In a basketball game, it is essential to always abide by the rules, whether it is an official tournament or a friendly neighborhood game. Violating the rule of leaping more than three times before take-off is considered an offense, also known as travel.
Similarly, when engaging in a game of chess, it is expected that players adhere to the rules and etiquette, regardless of whether it is an official tournament or a casual match at home. This practice is followed by both adults and children alike. While it’s important to have fun while playing, minimizing indiscipline helps in developing control and mastery of the game.
Outlined below are some rules and etiquette often overlooked in casual chess games:
- Rule of arrangement: It is common for players to arrange the chessboard incorrectly, with the white pieces on the 7th and 8th ranks, and the black pieces on the 1st and 2nd ranks, instead of the reverse. While professionals may not be affected by this, children are more likely to face difficulties. This arrangement can lead to haziness in memory, making it challenging for children to recall lines and similar games they have studied. As a result, the knowledge gained from casual games may not be effectively retained.
- The rules of Touch and Play (Touché): Cultivating the habit of thinking thoroughly before touching a chess piece to make a move is crucial, even in casual games played with friends or family. This rule promotes accuracy in decision-making.
- Talking while playing: According to the FIDE rule of play, players should refrain from engaging in activities that may distract their opponents. Incorporating this rule into casual games exhibits good etiquette.
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