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D.V.10. European Youth Championships

European Youth Championships
Approved by the 1991 Presidential Board.
Amended by 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 General Assemblies.



The European Youth Championships shall be organized each year by one of the affiliated European chess federations in zones 1.1 to 1.9 to be designated by the European Continental Assembly at least one year in advance.

The European Youth Championships shall include as separate competitions:

The European Boys-10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Championships and the European Girls-10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Championships. (GA '95)



Entitled to participate are chess players from the federations in zones 1.1 to 1.9 who shall not have reached the age of 10, 12, 14, 16 or 18 years, respectively, by January 1st of the year in which the tournament will commence.


The players placed 1-3 in the previous European Championship will have the personal right to participate in the tournament of the corresponding age-category or a higher age-category if they fulfil the conditions of Art. 2. This privilege may be exercised once exclusively in the subsequent year following the year of qualification. (GA '93)


In addition to the players mentioned in Art. 3, each affiliated federation in Zones 1.1 to 1.9 will have the right to send one representative to each Championship. The organizing federation shall have a second place in the tournaments, and holds a player in reserve to make an even number of participants, if necessary. 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.


Subject to the agreement with the organizers, the Continental President may allow additional participants subject to payment of their board and lodging for which their federation shall be held responsible. (GA '95)


At least four months before the beginning of the tournament, the organizing federation will send an invitation to all affiliated federations in Zones 1.1 to 1.9.


The letter of invitation shall be approved by the Continental President. For Europe.


Copies of the invitation shall be sent to him, to the FIDE President and to the Presidents of zones 1.1 to 1.9.


At least two months before the beginning of the tournament each federation accepting the invitation shall send its entries to the organizing federation. The birthdate of each participant must be given and must correspond with the birthdate given in his passport or other travel document.


Copies of the entry shall be sent to the Continental President for Europe.


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

Playing Schedule


Each championship shall be played in 9 rounds according to the Swiss system. If any age group there are 11 to 15 participants only 7 rounds will be played. If any age group there are 10 or fewer participants a round robin tournament will be played.


The tournament may have a free day.


The participants should be present at the opening ceremony.

Playing Conditions


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.

Arbiters and Appeals Committee


The Continental President for Europe will, after consultation with the organizing federation, nominate the Chief Arbiter. The organizing federation will appoint the necessary assistant arbiters and other officials.


Before the beginning of the tournament the Appeals Committee and its chairman shall be elected. This committee will consist of three members and two reserve members, chosen by the players from among themselves or the representatives of participating federations. The person chosen for the Appeals Committee shall represent five different federations.


Protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or his assistant must be submitted in written form to the chairman of the Appeals Committee at the latest within one hour after completion of the round concerned.


If the federation of the chairman or of a member of the Appeals Committee is concerned in an appeal, the chairman shall replace this person by one of the reserve numbers.

Designation of the Winners


The order of the players in the ranking is determined according to the number of points obtained. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied for the first place or other places, the tie shall be broken as follows :

  1. The sum of progressive scores. The highest total wins.
  2. If still tied, deduct the first round score, and if necessary the second round and so on.
  3. By age, in favour of the younger player.

If according to 13 (a), (b) and (c) no decision is obtained the tied players will be joint winners (if the tie break is for the first place) or placed equal in the final ranking.

Prizes and Titles


The organizing federation shall award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in each Championship.


The organizer should award special prizes to as many participants as possible and announce the list of prizes and the rules for their award before the start of the first round.


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. 1.33 & 1.62.) In the case of a tie for first place, each of the tied players shall be awarded the title of FIDE Master, subject to a maximum of three players. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.331 & 1.621.) Clear first place in the Boys (Girls)-16 and -18 Championship is equivalent to a 9-round International Master result. (cf. B.01 Art.1.27 & 1.57.) (GA '93)


The winner of each European Championship shall have the personal right to participate in the World Championships of the corresponding age category or a higher age-category if the stipulation of Article 2 is met. This privilege may be exercised once exclusively in the subsequent year following the year of qualification (GA '93).

Financial Regulations


(GA '96) The travelling 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 breakfast of the day departure for the persons mentioned in Articles 3 and 4 one accompanying person per federation shall be covered by the organizing federation. For each of these persons the organizing federation may require a maximum financial contribution of US$150 per player. This amount may be increased in exceptional cases. 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.

General Provisions


If the European Youth Championships are not organized together, these regulations are valid for any of the European Championships mentioned in Art. 1, whether they are organized together or in different venues.

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