2019 WIM Ruth Haring National Tournament Information

Revised July 30, 2019

General Information

The WIM Ruth Haring National Girls National Tournament of State Champions invites the winners of the US Chess State Affiliate championships to compete for the title of 2019 WIM Ruth Haring 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 August 3 to August 6 during the 2019 U.S. Open.

The location will be the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 Phone: (407) 996-9840 or (800) 204-7234. The hotel rate will be $129 Single/Double/Triple/Quad. Please mention “US Chess” when you call, website at: https://www.rosencentre.com/contact-us/  

The Executive Board of US Chess has added the WIM Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (RHNGTOC) 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.

State Affiliate Requirements

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, RHNGTOC 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 June 20th. 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 and if she does not play a round, she will receive free entry into a side event and/or will be given a pairing into the US Open that round.


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 a state approved K-12 curriculum for a minimum of 30 consecutive school days prior to the qualifying event. The Representative may not be listed as a full-time college or university student 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.


Simul with 2019 US Women’s Champion WGM Jennifer Yu:

This will be taking place Saturday morning, August 3, at 9:00 a.m. in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Resort.  There will be a special mystery, guest participant.  There are still seats available for players rated under 2000.  This is a free activity.  Participants must be there to check in at 8:30 a.m.  Up to seven participants from each the Denker, Barber and Haring Girls Tournament will be eligible to participate with priority given to the lower rated players who register for the event.  Bring your camera and join us prior to 9 am.  If you have not already signed-up, send an email to Mike Nietman at mike.nietman@charter.net.

Game Analysis and Meet & Greet

     We are excited to welcome our 3 guests that will be part of the prestigious Denker, Barber, and newly named Ruth Haring NGTOC.

     They are WGM Jennifer Yu, 2019 US Women’s Champion from Ashburn, VA as well as Texas Tech University (TTU) students from Ukraine, WIM Iryna Andrenko, a graduate in Horticulture Science and GM Andrii Baryshpolets, graduate in Agricultural & Applied Economics Ph.D. 

     All three special guests will be available for game analysis Saturday and Sunday only and a Meet and Greet party for players only. All 3 will not be available Monday or Tuesday.

     WGM Jennifer Shahade, 2 time US Women’s Champion and US Chess Women’s Director will also be on hand to meet the players. 

     Players, parents and coaches will also have an opportunity to meet with Iryna and Andrii to talk about college life and chess.

Schedule:  Salon 1: Sunday 4:00pm – 4:45pm
College Life session – Q & A with WIM Iryna Andrenko and GM Andrii Baryshpolets.
All players, parents, supporters are welcomed to join.

Schedule:  Salon 5 & 6:  Sunday 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Meet and Greet Pizza Party for Denker, Barber RHNGTOC participants only.
Special appearances WGM Jennifer Yu, WIM Iryna Andrenko, GM Andrii Baryshpolets, WGM Jennifer Shahade.

Salon 1
The TTU students will be helping out with game analysis. US Women’s Champion WGM Jennifer Yu will also be making a special guest appearance on Sunday.

Yoga for Chess
This will also be taking place Saturday morning, August 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  This is a free activity.  This will be open to the first 20 participants that sign-up.  This will be taking place at the hotel.  The instructor is from www.authentic-east.com.  Mats will be provided.  To sign-up send an email to jon@bocachess.com.

Playing Schedule

The Opening Ceremony and 6-round Swiss will consist of the following dates and times:
Opening Ceremony-3 PM Saturday, August 3, 2019 (REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AND CHECK-IN). All participants, including the host state alternate, are required to attend. At the Opening Ceremony girls are expected to wear a blouse and slacks or blouse and skirt or dress. A number of photos will be taken, some of which will appear in your state chess publication and/or Chess Life. Dress smart and look great. This dress code applies only to the Opening Ceremony.

Round 1-Saturday, August 3, 2019–7 PM Same time as round of the US Open.

Round 2-Sunday, August 4, 2019–12:00 Noon.

Round 3-Sunday, August 4, 2019–7 PM Same time as round of the US Open.

Round 4-Monday, August 5, 2019–12:00 Noon.

Round 5-Monday, August 5, 2019–7 PM Same time as round of the US Open.

Round 6-Tuesday, August 6, 2019–10 AM.

WIM Ruth Haring National Girls Awards Ceremony – Tuesday, August 6, 2019–4 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 RHNGTOC’s sixth round. To avoid online registration fee refunds, please register onsite. In addition, the host State Affiliate’s alternate may receive this discount as long as she was available to play during all rounds of the Ruth Haring 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 if needed. 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 the 2019 WIM Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida. 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. If players are tied for 5th all will receive $100.

Gift Certificates

These can only be redeemed with the 2019 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 round and State versus State.

State Affiliate versus State Affiliate Championship

There are three special tournaments running concurrently at the US Open. Besides the WIM Ruth Haring 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 U1600. 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 Memorial Award

There will be a $500 Ursula Foster Memorial 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 US Chess, Women’s Committee of US Chess, US Chess Trust, the Schiffrin Family, the Ursula Foster family, and the Internet Chess Club (ICC).

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 RHNGTOC 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 –

RHNGTOC Coordinator: Jon Haskel, 2385 Executive Center Dr. #100, Boca Raton, FL 33431, Phone (561) 302-4377.