Players should have their own board and chessmen. All contestants are to abide by the dress codes for nonathletic events listed in the APPEARANCE SECTION (beginning on page I-7) of these guidelines. (Shirts and ties are required for male contestants. Suits or sports coats are 


Players designated "white" and "black" sit on opposite sides. Each player has 16 pieces, which 

are placed on the board at the beginning of the game. The following rules will apply: 

Object of Play—The game is won by capturing the adverse king. The capture is never 

consummated; when the king is attacked and cannot escape, he is said to be "checkmated" and 

the game ends. Many games end by resignation of a player who sees that he cannot escape 

eventual defeat. 

Drawn Games—A game may be abandoned as drawn for any of the following reasons: 

insufficient force, stalemate, perpetual check, agreement by both parties, or the 50-move rule. 

NOTE: The 50-move rule may be called at any time by a player who is at a disadvantage, but 

the 50-move rule is canceled if any piece is captured or if any pawn is moved. 

Other Rules to Remember 

1. White moves first; thereafter the players move alternately. The younger player will have 

first choice of white or black. 

2. A player may not touch a piece without asking his opponent, unless he plans to play that 


3. After three (3) minutes, time will be called; the player has one (1) minute to finish his play or 

forfeit the game. 

4. A player should not disturb his opponent or allow those watching to do so. There shall be no 

talking by players or spectators in the competition area. 

5. The tournament will be conducted according to the rules of the International Chess 

Federation, whose address is given below. 

6. Chess is a one-game-only elimination match with a possibility of losers selected for 

playback. At the discretion of the Chief Judge, players may be asked to play 2 of 3 matches 

for quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. 

REMINDERS: Competitors must be available to play at designated times. Chess clocks may be 

used in the quarterfinal rounds or at the discretion of the Chief Judge. Once used, chess clocks 

must apply to all contestants thereafter. 

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