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D.V.04. World Youth (Girls) -10,12,14 Championships

Regulations for the World Youth (Girls)-10, 12, 14 Championships.
Approved by the 1988 General Assembly and amended by the 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998 General Assemblies.



The World Youth Chess Festival for Peace shall be organized annually under the aegis of FIDE and endorsed by the United Nations by a federation entrusted with the task by the General Assembly at least one year in advance. (GA '94)The Festival shall include as separate competitions:

the World Boys-10, 12, 14 Championships, and the World Girls-10, 12, 14 Championships.

In the following "he, him, etc." stand for "she, her, etc." as appropriate.



The participant must not have reached his 10th, 12th, or 14th birthday, respectively, on January 1st of the year in which the tournament is held. For example, each participant in the Boys (Girls)-14 competition of 1989, must be born before 1.1.75.


(GA '93) The players placed 1-3 in a previous World Youth Championship, and the champions of Continental Boys (Girls)-10, 12 and 14 championships, shall have the personal right to participate in the World Youth Championship of the corresponding age-category or a higher age-category if the stipulation of Art. 2 is met. This privilege may be exercised once exclusively in the subsequent year following the year of qualification.


In addition to the players mentioned in Art. 3, each FIDE member-federation shall have the right to send one representative to each Championship. The organizing federation shall have a second place in each Championship, and shall hold a substitute player in each tournament to complete the required number of participants. Girls may take the place of boys, so a federation may be represented by a girl in the boy's section and a girl in the girl's section.


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 Championships, the organizing federation shall send an invitation to all FIDE member-federations.


The invitation shall be approved by the FIDE President. Copies of the invitation are to be sent to the Continental Presidents and to the Zone Presidents.


At least two months before the beginning of the Championships each federation accepting the invitation shall register its entries with the organizing federation. The birth-date of each participant must be given and must correspond with the birth-date given in his passport or other travel document.


Copies of the entries shall be sent to the FIDE President with certification that the entry fee of 100 Swiss Francs per player has been paid to FIDE, and to the Deputy President and Zone President concerned.

Playing Schedule


Each championship shall be played in 11 rounds on the Swiss system. In case that any Championship has less than 12 competitors, the Championship shall be cancelled and the players entered in the other Championship of the same age-category.


In case that there are less than 12 competitors in any age-category (total of boys and girls) the Championships in this age-category shall be cancelled and the players entered in the corresponding Championship of the next higher age-category. Five playing days shall be followed by a rest day.


Participants must be present at the Ceremony for Drawing of Lots that is held in the evening of the official Day of Arrival, and their travel schedule should enable them to do so. A registered participant who has not reported his arrival to the organizing committee and is absent at the Drawing of Lots shall be removed from the list of participants unless he has informed the Organizing Committee by telex that his flight (train) has been delayed and that he will arrive before the start of the second round.


A participant who has been granted late admission shall not be paired if he cannot be in time for the first round but he shall be awarded 0.5 point for the round. A participant who has been paired with a late participant shall be awarded the full point if his opponent does not arrive in time, but his opponent shall receive 0.5 point. The List of Participants must be closed at the latest one hour after the start of the second round.

Playing Conditions


The Championships 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.



The FIDE President shall appoint the Chief Arbiter after consultation with the organizing federation. The organizing federation shall appoint as many Deputy and Assistant Arbiters as necessary.


A protest against the decision of an arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter, within two hours after the end of the playing session.

Appeals Committee


Before the beginning of the first round, an Appeals Committee shall be elected by the representatives of participating federations. The Appeals Committee shall consist of five members and two reserves, and shall represent seven different federations. No member of the Appeals Committee shall take part in a decision affecting his own federation.

Designation of the Winners


The final ranking order of the players is determined by the number of points scored. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied for the first place, the tie shall be broken according to the criteria below.


If a playoff is not stipulated in the tournament regulations, the following tie-breaking systems will be followed:

  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.
  3. For other tournaments, including round-robins, elimination of scores against opponents in the lowest final score-group. The highest total wins. If still tied, eliminate scores from the next lowest final score-group, and so on.
  4. If the tie remains unbroken, decide by lot.

In the case that (a), (b) or (c) above does not decide, and the tie concerns the first place, the winners shall be declared co-champions.

The same procedure shall be applied, when necessary, to break a tie for other places.

Financial Regulations


The travel expenses of the participants and accompanying persons shall be paid by their national federations. The board and lodging expenses from the official day of arrival to the night before the official day of departure shall be covered by the organizing federation for all participants and one accompanying person per federation represented in the Championships. The organizing federation shall state in the invitation the daily cost of board and lodging for participants and accompanying persons not covered by the above.

Prizes and Titles


Before the beginning of the first round, a list of the prizes to be awarded to the highest placed participants, including special prizes, shall be published together with the rules for their award. The organizing federation shall also award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in each Championship.


FIDE shall award the title of FIDE Master to each age-category champion in the boys and in the girls sections. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.32 & 1.62.) Where there is a tie for the first place, the FM title shall be awarded to each player sharing the first place, up to the maximum of three. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.331 & 1.621.)


Where a Championship is cancelled because there are too few participants, the title shall not be awarded. Where a Championship has been cancelled and the players entered in another section, the players of the cancelled championship who are placed 1-3 among themselves, shall be entitled to the medals originally provided for their section and they shall qualify for places in future Championships as provided for in Art. 3.


FIDE shall issue a certificate signed by the FIDE President to the first three winners for each category of the championship (GA '98). (cf. B.01 Art. 1.331 & 1.621.)

General Provisions


In the event that the Festival for Youth and Peace is not organized, these regulations are valid for any of the World Championships mentioned in Art. 1, whether they are organized together or in different venues.

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