OVERALL MISSION: To provide for the highest quality chess tournament that is orderly and enjoyable for all, one that creates a playing atmosphere which allows the players to concentrate without distraction and that places a high premium on preventing cheating.
- There will be a rule of silence in the playing hall.
- No food or opening of food wrappings allowed at the tables. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the tournament room.
- Players must adjourn to skittles rooms immediately after the game is completed. No post mortems in playing hall.
- Spectators in playing rooms must be silent and will be monitored by the tournament staff.
NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES OF ANY KIND
- No player may use or wear any type of electronic or digital device, phone, blackberry, PDA, computer, ear-piece, headset, communications device, microphone, speaker or the like while playing without the expressed permission of a TD (doctors on call included). The penalty for such use is forfeiture of the round, and an immediate investigation into the nature of the use will be done to determine if dismissal from the tournament is warranted.
- If a player’s cell phone goes off during the round, that player will lose ten minutes off his/her clock. If it occurs again, the game will be forfeited.
- Spectators will be allowed only in a specially cordoned off area running down the middle of the tournament room. No spectators will be allowed inside the area where players are competing.
- Spectators are not allowed to speak to players, or vice versa, while games are in progress.
- There will be clear signs warning spectators to turn off their cell phone ringers. Any spectator whose phone goes off in the playing hall will be obliged to leave immediately.
- Spectators are not allowed to bring beverages into the playing area.
- Spectators are not allowed in the “player’s only” bathroom.
The tournament staff retains the right to expel from the tournament room any spectator who does not comply with the rules or is disturbing the tournament in any way.
- Before the beginning of the tournament, all players should check in at the registration desk to confirm their arrival at the event. Players will receive a packet with information relevant to the tournament.
- All players must bring a copy of proof of ID to personally present at the tournament registration desk. This should occur before the beginning of the first round but, in any case, must be done during the first day of the tournament. This may be a copy of a driver’s license, passport, student ID or birth certificate (in case of a minor). This record is to assure other players and the staff of the identity of all players.
- Players are not allowed to talk to spectators or other players during tournament play.
- Boorish, uncouth, rude, and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. The organizers reserve the right to deny entry into our tournament.
In the interest of presenting the best possible image of chess to the public, the organizers strongly request that players dress in casual business attire at a minimum (slacks, shirt, and jacket). For those choosing not to do so for the entire tournament, then we ask that they wear a collared shirt (polo shirts allowed). We strongly urge players not to wear tank tops, shorts, or old T-shirts while playing. We wish players to be as comfortable as possible while still presenting a proper face to the public.
NO EARLY DRAW RULE
The No Early Draw Rule implemented in the Open section of the Millionaire Chess Open is based on a simple concept: fans wish to see real chess games. We, the organizers, believe that the true spirit of chess competition is well served when this principle is adhered to. Anything else makes a travesty of our wonderful game, and completely disrespects the viewing public. With those considerations in mind, we require that players sign off on the following rules in order to play in this event. Our promise is that these dictums will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, with the stamp of the leadership of Millionaire Chess as well as the many decades of experience of our tournament directing staff.
The penalties for breaking the following rules may be:
- Forfeiture of game
- Offending player will be ineligible to win a prize
- Players may be banned from playing in future events
- No game in the Open Section of the Millionaire Chess Open may be agreed drawn by the two players prior to Black having completed his/her 30th move.
- If there is a situation where the two players believe that a draw must be agreed to, then only the player who wishes to accept the draw may stop clocks and request the assistance of the tournament director. The TD will then objectively decide whether or not it is appropriate to agree to a draw or whether the players must play on until move 30.
- Having an “objectively” drawn or equal position does NOT allow you to agree to a draw. If this is the case, then you must play until at least move 30.
- Continuous repetitions in order to get to the time control will be considered an infraction of the rules.
- If the TD is unable to decide if a given situation clearly breaks the rules, he/she will consult with the chief organizer (GM Maurice Ashley) or a qualified representative. The decision reached by this body will be final.
- The organizers understand that there are situations that occur in which a draw has to be agreed to before move 30. These situations are rare but they do occur, and if we determine that a serious effort was made in playing the game, we do have the authority to allow a draw. We will not be forcing a player to walk into checkmate or lose a pawn to avoid a draw. However understand that these situations are very rare, and should not occur often.
- In situations where an infraction is strongly suspected but impossible to penalize, the organizers reserve the right to prevent the players from playing in the future events. This decision is subject to written appeal.
The organizers wish to express our appreciation for players agreeing and accepting these rules. Understand that we are not asking players to go all out to win and thereby risk losing. Our sole intention is to respect our sponsor, fans and chess by attempting to get rid of early agreed draws. It is our privileged intention to make the event as enjoyable and as rewarding experience as possible for all the participants as well as for the thousands of fans who will be following the event. Your signature establishes your full understanding of these rules and your agreement to comply with them in play and in spirit.