Laws of Chess
SpectatorsSpectators are very welcome, though are asked to switch their mobile phones off and to make as little noise as possible when observing games.
Joining a Tournament
Players may join a tournament at any time (subject to payment of tournament fees).
Eating at the Board
Players may not eat at the board.
Players may not use electronic media devices (including smart phones and media players) at the board.
If a player's mobile phone makes any noise during the course of a game, the player will be given a warning. If the player's mobile phone makes any further noise during the course of the same evening, the player will forfeit the game being played.
Winning on Time
Long Time Control Tournaments
Long time control tournaments are those where the time control is 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
Time Control for Juniors
Juniors (those under 18 at the start of tournament) may opt to play a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds or 60 minutes + 10 seconds for the tournament. Once a time control has been chosen for a tournament, all games for the junior for that tournament will be played at that time control.
Players may miss rounds with the agreement of the Director of Play (DOP):
If there is an an odd number of players in a round of a long time control tournament, the Director of Play will allocate a one point bye to the lowest player on the tournament cross table provided that player:
Start Times and No Shows
The start time for games is 7.00 pm. If a player fails to arrive within one hour of the scheduled start time of a game, ie by 8.00pm, the player will forfeit that game.
Page last updated 19 April 2017.