BERGEN CHESS MATES
STANDING TOURNAMENT RULES
These rules are intended to supplement and interpret the official Rules of the US Chess Federation (USCF Official Rules of Chess, 5th ed. 2003) as amended and provide rules for situations not covered in the Rule Book. These Standing Tournament Rules may be modified at the discretion of the Tournament Director. However, any additions, deletions or changes to these rules shall not apply to any tournament already in progress.
Sets, Boards, Clocks and Time Delay Settings
1. Black has choice of equipment if his equipment is standard. If Black arrives after the start of the round, White has choice of equipment. (Rule 39A)
2. Digital clocks with time delay are preferred over analog clocks. Analog clocks are preferred over digital clocks without time delay. A delay clock is the standard timer for sudden death time controls. (Rule 5F)
3. The standard time control for club tournaments is game 90 with a 5 second delay. The club will not use an increment time control in any tournament unless it has been specifically advertised prior to the start of the tournament. (Rule 5)
4. Delay/add settings: No time is removed from the clock when using time delay. Thus, in a G/90 with a 5 second delay, the clock would initially be set for 90 minutes. (Rule 5F)
Blitz (G/9 or less) - 2 second delay.
Quick (G/10-29) - 3 second delay.
Regular (G/30 or more) - 5 second delay.
5. Analog clocks should be set for the time control to expire at 6:00. For G/90, set the time to start the game at 4:30. (Rule 16B.a.)
6. NO “banging” or abuse of the clock. The penalty for a first offense is a warning. Each successive offense will result in the loss of 5 minutes of the remaining time on your clock or 50% if less than 5 minutes. Repetitive violation of this rule may subject the player to more severe penalties up to ejection from the tournament in progress at the discretion of the TD.
1. Score keeping is not required for time controls of less than G/30. (Rule 5C)
2. Score keeping is not required when either player has less than 5 minutes remaining on his clock.
3. A player must make his move on the board first and then write his move on the score sheet or electronic scoring device thereafter. If an error is made in recording the move, or if a different move is recorded on the scoresheet or electronic scoring device, the move made on the board is final. (Rule 15A and 43)
4. It is the responsibility of both players to enter the results of the game on the pairing sheet. Violation will result in a forfeit loss for both players. (Rule 15H and 29H3) It is the responsibility of both players to return all club equipment to the club cabinet. Habitual offenders will not be allowed to use club equipment in the future without posting a deposit at the beginning of the round.
1. When a pawn reaches the eighth rank and is to be promoted but the desired piece is not available, the common practice is to play using an upside-down rook in substitution for a queen. This procedure is permissible if it is expected that the promoted piece will be captured immediately or shortly. If it is anticipated that the promoted piece will remain on the board and an extra piece of the type needed is not available, the player should stop both clocks in order to retrieve an extra piece from the club’s equipment cabinet and place that piece on the board. In the alternative, the player may ask for the assistance of the TD. (Rule 8F7)
Tie Breaks (Rule 34)
1. All cash prizes will be divided equally among those qualifying for the prize according to USCF rules. There will be no tie breaks for cash prizes. (Rule 34C)
2. For trophies, merchandise, other prizes and titles:
a) At the discretion of the TD, a playoff among those players who are tied will be held at a time and in a format announced by the TD. Your entry into the tournament is your consent to participate in a playoff if the TD so requires. If you do not participate in the playoff, you will be declared the loser of the tie break.
b) Tie Break Systems (in order of use) (Rule 34E)
1. Modified Median
4. Cumulative of Opposition
Blitz (G/9 or less) and Quick (G/29 or less) Rules
1. There is no capturing of the king. If a player is in check and makes a move which does not remove him from check, it is treated as an illegal move. The touch move rule applies in this case.
2. For the first illegal move in a game your opponent is awarded 2 extra minutes. For the second illegal move in a game, you forfeit that game. The touch move rule applies in this case.
