Regulations for the Panamerican Youth Chess Festival
the 1992 General Assembly.
Amended by the 1993, 1994 ,1995 and 1997 General
The Panamerican Youth Chess Festival shall be organized
annually under the aegis of FIDE, by a federation entrusted with the task by the
General Assembly. The Panamerican Youth Chess Festival shall include as separate
competitions: (GA '94) The Panamerican Boys-10, 12,1 14, 16, 18 Championships
and the Panamerican Girls-10, 12, 14, 16, 18 Championships.
If the Festival cannot be organized as a whole, the Continental
President for the Americas can authorize it to be organized in adequate
In the following "he, him, etc" stand for "she, her, etc." as
The participant must not have reached his 10th, 12th, 14th,
16th, 18th birthday, respectively, on January 1st of the year in which the
tournament is held.
The players placed 1-3 in a previous Panamerican Championship
shall have the personal right to participate in the Panamerican 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 belonging to Zones 2.1 to 2.5 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.
(GA '95) Subject to the agreement of 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.
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 Festival, the
organizing federation shall send an invitation to all member federations in
Zones 2.1 to 2.5. The invitation shall be approved by the Continental President.
Copies are to be sent to the FIDE President and to the Zone Presidents.
At least two months before the beginning of the Festival each
Federation accepting the invitation shall register entries with the organizing
federation. The birthdate of each participant must be given and must correspond
with the date of birth given in his passport or travel document. Copies of the
entries shall be sent to the Continental President. Each federation has to pay
to FIDE the entry fee of 100 Swiss Francs per player.
Each Championship shall be played in up to 9 rounds. The system
may be the Swiss or Round Robin, and so with preliminaries and final rounds,
depending upon the number of players in each Championship.
In case any Championship has less than four competitors, it
shall not be held and the players shall be entered in the other Championship of
the same age-category.
When there are less than six competitors in any age-category
(total of boys and girls) the Championships in this age-category shall not be
held and the players shall be entered in the corresponding Championship of the
next higher age-category.
Participants must be present at the ceremony for drawing of
lots that is held in the evening of the official day of arrival.
When a registered participant has not arrived at the tournament
venue for the drawing of lots, the procedure of the FIDE Swiss Regulations shall
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 Continental President shall appoint the Chief Arbiter in
consultation with the organizing federation. The organizing federation shall
appoint as many Deputy and assistant arbiters as necessary.
A protest against the Arbiter's decision 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, if possible, 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 first place, the tie shall be broken by using the criteria below.
The following tie-breaking criteria shall be used:
- For Swiss tournaments where the players involved have all played only
against rated opponents, after eliminating the lowest rated opponent, find the
sum of opponent's rating. 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 from
opponents in the lowest final score group. The highest total wins. If still
tied, eliminate score from the next lowest final score group, and so on.
When the above criteria do not decide, the following tie breaks
shall be used in the order below:
- By FIDE rating
- By age, for the younger player.
- By lot.
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 Festival.
The organizing federation shall state in the invitation the
daily cost of board and lodging for participants and accompanying persons not
covered by the art. 15.
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.
(GA '93) 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)-18 and 16 Championships is equivalent to a 9-round International Master
result. (cf. B.01 Art. 1.27 & 1.57.)
The players entered in another section, under articles 7.1 or
7.2, who are placed 1-3 among themselves, shall be entitled to the medals
originally provided for their section. Then, they shall be qualified for places
in future Championships as mentioned in articles 3 and 18.
(GA '93) The winner of each Panamerican Championship shall have
the personal right to participate in the next Panamerican and World
Championships 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.
If the Panamerican Youth Chess Festival is not organized, these
regulations are valid for any of the Panamerican Championships mentioned in
article 1, whether they are organized together or in different venues.