FLAG! That is the word that moved your opponent’s brain right out of the time scramble zone. He had 90 minutes to make 40 moves…
You don’t need to say check in the game, but say it all the same. You grab your bishop and slide it along the long…
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You come late for your G/90,d5 contest. After finding your assigned playing spot you notice that there is no equipment and no opponent anywhere in…
You sit down to your assigned game with your new clock–the one that you just purchased at the tournament bookstore. You are not sure how…
The round is about to start. After a quickly noting your board assignment you rush over to your spot in the playing room. Your opponent, the captain of the white pieces, arrives only a few seconds before you.
The game was into the last seconds of the Sudden Death time control for both players. The two combatants were slapping down pieces while also banging away at their clocks.
While the time on your clock approaches zero, you decide to make your move 39. That move will repeat a position for the third time. You record your move 39 and then pause your clock before claiming the draw. Your opponent points out that, since there was no perpetual check or a repeat of the position three times in a row that, the game must continue. It is time to get help from a TD.
There you are, staring at the board. The position is stagnate, and it is your opponent’s turn to move. You offer a draw.
Tim Just is a National Tournament Director, FIDE National Arbiter, and editor of the 5th & 6th edition of the US Chess Rulebook. He is…
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