Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA

Date: July 10-14, 2019

(Arrival Day July 8, 2019; Opening Ceremony is July 9, 2019, Closing Ceremony July 14, 2019; Departing Day is July 15)

Official Hotel and Playing Site:

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill

Address:  2349 Marlton Pike W Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 within 5 miles of Philadelphia’s Center City. Closest airport Philadelphia.

Cut off for group reservation “Chess Educators” is on July 1, 2019. Make a reservation by using the following website – Click Here >>>

or calling calling 888-233-9527 between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM EST.  Guest room rates for both King and or Queen/Queen guestrooms $112 USD rate per night. A limited number of rooms are still available at ‘Group Rate’ – email to for additional info.

Group Code: Chess Educators

Phone: 888-233-9527
Hotel Website Click Here >>>


We are delighted to announce the organization of the 3rd World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled.  Under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), US Chess and the New Jersey Chess Federation.

This championship will be held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA from July 10-14, 2019 (Arrival day is July 9 and departing Day July 15).

This is the official invitation to all eligible participants, as approved by the FIDE Commission “Chess for the Disabled” (DIS).

The FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled is an event only for disabled chess players who are under 20 years old as of August 7, 2018. Each relevant chess association (IBCA, IPCA, ICCD) regulates the conditions of their participation.

The FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled is held as an individual open tournament.

A team may represent a National Federation. All the players of a team must be members of the same federation. National Federations must have at least two players to make a team, although no maximum number of players. The top three scores of team members will count as the team score for championship purposes.

For more detailed information, please review the event’s regulations which can be found on this page, under the “Regulations” tab.

Tournament Format

The competition will be played as a 7-round Swiss tournament. USCF Membership is required for USA Players. No half-points byes, only zero-point byes.

Time control:

Game in 120 minutes, plus a 5 second dealy starting from move 1.


Equal first is awarded FM, Silver & Bronze is awarded CM, dependent on rating according to the following FIDE regulations:

For a direct title to be awarded immediately an applicant has to have achieved at some time or other a minimum rating as follows:

  • FM 2100
  • CM 2000

If an applicant is rated lower the title is awarded conditionally and will be awarded finally on request by the respective federation as soon as the minimum rating is achieved.

Entry Fees (per player):

Please note: The total entry fee is in USD and includes the FIDE fee of $60 plus the Tournament Entry Fee. The Tournament fee depends on your registration date.

By May 15:  Total Entry Fee $140 USD (FIDE fee $60 USD; Tournament Fee $80)

By June 15: Total Entry Fee $160 USD (FIDE fee $60; Tournament Fee $100)

After June 15: Total Entry Fee $180 USD (FIDE fee $60; Tournament Fee $120)

No on-site registration.

Tournament Schedule Click Here >>>


  • Chief Arbiter: Carol Jarecki, USA
  • Chief Organizer: Beatriz Marinello, USA
  • Commission for the Disabled (DIS) Observers: DIS Chairman, GM Thomas Luther
  • FIDE Chief Press Officer and Tech Support: Dora Martinez


Organizer, Beatriz Marinello:; 1-917-553-4522

General Inquiries:;

Press Officer:


Is this event open to all countries?

Yes, the 2nd FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled is open to players with disabilities from all countries.

Do you help arrange travel and accomodations?

All players are responsible for making their reservation and travel arrangements. If you require assistance, please contact us via email to: or

How is this event different from other tournaments?

This event is open to players with disabilities that are 20 years and younger. It is designed with special consideration to the challenges that many chess players with disabilities face.

What is the birthday cut-off?

Players under 20 years old as of August 7, 2018

Is this a rated event?

Yes, this is a FIDE rated event.

Can you provide a letter of invitation so that I may apply for a travel VISA?

Yes, we will provide a letter of invitation to each player as well as their coach or assistant that will aide in their travel and participation. Letters of invitation are sent to your National Federation.

Browse our website to learn more about the event. Interested in participating but have questions? Send us an email to: for assistance.
If you are a disabled chess player who is under 20 years old as of August 7, 2018 you are eligible to participate. If you have additional questions please contact us at for assistance.
Ready to register for this event? Visit our Online Registration page and sign up! You will receive confirmation of your registration and the organization will start the process to send your National Federation an official letter of invitation for the event in your name.
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