The International Children and Youth Online Festival «ChessYes», an official side event to the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss and Women's Grand Swiss 2021, is halfway through on lichess.org with two tournaments (in U-8 and U10 categories) already completed and two more to be played.
The winners and medalists of the online event in the categories U-8, U10 (open & girls) will get a free online 1.5-hour group lecture by GM Dmitry Gordievsky. Top-3 finishers in the categories U-12, U-14 (open & girls) will be awarded an online 90-min group lecture by GM Boris Gelfand – FIDE World championship runner up (2012).
Applications for participation are accepted until October 16, 2021 (U-12) and October 20, 2021 (U-14). The registration is done via the official website of the tournament: https://chessyes.online/. The registration fee is €10. Since the registration deadline in U-12 and U-14 categories was extended many young players still have a chance to participate.
Each tournament in age group consists of two stages: the Qualifying stage, two online 9-round Swiss System tournaments held from October 09-23, 2021, and the Final stage for top players, a 16-player Knockout tournament, played from October 24 to November 07, 2021. The time control for both stages is 5 minutes + 3-second increment starting from the first move.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the organizers’ control, the offline event has been cancelled. Here is the statement by the tournament director Nadzeya Krauchuk in full:
Dear Chess Friends,
According to the decision No 662 of Cabinet of Ministers as of 11.10.2021., the state emergency situation was declared in Latvia due to deteriorating COVID-19 situation.
Unfortunately, the legislation is changing together with the dynamics of the epidemiological situation worldwide. Therefore we will not able to organize the offline children chess festival “ChessYes” in Riga. The health of players, officials and all individuals participating in our sports event remains FIDE's and Organizer’s top priority, even more so when it relates to children.
We are still very happy to welcome you in our online chess festival chessyes.online and are looking forward to see you in Latvia again at our chess events in future!
On behalf of the Organizers, Nadzeya Krauchuk, Tournament Director