What are the important junior international events?
FIDE is the World Chess body and they allocate the rights to hold the International Events to various countries. These are often allocated years in advance and checking the calendar at:
can give you an idea of where the next one might be. These can change though, so until the official regulations are released, neither the dates nor the country are guaranteed.
Sometimes, particularly with Asian events, the host country may not be decided until very close to the event and you might be asked to definitely commit to going with a very short notice period.
Once an event is allocated to a country, an organising committee is formed. If things are well organized, you might find a website is available many months in advance and has good information on it about the venue and accommodation. It is quite normal for this information to be available quite late though, which can make it difficult to book flights and arrange time off work and school.
There are a number of international events in which Australian juniors can play. The events can change characteristics from year to year and the regulations defining each event need to be checked when they are released by the organising country.
This has become a huge event &ndash in 1998 it was around 600 participants and it has now doubled in size. Exact size depends on the accessibility of the host country and timing of the competition.
Prior to 1998 only 1 person per country per age group was allowed to play, but it is now open to as many participants as each country feels is of the correct standard to play. In 2006 a new category of U8 was added and the competition now spans the age groups U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. Open and Girls divisions exist in each age category. Free accommodation and food is provided for 1 participant, from each country, in each category, as well as for 1 official from each country.
World Junior U/20
This event usually has less than 200 participants and consists of U20 Open and U20 Girls. It is a very strong tournament &ndash typically more than half the tournament is titled players, with many of them full time professional players. Free accommodation and food is available for one person, from each country, in each category. Countries can send multiple players, but they have to be of a high standard. It is a very sociable tournament. Usually everyone stays in the same hotel and because of the older profile there are more opportunities for socialising.
World Youth Olympiad U/16
This is a teams event and multiple teams can be sent. Free accommodation and food is available for 4 children and 1 official, from each country. Strength of the tournament varies depending on where the tournament is being held. E.g. Eastern European Olympiads tend to be stronger than ones held in Singapore. Because it is a teams event it can be less stressful for juniors than an individual tournament. It is a good event for weaker juniors to experience international competition. Normally in Australia only a top team and a girls’ team are selected (and the girls’ team only where there is interest from strong girls in forming a team). Other children are endorsed to go and then formed into teams after selection.
Asian Youth Championships
Similar to the World Youth, but restricted to Asian countries.
Asian Junior U/20
Similar to World Juniors, but restricted to Asian countries.
ASEAN+ Youth Championships
This is a competition that is fairly new. It has a number of different formats &ndash conventional chess, as well as optional Rapid and Lightning tournaments. Discounts for accommodation apply depending on the number of players from a country.
World Schools Championship
Australia does not do selections for this, but the event is advertised and any teams wishing to go are endorsed. If there are multiple teams and a selection is necessary (e.g. in order to allocate free accommodation and food), it will be done on an adhoc basis.