Welcome new members: Megan Jones, Matt Lichtenberg, Quinn Gilman
As chess club is to be a safe and fun activity for all, we are going to revisit these at Thursdays meeting.
Follow school rules.
Room rules: be respectful of room, opponents, advisor, and of chess. This IS the royal game. Show some class, please.
Don't let your rating or points become the deciding factor in your play. Play and learn from your games.
Mr. Porth is not crabby - I just don't want chess club to be a free-for-all. Some players are truly trying to improve or practice. Our coffers are low, so if you haven't paid your dues, please do so ASAP. Also remember that my science equipment is for my science class. If you want an explanation of equipment that is out, please ask before touching it. School rules apply, that is, no rude or offensive behaviors are allowed.
Players need to revisit chess etiquette:
RULES OF ETIQUETTE
1. Every game must begin and end with the players shaking hands.
2. Between the two handshakes, no talking is permitted. "Check" need not be said. Players are responsible for noticing where all of the pieces on the board are located, and what threats are pending.
3. Never do anything to distract any other player in the tournament, especially your opponent.
4. Always use the "touch move" rule.
5. If an illegal move is made, the tournament director should be summoned. In a tournament using a "Sudden Death" time control, the other player receives an extra two minutes when one player makes an illegal move.
6. Never gloat over a victory, or become despondent or hostile following a defeat. It is always best to analyze the game with your opponent, after the game ends, and in a different room from where you played. Leave the playing room quietly when you finish so as not to distract the other people who are still playing.
7. Never comment on a game that is in progress, whether the game is yours or one that you are just watching.
8. The tournament director has the authority to punish breaches of etiquette, and may add or subtract time as a sanction. In extreme cases, players may be forfeited for violating the rules and spectators may be banned from the site.
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