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- - By Ciron (**) Date 2009-09-27 21:13

A lot of input - new ideas, changes, corrections - can be found in this document.

If you love Freestyle Chess, you should not miss it!

Please note, these are general rules applicable to Freestyle Tournaments, but each tournament will in addition have its own particular rules, such as schedule, server location, number of rounds, tiebreaker rules, prize funds, emergency chat URL and other details.

We will appreciate your views and comments (or may be simply your questions) right here or on the freestyle subforum:

Earlier discussions on the Rybka forum can be found here:
(Note, the download for draft #1 has been replaced by draft #2)

Special thanks to Nelson who joined the work in progress and spent much of his precious time for improving draft no. 1; thanks also to Kevin and William for helping backstage.

One of the next steps will be to set up the plannings for a new Freestyle Tournament, as already discussed and proposed on this site. But I think, it is a good start to first come up with the general rules before talking about concrete details.

Regards, Arno
Parent - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) Date 2009-09-28 02:12
My own footnote...while I think Arno and I have covered a lot of issues in this new edition that have been controversial in past tournaments, and we now think it is close to completion, this is by no means a final document.  We continue to solicit constructive comments and ideas. 

A criticism that we anticipate is some variation of "how do you enforce this" or "people can still cheat".  Our feeling was that it is better to have clear, codified rules than to have no rules.  This way the 'grey areas' are reduced or eliminated and it is clear what is black or white.  If people want to violate written rules then they will have to consciously become outlaws and thieves.  All any society can do is establish standards and then try to justly enforce them; society cannot guarantee that all citizens will be law-abiding.
Parent - - By Restyle (*) Date 2009-10-19 18:58
50-move rule - yes/no/other?
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2009-10-19 23:01
Yes, the 50-move rule should be removed.
Parent - - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) Date 2009-10-19 23:14
The default is FIDE rules unless otherwise stated so as of now the 50 move rule applies.  However the rules have not yet turned into solid concrete so this is a point that could be discussed.  I understand the rationale for doing away with it, but I wonder: would the GUI everyone used (everyone would use the same GUI) automatically draw a game that met 50 move rule criteria?  If so, then there's no magical switch the TD could just turn on and off.
Parent - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2009-10-20 08:40
Removing that rule from the tournament's GUI should be as easy as removing some lines of code, as for our end, let everyone take care of that. ;-)
- By Uly (Gold) Date 2009-11-03 23:29
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