REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE COUNCILLORS OF THE RULES AND TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS COMMISSION (RTRC)
15-16 JULY 2013, HAARLEM, NLD
Present: Geurt Gijssen (Chairman); Stewart Reuben (Secretary); Shaun Press; Ashot Vardapetyan; Ralph Alt (Ethics Commission). Apologies for absence: Franca Dapiran
1. Geurt welcomed the participants and outlined the subjects to be discussed in the meeting.
2. LAWS OF CHESS. The General Assembly (GA) in Turkey 2012 decided not to make final decisions about the proposals regarding Article 12.3b and Appendices A (rapidplay) and B (blitz) and to leave those decisions to the Presidential Board (PB).
In addition, the RTRC decided, in the light of comments received after the GA, to reword Article 3.7e – but without changing the meaning.
3. After examining the suggestions of the PB, the following is the final text of these Laws which the RTRC wishes to recommend to the Congress in Tallinn.
3.7e. When a pawn reaches the rank furthest from its starting position it must be exchanged as a part of the same move on the same square for a new queen, rook, bishop or knight of the same colour as the pawn. The players’ choice is not restricted to pieces that have been captured previously. This exchange of a pawn for another piece is called “promotion” and the effect of the new piece is immediate.
(new) 4.6 The act of promotion may be performed in various ways:
1. the pawn does not have to be placed on the square of arrival,
2. removing the pawn and putting the new piece on the square of arrival may occur in any order.
If an opponent’s piece stands on the square of arrival, it must be captured or removed.
All matters concerning illegal promotion are already covered in Article 7.5a.
12.3b. A player is forbidden from having a mobile phone and/or other electronic means of communication in the playing venue. If it is evident that a player brought such a device into the playing venue, he shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. The rules of a competition may specify a less severe penalty. In case of suspected possession of devices mentioned above, at the request of the arbiter, the player shall allow his clothes, bags or other items to be inspected. When a player breaches these obligations, the arbiter shall take measures in accordance with Article 13.9. The arbiter or a person authorised by the arbiter shall inspect the player.
A.1 A ‘Rapidplay’ game is one where either all the moves must be completed in a fixed time of more than 10 minutes but less than 60 minutes for each player; or the time allotted + 60 times any increment is of more than 10 minutes, but less than 60 minutes for each player.
A.2 Players do not need to record the moves.
A.3 Where one arbiter supervises at most three games the Competition Rules shall apply.
A.4 Where one arbiter supervises more than three games the Competition Rules shall apply, except where they are overridden by the following:
a. Once each player, from the initial position, has completed three moves no claim can be made regarding incorrect set-up, orientation of the chessboard or clock setting.
In case of incorrect king placement, castling is not allowed. In case of incorrect rook placement, castling with this rook is not allowed.
b. The arbiter shall make a ruling according to Article 4 (The act of moving the pieces), only if requested to do so by one or both players.
c. An illegal move is completed once the player has pressed his clock. Before he has made his move, the opponent is entitled to claim that the player completed an illegal move. Only after such a claim shall the arbiter make a ruling. However, if both kings are in check or the promotion of a pawn is not completed (the pawn has not been exchanged for a new piece), the arbiter shall intervene if he observes the fact.
||A flag is considered to have fallen when a player has made a valid claim to that effect. The arbiter shall refrain from signalling a flag-fall, but he shall do so if both flags have fallen, in which case he shall declare the game drawn.
||To claim a win on time, the claimant must stop the chessclock and notify the arbiter. For the claim to be successful, the claimant must have time remaining on his own clock after the chessclock has been stopped. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves.
A5. The Rules for a tournament shall specify which Article, A3 or A.4, shall apply for each and every round.
Appendix B. Blitz
B.1 A ‘blitz’ game’ is one where all the moves must be completed in a fixed time of 10 minutes or less for each player; or the allotted time + 60 times any increment is 10 minutes or less.
B.2 The penalties mentioned in Articles 7 and 9 of the Competition Rules shall be one minute instead of two minutes.
B.3 Where one arbiter supervises one game the Competition Rules and A.2 shall apply.
B.4 Where one arbiter supervises more than one game the following shall apply:
a. Play shall be governed by the Rapidplay Laws as in Appendix A except where they are overridden by the following Laws.
b. Article 10 and Appendix A.4.c do not apply.
c. An illegal move is completed once the player has pressed his clock. Before he has made his move, the opponent is then entitled to claim a win. However the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves.
Once the opponent has made his own move, an illegal move cannot be corrected unless this is agreed by the players without intervention of the arbiter.
d. If both kings are in check, the arbiter shall intervene if he observes the fact.
B5. The Rules for a tournament shall specify which Article, B3 or B.4, shall apply for each and every round.
4. We recommend two amendments to the Tournament Regulations.
||Where incorrect results are recorded, the CA shall make any necessary adjustments (see The Swiss Pairing Rules C.04.1F.7).
||For tie-break purposes, in Individual Swiss Tournaments
5. We also considered some proposals regarding changes in the Laws of Chess. None were considered both desirable and of sufficient urgency to be included in the 2014 Laws. Consideration can await the next cycle commencing in 2016.