Good Chess Etiquette and Sportsmanship

Each player is expected to demonstrate good chess ettiquette and sportsmanship.


Good Chess Sportsmanship


Definition of Sportsmanship:  Conduct and attitude considered as befitting participants in sports, especially fair play, courtesy, striving spirit, and grace in losing. 


Always be polite.  Greet your opponent on time in a pleasant way with a handshake. You may say, “it’s a pleasure to meet you, my name is…” or “I look forward to playing you” or “thank you for playing me” or something along those lines.  Never make any statement about your game expectations. Do not say anything that may offend your opponent.


Also, avoid expressions, body language or gestures that may offend.


Always follow the rules of chess. If your opponent breaks a rule and does not correct the move when asked, or you disagree about the move, ask a tournament director or person in charge to make a ruling on the situation. Do not argue with your opponent.


Following a match, be a good loser or winner.  Either way, thank your opponent for a good game with a handshake.  If you lost, consider this to be a good learning opportunity and analyze what you might have done different, preferably with your opponent.  This is much more productive than getting upset. Remember, you can learn more from a single loss than from many wins, and when you learn you really win. If you won the game, make no statement about having won or celebrate in front of your opponent.  Simply thank them for a good game with a handshake.


Good Chess Etiquette


Definition of Etiquette:  conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.








Each player is expected to demonstrate good chess ettiquette and sportsmanship.