North American Youth Set for November in Mexico

The 2018 North American Youth Chess Championships will be held November 16 – 21, 2018 at the Hotel Puerto Nuevo Baja Hotel & Villas, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California, Mexico.

The age categories for the 2018 North American Youth are U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18.  Each category has Open and Girls sections.  A player’s age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2018.  Medals as well as direct FIDE titles and norms are awarded to the top three players in each section.  For more information on the titles/norms available, see page 6 of the regulations.

The event is held at the official hotel, Hotel Puerto Nuevo Baja Hotel & Villas – there is an additional fee of 700 pesos for participants not staying at the official hotel.

2017 North American Youth Champions (gold medalists) qualify as personal rights (PR) players, and receive 60% conditions from the organizers.

In accordance with US Chess’ scholastic invitational requirements, the US Chess Official Representative in each of the 12 sections will be the player with the highest rating per the February 2018 rating supplement who notifies FIDE Events Manager Grant Oen, [email protected] by Monday, September 10.

Registration for the 2018 North American Youth Chess Championship must be done directly with the organizers.  The organizing committee offers 60% conditions for PR and OR players, as mentioned above, but all other players must pay their own entry fees, hotel fees, food, transportation, and travel.

Complete information and registration can be found in the event regulations.  Although the organizers will accept registrations until October 31, US Chess urges all interested players to begin the registration process with the organizers very early.

The organizers can be contacted at [email protected]

Comments

  1. Does the Announcement in your link respect the aforementioned statement (and FIDE America rules, by the way) “A player’s age for this tournament is his/her age as of January 1, 2018”?

    It would seem otherwise

  2. The information was vague. I had to do some research and appears you need to fly in Tijuana Mexico airport(General A.L Rodriguez Airport) for around 1500 to 2500 US dollars (one way per person) take a shuttle through Tijuana Mexico for 20 to 30 miles to get to destination. I was interested but concerned about safety. If I am incorrect please inform. I was interested at first but now seems like I need to weigh risk vs reward. I was hoping you could fly through Cabo but it appears the road trip would be 20 hours.

  3. I’m researching this too, seems like should be a convenient venue, just south of the border, but apparently not. Strangely there are no direct flights anywhere from USA to Tijuana – Can only connect through Mexico City for example – and yeah I’d also be nervous about looking for taxis, shuttles, or rental cars there.

    We’re better off flying into San Diego and then driving. It’s about 100 miles from San Diego airport to the venue, nearly all freeway. (The USA-Mexico border is half-way in-between.) The venue itself seems safe, just the roadtrip there is open question.

    Maybe if enough of us register for this, we can pool resources and rent charter bus from San Diego airport to take us there. Or maybe USCF could organize this? Would hate for Team USA not to have a good showing because of travel concerns.

    And yeah there is some overlap with World Cadets (U8/U10/U12) in Spain, which runs through Nov 16th. It’s weird FIDE would schedule like this, many North American kids would pick one or the other. Doesn’t FIDE check their own tournament calendar when scheduling tournaments?

  4. Dominic, I would love the idea of Charter a bus. If that is an option, I would highly consider going. We would need it to charter after the tournament is over as well.

  5. I e-mailed questions on transportation from San Diegob to organizers, but no response so far.
    As I was researching the route, Google Maps suggested that Lyft and Uber are available for the trip for 600-700 Pesos ($35-40). Anyone knows if Uber can actually take passengers across the border?

  6. This seem to overlap with World Cadet dates. Some US kids would like to go to both. Shouldn’t it be rescheduled?

  7. Oddly enough, I entered on my Uber app pickup san diego and drop off Puerto Nuevo and it had a driver ready for me to accept for $60.00.

  8. Nobody here is having an issue with the fact that the convocation and the FIDE rules regarding the age to participate in every category are different?

  9. Yes, the dates are in conflict with World Cadets. My assumption is that organizer scheduled those dates on purpose so the stronger US and Canadian players will not be able to participate because of World Cadets and most of the titles will be awarded to Mexican players. In addition, the age requirements for each age/gender category are incorrect. I am not sure if FIDE is well informed about it because this tournament is still not listed under FIDE calendar for Americas at FIDE website.

  10. Does anyone know how to register for this tournament? I cannot find any registration form on fenamac.org.

    • Same here. Can’t find the registration form from their web site. I even emailed the organizer a week ago and got no response.

    • I’m still trying to reach out to the organizers for last few days. I emailed them and even called them. No response on the emails. The number listed apparently works but a random guy picks up the phone and he does not even understand English. I now getting skeptical about registering my son to play in this tournament. Already in August and can’t do any planning.

      Thanks,

      Vijay

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