- The playing room(s) is here, the rest
room is there.
- No fire alarm practice is planned for
today. If the fire alarm goes off, that means
somewhere is on fire. Follow the green signs out
onto the playground. Walk, don't run.
- You will be looked after by one of the
control team in the playing rooms and by your parent or
someone else in the rest room.
- Mums and Dads and other carers - not in the
playing rooms please.
- If I can't see you and your carer can't see you, you
are not being looked after. Stay where someone
can see you.
- You are allowed outside today as long as someone is
outside with you and can see you.
- Walk through playing rooms (don't run) and as
quietly as you can.
- Please don't leave the venue before the end
without telling us.
- Toilets: boys here, girls there; adults use the
staff loos over there.
- Food and drink - in rest room only please -
drinks in playing rooms - food stall by the book stall.
- LUNCH: there is no lunch break, so eat when
- Look after this venue, please - we might want
to come back!
- No litter except in bins, no muddy feet from
outside, no swinging on chairs, put chairs and tables
back where you found them at the end of the day.
- Look after each other, please - there might be
some people here who haven't played in a tournament
before, so help them out if they aren't sure what to do
- Local club representatives/leaflets are
- There will be (6/7) rounds. [Round times:
(1) 9.30 (2) 10.45 (3) 12.00 (4) 1.15 (5) 2.30 (6) 3.45]
[We have posted round times but we will save time if we
can to finish earlier, so please listen for
announcements and don't expect the next round to start
exactly when we said]
- Everyone plays in every round. So don't leave
if you lose, you will get another game. If you
lose, you have a chance to catch up!
- Everyone plays a different person in every round. If you are paired with the same player twice, someone has made a mistake! Please let the controller know.
- Pairings will be done on the Swiss System,
which means you will play people who have (about) the same
number of wins as you.
- That should mean that, even if you lose the first
two games, you will then be meeting players who are on
the same sort of form as you.
- We will play using all the rules of chess -
including: touch move, touch take, en passant and
castling king first.
- After you have agreed a result, fill in and hand in a
- The slip is the result, so if you win, make sure it
says that you win and not your opponent.
- If you have a problem, put your hand up straight
away - don't wait until after the game, when it will be
- After the game, please reset the pieces (and
clocks) and then leave the playing room.
- Please start and finish the game with a handshake -
the first handshake says that you're both going to be
fair and follow all the rules, and the second handshake
says that you both did and you accept the result.
- BYES: If there is an odd number of players in your
section, the player left over will not get a
tournament game but they will be given a point.
The bye is usually given to the player with the fewest
points who has not yet had a bye. Don't go away
though, because if we have a spare player in another
tournament, we might put you together to have a friendly
- PHONES: If your phone or other device makes a noise
during the game, you lose. Turn your phone off,
or leave them in the rest room with your
parent/carer. Or stamp them under your heel.
- TIME CONTROL -- UK Chess Challenge:
There will be 7 rounds of 40 minutes each. We
won't be using clocks, just one big clock to let us
know when 40 minutes are up. After 40 minutes,
if you haven't agreed a result, we'll come around and
agree a result with you. You need to be at least
a piece up - or 3 pawns ahead - to win.
- TIME CONTROL -- Other tournaments:
we will be playing with chess clocks.
- Each player gets 30 minutes to complete all their
- If your flag falls, you lose - even if you have
five Queens and your opponent has only one!
- Press the clock after you move, using the same
hand as you used to move your piece. (Because when
you're short of time, and your try and use two
hands, sometimes you press the clock first!)
- If there are players here who haven't used a
clock before (hands up), and you are playing with
them, look after them please - maybe remind them to
press the clock a couple of times if they
forget. You don't have to, though, and team
players should remember!
- There is a special "2-minute rule" that can apply
if you are short of time and you think that your
opponent is hoping to win only because you are short
of time. They might be just moving back and
forth waiting for your flag to fall.
- If you think that is happening and you have 2
minutes left, offer a draw. If the reply is no, stop the clocks, put up your hand
and let me (or your Tournament Controller) know.
- I'll come and have a look while you carry on playing, and see if your
opponent is really trying to win.
- If they aren't, or they can't, then I'll declare the game drawn.
- Don't wait until your flag is about to fall - you will likely lose on time before I can tell what's going on.