A. Rapid Chess
A.1 A ‘Rapid chess’ 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 plus 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, but do not lose their rights to claims normally based on a scoresheet. The player can, at any time, ask the arbiter to provide him with a scoresheet, in order to write the moves.
A.3.1 The Competition Rules shall apply if:
A.3.1.1 one arbiter supervises at most three games and
A.3.1.2 each game is recorded by the arbiter or his assistant and, if possible, by electronic means.
A.3.2 The player may at any time, when it is his move, ask the arbiter or his assistant to show him the scoresheet. This may be requested a maximum of five times in a game. More requests shall be considered as a distraction of the opponent.
A.4 Otherwise the following apply:
A.4.1 From the initial position, once 10 moves have been completed by each player,
A.4.1.1 no change can be made to the clock setting, unless the schedule of the event would be adversely affected
A.4.1.2 no claim can be made regarding incorrect set-up or orientation of the chessboard. In case of incorrect king placement, castling is not allowed. In case of incorrect rook placement, castling with this rook is not allowed.
A.4.2 If the arbiter observes an action taken under Article 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3 or 7.5.4, he shall act according to Article 7.5.5, provided the opponent has not made his next move. If the arbiter does not intervene, the opponent is entitled to claim, provided the opponent has not made his next move. If the opponent does not claim and the arbiter does not intervene, the illegal move shall stand and the game shall continue. Once the opponent has made his next move, an illegal move cannot be corrected unless this is agreed by the players without intervention of the arbiter.
A.4.3 To claim a win on time, the claimant may stop the chessclock and notify the arbiter. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the claimant cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves.
A.4.4 If the arbiter observes both kings are in check, or a pawn on the rank furthest from its starting position, he shall wait until the next move is completed. Then, if an illegal position is still on the board, he shall declare the game drawn.
A.4.5 The arbiter shall also call a flag fall, if he observes it.
A.5 The regulations of an event shall specify whether Article A.3 or Article A.4 shall apply for the entire event.
NB : Article A.4 applies for all Rapid Chess events of the Brussels Chess Club.
From now on claims normally based on a scoresheet (triple repetition, 50 moves) are legitimate.
Leaving the king in check and taking the opponent’s king are illegal moves.
Not replacing the pawn in case of promotion is an illegal move.
Making a single move using two hands (in case of castling, capturing or promotion), shall also be considered as an illegal move,
as well as pressing the clock without making a move.
From now on illegal moves observed by the arbiter or claimed by the opponent when completed, will be penalized the same way, whatever the time mode (i.e. increasing the time of the opponent with 2 minutes the first time, declaring the game to be lost by the offending player the second time).
The guidelines III (see below) about games without increment including Quickplay Finishes shall apply.
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 plus 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.3.1 The Competition Rules shall apply if:
B.3.1.1 one arbiter supervises one game and
B.3.1.2 each game is recorded by the arbiter or his assistant and, if possible, by electronic means.
B.3.2 The player may at any time, when it is his move, ask the arbiter or his assistant to show him the scoresheet. This may be requested a maximum of five times in a game. More requests shall be considered as a distraction of the opponent.
B.4 Otherwise, play shall be governed by the Rapid chess Laws as in Article A.2 and A.4.
B.5 The regulations of an event shall specify whether Article B.3 or Article B.4 shall apply for the entire event.
NB: Article AB4 applies for all Blitz events of the Brussels Chess Club.
The rules of Blitz games are now the same as the rules of Rapid Chess!
Guidelines III. Games without increment including Quickplay Finishes
III.1 A ‘quickplay finish’ is the phase of a game when all the remaining moves must be completed in a finite time.
III.2.1 The Guidelines below concerning the final period of the game including Quickplay Finishes, shall only be used at an event if their use has been announced beforehand.
III.2.2 These Guidelines shall apply only to standard chess and rapid chess games without increment and not to blitz games.
III.3 If both flags have fallen and it is impossible to establish which flag fell first then:
III.3.1 the game shall continue if this occurs in any period of the game except the last period.
III.3.2 the game is drawn if this occurs in the period of a game in which all remaining moves must be completed.
III.4 If the player having the move has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may request that an increment extra five seconds be introduced for both players. This constitutes the offer of a draw. If the offer refused, and the arbiter agrees to the request, the clocks shall then be set with the extra time; the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes and the game shall continue.
III.5 If Article III.4 does not apply and the player having the move has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may claim a draw before his flag falls. He shall summon the arbiter and may stop the chessclock (see Article 6.12.2). He may claim on the basis that his opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means:
III.5.1 If the arbiter agrees that the opponent cannot win by normal means, or that the opponent has been making no effort to win the game by normal means, he shall declare the game drawn. Otherwise he shall postpone his decision or reject the claim.
III.5.2 If the arbiter postpones his decision, the opponent may be awarded two extra minutes and the game shall continue, if possible, in the presence of an arbiter. The arbiter shall declare the final result later in the game or as soon as possible after the flag of either player has fallen. He shall declare the game drawn if he agrees that the opponent of the player whose flag has fallen cannot win by normal means, or that he was not making sufficient attempts to win by normal means.
III.5.3 If the arbiter has rejected the claim, the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes.
III.6 The following shall apply when the competition is not supervised by an arbiter:
III.6.1 A player may claim a draw when he has less than two minutes left on his clock and before his flag falls. This concludes the game. He may claim on the basis:
III.6.1.1 that his opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or
III.6.1.2 that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means.
In III.6.1.1 the player must write down the final position and his opponent must verify it.
In III.6.1.2 the player must write down the final position and submit an up-to-date scoresheet. The opponent shall verify both the scoresheet and the final position.
III.6.2 The claim shall be referred to the designated arbiter.