2017 National Girls Tournament of Champions Information and Rules
(Revised January 27, 2017)
The National Girls Tournament of Champions invites the winners of the US Chess State Affiliate championships to compete for the title of 2017 National Girls Champion of Champions. In case of ties in the National Girls, co-champions shall be recognized. This year’s invitational tournament will be held from July 29 to August 1 during the 2017 U.S. Open.
The location will be the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA, 777 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA, 23510. Phone (757) 622-6664 or (888) 627-8042. The hotel rate will be $114 and complimentary self-parking will be provided for overnight guests, otherwise $5 per day. Please remember to mention “US Chess” if you call, otherwise register online at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1701255923&key=31D9FE35
The Executive Board of US Chess has added the National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) to its list of qualifiers for the World Youth or the World Cadet Championship and the US Girls Closed Championship. The qualifying student in case of a tie will be the highest finishing player on tie-breaks who meets the eligibility requirements of the World Youth/World Cadet event for the US Chess delegation and the US Girls Closed Championship. The qualifying girl needs a US Fide flag to be eligible to represent the US in the World Youth/World Cadet and US Girls Closed Championships.
Each State Affiliate (which shall include DC for purposes of this Tournament) shall be allowed one Representative as determined by its US Chess State Affiliate. The exception is California, which sends two players, one representing Northern California and the other Southern California. We strongly encourage each State Affiliate to identify a tournament to determine its Girl Champion. State affiliates must permit all players who are in K through 12th grade to participate. If no open tournament is held, then a state affiliate invitational composed of the highest rated K-12 female players may be used. If that is not possible then the highest rated female player should be offered the opportunity to play by the State Affiliate.
If the official representative is unable to compete, the State Affiliate may substitute its next most qualified player, etc. Each State Affiliate should make every effort to send a representative to this prestigious event. Jon Haskel, NGTOC Coordinator, will mail the National Girls Nomination Form to each authorized State Affiliate official. The official must then email the form back to Jon by July 5th. The Women’s Committee reserves the right to appoint a representative for any State Affiliate that fails to meet this deadline. To eliminate byes, the host State Affiliate (State Affiliate in which the tournament is held) may provide an alternate who will only play in rounds that have an odd number of players. The alternate is eligible for prizes.
All participants must be residents of the State Affiliate they represent for 30 days prior to the date of their qualifying tournament. They must be under the age of 20 on September 1 of the year in which the tournament is held. The players must be taking at least 50% of their educational instruction in an approved K-12 curriculum for a minimum of 30 days prior to the qualifying event. The Representative may not be listed as a full-time student at any college or university prior to the qualifying event.
Proof of eligibility shall be the responsibility of the players and the US Chess State Affiliate official certifying the Representative or Alternate. Current US Chess membership is required during this event.
The Opening Ceremony and 6-round Swiss will consist of the following dates and times:
Opening Ceremony-3 PM Saturday, July 29, 2017 (REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AND CHECK-IN). All participants, including the host state alternate, are required to attend.
Round 1-Saturday, July 29, 2017–7 PM Same time as the round of the US Open.
Round 2-Sunday, July 30, 2017–12:00 Noon.
Round 3-Sunday, July 30, 2017–7 PM Same time as the round of the US Open.
Round 4-Monday, July 31, 2017–12:00 Noon.
Round 5-Monday, July 31, 2017–7 PM Same time as the round of the US Open.
Round 6-Tuesday, August 1, 2017–10 AM.
National Girls Awards Ceremony – Tuesday, August 1, 2017–4 PM.
Players who complete all six rounds of this tournament may enter the US Open with a 50% discount. This discount will be available for onsite registrations at Chess Control Tuesday after completion of the NGTOC’s sixth round. To avoid online registration fee refunds, please register onsite. The host State Affiliate’s alternate may only receive this discount if she was available to play during all rounds of the National Girls Tournament.
Players are required to play all six rounds. Players unable to play because of illness or other emergency must notify the TD staff so that the host state’s alternate can be substituted. Players who withdraw or are expelled forfeit all prizes. Each player is required to furnish a complete and legible scoresheet at the conclusion of each round. The time control will be 90 minutes per player with a 30-second increment added after each move. This event will be FIDE rated.
The Robert and Barbara Schiffrin family have created a $5,000 College/University Scholarship to be awarded to the 1st Place finisher on tie-break in Norfolk, Virginia. The winner may use this award at any school of higher learning of her choice. If there is a tie for 1st Place, the Scholarship will be awarded to the highest finisher on tie-breaks. To redeem this Scholarship, the recipient must present proof to the US Chess Federation of enrollment in a school of higher learning.
During the Opening Ceremony, each participant will receive a Gold Medallion provided by US Chess. Cash Prizes and gift certificates are awarded during the Closing Ceremony. Cash prizes are given for the purpose of reimbursing players for expenses incurred in the participation of this tournament. Players must complete all six rounds and be in attendance to receive their prizes.
1st place – $800, 2nd Place – $500, 3rd Place – $400, 4th Place – $300, 5th Place – $200. All players tied for 5th Place will receive a minimum of $200.
These can only be redeemed with the 2017 US Open Bookstore vendor before the end of the US Open. They will be awarded in the following categories: Best Game, Biggest Upset overall, Biggest Upset in each of the other rounds and State versus State.
State Affiliate versus State Affiliate Championship
There are three special tournaments running concurrently at the US Open. Besides the National Girls Tournament of Champions, we also have the GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions, and the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions. This year we will recognize those State Affiliates whose representatives had the highest combined score. Gift Certificates will be awarded to each player from the three highest scoring State Affiliates (open to all State Affiliates). In addition, Gift Certificates will be given to each player of the top State Affiliate whose average rating of its players is U2100, U1900 or U1700. State Affiliates must have at least two players from the three events listed above to be eligible for team prizes. If the host State Affiliate has two representatives for any of the three events, only the primary representatives’ scores will count for purposes of the State Affiliate team totals.
Internet Chess Club Membership (ICC)
Each of our participants will receive a free two-year ICC membership. If a current participant is already a member, then she will receive an extension of two years.
Ursula Foster Award
There will be a $500 Ursula Foster Award presented by the US Chess Trust to the highest finisher under the age of 13 (as of the first day of the tournament). If there are fewer than two participants under 13, the award will go to the top finisher under the age of 14. There must be at least two eligible players for the award to be given. If there are ties, the winner will be decided by tie-breaks as the award will not be split.
The sponsors are the Women’s Committee, US Chess, US Chess Trust, the Schiffrin Family, the Ursula Foster family, the Internet Chess Club (ICC) and Chess Magnet School.
Travel & Accommodations
Players are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Players sharing rooms should make their arrangements carefully, as neither US Chess nor the tournament is responsible for any consequences arising from such arrangements. Please note that registration in a hotel room will require a person 18 years of age or older to be present.
Contact Information-Confirmation of Participation
Each State Affiliate must request and complete the Nomination Form from the NGTOC Coordinator, Jon Haskel. Each player must provide Mr. Haskel with a phone number of a parent or other responsible adult in case of an emergency.
Parents are required to confirm participation with Jon Haskel – firstname.lastname@example.org.
NGTOC Coordinator: Jon Haskel, 2385 Executive Center Dr. #100, Boca Raton, FL 33431 Cell-(561) 302-4377.