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
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
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 (GA97)
At least four months before the beginning of the Championships,
the organizing federation shall send an invitation to all FIDE
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
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.
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.
The Championships shall be played according to FIDE
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
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
If a playoff is not stipulated in the tournament regulations,
the following tie-breaking systems will be followed:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.)
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.