The Right Move Chess Foundation Rules

Revised October, 2014

1 As soon as your game ends raise your hand so that the result is recorded correctly. Then reset the pieces and leave the playing area.  Even “quiet talk”, whisper, blitz, etc. is disturbing and not allowed.

2 The time of the start of the next round is clearly posted.  The pairing chart showing your table number, color and opponent will be posted about 10 minutes prior to the start of each round.

3 Start clocks promptly when round begins.  Clocks with incorrect settings may be corrected by the TD. Follow directions of TD when unsure.

4 If neither player has a clock you may borrow one, splitting elapsed time, or you may start without a clock. After 30/45 minutes if your opponent is late you may claim a win on time.

5 In case of a problem/dispute, stop clock and raise hand or get a TD.

6 Touch Move Rule: You must move a piece if you touch it and can move it legally.  (In castling it is proper to touch the King first, but there is no penalty for touching the Rook first.) When capturing, promoting or castling, a player may use two hands.

7 All scoresheets should always be visible.

8 Players may not use cellphones or other electronic devices while playing without permission of a Director. Devices used to play music, which cannot operate software, will generally be allowed if the opponent does not object.

A Players may not use or possess, while playing, cellphones or other electronic devices in a bathroom, or outside the playing area. Players whose games have finished are also not allowed to use or possess cellphones or other electronic devices in a bathroom.

B Cellphones in the tournament room must be stored out of sight in a pocket, bag or case and turned off. No vibrate, silent or beep mode.

C Players may leave cellphones with the Director before using the bathroom.

D A Player who wishes to make a call during play should see a Director and request permission to call.

E A player who anticipates possibly receiving an emergency call should notify a Director in advance, and will usually be provided with an alternate number for the caller.

F Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by a Director. Refusal to cooperate with a search request warrants forfeiture of game and ejection from the tournament. (NYC) (Albany)