Below Applicable to Events Held @The Chess Refinery Only
The guidelines below are not all inclusive. All players are expected to have a general knowledge and understanding of the USCF tournament rules. For more details you can purchase a rule book or view what's available online thru USCF. Accelerated pairings may be used.
- Phones are to be turned SILENT or POWERED OFF. Do not set to vibrate. Phone is to stay FACE DOWN on the table next to your chess board for the entire duration of the round while your game is in play. You may not take the phone with you outside of the playing hall. It stays on the chess table. This policy may change with our larger weekend 2-3 day events.
- If you are caught in possession or use of a phone during a round in areas such as the restroom, hallways, lobby of the building, skittles area, etc (anywhere in/outside of the building or in your car) you may face severe penalties up to the discretion of the tournament director. Such penalties could include immediate forfeiture/rated loss of the current game in progress and expulsion from the entire tournament.
- No evidence of a chess app being open nor proof of cheating of the current position being played is needed to face the penalties above.
- Participation in an event held at The Chess Refinery means you consent to a search of your bags, clothes and or other items or body, upon request by the tournament director. Metal detectors may be utilized during rounds as spot checks for detection of hidden electronic devices.
- If a player refuses to comply with an inspection/search of property, the TD may take measures such as immediate loss of the game and/or expulsion from the tournament. An initiation of a search is not taken lightly and will not be undertaken unless there is reasonable suspicion of cheating.
- Unless otherwise noted in tournament advertising, the above policies are applicable for all of our USCF rated chess tournaments.
- Our electronic device policy could change with each event - please make sure to view any additional requirements that may occur with our 5 round weekend long tournaments which are held about 5 times a year. We may ask that players turn in their phones to be held in safe spot under lock and key for the duration of a round.
- Players are not allowed to leave from the playing hall while it is on their move unless you have the arbiter's permission. If you need to go to the restroom, please do so while it is on your opponent's turn to move.
- You are expected to inform the tournament director if you need to step outside of the building for any reason, i.e. smoking, fetch a jacket from the car, etc.
- You are not allowed to discuss your game with anyone during a round. It is also best not to discuss or comment on other games going on as other players may overhear conversations which could affect the game(s).
- Please upon each departure or entrance to and from the playing hall, close the door GENTLY and QUIETLY behind you. This is to minimize disturbance to other players. Do not slam or close the door in a hurry as this generates unnecessary noise. Players who refuse to cooperate with this request may face time penalties or more severe penalties for repeat offenders.
- Please be respectful and courteous of other players and of the playing venue itself. The playing venue includes all spaces within the building and the parking lot and surrounding areas. Players are expected to clean up after themselves and not litter and/or leave any mess behind in all areas.
- Please dispose of all trash in the provided receptacles. Players who fail to clean up after themselves may face penalties issued by the organizer. We are a non-profit club. It is a team collective effort that is needed to maintain a clean and respectable facility for everyone to share and utilize.
- Proper timing is to offer a draw after you have made your move, but before you hit the clock. Then hit the clock and wait for your opponent's response to the draw offer and/or claim as applicable. There are exceptions to this procedure. i.e. triple occurrence and 50 move rule draws
- To claim a triple occurrence draw, the player claiming should write the move down on the score-sheet, don't play the move, stop the clock and state the claim to the opponent. If no move is required to state the claim, then just stop the clocks and state the claim.
- To claim a 50-move rule draw, you must be able to demonstrate that the last 50 consecutive moves have been made by each side without any pwn move or any capture. You can ask for a TD to help count out 50 moves if in sudden death. You as the player need to declare the intention to invoke this 50-move rule.
- Per USCF rules, A TD is NOT responsible to initiate these draw claims on behalf of the players.
- We only honor requests for family members to avoid pairings for the first half of the tournament only. i.e. if it's a 3 round, only for rounds 1-2; if it's a five round event, only for rounds 1-3. In all other rounds, siblings may be paired against one another if they are in the same score group.
- You do not have an option to play "up" a section. Cutoffs for sections are determined by the tournament director and pairings are based off of the latest supplement rating unless otherwise specified.
- We do not use "LIVE" ratings for pairings. Provisional ratings may be used based on the discretion of the TD. Foreign ratings may be used. Other references may be used in the event of an unrated player.