Japan Youth Chess Championship 2024



  • Dates: Saturday, April 6th – Sunday April 7th
  • Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian” 5F Seminar Room 4
    5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (map
    2 min walk from Oimachi Station on JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyu Oimachi Line & Rinkai-sen
    15 min walk from Aomono-Yokocho Station on Keihin-Kyuko Line
  • Format: 6R Swiss, 45 min+30 sec/move, National Standard Rated



  • Entry criteria: Japan Chess Federation Yearly Members only (1-time Tournament Member is not allowed) and U18
    *U18 refers to players who have not reached 18 years of age by January 1, 2024, i.e. born in 2006 or later.
    Players under 12 years old can also participate in the Youth Championship, but please check the Cadets Championship for U12.
    *If you are not a member, please purchase tickets on Peatix and register as a member as soon as possible.
    *Please make sure that your membership is in effect until the date of the tournament.
  • Entry Fee: 5,000 yen
  • Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the registration period.(Limit: 54 players)
    A “waiting list” ticket will be sold at the same price along with the “participation ticket” on Peatix.
    “Waiting list tickets” can be purchased only when the capacity has been reached and regular tickets are sold out. If a cancellation occurs, the participants will be allowed to participate in the tournament in the order in which they purchased their “waiting list tickets,” and the purchase price will be applied directly to the entry fee. If the waiting list is not filled by one week prior to the tournament, the purchase price will be refunded.
    If a waiting list ticket purchaser becomes eligible to participate in the tournament, he/she will be notified via his/her registered email address.
  • Registration Period: From 18:00 on Friday, February 9thm 2024 to 23:59 on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024



Sat, 6 Apr

09:45-10:10  Check-in

10:10  Opening Ceremony

10:30  R1

14:00  R2

17:00  R3


Sun, 7 Apr

09:30  R4

13:00  R5

16:00  R6

19:00  Prize Giving



  • The player, who becomes the best, regardless of category, and belongs to the Japan Chess Federation under FIDE, will be awarded the medal and the Japan Youth Chess Championship.
  • The top 3 players and the top woman player of each age category will be awarded a plaque.
  • Top players of each U18, U16, and U14 category will qualify for the Japan Chess Championship 2024.  Those qualified players need at least a 50% win rate in this tournament.
  • We will select the Youth representatives for international tournaments from players who belong to the Japan Chess Federation, based on the results of this tournament.
  • Tie-breaks will be used to determine winners. No two players will share the prize.


Other Regulations

Tournament Rules

  • Tie-breaks: 1.Buchholz Cut-1,  2. Buchholz, 3. Sonneborn-Berger, 4. Sum of the ratings of the opponents, 5. Drawing of lots.
  • Default time: If any player is not present within  10 min after the game starts, she/he shall lose the game by default. The game is not rated.
  • Pre-registered Byes
  • Advance Bye: Bye (non-playing) declarations will be accepted until 18:00 on the day before the tournament day, and must be entered on the Bye Request Form. A player will receive 0.5 points for an advance bye and 0 points for a bye declared after the deadline, but all byes declared in the final two rounds will receive 0 points. Players who have more than two rounds of bye will be disqualified from the prize and seeding for the Japan Championships.
    The compulsory Bye (Bye on the pairings) will be 1 point.
  • Pairings for the first round must be made after 18:00 and before 24:00 on the day before the tournament.
  • If you wish to declare a bye or cancel your participation in the tournament after the closing time of the previous day, please contact japanchess.info@gmail.com .
  • If a player missed the last round without prior Bye report,  and does not contact the above address by email before the pairings of the next round is published, he/she will be disqualified and will be excluded from the tournament. 
  • The organizer will provide chess equipment including clocks and score sheets. Players must use them.
  • Players need to record all moves. Once the game is finished, both players sign both score sheets and hand over the original score sheets to the arbiters. Make sure the results are correct before signing.
  • All electronic devices including smartphones, tablets or smartwatches must be turned off and stored away. Players are not allowed to keep it on him/her or take it outside of the venue in a bag. When a player breaks these rules, his/her game shall be immediately lost. It is forbidden for anybody to use a mobile phone or any kind of communication device in the playing venue.
  • The pairings will be done in order of the National ratings, titles, and the alphabetical order of the players.
  • The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above.  For example, an illegal move will be penalised and the second illegal move will result in the loss of the game. Pressing the clock by mistake or pressing it with the other hand which touched the pieces will also be judged as an illegal move.


Media Related Rules

  • The tournament results will be posted on the Internet (chess-results.com) for reporting purposes. The game record may also be published on the Internet. Participants agree to the publication of their real names, results, and game records.
  • Observers are allowed to take photos for the first 10 minutes of each round.  No photos are allowed after 10 minutes, except for the case with special permission.
  • Individuals who wish to use photos or videos of participants (during games, award ceremonies, etc.) must be careful to protect their privacy.  In addition to obtaining comprehensive consent in advance, for example, in the case of minors, the permission of their guardians must be obtained, and due consideration must be given to the protection of personal information and portrait rights.
  • The organizer will take photos, record videos, and broadcast the event live. These may be published and used in media such as websites, SNS, video sites, and journals managed by the Japan Chess Federation. Participants shall agree to the publication and live broadcast of these photos and videos.


COVID-19 Guidelines

  • All players have to follow the “COVID-19 Guidelines 4th Edition.”


Other Rules

  • The organizer reserves the right for changing the above rules with adequate reason before the first round starts.
  • Due to the spread of coronavirus infection or other unforeseeable reasons, there may be unavoidable changes to the duration of the rounds or the event may be cancelled.
  • Cancellation must be noticed to japanchess.info@gmail.com.  If cancellation is made 8-days before the registration deadline and the number of participants has not reached the maximum number, a refund will be made.  We do not refund from 7-days before the registration deadline. We do not refund once the number of applicants has reached the maximum.
  • The Japan Chess Federation shall not be responsible for any troubles between individuals.
  • If there is a discrepancy between English and Japanese, Japanese version prevails.



Japan Chess Federation







COVID-19 Guidelines 4th Edition.


Chess-Results (participants list)