Kevin Bonham

30-05-2009, 01:52 AM

I saw some commentary by firegoat7 in the Toolbox today that criticises the way that you are allowed to move before you have written down your opponent's move and suggests that this was previously not allowed, and suggests that:

The introduction of digital clocks with incremental time controls allowed this rule change to slip under the radar.

As far as I can establish this change actually came in in the 1997 Laws in which the following from the 1993 version:

11.1 In the course of play, each player is required to record the game (his own moves and those of his opponent), move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible in the Algebraic Notation, on the scoresheet prescribed for the competition. It is irrelevant whether the player first makes his move and then records it, or vice versa.

[The use of Descriptive Notation or foreign versions of Algebraic Notation is tolerated in internal tournaments, e.g. weekend congresses.]

became:

8.1. In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent, move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible, in the algebraic notation (Appendix E), on the scoresheet prescribed for the competition.

A player may reply to his opponent's move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another. The offer of a draw must be recorded on the scoresheet by both players.(Appendix E.12) If a player due to physical or religious reasons, is unable to keep score, an amount of time, decided by the arbiter, shall be deducted from his allotted time at the beginning of the game.

Now, it is true that this change came in in the same version of the Laws in which increments came in, but I am not sure whether those changes actually have anything to do with each other. Anyway I have noted the above for interest and also added a poll to see what people here think of the issue.

The introduction of digital clocks with incremental time controls allowed this rule change to slip under the radar.

As far as I can establish this change actually came in in the 1997 Laws in which the following from the 1993 version:

11.1 In the course of play, each player is required to record the game (his own moves and those of his opponent), move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible in the Algebraic Notation, on the scoresheet prescribed for the competition. It is irrelevant whether the player first makes his move and then records it, or vice versa.

[The use of Descriptive Notation or foreign versions of Algebraic Notation is tolerated in internal tournaments, e.g. weekend congresses.]

became:

8.1. In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent, move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible, in the algebraic notation (Appendix E), on the scoresheet prescribed for the competition.

A player may reply to his opponent's move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another. The offer of a draw must be recorded on the scoresheet by both players.(Appendix E.12) If a player due to physical or religious reasons, is unable to keep score, an amount of time, decided by the arbiter, shall be deducted from his allotted time at the beginning of the game.

Now, it is true that this change came in in the same version of the Laws in which increments came in, but I am not sure whether those changes actually have anything to do with each other. Anyway I have noted the above for interest and also added a poll to see what people here think of the issue.