3. No score keeping is required for blitz or quick chess. (Rule 5C)
4. The clock must be pressed with the same hand that makes the move on the board.
5. NO “banging” or abuse of the clock. The penalty for a first offense is a warning. Each successive offense will result in the loss of 5 minutes of the remaining time on your clock or 50% of the time if less than 5 minutes. Repetitive violation of this rule may subject the player to more severe penalties up to ejection from the tournament in progress at the discretion of the TD.
Byes. Withdrawals and Failure to Appear
1. You are permitted one bye per tournament if requested in advance. If you are in contention for a prize, you may not take a bye in the last round unless you waive your right to receive the prize. For single day events, you must request a bye in writing when you register (before the first round) unless you have an emergency. For multi day events, you must request a bye in writing from the TD at least 48 hours prior to the start of the round unless you have an emergency. The TD’s decision as to what constitutes an emergency is final. Note - all requested byes are awarded ½ point. All byes awarded by the TD because of an uneven number of players to be paired are awarded a full point.
2. The TD must be notified in writing if you are withdrawing from a tournament at least 48 hours before the round begins for a multi day event. You must notify the TD if you are withdrawing from a single day event prior to the pairings being posted.
3. If you fail to appear to play a game for which you have been paired, you will forfeit after 1 hour. (Rule 13D) If you have failed to notify the tournament director of your request for a bye or withdrawal and you fail to appear, you will not be paired for remaining rounds of the tournament.
1. When there is less than 5 minutes remaining in the time control:
a) The player must press the clock with the same hand he uses to make the move on the board.
b) Neither player is required to keep score for the remainder of the time control.
c) No claims of insufficient losing chances will be allowed. If you exceed the amount of time allowed for the time control you are playing, the game is over and you will be deemed to have lost the game even if you have an overwhelming material advantage or you are about to checkmate your opponent. (Rule 14H6) However, if there is insufficient material on the board to checkmate your opponent, the game is drawn even though you have exceeded the amount of time allowed for the time control. (Rule 14E)
Excessive Noise and Annoying Conduct in the Playing Room (Rule 20N)
1. Use of cell phones, blackberries, PDA’s, computers, laptop computers, beepers, tablets or electronics of any kind is strictly prohibited in the tournament playing room.
2. No player or spectator may use blue tooth, ear buds, ear phones, head phones or ear coverings of any type in the tournament room. Note - earplugs, used solely to dampen or eliminate sound, are permissible but are subject to inspection by the TD.
3. Turn off your cell phone. If your cell phone or any other electronic equipment rings or makes any audible noise during tournament play, for the first offense you will be penalized 50% of the time remaining on your clock. For the second offense you will forfeit the game. If you are a spectator, you will be ejected from the tournament site for the remainder of the tournament. If you are a player whose game has concluded, you will be ejected from the tournament site for the remainder of that round and you will be penalized 50% of your time for the next round.
4. No player or spectator shall make any verbal sounds or perform any conduct which will annoy his opponent or other players. This INCLUDES, but is not limited to verbally asking for quiet in the room, “shushing” the room, tapping or clicking your pen, or consuming food or drink which is noisy, messy or has an aroma. The penalty for the first offense shall be a 10 minute deduction in time from the offender's clock (if the player has less than 20 minutes remaining at the time of the offense then 50% of the remaining time will be deducted). The second offense shall be immediate forfeiture of the game, which shall be submitted for rating as a loss. If a spectator violates this rule, he will be immediately ejected from the tournament site for the remainder of the tournament and if the spectator is a player whose game has concluded, the player penalties will be enforced in his next round game.
5. There shall be NO after game analysis or skittles or any informal game playing in the playing room. This includes “silent analysis.” Players shall receive one warning. If analysis or informal game playing continues, the tournament game played will be forfeited by both players and reported for rating purposes as a loss for both players.
1. All draw claims are also draw offers (Rule 14B). The player making any draw claim, for example: triple occurrence of position (Rule 14C), insufficient material to continue (Rule 14D), insufficient material to win on time (Rule 14E), the 50-move rule (Rule 14F), or both flags down in sudden death (Rule 14G), etc., is also making an implied offer of a draw to the opponent. If the opponent accepts the implied draw offer, the game is over.
