Tournament Basics

Complete Rules of Chess
FIDE World Chess Federation – Fédération Internationale des Échecs
CFC Chess Federation of Canada – Fédération Canadienne des Échecs

Bring your clock and chess set !
— Make sure you can play your game.
— Clock apps for phones are available on-line.
— Ask us about buying a chess set.

Problem During a Game
Touch Move
Clock Move
Can’t play your game? Going to be late ?
Offer a Draw
Claim a Draw
Claim a Win on Time
Recording Moves
Observe Other Games
Cell_Phones
Leave a Comment

Problem During a Game ?
Pause the chess clock and consult the Tournament Director (TD) immediately.

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Touch Move
If you touch a piece you must make a move with that piece.
The player’s turn is complete after the piece is moved and relased.
If a legal move can’t be made with that piece consult the TD.

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Clock Move
Typically in blitz games, a player can touch a piece and then move another piece.
The player’s move is complete after the player pushes his/her clock button.

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Can’t play your game? Going to be late? Let the TD know in advance !
Give notice one day before, at least.
Miss a game without advance notice and you’re off the players’ list.
Email: LondonChessClubCanada@gmail.com

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Offer a Draw
(1) Make your move.
(2) Say, “I offer a draw.”
(3) Press your clock button.
Mark (=) in the scoresheet next to that move indicating a draw was offered.
The draw offer is valid for one move only.
Your opponent can
— accept the draw offer and the game is ended,
— or decline the draw offer by saying “I decline”,
— or make a move and continue the game,
— or make no response and the continue the game.

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Claim a Draw
A player can claim a draw based on repetition of moves, insufficient mating material, etc.
Say “I claim a draw”.
If the opponent agrees then the game is drawn.
Disputes are settled by consulting the TD.

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Claim a Win on Time
A player can claim a win if his/her opponent’s time has expired.
Say “I claim a win on time”.
Pause the chess clock.
Disputes are settled by consulting the TD.

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Recording Moves
(1) Make your move.
(2) Record your move. (one move only each time)
If you have less than 5 minutes on your clock, you can stop recording moves unless you have an increment of at least 30 seconds.
(Robert Gillanders, Executive Director, Chess Federation of Canada)

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Observe Other Games
Do not stand close; allow plenty of room.
Do not talk to the players.
Do not make notice of the time on the clock.
Do not distract the players.
Do not comment to others.

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Cell Phones
The use of cell phones and other similar devices is not allowed in the tournament room.
Please turn the ringer off.

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Do you have a comment or suggestion? Want something added?
— Email us at LondonChessClubCanada@gmail.com
— Leave a message via ‘Contact Us’ at top of page
— Contact the TD
Thank you,
London Chess Club (Canada)

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posted by jim k.


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