Last Update 20 / 06 / 2023
What would Magnus do?
Introduction — Begin each game with a friendly greeting and handshake or fistbump. You may say, "Hi, my name is..." or "Nice to meet you, …" to create a positive atmosphere.
Conduct — Avoid boasting, trash-talking, or trying to intimidate your opponent. Refrain from commenting on ratings or playing psychological games. Offensive remarks, expressions, body language, or gestures should be avoided.
Conflict — If a disagreement arises or your opponent breaks a rule, seek resolution by involving a arbiter. Handling conflicts calmly helps prevent emotional energy from being wasted. Maintain polite, clear, and calm communication when speaking with arbiters. Remember, they are human and doing their best to make fair judgments.
Materials — Outside notes, printed material, recordings, additional chessboards, or computers are (obviuosly) not permitted during games. Violations may result in penalty or forfeit.
No Advice — Do not ask for or provide unsolicited advice during games. Anyone attempting to offer advice should be asked to stop. Notify a arbiter if necessary.
Fidgetting — Avoid behavior that may be annoying or distracting, such as tapping a pencil, clicking chess pieces, kicking the table, humming, muttering, singing, or talking to yourself. If your opponent engages in such behavior and doesn't stop when asked, seek assistance from an arbiter.
Stay Near your Game — While you may briefly leave to use the bathroom or watch nearby games, ensure that your clock does not run excessively after your opponent's move. Respect other players' games when observing, refrain from crowding or touching the table.
No Discussion of Ongoing Games — Refrain from discussing or analyzing your game in progress near other players. Find a quiet place outside the playing area for post-game discussions or analysis.
Fair Play — Do not attempt to deceive your opponent by feigning dismay over a move or falsely announcing check, checkmate, or stalemate. Avoid rushing your opponent with phrases like "hurry up!" or "move!"
Post Game — Regardless of the outcome, be gracious. Thank your opponent with a handshake and express appreciation for a good game. Celebrating or belittling the opponent should be avoided. Treat losses as learning opportunities, reflecting on what could have been done differently. Analyze your game with your coach immediately after, as it is more productive than getting upset.
Announcements — Although not required, it is considered polite to announce "check" during the game, especially when playing with an inexperienced opponent. When declaring checkmate, ensure mutual agreement before resetting the board and proceeding to the scorer's table.
Draw Offers — After making your move, offer a draw by saying "I offer a draw" and hitting your clock. Do not pressure your opponent to accept the offer. If rejected, additional draw offers before significant changes in the position may be reported as an annoyance to the arbiter.
Spectator Protocol — Spectators may or may not be allowed in the playing area. If permitted, they should observe silently without interfering or communicating in any way with the players. Spectators should maintain a suitable distance from the games to avoid any appearance of communication.