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Fair Play Policy:


Topchess Online Fair Play Policy

Topchess follows rules of fair play in the spirit of the game we all love, Chess.  We expect that all students competing in our online events will show good sportsmanship and follow these codes of behaviour:

  • Win on your own!  Chess is played between only 2 people.  Players should not receive any help – especially having moves suggested by parents, siblings, coaches, books, websites or computer programs.

  • Be gracious in your defeat!  If you know you are about to lose the game, please do not stop making moves and let your time run out.  Keep playing because you never know what might happen - stalemate is possible or resign the game.  It is considered bad etiquette to waste the other person’s time by making them sit there and do nothing.

  • Be respectful!  Offering constant draws in a losing position distracts your opponent.  Do not offer a draw unless you think the other person might take it and only offer it once.

The most important thing to remember is that the laws of chess and chess etiquette for over the board tournament play should be played in similar regard online.  These are official Topchess online events and you are representing our community.  Tournament rules apply.  

Breaches of any of the policies mentioned (eg. using computer assistance etc.) is not permitted and could lead to penalties imposed by Topchess at their discretion without refund, including and up to ongoing bans from online events and even over the board tournaments.  Cheating will not be tolerated.

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