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D.VI.02. Children's Olympiad

Regulations for the Children's Olympiad
Approved by the 1996 General Assembly




The Children's Olympiad is a team competition organized annually, under the aegis of FIDE, by a federation entrusted with the task by the General Assembly at least one year in advance.




Participation in the Children's Olympiad is open to all affiliated chess federations.


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.


Team Composition: 4 players plus 1 reserve plus 1 captain (or manager).


Each member federation shall have the right to send one team representing one country.


The organizing federation shall have the right to participate with two teams. They can add a third team in case an odd number of teams participate.


All players and reserves are required to have been members of their national federation for at least one year.




At least six months before the beginning of the tournament the organizing federation shall submit to the FIDE President a draft invitation and any special conditions for approval.


At least four months before the beginning of the tournament the organizing federation shall send invitations together with other special regulations, if any, approved by the FIDE President, to all affiliated federations.


Copies of the invitation shall be sent to the FIDE President, Continental Presidents and 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 with copies to the FIDE President, to the Continental President concerned and to the President of the Zone to which the federation belongs.


Each participating federation shall pay the stipulated entry fee (SFr.200) as contained in the financial regulations to FIDE upon confirmation of entry.


Travelling costs shall be the responsibility of the participating federations. Living expenses shall be the responsibility of the organizing federation.


The organizing federation shall provide the playing facilities and make suitable arrangement for board and accommodation.


The duration of the tournament shall not exceed 13 days including days of arrival and departure.


At least one month before the start of the tournament, each participating federation shall notify the organizers of the following details:

  1. Name and initials of the Chief of Delegation (or Manager).
  2. Name and initials of the Team Captain.
  3. Name and initials of each player (indicate, if any, the ID number in the Rating List).
  4. Date of birth of each player.
  5. FIDE rating of each player (on most recent FIDE Rating List).
  6. Any information required in connection with visas.

Tournament Regulations


Laws of Chess - The FIDE Laws of Chess shall apply. The following specific regulations for the Children's Olympiad shall also be in force.


Special regulations and conditions as approved by the FIDE President.


System of Play


The tournament shall be run on a 10-round Swiss System.


Each match between teams shall be played over four boards.


Each team shall comprise 4 to 5 players who shall be listed in a fixed board order (1-5) by the team captain at the beginning of the tournament. This board order may not be changed during the tournament. The penalty for each deviation from the correct sequence in any round is one game point. Example: 1-5-4-2, two points shall be forfeited in the match. The use of any player who does not appear in the overall list shall cause that round to be forfeited 4-0.


Time Control


The session of player will be five hours.


The rate of play will be 40 moves in the first two hours followed by all moves in 30 minutes.


Scoring - Each team's place in the order of classification shall be decided by the number of game points it has scored.


If any teams finish with equal game points, the tie-breaking procedures, in sequence proceeding from (a) to (b) to (c) to (d) to the extend required are:

  1. by the sum of the game scores of all the team's opponents;
  2. by the score of match points achieved;
  3. by the sum of the game scores of all the opponents defeated plus one half of the game scores of all the opponents with which a tied result was achieved;
  4. by the sum of the game scores of all the team's opponents, excluding the opponent who scored the highest number of game points and the opponent who scored the lowest number of game points.



Every member of the winning team (players, reserve and captain) shall receive a gold medal. Similarly, the team finishing second shall receive silver medals and the team in third place, bronze.


Individual prizes - Players assigned to the same board number in their respective team lists shall be in competition with each other for an individual board prize. For the purpose of this award, the player's percentage score from their games shall be compared. Only the following shall be eligible for board prizes: players number 1-4 who take part in at least 60% of the rounds; players numbered 5 who take part in at least 50%.


Additional prizes offered by the organizer or by sponsors should be known to the players in good time, together with the conditions of their award. The FIDE President shall decide how and when such prizes are to be presented.


Certificates - After the end of the Children's Olympiad, the federations of the teams finishing first, second and third shall be sent certificates by the FIDE President, recording the success of their teams and the medals they have won.


Arbiter - The FIDE President, after consultation with the organizing federation, shall nominate the Chief Arbiter and other Arbiters.


Appeals Committee


Before the beginning of the tournament an Appeals Committee shall be selected.


The FIDE President, after consultation with the organizing federation, shall nominate the Chairman of the Appeals Committee.


The Appeals Committee shall consist of four other representatives from four different federations elected by the team captains. Likewise they shall elect two reserves who shall serve on the committee whenever the occasion warrants it.


The Appeals Committee shall decide on protests submitted against decisions of the Chief Arbiter.


The protest shall be submitted in writing to the Chairman with an accompanying fee of SFr.200 or its equivalent in local currency. Requests to the Appeals Committee by the organizers may be made without payment.


Except for the Chairman, no member of the Appeals Committee shall have the right to vote on any matter concerning his own federation. However, every member is entitled to participate in the discussions.


If the protest is rejected by the Appeals Committee, the protest fee paid shall be forfeited to FIDE. If upheld, the fee shall be returned.


The decision of the Appeals Committee is final, binding and takes effect immediately.


The Appeals Committee shall keep a record of all proceedings and submit a final report to the FIDE President at the end of the tournament.



On completion of the tournament, the Chief Arbiter and the Chairman of the Appeals Committee shall deliver their official written reports to the FIDE President. The reports shall deal with the course of the tournament and include supporting documents, if appropriate. Copies of these reports are to be extended to the organizing federation and the FIDE Secretariat.

Within two weeks after the closing ceremony, the organizing federation shall submit a written report to FIDE.

Within four weeks after the closing ceremony, the organizing federation shall present the FIDE President with a general report on the proceedings, with copy to FIDE Secretariat.

   FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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