Who Qualifies to be a Warren Junior Scholar?
- Written by Andi Rosen
To be chosen as a Warren Junior Scholar, students must be residents of Illinois, list the USCF as their home federation and meet the following criteria:
- Ranked by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) as among the top 35 chess players for their age group nationally at some point during the prior calendar year
- Ranked within the top 50 players for their age on the USCF list for the February of the current calendar year.
* For high school players, have a minimum USCF rating of 1900 as of Feb. 1 of the current year, or have achieved a peak rating of 1900 during the 12 months prior
* For players in 8th grade or below, have a minimum USCF rating of 1700 as of Feb. 1 of the current year, or have achieved a peak rating of 1700 during the 12 months prior
* For female players of any age, have a minimum USCF rating of 1500 as of Feb. 1 of the current year, or have achieved a peak rating of 1500 during the 12 months prior
Additionally, players age 10 and up must have played at least 10 regularly rated games (not quick-rated) in open tournaments or sections (as opposed to those limited to scholastic players) within the prior calendar year.
Students who achieved ratings in games played through Feb. 1 of the current year that would have made them qualified had they been reflected in the supplement, are still deemed qualified. Girls may also qualify by being in the USCF top 50 list for girls under 13 or girls under 16 on at least one USCF list between June of the prior year and February of the current year.