DATES: Aug 14-18, 2013.

WHERE: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1R1.
CHIEF ORGANIZER: Francis Rodrigues, IA.
CHIEF ARBITER: Aris Marghetis, IA.

The Chess'n Math Association (CMA), the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) and FIDE - the World Chess Federation, invite youth to take part in the 10th Annual North American Youth Championship, in Toronto, Canada. For the first time, IM, WIM, FM and CM titles are being awarded, over 9 rounds.

Each Federation can register one official player in each category and gender (U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18), up to a maximum of 12 official players and one representative of the federation. Each Federation can register any amount of players in any category it desires.

Outstation players - only the official representatives of each country - will be provided free accommodation in shared double occupancy with breakfast, and two meals. Those who wish single occupancy may pay the difference. No other expenses are the responsibility of the organizers of the event. International participants are requested to carry sufficient medical cover, and pre-inform the organizers of any pre-existing medical conditions.


U18: Gold (after tiebreaks if needed) = IM/WIM title
2nd, 3rd ,4th (if all tied for first) = IM/WIM norm
Silver & Bronze = FM/WFM title
U16: Gold (after tiebreaks if needed) = IM norm
2nd, 3rd ,4th (if all tied for first) = FM/WFM title
Silver & Bronze = CM/WCM title
U14 & U12: Gold (after tiebreaks if needed) = FM/WFM title
Silver & Bronze = CM/WCM title
U8 & U10: Top three = CM/WCM title


SECTIONS (age as of Jan 1, 2013):
Under 8 years old, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18. Open and Girls sections. Sections with less than 8 players may be combined at Tournament Director's discretion.


TIME CONTROL: Game 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment.

FORFEIT: 30 min. after the start of the round.

TOURNAMENT CHECK-IN: opens 9:30 am WED 14 Aug at The Chestnut, 2nd Floor.
PLEASE CARRY PROOF OF BIRTH-DATE. Playing up is permitted under FIDE Rules.


"Slowest time control" ratings

  • All references in this section to "ratings", are to "slowest time control" ratings.
  • If none available, Tournament Direction may consider faster time control ratings.

USCF Rating Source

Regarding USCF ratings, we will be using "latest published" (vs. "latest tournament").

Rating selection for ranking within section

  • Note there will be no rating conversions between CFC, FIDE, FQE, and USCF ratings.
  • Rating conversions will be used only if a country's rating system is significantly different.
  • On Thursday, August 8th, or as soon as feasible after that weekly CFC ratings update, Tournament Direction will capture at least all current CFC, FIDE, FQE, and USCF ratings.
    • For Canadian (non-Quebec) players, the higher of CFC or FIDE.
    • For Quebec players, the higher of FQE, CFC, or FIDE.
    • For U.S.A. players, the higher of USCF or FIDE.
    • For other countries, the higher of that country (perhaps converted) or FIDE.

Ranking players with identical ratings after rating selection (from above)

Tournament Direction will rank players with identical ratings on a case-by-case basis, while considering all known ratings for the players in question, and decisions will be final.


  1. Direct encounter (head-to-head).
  2. Median Buchholz 2 (Modified median).
    Swiss-Sys implementation: Of the two median tiebreaks, this is the more standard now. It evaluates the strength of a player's opposition by summing the final scores of his or her opponents and then discarding either the highest of these scores, the lowest, or both, depending on the tied player's score. For players who tie with even scores (that is, their number of wins and losses is the same), both high and low are discarded. For tied players with plus scores, only the lowest is discarded, and for players with minus scores only the highest is discarded. For tournaments of nine or more rounds, the top two scores are discarded (or the bottom two scores, or all four, as determined by the same even/plus/minus criteria above). These scores are adjusted for any unplayed games, which [may] count a half point each. If the player involved in the tie has any unplayed games, they count as opponents with adjusted scores of 0.
  3. Sonneborn-Berger.
  4. Date of birth (younger player).
  5. Random blind e.g. coin flip.


The Appeals Committee shall be formed prior to the start of the first round, and chaired by IA Hal Bond. Any appeals must be submitted in writing within two (2) hours of the completion of the round, and shall be accompanied by a deposit of $100. If the appeal is successful the deposit shall be returned.

WEDNESDAY Aug 14: Opening Ceremony 6:00 P.M.; Rd. 1 - 6:30 P.M.
THURSDAY Aug 15: Rd. 2 - 10:00 A.M.; Rd. 3 - 3:00 P.M.
FRIDAY Aug 16: Rd. 4 - 10:00 A.M.; Rd. 5 - 3:00 P.M.
SATURDAY Aug 17: Rd. 6 - 10:00 A.M.; Rd. 7 - 3:00 P.M.;
SUNDAY Aug 18: Rd. 8 - 8:30 A.M.; Rd. 9 - 12:30 P.M.; Awards Ceremony 4 P.M.; Blitz tourney ($20) Friday 7 P.M.

TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: $115 Per Player from July 20 - August 10, 2013, and $135 per player after August 10, 2013. CFC Membership is required for Canadian citizens and residents or a single tournament membership can be purchased for $15 at the same time as registration. Roster changes after July 20 will be charged $20.

LODGING: Privileged accommodation (with free hot breakfast) is available for the players' convenience at the tournament venue itself, at a special rate, on a first-come basis only. 100 guestrooms with two beds and 25 guestrooms with one bed, for arrival on August 14th and departure on August 18th, 2013, have been reserved for the NAYCC. The special overnight guestroom rate is $99.00 per room, per night, plus tax, for single occupancy and $106.00 per room, per night, plus tax for double occupancy. These rates include the full hot breakfast buffet in the Chestnut Tree, located in the lobby level. This is a special rate - please mention "Chess" when you register. The Group Code is "1308 NAYCC". You must make your registration no later than August 10, 2013. Call 416-977-0707. Federations have until July 20, 2013 to register their delegates.

SPECIAL CHAMPIONSHIP DAY CAMP: The Chess'n Math Association will offer a day camp from August 15th to the 18th at the Chestnut Centre. The Program includes activities and courses at the championship site, analysis of the games with an expert, animation, etc., with IM Artiom Samsonkin (International Master). The camps end daily at 5 P.M. The cost for the camp is $375, and it includes all activities, registration to the championship and to the blitz tournament.

Contact Information:
Francis Rodrigues, IA, 416-488-5506,
Larry Bevand, IA, 514-845-8352,

Registration form: English NAYCC Registration Form is to be filled as part of online registration.