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USCF 2024 National Junior Chess Congress – USCF National Scholastic Championship (SeaWorld Hotel, Orlando, FL)

July 11-14, 2024

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Hotel
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

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USCF Top 100 Lists Tournament (Thurs. & Friday July 11-12, 2024 – Before the Sat./Sun. July 13-14, National Junior Congress Tournament)
* Awarding $1,000 in College Scholarships *
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6 & Under8 & Under10 & Under12 & Under14 & Under16 & Under18/20 & Under
(merged sections)

Round Times:

Saturday:  9:30am – 1pm – 4:30pm
Sunday:  9:30am – 1:30pm

Time Control:
G/90, d5


Top 6 Individual
Top 2 Clubs/Teams
Top 8 Individual
Top 2 Clubs/Teams
Top 10 Individual
Top 2 Clubs/Teams
Top 8 Individual
Top 2 Clubs/Teams
Top 6 Individual
Top Club/Team
Top 3 In Each Section
Top Club/Team in each section

Entry Fee:

$85 by May 10, $95 from May 11 – June 30, $125 on July 1 or after.
Adult Swiss Tournament
Friday July 12, 2024

USCF Rated; USCF membership is required.
All USCF rules are followed.
Prizes: 60% of all entry fees. Distribution of prizes will be posted after round 3.
Round Times: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Time Control: G/45; inc 5
Entry Fee: $40 by May 10, $50 from May 11-June 30, $60 on July 1 or after.
1/2 point Byes (Meaning you won’t be able to play in that round due to another conflict): 1 available


**Important Note**
There are tournaments for ALL experience/skill level students. For example: For a student who has just learned how the pieces
move and capture as well as the basic rules, here are the following appropriate tournaments he/she can participate in:

Friday: Grades K/6 Non-Rated, Capture the King Tournament
Saturday: Grades K/6 Non-Rated, Capture the King Tournament
Sunday: USCF Rated Under 750 Tournament

USCF Top 100 Lists Tournament
Thursday & Friday July 11-12, 2024
(*This is the one tournament in this National Junior Chess Congress Festival that has an eligibility requirement to it. All other tournaments are open to everyone.*)
Awarding $1,000 in College Scholarships


Eligibility: If your child has achieved a rating that placed(s) him/her in a top 100 List for their age and then his/her name appears/published by the USCF onto this Top 100 List, (By Age or Women and Girls By Age), he/she is eligible to register and compete.

I have always believed making one of these lists is something to be celebrated…thus, I created this tournament to do so 5 years ago. In addition, I created scholarship prizes to award for the top finishers in each of these tournaments. Next, I wish to extend another offer as my way of saying, “Congratulations to you for achieving something many wish to do but is difficult.”. If your child registers for the National Junior Chess Congress as well as this USCF Top 100 Lists Tournament, I will return 100% of this USCF Top 100 Lists Tournament, entry fee upon completion of their 5th round of the Congress on Sunday (max of $50/player). However, if the player drops out, takes a last round bye, or for any other reason does not complete all five rounds of the National Junior Chess Congress, then this offer of this refund becomes null and void.

Qualification Lists:By AgeWomen and Girls By AgeAll Online Lists as well as the Blitz, and Quick lists do not qualify. Next, As long as your child was on one of the above 2 lists in any month between June 1, 2022 and June 1, 2024, he/she qualifies. Upon registration, you will be asked to write in the list you were/are on. We will confirm and add you to the Advanced Entries once it is confirmed. 2. Age Determination: If you are between the ages of 5-18 as of January 1, 2024, this qualifies you for our age requirement.

– Grouping of Players: All players will be listed from highest USCF rating to lowest and then placed in groups of 10. The top 10 highest rated players will placed in Group 1, the next 10 highest rated players will be placed in Group 2, etc. Rating determination will be as of June 25, 2022. Groups are formed on Wednesday, June 29. Ex: 34 students register. We will have 2 groups of 10 and 1 group of 14.

– Rounds & Round Times: 4 Round Swiss System in Each Group. Thursday: 10am, 2pm Friday: 10am, 2pm

– Time Control: G/75, increment 30 seconds/move.

– Entry Fee: $50 before May 10, $60 from May 11-June 30, $75 on July 1 or after. No registrations after midnight on Tuesday July 9.

– Membership: USCF Rated; USCF Membership Required

Scholarship Awards: Group 1:1st Place – $300- 2nd Place – $150 – Group 2:1st Place – $225- 2nd Place – $100 Group 3: 1st Place – $150 – 2nd Place – $75

– Scholarship Awards: If there are ties, the winner(s) will be decided by tiebreaks (listed in the National Junior Chess Congress tournament page). The money will be awarded on site to each winner and must be put into a Charles Schwab 529 College Savings Plan account. All money, including investment gains (which grow tax free), can then be withdrawn at age 18 and then be used only for college expenses. The application for this account will be handed to parent of winning player as well as the check made payable to “Schwab 529 Plan” for that player. The parent becomes the custodian for that account with the child listed as the beneficiary.


2024 US Junior Chess Congress, July 11-14
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World Hotel
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 351-5555 or (800) 380-7917

Information about ALL our Events, website:
Business Phone: 714-925-3195

July 11 July 14

* Frank DelBonis, USCF Associate National TD will be attending this event as the Assistant Chief TD for Tournament

Hanley Chess Academy

(714) 925-3195

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