2017 American Youth Chess Foundation
Grand Championship
(In Loving Memory of Frances Jee Dong)

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Aiport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827 Phone: (407) 825-1234

$5,000 in American Youth Chess Foundation
College Scholarship Awards!
(All Scholarship Awards 100% Guaranteed!)

Open: 1st - $800 2nd - $550 3rd - $350 4th - $250
Under 1900: 1st - $650 2nd - $450 3rd - $250
Under 1600: 1st - $500 2nd - $300 3rd - $200
Under 1300: 1st - $350 2nd - $200 3rd - $150

For AYCF Scholarship Award Terms, please read here.

Sections: Grades K/6 Non-Rated
(note 1)
Under 400 & UNR
(note 2)
Under 700
(note 2)
Under 1000 Under 1300 Under 1600 Under 1900 Open
Round Times: (Tourn #1) Saturday: 9am, 10:30, 12:30pm, 2:15, 4pm

(Tourn #2) Sunday:
9am, 10:30, 12:30pm, 2:15, 4pm
(Tourn #1) Saturday: 9am, 10:30, 12:30pm, 2:15, 4pm

(Tourn #2) Sunday:
9am, 10:30, 12:30pm, 2:15, 4pm
(Tourn #1) Saturday: 9am, 10:30, 12:30pm, 2:15, 4pm

(Tourn #2) Sunday:
9am, 10:30, 12:30pm, 2:15, 4pm
Saturday: 9am, 11:15, 2pm, 4:30pm
Sunday: 9am, 11:15, 2pm
Saturday: 9am, 12pm, 2:30pm, 5pm
Sunday: 9am, 12pm, 3pm
Saturday: 9am, 12:30pm, 4pm
Sunday: 9am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm
Time Control: G/20 G/45, d5 G/45, d5 G/60, d5 G/75, d5G/90, d5
Trophy Awards:Top 6 Individuals in each tournament
Top 2 Clubs In each tournament
Top 8 Individuals in each section
Top 2 Clubs in each section
Club minimum = 2 players to be eligible; Top 3 scores count for point total
Entry Fee:$32 before 6/1/17
$38 from 6/1/17 - 6/30/17
$50 after 7/1/17 or after.
$58 before 6/1/17
$68 from 6/1/17 - 6/30/17,
$78 on 7/1/17 or after.
Club Definition:A club is any group of players attending the same lessons from the same teacher and can provide proof of payment of these classes to the organizers upon request. If for some reason the classes are free, the club teacher needs to be able to provide information on why this is so. These lessons need to be within 3 months from the time of tournament. This club teacher must also be present at the tournament or name some representative to act on their behalf. Organizer's decisions are final. Penalty for claiming a player that the organizers find to be ineligible: Club disqualified from all club awards.
Side Event:USCF Rated Blitz Tournament

  • Friday July 14 from 7pm-10pm
  • 5 Round Double Swiss
  • Sections: Open & Under 1200
  • Time Control: G/5; d2
  • Entry Fee: $20 before 7/1/17; $25 after
  • Registration/
      1. Online: www.americanyouthchessfoundation.com/2017AYCFNC.html or here below.
      2. Flyer (please mail to Hanley Chess Academy, 2091 Business Center Dr. Suite 120, Irvine, CA. 92612)
      3. Onsite: Friday July 14, 2017 from 7pm-10pm & Saturday July 15, 2017 from 7am-8:15am. Location for onsite registration will be in the Tournament Control Room. Registrations after Saturday 8:15am will be accepted but with a half point bye in Round 1.
    Please note there can be no exceptions in order that the tournament begins on time.

      1. One half point bye available including for final round. All byes are irrevocable.
      2. USCF membership required for all sections except Non-Rated. Memberships need to be current in order for participant to begin play.
      3. Ratings as of 7/10/2017 will be official ratings for the tournament.
      4. Boards and sets will be provided. Please bring your clocks, scorebooks, and pen/pencils if you are in Rated sections. If you are playing in the Non-Rated section, no clock nor notation are required.
      5. The organizers and tournament directors reserve the right to inspect any electronic device.
      6. In case of ties, awards will be decided by tiebreaks. Tiebreaks will be as follows: 1. Modified Median 2. Median 3. Solkoff 4. Sonneborn-Berger 5. Cumulative 6. Coin flip
      7. Section or Team/Club Changes: Any change requested onsite will be reviewed. If found to be appropriate, change will be made. A fee of $20 is assessed. Teams/Club need to be declared before the beginning of round 2 for each section.
      8. Refund/Withdrawal Policies:

    If requested before 6/1/17, a 25% fee of the entry fee will be assessed.
    If requested before 6/30/17, a 50% fee of the entry fee will be assessed.
    If requested on 6/30/17 or after, a 100% fee of the entry fee will be assesed.

