7th Edition Rule Book Chapters Now Available For Download

Note: v7.1 of these chapters were uploaded on July 19, 2019 and incorporate minor corrections.

At the 2018 Delegates Meeting in Middleton, Wisconsin, a motion passed to make portions of the 7th Edition of the US Chess Federation’s Official Rules of Chess edited by Tim Just available on-line in a free, downloadable format. The most utilized chapters in past rulebooks were: Chapter 1 (Official Rules of Chess), Chapter 2 (Tournament Section), and Chapter 11 (Blitz Chess). Those three 7th edition chapters are now available, individually or packaged together, for viewing and downloading at no cost using these links:

Chapters 1, 2, and 11 Combined

Chapter 1 Only

Chapter 2 Only

Chapter 11 Only

With a simple point and click within the Table of Contents and on cross-referenced items, the rules become easily accessible. You can also do a text search within the PDF. The easy access of these on-line chapters makes excellent reference material for both the Tournament Director (TD) and player alike. TDs are encouraged to compare the on-line material to any printed material presented to them by players before making any rulings.

The full, unabridged paperback of the 7th edition is available for purchase from US Chess Sales here. The eBook version is available via Amazon. These versions contain pairing rules, prize fund distribution rules, equipment standards, the US Chess Code of Ethics, rating information, correspondence rules, round robin tables, Tournament Director Certification regulations, an index, and much more. All chapters will cross reference rules for the entire book. All TDs should have a complete copy of the 7th edition of the rulebook either as an eBook or paperback copy.

The initial uploaded files were labeled 7.0; the current files are 7.1. Should it become necessary to update the document further, they will be renamed as 7.2, 7.3, etc. If you note any typos or other mistakes, please send them to [email protected] and put “Rulebook” in the subject line.


  1. Thank you Dan Lucas and the US Chess staff for getting this done at their end. The technology was above my pay grade but not theirs. Dan was especially patient with my editing quirks.

    • And let us not forget Franc Guadalupe’s negotiating efforts with the former publisher of earlier rulebook editions that now allow us to publish the 7th edition on-line and in print.

  2. Thankfully we are in the 21st century, with the players and directors benefitting over the people making bank on the rulebook.

  3. Picky grammarian: 6th Edition, on page xxxvii, line 5, the word “that” should be replaced by “who”. Both are actually correct, but “who” is preferred.

    • You may move another piece in defense. Your job is to get out of check: move the king, take the checking piece, or block the checking piece.

  4. ANOTHER FINE JOB BY TIM! Can’t wait to ‘ZIP” out a copy! Not yet on AMAZON as a Pre-Order!
    Again, Another EXCELLENT JOB TIM!


  5. May I use red pieces in lieu of either white or black? e.g. white as light vs red as dark, or red as light vs black as dark.

    • This is nonstandard equipment. If your opponent objects and has standard equipment, you may not use your set.

  6. Why not make a rule for tournaments to state duel rated or regular rated only . Wouldn’t really require a lot on tournament directors .

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