32 Student Slots available for Public School Students only on Friday, April 28th. Preregistration required.
- Single elimination tournament with a max of 32 participants.
- Participants decide who is to play white, and black. (flip a coin. Reach an agreement.)
- Draws will be replayed. (The player playing black will play with white for the rematch.)
- Each player will have a 30 minute time limit (1 hour total).
- A move is not completed until the opponent’s clock has been started.
- Player should not touch the clock except for pushing the button after making a move or to straighten it.
- Players must have at least a basic understanding of chess.
- Chess notation is optional. However, it is strongly encouraged that at least one participant takes notes to help with rulings on Illegal moves.
- Illegal moves must be called by either player the moment they happen to be properly claimed.
- Before play begins, both players should inspect the position of the pieces and setting of the clock since once each side has made a move all claims for correcting either are null and void. The only exception is if a clock is set for over 30 minutes, then the tournament director (TD) may reduce the time, accordingly.
- Illegal moves unnoticed by both players cannot be corrected afterwards, nor can they become the basis for later making an illegal move claim. If the King and Queen are set up incorrectly when the game begins, then the player may castle short on Queen side and long on the King side. Once each side has made a move, incorrect setups must stay.
- A game is won by the player who has mated the opponent’s king, whose opponent resigns, or whose opponent runs out of time.
- A game is a draw by agreement, 3 move repetition (notation required), or stalemate.
- In case of a dispute, either player may pause the clock, and summon the Tournament Director. In any unclear situation, the TD will consider the testimony of both players and the testimony of any unbiased and reliable witnesses before rendering a decision. Illegal moves or cheating will receive either a warning, time loss, or a forfeit.
- Spectators, including players in other matches, many not speak about or otherwise interfere in a game. If a spectator interferes in any way the TD may cancel the game and rule a new game be played. He may expel the offending person from the playing room. Calling illegal moves or stopped timers is the responsibility of the two players and the TD will not do so.
- Only a TD may rule that a clock is defective and authorize a clock change.
- Excessive banging of pieces or clock will not be tolerated and the offending player may be penalized with a loss of time.
- The TD shall be the one to resolve any situation not covered by these rules.
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