Rapidplay Protocols

If you've never played in a rapid chess tournament before, please read this short guide to tournament etiquette.

Turn electronic devices OFF or better still do not bring them.

If your phone or other device makes a noise during the game you will forfeit the game.

If you have a device do not take it to the toilet with you or you will forfeit the game. The arbiter will keep your phones during the game if necessary, but cannot guarantee their safety.

You should bring a pen or two if you need to write your games down.

You should bring correct change to pay your entry fees.

Make sure that the white side of the clock is up before starting.

Always shake hands with your opponents when you start.

Always shake hands at the end of the game, no matter what the result!

Never speak to your opponent during the game, except to offer them a draw or a drink.

If you have a problem of any kind with your opponent, pause the clock and call the arbiter and speak to them.

If you intend to adjust a piece, say, "I adjust" before doing so. Otherwise, if you touch one of your pieces, you must move it (if there is a legal move). If you touch your opponents piece, you must take it, if possible.

If you castle, touch the King first, otherwise, if you touch the rook first, your opponent can insist that you move the rook.

Offer a draw on your own time and AFTER making your move — then press your clock. Do not repeatedly offer a draw if your opponent refuses your first offer.

Do NOT hit the clock, especially with a piece. Each turn, move the pieces and press the clock with the same hand.

Adjust the pieces in your own time. If you knock pieces over, replace them in your own time.

Before promoting a pawn, find the piece that you require and replace the pawn before pressing your clock. You may PAUSE the chess clock to ask the arbiter for a piece, or to raise any reasonable query.

In rapid tournaments (25 or 30 minutes per player) you do not have to write the game down — but you may do so if you wish. Scoresheets are usually provided.

When you have finished the game, please reset the pieces and the clock.

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