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 Tournament Director (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.
- Players should prepare themselves to be scanned by security upon entering the playing area. This process may lead to mild lines at the beginning of every round, so plan to arrive at the games 15 minutes in advance. Absolutely no one will be allowed in without being scanned by security. There will be a cell phone check-in station near the security scanners. However, it is highly recommended that players leave their cell phones in their hotel rooms if possible.
- A player who needs to make a call during play should see a TD (Tournament Director) and request permission. The call must be made in the presence of a TD.
- Players are not allowed to leave the playing area without permission from a TD.
- A player who anticipates possibly receiving an emergency call during play should notify a TD at least an hour in advance and will be provided with an alternate number for the caller.
- Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by the Chief Tournament Director. Refusal to cooperate with a search request warrants forfeiture of game and ejection from the tournament, with no refund. Searches will only be initiated if there is compelling evidence of cheating. A simple accusation by another person does not constitute compelling evidence.
- If there is clear and indisputable evidence of cheating of any kind, electronic or otherwise, the player will be forfeited from the tournament. No refunds will be given, and the player will be banned from all future Millionaire Chess events.
- No one is allowed to accuse a player of cheating without actual evidence. The security detail, overhead cameras, extra TD and event staff, and other (undisclosed) methods are in place to ensure that proper tournament etiquette is being met at all times.
- Players whose games have finished are also not allowed to use or possess cell phones or other electronic devices in the playing area or bathrooms. The penalty is at the TD’s discretion after an investigation has been conducted and may include forfeiture of the round.
- Digital Cameras are permitted 30 minutes before the start of every round for a period of 10 minutes so as to allow participants to capture their experience at the Millionaire Chess Open.
To minimize sandbagging, the tournament uses each player’s highest post-event rating between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. The Tournament Director reserves the right to use CCA ratings, which are fair assessments based on Continental Chess Tournaments held by premier organizer Bill Goichberg over the last 40 years.
The chief organizer and chief arbiter reserve the right to use a player’s active rating in one rating system over a stale rating in a different rating system, regardless of the difference between the two ratings. These situations were considered on their individual merits.
The scoresheet should have the header information completely filled out at the start of the game. At the end of the game, the result of the game should be clearly marked at the bottom of the scoresheet, and each player must secure both his signature and his opponent’s signature on his scoresheet. Each player must then submit the top (original) copy, retaining the bottom copy for their records and review.
NO EARLY DRAW RULE
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 an experience as much as possible for all the participants as well as for the thousands of fans who will be following the event. Your participation establishes your full understanding of these rules and your agreement to comply with them in play and in spirit.
10 minutes will be deducted from the base time for the player him/herself and score keeping will not be required. No adjustment is made to the opponent's clock. The player may furnish an assistant, who is acceptable to the Chief Arbiter or Assistant Chief Arbiter, to keep score for the player. The scoresheet should be visible to the player and arbiter and the player may call his/her opponent's flag-fall if necessary. He may not claim repetitions or 50-move rules draws. The assistant may make no comments or indications whatsoever during the game.
The player may furnish an assistant, who is acceptable to the Chief Arbiter or Assistant Chief Arbiter, who can press the clock of the player (and start the opponent's clock) at completion of the player's move. The assistant must be careful not to attempt to press the clock before the piece has been released and a normal interval has elapsed, as though the player himself were pressing the clock. This assistant must be the same person who keeps score for the player. Tournament staff is not responsible for supplying or offering assistance.
MC BROADCAST RULES
Millionaire Chess will be taking pictures of every player for use in creating a Player Profile for potential use on our web page, social media channels, live online broadcast, app, and other media. If you are a registered player and prefer to send your own headshot, please feel free to do so. Millionaire Chess has the right to use any picture it deems appropriate for this purpose.