE President to
the first three winners for each category of the championship (GA '98).