1. If you have a dispute during your game, stop the clock and personally summon the TD. Do not send someone else to get the TD. If you attempt to resolve your dispute by yourself and violate the Excessive Noise Rule, you will be penalized regardless of how the dispute is resolved by the TD.
2. The director may reserve decision temporarily and direct that play continues before making a decision. In this case, the aggrieved player must continue to play under protest, that is, without prejudice to the ruling to be made on the dispute. If the aggrieved player wins the game, the dispute will be considered moot. (Rule 21H2)
3. Once a decision on the dispute has been made by the TD, no further discussion of the dispute will be permitted. If the player continues to complain or attempt to further discuss the ruling, the player is subject to enforcement of the rule against excessive noise and annoying conduct in the playing room.
4. No player or spectator, including players whose games have finished, shall interfere with another game in progress including standing or sitting too close to the players, making gestures or facial expressions or verbally commenting on the game of another player in progress. This includes, but is not limited to observations of flags having fallen, illegal moves having been made, intervening in a dispute or observations of other rule violations. Summon the TD if you observe anything improper. The first offense shall be the forfeiture of the game the offending player has in progress or has concluded that round. Spectators violating this rule will be ejected from the playing site for the remainder of the tournament.
Constitution of the Bergen Chess Mates Article I NAME The name of the organization shall be the “Bergen Chess Mates.” Article II PURPOSE The purposes of the club are: 1. To provide competition, instruction, entertainment, and social life in chess for members. 2. To conduct tournaments, matches, and other forms of chess competition and instruction. 3. To play matches with other clubs. 4. The club shall not use any part of its net income for the benefit of any individual except that trophies and prizes awarded in the course of its educational and promotional programs shall not be so construed. 5. The club shall be operated not for profit. 6. The club shall not use the principal or income of any of its funds for lobbying, to influence any proposed legislation or for any political purpose. Page-1 Article III MEMBERSHIP 1. Any person sixteen years of age or older with an interest in chess may become a member of the club upon acceptance of his or her application as provided in the By-Laws. 2. Members have the following rights and obligations: a) In order to obtain and retain the right to vote at business meetings, a Member must either play in and complete at least one multi-day USCF rated tournament or perform service functions on three separate days each year as defined in the By-Laws. b) To inspect the minutes of any meeting of the club membership and, upon request, to receive a copy from the Secretary except for meetings held in closed or executive session. c) To run for and hold office. d) To participate in all activities of the club. e) Members shall always behave in a polite and courteous manner and shall always exercise good sportsmanship. f) Members are subject to and shall follow the Rules of the USCF and any club rules with respect to all games played in all club events. Members shall also conduct themselves at all times according to the Standards of Conduct of the USCF Code of Ethics contained in USCF Rule book as amended from time to time. g) Members shall not behave in any manner or take any actions which would cause the name or reputation of the club or any of its members to be negatively affected. 3. The Executive Board may, from time to time, establish or modify classes of membership for Scholastics and/or Juniors; Seniors; Masters and other titled players; and other classes of membership. The Executive Board may restrict the privileges of such memberships and/or reduce or eliminate the requirement of payment of dues for such memberships. The establishment or modification of existing classes of memberships must be done by a majority vote of the Executive Page-2 Board and a two thirds vote of the members at a business meeting. 4. Discipline of Members: a)Types of Discipline 1. Private Reprimand - Appropriate for first time offenders of minor or technical violations. 2. Public Reprimand - Appropriate for first time offenders of more serious violations or repeat offenders of minor or technical violations. 3. Suspension of Up to One Year -Appropriate for more serious violations and repeat offenders. 