Letter #08 - 2012
02/15/12 11:11:01 PM
illegal moves a player is allowed to inadvertently make in a
tournament without being penalized?
For any player participating in
Chess tournaments the answer should be none because an illegal
situation might only happen at the beginner level of playing or
However, to avoid confusions, the
Laws of Chess state the following:
7.1 a. If during a game it
is found that the initial position of the pieces was incorrect,
the game shall be
cancelled and a new game played.
b. If during a game it is found that
the only error is that the Chessboard has been
contrary to Article 2 .1, the game continues but the position
transferred to a correctly placed Chess board.
7.2 If a game has begun with colors reversed then it
shall continue, unless the arbiter rules otherwise.
7.3 If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall
re-establish the correct position on his own time. If necessary the
opponent has the right to restart the player's clock without making
a move in order to make sure the player re-establishes the correct
position on his own time.
7.4 If during a game it is found that an illegal move
has been made, or that pieces have been displaced from their
squares, the position before the irregularity shall be re-instated.
If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be
identified the game shall continue from the last identifiable
position prior to the irregularity. The clocks shall be adjusted
according to Article 6.13 and, in the case of an illegal move,
Article 4.3 applies to the move replacing the illegal move. The game
shall then continue.
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