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  1. 30 Sep '08 13:25 / 2 edits
    This site might help players who happen to be thinking about OTB play.

    http://chessarbiters.co.uk/law2008.aspx

    The first sentance is quite funny...

    "The Laws of Chess cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a game..."

    There are few changes in the pipeline.

    One I noticed is players may have to declare they are about
    to castle before they castle in Random Chess. This may filter
    down to 'normal' chess one day.

    In some competitions it is illegal to offer a draw.

    Knowledge about the handling of the clock during a draw offer is quite important.

    Also the rules about illegal moves in blitz chess is not well known.

    Usually an illegal move losses the game but only if the side
    claiming the win has enough material left to mate.

    Blind players have to use these key phrases when stating squares.
    Only German or English is accepted

    A-Anna or Alfred
    B-Bella orBenjamin
    C-Cesar or Charles
    D-David or David
    E-Eva or Edward
    F-Felix or Frederick
    G-Gustav or George
    H-Hector or Harry

    Castling is announced “Lange Rochade” (German for long castling)
    or “Castling Queen side and “Kurze Rochade” (German for short castling)
    or Castling King side.

    (A slip of the tongue in the announcement of a move must be
    corrected immediately and before the clock of the opponent is started.)

    This is already the subject of debate on another site I was looking at

    The section on signing a scresheet is also well worth knowing.

    If you win as white and sign a sheet marked 0-1 then you may lose.
  2. 30 Sep '08 14:01
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    This site might help players who happen to be thinking about OTB play.

    http://chessarbiters.co.uk/law2008.aspx
    One interesting part:

    Section 6b

    Prior to flipping the board, the player must be at least a minor piece down.

    To smash the board over his opponent's head, the player must be at least a rook down.

    In any game where a player is a Queen or more down, the tournament director may authorize gun-play.
  3. 30 Sep '08 15:16
    I must have missed that bit about gun play.

    I suppose the higher the grade the more bullets you get.
  4. 30 Sep '08 17:05
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I suppose the higher the grade the more bullets you get.
    Simple equation:

    FIDE rating = number of bullets allowed per round
  5. 30 Sep '08 17:24
    Originally posted by MontyMoose
    Simple equation:

    FIDE rating = number of bullets allowed per round
    If this doesn't force an immediate resignation you can always win on time!

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