Things to take to a chess tournament

As before, mostly to help me, but might help you,comments invited.


pairing board

pairing cards

board numbers (or marker pen + sticky notes)

marker pen

sticky notes

pairing software? + hardware

results slips

large desk/wall clock

box of pens

coloured pens

Blu-tak or masking tape


chess sets & boards

chess clocks

score sheets


spare entry forms & list for late fees

tournament wall chart for each section

spare sets/boards for analysis

games/puzzles/balls for break

first aid kit


urn, snacks/drinks, cash box/float

notice board

notices (A4) - rules, round times, safeguarding, list of key personnel

information about local clubs



certificates for taking part (named + blanks)

certificates for achievement (half-marks or better, named & blank or all blank)

bottles of harmless fizzy pop to say thank you

Chess Quotes

From: Dan Scoones

Moments when you should sense DANGER in chess:

  1. There has been a change in the pawn structure. Your opponent has 8 and you don't have any.
  2. Your opponent begins to throw pawns at your eyes.
  3. You have a postion won but your opponent has a gun.
  4. The Director tells you not to bother turning in your scoresheet after the game.
  5. Before game begins you notice your opponents 1st initials are 'GM'.
  6. After completing your development you sense your opponent playing the endgame.
— -- I don't know the composer of this - anyone? By the way, I.M. George is distinguished local player! Ian isn't actually an IM but he won the West of England Championship last year