Hamilton Chess Club Special Rules

At Hamilton Chess Club FIDE rules of play apply except for the following cases.

■ Late arrivals
FIDE Article 6.6.a “Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session shall lose the game. Thus the default time is 0 minutes. The rules of a competition may specify otherwise.”
Replaced by – At HCC the default time will be 30 minutes unless otherwise specified before tournaments commence. The opponent (or Arbiter) will start the clock at the scheduled start time. If neither player is present at the initial time FIDE 6.6.b applies. That is, the player who has the white pieces loses all the time that elapses until he arrives. If a player has not arrived before the default time the opponent should claim the forfeit win by advising the Arbiter.
If neither player arrives before the default time the result will be declared a “double forfeit” and indicated as “-/-“.
A player knowing that he will be late for the scheduled start time (more than 30 min) should attempt to postpone the game.

■ Postponed Games
Games may be postponed for valid reasons. Players MUST advise the Arbiter and their opponent if they want their games postponed. It is the responsibility of the player postponing the game to contact his opponent before the game is due to be played and to arrange a date/time/venue at which it will be played. This date/ time/venue must be acceptable to the opponent. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit loss for the person postponing the game. It is also the responsibility of the postponing player to provide chess set, clock and score sheets, and to advise the arbiter of the newly scheduled game.
Once the opponent accepts the new date/time/venue he is obliged to attend. Failing to do so may result in a forfeit. Either player may attempt further postponement of the newly scheduled game using this same rule.
FOR SWISS FORMAT events, all games must be completed by the Sunday prior to the following round and the arbiter advised so that the draw for the following round can be made and distributed to players.

■ Forfeits
Approved forfeit will occur if a player does not attend a scheduled game but advises both the Arbiter and his opponent prior to the scheduled start of the game.
Unapproved forfeits will occur if the player not attending fails to advise the Arbiter and the opponent and cannot give the Arbiter a valid reason for not doing so.
Please note that it is important that players advise their opponents if they cannot attend a game as their opponents may be inconvenienced by attending the club when there is no game to play.
Arbiters will record all forfeits and players with unapproved forfeits may be penalised by prevention of participation in future events.

■ Mobile Phones
FIDE Article 12.3.b “Without the permission of the arbiter a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone or other electronic means of communication in the playing venue, unless they are completely switched off. If any such device produces a sound, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. However, if the opponent cannot win the game by any series of legal moves, his score shall be a draw.”
Replaced by – At HCC we are a social club and do not expect that players intentionally use mobile calls to influence their games. Further we do not want players to be isolated from any possible family emergencies.
If a player receives a mobile call they should
1.Answer the call as quickly as possible to minimize the disturbance on other players
2.Apologise to their opponent for the disturbance .
The Arbiter should note the infraction to ensure that individual players are not repeat offenders.

■ Taking the King in Blitz
At HCC taking the King in Blitz will not be considered an illegal move. FIDE requires a player to claim a win by pointing out that the opponent has made an illegal move by leaving their King in check. It is common for players to show their opponent that they have left their King in check by taking it. The taking move itself is an illegal move but this will not be allowed as a claim for win in BLITZ at HCC. At HCC for all games with start time 10 minutes per player or greater players that leave their king in check will be asked to correct the mistake. If the start time is less than 10 minutes per player leaving the king  in check will allow the opponent to claim a win by taking the king.
Note: Players are encouraged to adopt the correct practice of claiming an illegal move, rather than “taking the king” if the opponent ignores a check as taking the King may be penalized in other clubs as per FIDE rules.

■ Club Champs

Time control is 60 minutes + 10 seconds per move from move 1. One game per night over 6 weeks. Start time 7.15pm (7.30 on week 1). Open to financial members (or financial members temporarily in arrears) only. You can check when your sub is due by going to the website – About > Who We Are. Online payments preferred, see the website for details. If you are not currently a member but want to take part then you can join on the first night. (Adult: $40 per year, or $25 for 6 months. Juniors $20 per year). A single division Swiss Style Tournament. The overall winner will be awarded the title Club Champion and receive all the accolades that are associated with the title. The highest rated junior  will be awarded the title Club Junior Champion. The draw will be based on Current club ratings. New players without a club rating will be assigned 1500 points for the purposes of the  draw. No late entries allowed – so if you can’t make it on the first night let Ian know and you will be awarded a bye. Also if you want to play but might be a little late on the first night let me know and I will include you in the draw. Please don’t turn up after 7:15. Entries will not be accepted in week two or beyond. Games start at 7.15pm – a 30 minute late time applies (your game is lost if you are 30 minutes late). Clocks will be started at 7:15 even if neither player is present. Usual FIDE laws apply with  the exception of the Hamilton Chess Club Special Rules found on the website. Disputes committee will be club executive. If one or two of the disputes committee is/are party to a dispute, the remaining member(s) will constitute the disputes committee. Please bring a pen if you wish to record your games. Recording is not mandatory, but if you don’t record your game you will not be allowed to claim a draw for the 50 move rule or 3 fold repetition unless agreed by your opponent. One 1/2 point bye allowed per player, if notified by the Sunday before the round that it applies. No half point byes allowed in rounds 5 or 6. Tie breaks will be according to the NZ  standard  1. Direct Encounter. 2. Cumulative (Sum of Progressive Scores). 3. Total Buchholz. 4. Sonneborn-Berger. 5. Buchholz Cut1.   If still tied the award will be shared.


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