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Chess Etiquette - Acceptable and Unacceptable Practices


Chess etiquette is to be strictly observed when using good sportsmanship and being respectful. Here are the more common rules of etiquette. All games should begin with the players shaking hands and without speaking to each other. Each player should notice the position of all the pieces on the board and which moves can be taken. It's considered to be very rude to attempt to distract another player when playing in a tournament. This is especially the case if the other player is your opponent. The touch-move rule should always be used. The touch-move rule states that when either player touches a piece on the board and it's intentional, they must either capture or move that piece, but only if it's a legal move. If it's accidental, it doesn't count as an actual move and play continues as usual.

In any chess tournament, chess etiquette should always be observed. When any player makes a move that is illegal, the director of the tournament should always be called over to investigate. When this occurs, if the "Sudden Death" control is being used in the tournament, the other player receives an extra two minutes to complete the move. When the chess game is being held at a club, you should always greet new players and offer to play with them. If a player with a lot of experience plays against a beginner, they should help the beginner to make better moves and allow them to take moves back if they wish. When you're working on a chess puzzle, don't move the pieces. Keep them in your mind and don't blurt out the answer to spoil it for others.

It's considered bad chess etiquette to boast or gloat over your victory in a tournament, and on the other end of the spectrum, you shouldn't be angry about a loss. Quite often in tournament play, when a game has been completed, the opposing players retire to a different room so those who are still playing aren't disturbed. They can discuss the game and the moves that were used in order to play an even better game next time. When the game is being played in a tournament, the director of the tournament has the power to take certain actions. This includes punishing players for breaches of etiquette. Time can be added or taken away as a form of sanction. Players can be forfeited if they violate any rules, and if spectators cause disruptions, they can be banned.

Not talking while any game is in progress is always part of chess etiquette. This not only applies to the game you're playing, but games that other players are engaged in. It's very distracting to have spectators talking while you're playing. This is true for tournament play, but also when you're playing against an opponent for fun.