4. Revocation of Membership - Appropriate for most serious violations and violations of criminal law and/or behavior or actions which cause the reputation of the club or its members to be negatively affected. b) Private and public reprimands maybe issued by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Suspensions of up to one year and revocation of membership shall be as recommended by a majority vote of the Executive Board and a majority vote of the membership at a business meeting for suspensions and a two-thirds vote of the membership for revocation of membership. In lieu of a vote of the members to suspend or revoke the membership of a member, that member may agree to a suspension or revocation of membership as recommended by the Executive Board without a meeting of the members. Article IV ORGANIZATION 1. The officers of the club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director and Scholastic Director to be elected for a term of two years each by a majority of the members present at a business meeting of the club during Page-3 the month of May and shall take office immediately after the election. 2. Should a vacancy occur between elections, it shall be filled by appointment of a majority vote of the Executive Board at a meeting held within one month after the vacancy occurred, except the office of the President. In that case, the Vice President shall automatically assume the office of President until the end of the President’s term and a new Vice President shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Executive Board to serve until the next election of officers. Article V DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND THE EXECUTIVE BOARD 1. The President shall: a) Preside at all business meetings of the club. b) Preside at all meetings of the Executive Board. c) Provide leadership in general for all activities of the club. d) Exclusively represent the club to outside organizations and persons. e) Arrange for playing quarters and meeting dates and times subject to the consent of the Executive Board. f) Be responsible for the day to day running of the club. g) Shall appoint members to such other positions and functions and committees as he sees fit from time to time with the consent of a majority of the Executive Board. h) Arrange for the maintenance and retention of the equipment, books and records of the club and the retention, storage and display of the historical records, awards, documents and other property of the club. i) Selects the captain of and members of or the method of appointing the club team for all team competitions in consultation with the team captain and with the approval of a majority of the Executive Board. j) Selects the types of tournaments, matches and other events held by the club and the dates for all such events to be held subject to a majority vote of the Executive Board. Page-4 2. The Vice President shall: a) Assume the duties of the President in his absence. b) Assist in the duties of the President. c) Perform such other duties and tasks as assigned by the President. 2. The Secretary shall: a) Keep the minutes of all business meetings and meetings of the Executive Board. b) Manage the correspondence of the club under the direction of the President. c) Keep members informed of activities and meetings. d) Maintain the membership list and distribute, upon request, copies of the club constitution. 4. The Treasurer shall: a) Maintain all financial records of the club. b) Collect all authorized dues and club receipts. c) Deposit funds received by him with a bank designated by the Executive Board. d) Make disbursements as directed by the Executive Board or the President. Checks and withdrawal slips must be drawn over the signature of any one of the following officers: President or Treasurer. e) Furnish financial statements to the Executive Board when requested by said board. f) Prepare an annual financial statement for the membership to be presented each January for the prior year. 5. The Chief Tournament Director shall: a) Be at least a USCF accredited Tournament Director. b) Direct Tournaments conducted by the club. c) Promptly submit all required rating reports to the USCF. d) Shall have such further experience and qualifications as required by the By-Laws. 6. The Assistant Tournament Director shall: Page-5 a) Be at least a USCF accredited Tournament Director. b) Assist the Chief Tournament Director. c) Serve as Tournament Director in the absence of the Chief Tournament Director. 7. The Scholastic Director shall: a) Develop training programs and materials for teaching chess to scholastic players. b) Be responsible for arranging all instruction of scholastic players. 