1. Make choices that don't cause problems for anyone
2. Maintain silence.
3. Don't talk to anyone playing a game. Suggesting moves, commenting about the game or otherwise distracting players isn't acceptable, unless a student has been designated by Ms. Proctor to be a chess “teacher” to chess “students.”
4. No food or drink allowed, with the exception of a water bottle.
5. Fair play is expected. Don't gloat when you win or cry when you lose. Shake hands with your opponent before and after the game, regardless of the outcome.
6. Touch move rule: If you touch a piece, move it, and release it in the new location, the move is final. If you touch a piece, move it, but return it to the original destination (all without taking your finger off the piece), then that move does not count.
7. If you are offered a challenge, accept it if you're not already playing a game.
8. When the game is finished, set the board up again in starting position. This will help to avoid losing pieces. At the end of the meeting, CAREFULLY put all of the pieces back in the bag, and check the floor to see if any escaped!
9. If there is a dispute: find an adult, explain the situation, and accept his/her decision without complaint.
10. Remember, you're here to play chess. If you aren't playing, you'll be asked to leave.
11. Failure to obey the Club Rules will result in a warning. If it gets to be a problem, there will be a call to your parent, and you will be expelled from the club.
**Chess takes an excessive amount of concentration. Noise and distraction are not allowed. Visitors (siblings) will be outside to wait for parent pick up.