    Withdrawals from the tournament are acceptable. We kindly ask you please provide a written notice to a tournament director or by contacting Chess Control and notifying a staff member. Thank you for your help with this.

      Guidelines for Behavior of Participants
      A. We reserve the right to decline service for anyone exhibiting inappropriate behavior. No refunds are granted in such situations.
      B. No cell phones are allowed on when a game is in progress. Penalty: Forfeiture of game and/or removal from the tournament.
      C. Parents are allowed the first 5 minutes in rounds 1-3 to take pictures.

    Questions: Joe Hanley, 714-925-3195 or hanleychessacademy@gmail.com

    Note 1: There are two separate tournaments for this section. One is on Saturday and the other on Sunday. They both have their own awards. These sections are "Capture The King" meaning players are allowed to capture their opponent's king or checkmate the king in order to win a game. Each player will play 1 white and 1 black against each opponent for a total of 10 games.

    Note 2: There are two separate tournaments for this section. One is on Saturday and the other on Sunday. They both have their own awards.

    K/6 Non-Rated, U400 & UNR,
    and U700 Sections

    Entry Fee
    Name & USCF ID#
    Names of Club and Head Coach

    U1000, U1300, U1600,
    U1900, Open Sections

    Entry Fee
    Name and USCF ID#
    Club Name & Head Coach

    Blitz Tournament Registration

    AYCFGC Blitz Registration
    Name & USCF ID#

    Join or Renew Your USCF Membership Here

    Membership Type
    Name, Address, Birthdate

    Questions/Answers From Coach/Parents

    Hello Danielle, my answers are below in bold blue.
    Greetings Mr. Hanley, I wanted to clarify the regulations for who can be considered part of a team. I am just a parent (my son is homeschooled) but I am familiar with at least 4 coaches in our area who have chess clubs/chess academies, but work out of several schools or locations. So, for instance, A coach may operate under XYZ Chess Academy, conducting lessons at several after school programs, an independent chess club, and a free public library club. Would all players that take lessons through XYZ Chess Academy (the same coach) be eligible to participate on a team for that coach, yes or must a coach choose only one of his/her teaching locations to offer this opportunity to? All students who are taking lessons from that coach/club are able to play for that club. (That would kind of stink, and would reduce the number of kids who might play at your tournament). Are private lesson students with the same coach eligible for that coach's team, yes or does this only apply to those who have the opportunity to attend group lessons or clubs? Private lesson students are able to play for that club. Also, what is the maximum player age? 17 years of age. I think my local coaches might be interested in your tournament, so I hope to clarify this information for them. Terrific! I will be happy to answer any questions you have. I want to share our reason for our club definition. There are club tournaments I have been part of where clubs try to create an "All Star Team" where they simply ask a strong player(s) to join their club. This player(s) has no connection to that club. This is a huge disadvantage to all other clubs following the rules. I want to have club awards because this is a fun component of a tournament and fairness has to be enforced. As long as a student can show they are taking lessons (either private or group) with a paid receipt, they can play for that club. Also, please note the head coach or his/her appointed representative must be present at the tournament in the case any issue arises.

    Hello Ryan,
    Sure thing...here are my answers:

    I am still trying to get as many of our kids to come to your tournament. Terrific! I currently have 8 kids confirmed so far and definitely want to meet the first registration deadline. Hopefully you can help me with a few questions: Can unrated/provisional rating players play in any section? Yes, for the Unrated players they can play in any section. For the provisional players, we would need to place them in the section that they are currently rated in. How many players make up a team? 2 players make up a team and the top 3 scores count. Do members of the same team have to play in the same section? No, they would play in the section in which they are qualified by rating. Is the Friday Blitz tournament an open event or just for the kids? The Friday Blitz is open only to the youth players. Thank you Thanks Ryan

    Hello Mr. Hanley,

    I see there are foreign players coming who have no USCF membership(s). How are you handling these? We are using the USCF rules to convert FIDE ratings or other foreign nation's ratings to USCF ratings. Specifically, our FIDE conversion is USCF = FIDE + 100 points.

    Hello Mr. Hanley,

    What does it mean for "you have the right to inspect electronic devices?" Hello Steven,

    We are going to insure fairness for all players. One of the biggest challenges in today's chess tournament world are players having phones or other electronic devices that have chess engines installed. For those unaware, chess engines can defeat our world's best players. Therefore, any player having access to a chess engine is considered to be cheating and ejected from the remainder of the tournament without any refund. Next, to ensure no/reduce suspicion, no players are allowed to have their cell phones on during any game nor allowed to have them on their person during any game. If they are carried into the tournament ballroom, they must be on the floor and turned off. Please note we take this very serious and there is a "Zero Tolerance" for this rule.

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