North American Junior Chess Championship


North American Junior (U20) Chess Championship

July 26 - July 30, 2015

9 Rounds

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kitchener

Refreshments Each Day

All Equipment Provided


Registration Deadline is Saturday, July 25, 2015



Confederation of Chess for Americas (CCA), the Chess Federation of Canada and organizers of the 2015 Kitchener Chess Festival are pleased to invite the National Chess Federations of USA, Mexico, Bermuda and Canada to the second Annual North American U20 Chess Championships.  The tournament will be held from July 26th to 30th,  2015, in Kitchener Ontario.


For players born on or after January 1st, 1995


Each National Federation may register as many players as it wishes.  All participants must be endorsed by their FIDE recognized National Chess Federation.  In addition, each National Federation may register one official player per category plus a Head of Delegation (HoD). Official players and HoD’s receive free lodging, breakfast, dinner and a lunch allowance of $10 per day.


9 rounds, using the swiss pairing system.


90 minutes per player for the whole game with the addition of 30 seconds per move from the first move.


Arrival Day: Sunday July 26
Players' Meeting: 4pm July 26
First Round 5pm July 26
Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8 10:00am daily, starting July 27
Rounds 3, 5, 7, 9 3:00pm daily, starting July 27
Closing Ceremony 8:00pm July 30



In the event of equal scores, the following tiebreaks will be used:

  1. Direct encounter

  2. Median Bucholz

  3. Most wins

  4. Younger player


The Appeals Committee shall consist of 3 members plus 2 reserves.  The Appeals Committee shall be determined at the players meeting on July 26.  If possible, three Federations shall be represented on the Appeals Committee.

An appeal against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing

to the Chief Arbiter, within two hours after the end of the playing session.

The appeal must be accompanied by a fee of $100.  This fee shall be refunded if the appeal is successful.  The Appeals Committee may also decide to refund the fee if it considers that the appeal was not frivolous.

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


The winners of the Girls and Open Divisions will earn the following awards from FIDE:

Gold/Clear first = 9 round WGM or GM norm and IM title.
Equal first after tiebreak  = WIM or IM title  

Silver and Bronze = 9 round WIM or IM norm and WFM/FM title

These awards are subject to FIDE Title regulation 1.13a

The winners, if still eligible, shall be considered official players in the North American U20 in 2016. 
In addition the winners shall also have the right to participate in the 2016 Pan-Am U20 as official players.


The Crowne Plaza Hotel Kitchener –Waterloo

105 King Street East, Kitchener Ontario

+877-424-4188 or 519-744-4141 (Corner of King and Frederick)


All event fees are payable in US Dollars

Organizer fee:  $25 for all players and accompanying persons.  Includes accreditation, Access to playing hall, weekend barbecue and other Festival attractions

Tournament fee: Official players $100, additional players $150


Special rate of $146 per night, up to 4 people per room, includes all applicable taxes.  Requests for shared rooms must include names of all guests.  Book all rooms via the official website,  Meal plan for breakfast and/or dinner are optional.

Non-hotel fee:  $65  All players not staying the official hotel


Participants flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport, you may make your own transit  reservation at the link provided on the official website.


Registration details can be found on the official website

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us:

IA, IO Hal Bond,

IA, IO Patrick McDonald,

Registration Deadline:

All registrations received after Friday, June 26 will be charged an entry fee of $180.00

Registration Deadline is Saturday, July 25, 2015