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D.V.03. World Boys -16 Championships

Regulations for the World Boys-16 Championship
and the World Girls-16 Championship
Approved by the 1982 General Assembly
Amended by the 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994 ,1995, 1997 and 1998 General Assemblies.

(The words "Girls" and "Woman" in parenthesis are applicable only to the World Girls-16 Championship.)



(GA '94) A tournament for the World Boys-16 Championship and for the World Girls-16 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.



Entitled to participate are chess players who shall not have reached the age of 16 by January 1st of the year in which the tournament will commence.


(GA '93) The players placed 1-3 in the previous Championship and the champions of continental Boys (Girls)-16 championships shall have the personal right to participate in the tournament if they fulfil the condition of Article 2. This privilege may be exercised once, exclusively to the subsequent year following the year of qualification. The current World Youth (Girls)-14 Champion shall also have the personal right to participate.


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 are met:

  1. payment to FIDE of the approved fee of SFr. 200 per player in advance;
  2. payment of the full board and lodge of the additional player(s) to the host chess federation;
  3. 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 (GA97)

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 federation.


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 federation belongs.


The entry fee stipulated in the Financial Regulations shall be paid to FIDE.

Playing Schedule


The tournament shall be played in eleven rounds according to the Swiss System.


Each 5th day shall be a free day.

Playing Conditions


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 decisions 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.

Appeals Committee


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 World Boys (Girls)-16 Champion shall be awarded the title of (Woman) FIDE Master. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.32 & 1.62.) Where there is a tie for the first place, each of the players concerned shall be awarded the title, on condition that not more than three titles be awarded. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.331 & 1.621) Clear first place is equivalent to a 9-rd (Woman) International Master result. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.27 & 1.57)


The World Boys (Girls)-16 Champion shall have the right to participate in the same year's or the following year's World Juniors (Girls-20) Championship. This privilege may be exercised only once. (cf. D.V.01 Art. 3)

Financial Regulations and Prizes


The travelling expenses of the participants and accompanying persons shall be paid by their national federations. Board and lodging shall be provided by the organizing federation for all players and one accompanying person per federation represented in the tournament.


The organizing federation shall award prizes to at least the eight 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-plated medal to the winner of the title World Boys (Girls)-16 Champion, a silver-plated medal to the player who took the second place and a bronze medal to the player who took the third place.


FIDE shall issue a certificate signed by the FIDE President to the first three winners for each category of the championship (GA '98).

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