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QCC Rules and Code of Conduct

COVID-19 Policy

Due to continuing COVID concerns and to comply with NYS regulations we are using the following precautions:
1.) All Players and Spectators, VACCINATED OR NOT, must wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose when inside the building.
2.) No spectators will be permitted in the playing room.  One parent may accompany a minor.
3.) The Club will not provide boards, sets, clocks or refreshments.  Players must bring their own equipment.
4.) Hand Sanitizer will be available and should be used.
5.) Please refrain from shaking hands at the start and end of games.  Fist bumps are allowed for now.

Forfeits: A player who doesn’t request a bye and fails to appear will be charged with a forfeit loss and a $5 fine.  The fine will be increased on players who repeatedly fail to notify in advance.  Remember that a forfeit by you deprives another player of a game.

Things to know in a Tournament:  You will NOT always alternate color, it’s not possible in a small field.  You may get two of the same color in a row.  You may even get three of the same color in a row.  You will NEVER get four of the same color in a row in the same tournament.

If you want to make a claim to one of our tournament directors, you MUST stop your clock and get one of us (Joe, Jay K. or Brian).  If your game has ended, it’s too late to make a claim.

Touch-move is a rule. You touch it, you move it.  An accidental elbowing of a piece does NOT demonstrate INTENTION to move the piece and does not constitute a touch-move violation.  If your opponent denies that he touched a piece, an unbiased witness is needed to verify the claim.

The fifty-move rule in chess states that a player can claim a draw if no capture has been made and no pawn has been moved in the last fifty moves.  Players should keep track of moves even if only by keeping count in order to make this claim.

No matter who brought the clock, make sure it is set correctly.  Also, make sure you know how to stop the clock in case you need to make a claim.

Conduct: At the Queens Chess Club we want all members and visitors to feel comfortable and enjoy the game of chess.  Therefore we have a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior.  If you experience or witness any of the following behavior at a QCC event or on QCC social media, please report it immediately:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Abuse: Verbal or Physical
  • Intolerance of a person’s religion, gender identity or sexual orientatiom
  • Any other actions deemed to be intentionally hurtful, harmful, threatening or inappropriate

We aim to enforce the right for all members to enjoy their chess club in an environment that is safe and without risks to health, violence and aggression.

QCC hosts ‘Family Friendly’ events and may include children.  Therefore we will maintain a zero tolerance towards offensive or obscene language or actions at all QCC events.

Players using excessive use of offensive or obscene language, to the point where it disturbs other players, will be given ONE warning. If behavior persists, the offender will be required to leave the event.

Any violation of the Code of Conduct, or any action that a QCC officer finds to be inappropriate or disruptive, will result in the offending player being removed from the event.  Multiple offenses will result in a termination of the membership, and a life-ban from QCC events.  Severe breaches of the Code of Conduct will result in an immediate termination of membership.

QCC reserves the right to revoke membership of any member, at any time.

In accordance with Rule 20G, Annoying Behavior is prohibited at Queens Chess Club tournaments.  Specifically, it is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever.  A director, upon a complaint by the opponent, has discretion to determine whether any particular behavior is in violation of this rule and to impose penalties.  Examples of annoying behaviors include but are not necessarily limited to: clock banging, piece banging, and talking and/or vocalizations.  (The only time you may talk to the opponent is to offer a draw.)  While inexperienced players may receive one warning, experienced players will be subject to the following penalties (permitted under Rule 1C2b):

First violation will result in a 10-minute reduction in the offending player’s time.  (If that reduction would result in forfeit, time will be reduced instead to five minutes remaining on the offender’s clock.)

The second violation within the same game will result in a forfeit.

Note that clock and/or piece banging with five minutes or less on the offending player’s clock will be more likely to be judged by the TD as inadvertent due to the time pressure situation, and possibly immune from these penalties.

Players who are repeatedly found to be annoying opponents face suspension and/or permanent expulsion from the club.

Further note that, as with all claims, the aggrieved player must stop his/her clock and make a claim to a TD.

Your chess club is always looking for ways to make our events welcoming, friendly and approachable – if you have any complaints or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


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