US Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess - 7th Edition - Updated September 2020 For Online Play

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This comprehensive rulebook is the only guide sanctioned and compiled by the US Chess Federation, the governing body for chess in the United States. It is designed as a reference for all chess players—but especially tournament chess players—and tournament directors. 

This new edition includes:

  • All relevant rules and updates enacted by US Chess since the 6th Edition.
  • The US Chess Code of Ethics
  • Important upgrades to tournament director certification.

The US Chess Federation (US Chess) is the official governing body and not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization for chess players and chess supporters in the United States. Our mission is to empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess. Our vision is that Chess is recognized as an essential tool that is inclusive, benefits education and rehabilitation, and promotes recreation and friendly competition. US Chess represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE), connecting our members to chess players around the world. The United States Chess Federation (now known as US Chess) was founded in 1939 with the merger of the American Chess Federation and the National Chess Federation, US Chess has grown to serve over 90,000 members and 2,000 affiliated chess clubs and organizations today. Every year, US Chess sanctions and rates over 10,000 tournaments and over half a million games. We host over 25 National Championships and award titles to both amateurs and professionals, ranging from elementary school students to senior citizens.