Announcing the 2021 North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC)

With the relaxing restrictions and Chicago’s goal of reopening by July 4, the organizers of the 2021 North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) are excited to announce they are moving forward with tournament in Chicago from August 16 – 21, 2021. The tournament will take place at the Hilton Chicago, a centrally located luxury hotel in downtown Chicago that overlooks Lake Michigan, Grant Park, and the Museum Campus. 

The Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, the International Chess School, the United States Chess Federation, the Confederation of Chess for America, and the World Chess Federation (FIDE), are pleased to invite players under 18 years old (as of Jan 1, 2021) from the USA, Mexico, Canada, and Bahamas to the 17th Annual North American Youth Championship. Players will participate in the following categories: Under 8 years old, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, and under 18; Open and Girls sections.

This is an international tournament where FIDE Titles and norms will be awarded to the top 3 players in each section. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players in each section. This will be a FIDE and US Chess rated tournament. Players may register online through the event website. Early entry fee is $150.00 thru June 15 (This includes $25 for FIDE America and all rating fees).

The tournament is a 9-Round, Swiss with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment per move. The tournament schedule allows players and their parents the time to enjoy all Chicago has to offer.  Arrival day is Monday August 16 with a Blitz tournament scheduled at 5 PM. There will be two rounds each day from August 17 – 20. At 10 AM & 4 PM. On Saturday August 21, the final round is at 9 AM and the closing ceremony is at 3 PM.

The organizers have arranged with the hotel a special rate of $165 (USD) for single/double occupancy, triple $189, quad $214; plus tax. This rate is good for three days pre and post event for those who want to arrive early or stay after the tournament to enjoy all the city has to offer. 

The organizers recognize the challenges presented by COVID-19 and are implementing precautionary measures to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 among players and guest at the tournament.  Details can be found on the event website.

To register for the tournament, make hotel reservations, or for more details visit

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