2019 Canadian Youth Chess Championship

CYCC live results and pairings can be found here:

Live Results + Pairings




The Canadian Youth Chess Championship is Canada's largest youth chess event! 

The players are split into 12 sections based on age and gender. The top 3 finishers in each section qualify for:

1) World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC) and World Cadet Chess Championship (WCCC)

2) Pan American Youth Chess Championship

3) North American Youth Chess Championship

The champions of each section recieve sponsorship to play in the WYCC or WCCC!

Sponsorship details

When and Where

July 6 - 10, 2019


4177 Albert Street 

Regina, Saskatchewan  S4S 3R6 



There are twelve (12) sections in this tournament, by FIDE age category and gender. The age cutoff date is January 01, 2019. Thus, this is how different birth years determine the section placement (please check that your child is registered in the proper one!)


Girls U-18, Open U-18:  born 2001, 2002

Girls U-16, Open U-16:  born 2003, 2004

Girls U-14, Open U-14:  born 2005, 2006 

Girls U-12, Open U-12:  born 2007, 2008

Girls U-10, Open U-10:  born 2009, 2010

Girls U-08, Open U-08:  born 2011 and later


As per the CFC Handbook Art. 702, “When there are less than eight players for any category, then one or more categories shall be combined so that there are no less than 8 players in the combined category. […] Where the shortfall occurs in the girls U18, it is recommended that this section be combined with the girls U16.

CFC policy on “playing up” in another section of the CYCC as articulated by then CFC Youth Coordinator Patrick McDonald February 2012:

“If someone wants to play in an age category older than the one they qualify for, they can do so.

BUT: if they win a spot in a certain age category to play at the WYCC, that is the age category that we are willing to send them to the WYCC in.

IE: if one player who is 9 years old, wishes to play in the U14 section at the CYCC, and if they win a spot to go to the WYCC, the only age category that Canada will send them to the WYCC in is the U14 section.

The same would go for girls that would like to play in the open section for their age group (or older) ... if a girl plays in the open section and wins a spot to go to the WYCC, then the only section that Canada will send them to the WYCC in is the section that they qualified in at the CYCC.”

Entry Fee


Registration Closes June 15, 2019

For any registration requests coming after this date, a surcharge will be levied and a half-point bye in Round 1 may be given in the sole discretion of the organizer.  

Players need to have a valid CFC or FQE membership or purchase it on-site with a surcharge before the start of the tournament.

$150 of each entry is remitted back to the Chess Federation of Canada to sponsor the winners of this event.

Please note that players must be qualified to play, see below.

2019 CYCC Qualifiers List

2019 CYCC and Canadian Open Pre-Registration Lists



July 06, 2019 - 10:00 – Chess in the Park (Victoria Park)

July 06, 2019 - 17:00 – Opening Ceremony

July 07, 2019 - 10:00 – Round 1

July 07, 2019 - 15:00 – Round 2

July 08, 2019 - 10:00 – Round 3

July 08, 2019 - 15:00 – Round 4

July 09, 2019 - 10:00 – Round 5

July 09, 2019 - 15:00 – Round 6

July 10, 2019 - 10:00 – Round 7 / Prize Ceremony

July 10, 2019 - 17:00 – Bughouse Tournament

Bughouse & Park details

Time Controls / Format

90 min / end + 30 second increment starting with Move 1 in all sections.


Regular Swiss, seven (7) rounds.



A player can request up to three (3) half-point byes in any of the first four (4) rounds of the tournament if he notifies the organizer in writing before July 01, 2019. Any “byes” requested after July 01, especially during the tournament, will be zero points.


Normally, CYCC participants qualify by placing better than half their peers in a qualifying tournament. However, there are other qualification methods. For questions, or if there are no upcoming qualifiers in your area, please contact us directly, queencitychess@gmail.com

The CFC official qualification rules can be found in their handbook, section 703, http://chess.ca/node/16

Refund Policy:

We offer a 100% refund (including ticket fees) before June 12, 2019. 50% refund available afterwards. You can refund your ticket through the eventbrite ticket vendor, or by emailing us.


  If a player wishes to withdraw from the tournament, he has to communicate this request to an arbiter in writing no later than during the preceding round. Once pairings for the new round are made and published, they will not be changed. Any belated “withdrawal” request will result in a forfeit of the game for which the player has been already paired. The CFC may, in its sole discretion, rate such forfeited games.

Forfeit Time:

If a player doesn’t arrive at his chessboard 60 minutes (i.e., one hour) after the start of a round, his game will be forfeited, the result “0F” will be entered, and he will not be paired for subsequent rounds.

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