Sheffield & District Chess Association

Established 1883



Constitution, Rules &c




S&DCA Guidance Regarding Mobile Phones



In view of the even-more severe FIDE Law affecting mobile phones which came into effect in July, the Fixture Meeting of 16/09/2014 agreed to adopt the following, which could to be formally incorporated into the S&DCA Rules at the next AGM.

Except in exceptional circumstances [see (c)], such as the player being a doctor on call, mobile phones should be switched off completely.  Captains are advised to tell players to switch off their phones prior to the start of a match.

If, during a match, a player’s phone which has not been exempted from being switched off nevertheless makes a noise, then on the first occurrence in the match the player shall be deemed to have received a warning and should take steps to prevent a recurrence.  On a second occasion in the same match the player shall lose his game, unless the opponent cannot win the game by any series of legal moves in which case the game shall be drawn.

Exemption from having the phone switched off requires either that such exemption has been requested by the player and has been granted for that match by the opposing captain, or else that the circumstances fall within the scope of a general exemption issued by the Executive