8. The Executive Board: a) Members of the Executive Board shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director and Scholastic Director. b) In addition, the Executive Board shall contain up to two members at large nominated by the President and confirmed by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Any vacancies in the member at large position may be filled by appointment of the President and confirmed by a majority vote of the Executive Board until the next bi-annual election of officers. c) Meetings -The Executive Board shall meet as required for conducting its business. Meetings shall be convened by the President, or, on his stated unavailability, by the Vice President. In the alternative, a meeting shall be convened when requested by at least two members of the Executive Board. A quorum of at least a majority of members shall be required to conduct business. The meetings shall be chaired by the President, or, on his stated unavailability, by the Vice President. All actions officially taken shall be duly recorded by the Secretary. If, in the opinion of the President, the circumstance requires prompt action, meetings may be held and/or votes may be taken by telephone conference and/or email balloting. d) The Executive Board shall set the general policies of the club. All actions of the Executive Board, so taken, shall be consistent with and not in conflict with this Constitution, By-Laws, policies and procedures previously approved. e) By-Laws - From time to time the Executive Board shall create By-Laws to implement the provisions of this Constitution and to provide procedures to operate the club. By-Laws shall be passed by a majority vote of the Executive Board. The members may amend or repeal any By-Law established by the Executive Board or create new By-Laws by a majority vote at a business meeting Page-6 called for that purpose. Article VI DUES AND FISCAL YEAR 1. Annual dues for membership shall be set by a majority vote of the Executive Board. 2. The fiscal year of the club shall begin January 1 and end the following December 31. Article VII MEETINGS 1. Business Meetings shall be held on dates and times and at a site selected by the President and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board. 2. Business meetings of the membership shall be held periodically throughout the year but at least once each year in May. Business meetings may be called by the President or by a majority vote of the Executive Board upon one week’s notice emailed to the members and posted on the club’s internet site. A business meeting may also be called by a written request submitted to the secretary and signed by at least ten members eligible to vote stating the purpose of the meeting. 3. A quorum for a business meeting shall consist of a majority of the members eligible to vote. 4. In lieu of a business meeting, upon the majority vote of the Executive Board, business may be conducted and votes may be taken by mail or email as provided in the By-Laws. 5. Agenda items for all business meetings may be submitted by any member to the Secretary in writing or by email at least one week prior to the meeting date. Page-7 Article VIII ELECTIONS 1. Election of Officers shall occur bi-annually at a business meeting called for that purpose. 2. Procedures for nominating candidates and holding elections shall be contained in the By-Laws. 3. A majority vote of the members present at the election shall be required to be elected to office. Article IX AMENDMENTS 1. This constitution may be amended by a two thirds vote of the members eligible to vote. Such a vote may be held by mail or email at the discretion of and under procedures adopted by the Executive Board. Approved by the membership on May 2, 2011 in a business meeting held at the United Methodist Church of Ridgewood. Page-8 HISTORICAL INFORMATION Original constitution adopted February 5, 1968; amended constitution adopted October 20, 1975. Officers, February 12, 1968: H.L. Strickling, President and Founder J. Post, Vice President Roswell Hawley, Treasurer Ernest Eck, Tournament Director David England, Team Captain Officers, October 20, 1975: Allan Ufer, President Bryan Lenahan, Vice President Mildred Allan, Secretary Ed Browning, Treasurer Les Ault, Tournament Director and Team Captain Officers, May 1, 1983 Herman Drenth, President Carol Ruderman, Vice President Ernest Marx, Treasurer Mildred Allan, Secretary Roy Greenberg, Chief Tournament Director Ben Bartosh, Chief Assistant Tournament Director Les Ault, Team Captain Officers, May 1, 2003 Ronald Groseibl, President Derek Landel, Vice President Page-9 Aldo Nonella, Treasurer Mildred Allan, Secretary Derek Landel, Chief Tournament Director Officers, November 1, 2007 Lawrence Constance, President Derek Landel, Vice President Aldo Nonella, Treasurer Mildred Allan,Secretary Kenneth Chieu, Chief Tournament Director Officers, March 1, 2008 Lawrence Constance, President Kenneth Chieu, Vice President Aldo Nonella, Treasurer Mildred Allan, Secretary Kenneth Chieu, Chief Tournament Director Officers, January 1, 2010 Lawrence Constance, President Renee Thomas Rivero, Vice President Aldo Nonella, Treasurer Joshua Lipowsky, Secretary David Slatin, Chief Tournament Director Officers, May 2,2011 Lawrence Constance, President Anastacio Teodoro, Vice President Lev Zilbermintz, Secretary Page-10 Ronald P. Groseibl, Treasurer Peter Birdsall, Chief Tournament Director Francis Romano, Assistant Chief Tournament Director Derek Landel, Member at Large David Slatin, Member at Large Page-11