Tournament Electronic Devices Rule

Most chess tournaments have rules that prohibit the use of any electronic device that could potentially help a player cheat on the board. There have been real-world examples of players cheating on their smartphone apps in the toilets. The ban typically includes smartphones (see the “mobile phone rule”) and also laptops, tablets, chess computers, and so on.

Different tournaments have different rules. A violation may result in a warning, some kind of penalty, or a “electronic device forfeit” in some cases. Some tournaments may require phones and devices not be on your person, whereas others may not even allow any device in your bag inside the playing rooms.

Thankfully, or perhaps sadly, depending on your age, this means that nobody plays Minecraft or Super Mario while sitting opposite you at the chess board.

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