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Bill Gletsos
19-03-2009, 01:58 PM
Attached is a zip containing a pdf of the 2009 FIDE Laws of Chess.

Bill Gletsos
12-07-2009, 08:53 PM
FIDE have advised National Federations that FIDE have made the following corrections to the 2009 version of the Laws of Chess they originally circulated in mid March 2009.

The above post has been amended to reflect these corrections.


FIDE Laws of Chess cover over-the-board play.
The English text is the authentic version of the Laws of Chess, which was adopted at the 79th FIDE Congress at Dresden (Germany), November 2008, coming into force on 1 July 2009.
In these Laws the words ‘he’, ‘him’ and ‘his’ include ‘she’ and ‘her’.
Article 4.6

When, as a legal move or part of a legal move, a piece has been released on a square, it cannot be moved to another square on this move. The move is then considered to have been made:
a. in the case of a capture, when the captured piece has been removed from the chessboard and the player, having placed his own piece on its new square, has released this capturing piece from his hand
b. in the case of castling, when the player's hand has released the rook on the square previously crossed by the king. When the player has released the king from his hand, the move is not yet made, but the player no longer has the right to make any move other than castling on that side, if this is legal
c. in the case of the promotion of a pawn, when the pawn has been removed from the chessboard and the player's hand has released the new piece after placing it on the promotion square. If the player has released from his hand the pawn that has reached the promotion square, the move is not yet made, but the player no longer has the right to play the pawn to another square.

The move is called legal when all the relevant requirements of Article 3 have been fulfilled. If the move is not legal, another move shall be made instead as per Article 4.5.
Article 6.6

a. Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session shall lose the game. Thus the default time is 0 minutes. The rules of a competition may specify otherwise.

b. If the rules of a competition specify a different default time, the following shall apply. If neither player is present initially, the player who has the white pieces shall lose all the time that elapses until he arrives, unless the rules of the competition specify or the arbiter decides otherwise.
Article 7.5

If during a game it is found that pieces have been displaced from their squares, the position before the irregularity shall be re-instated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. The clocks shall be adjusted according to Article 6.13. The game shall then continue from this re-instated position.
Guidelines in case a game needs to be adjourned

8. Except in the cases mentioned in the Articles 5, 6.9 and 9.6, the game is lost by a player whose recording of his sealed move:
a. is ambiguous, or
b. is recorded such that its true significance is impossible to establish, or
c. is illegal.

10. The player shall lose the game if he arrives at the chessboard more than one hour late for the resumption of an adjourned game (unless the rules of the competition specify or the arbiter decides otherwise).
However, if the player who made the sealed move is the late player, the game is decided otherwise, if:
a. the absent player has won the game by virtue of the fact that the sealed move is checkmate, or
b. the absent player has produced a drawn game by virtue of the fact that the sealed move is stalemate, or a position as described in Article 9.6 has arisen on the chessboard, or
c. the player present at the chessboard has lost the game according to Article 6.9.