Handbook ::  D. Regulations for Specific Competitions

D.VI.05. European Junior Championships

Approved by the 1981 General Assembly.
Amended by the 1982, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998 General Assemblies.

Frequency

1.

The European Junior Championship will be organised each year by one of the affiliated European chess federations in Zones 1.1 to 1.9 to be designated by the General Assembly at least one year in advance. The European Junior Championship will include separate competitions for boys and girls.

Participants

2.

Entitled to participate are chess players from the federations in Zones 1.1 to 1.9 who shall not have reached the age of 20 by January 1st of the year in which the tournament will commence.

3.

The players placed 1-3 in the previous European Junior Championship will have the personal right to participate in the tournament if they fulfil the condition of Article 2. This privilege may be exercised once exclusively in the subsequent year following the year of qualification.

4.

In addition to the players mentioned in Article 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 tournament, 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 girls`section. Boys are not allowed to take the place of a girl.

5.

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);
6.

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)

7.

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

7.1

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

7.2

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

8.

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

8.1

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

8.2

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

Playing Schedule

9.

The tournament will be played in 11 rounds according to the Swiss System.

9.1

The tournament may have a free day.

9.2

The participants should be present at the opening ceremony.

Playing Conditions

10.

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

11.

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.

12.

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 persons chosen for the Appeals Committee shall represent five different federations.

13.

Protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or his assistants, 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.

14.

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 members.

Designation of winners

15.

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. After eliminating the lowest rated opponent, find the sum of opponents` ratings. The highest total wins.
  2. If still tied, eliminate the rating of the next lowest rated opponent(s) until a decision is possible. Players without FIDE rating will be counted as 2000.

If according to 13 (a) and (b) 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

16.

The organizing federation shall award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places for boys and girls.

17.

The organizer shall award prizes to at least the ten highest placed participants. Before the beginning of the tournament a list of these prizes shall be published together with other prizes to be awarded and the rules for their award.

18.

The European Junior Champion shall be awarded the title of International Master. Clear first place is equivalent to a 9-round Grandmaster result (GA`93)

19.

The European Junior Champion shall have the personal right to participate in the same year`s or the following year`s World Junior Championship if he has not exceeded the age limit in the meantime. This privilege may be exercised only once. (GA `93).

Financial Regulations

20.

(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 of departure for the persons mentioned in Article 3 and 4 and 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 USD 150 per player. The amount may be increased in exceptional cases. The organizing federation shall state in the invitation the daily cost of board and lodging for the participants and accompanying persons not covered by the above.

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