There are only two people on a team, no substitutions are
Each team will play only two games, one for each player,
against each other team.
The team decides which player is to play white and which
player is to play the black pieces in each match.
The time control is Game in 5 minutes.
Each player is responsible for providing a clock. If
neither player, in an individual game, has a clock both players receive a
forfeit loss for that game.
The game is clock move. A move is not completed until the
opponent's clock has been started.
Each match is concluded as soon as one of the players on a
team wins their game.
Illegal moves lose, providing they are caught on the first
move after the illegal move has been made.
a. If an opponent makes a move and starts the opponent's clock,
they have forfeited the right to claim that illegal move.
b. Before play
begins both players should inspect the position of the pieces and the setting
of the clock, since once each side has made a move all claims for correcting
either are null and void. The only exception is if one or both players have
more than five minutes on their clock, then the tournament director may reduce
the time accordingly.
c. Illegal moves,
unnoticed by both players, cannot be corrected afterwards, nor can they become
the basis for later making an illegal move claim. If the King and Queen are
set up incorrectly when the game begins, then you may castle short on the
queen side and castle long on the kingside. Once each side has made a move,
incorrect setups must stay.
When a piece is captured, the captured piece is passed to
the partner only after the move is completed.
A partner has the option of either moving one of their
pieces on their board or placing a piece their partner has captured on their
captured piece may be placed on any unoccupied square on the board, with the
exception that a pawn may not be placed on the first or last rank.
b. Pieces may be
placed to create check or checkmate.
c. A promoted pawn,
which has been captured, reverts to a pawn and not the promoted piece.
A player may not attempt to hide pieces captured by their
partner from the opponent. The first attempt will be a warning and the second
attempt will result in forfeiture of the game.
Partners may verbally communicate throughout a game. It is
legal for one partner to make move suggestions to the other partner. It is
illegal and grounds for forfeiting the match if one partner physically moves
one of their partner's pieces.
Each player must push the clock button with the same hand
they use to move their pieces. Exception: only during castling may a player
use both hands. When capturing only one hand may be used. The first infraction
will get a warning, the second a one minute penalty and the third will result
in the loss of the game.
Except for pushing the clock button neither player should
touch the clock except:
a. To straighten it;
b. If either player
knocks over the clock his opponent gets one minute added to his clock;
c. If your
opponent's clock does not begin you may push their side down and re-punch your
side; however, if this procedure is unsatisfactory, please call for a
d. Each player must
always be allowed to push the clock after their move is made. Neither player
should keep their hand on or hover over the clock.
Define a win. A game is won by the player:
1) who has mated their opponent's king;
2) whose opponent resigns;
3) whose opponent's
flag falls first, at any time before the game is otherwise ended, provided
he/she points it out and neutralizes the clock while their own flag is still
4) who, after an illegal move, takes the opponent's king or stops the clock;
5) an illegal move
doesn't negate a player's right to claim on time, provided he/she does so
prior to their opponent's claim of an illegal move. If the claims are
simultaneous, the player who made the illegal move loses.
Defining a draw. A game is a draw:
a. By agreement between the teams during the game only.
b. If the flag of
one player falls after the flag of the other player has already fallen and a
win has not been claimed, unless either side mates before noticing both flags
down. Announced checkmate nullifies any later time claims.
If a player accidentally displaces one or more pieces, he
shall replace them on his own time. If it is necessary, his opponent may start
the opponent's clock without making a move in order to make sure that the
culprit uses his own time while replacing the pieces. Finally, it is
unsportsmanlike to knock over any pieces then punch the clock. For the first
offense the player will get a warning (unless this causes his flag to fall, in
which case the opponent will get one extra minute added to his clock). For a
second offense a one minute add-on for the opponent will be imposed. For a
third offense the offender shall forfeit the game. Thereafter, the tournament
director may use other penalties or expel a player from the event for repeated
In case of a dispute either player may stop both clocks
while the tournament director is being summoned. In any unclear situation the
tournament director will consider the testimony of both players and any
reliable witnesses before rendering his decision. If a player wishes to appeal
the decision of a tournament director, the player must first appeal to the
section chief then, if necessary, the player may appeal to the Chief floor
director, whose decision in all cases is final.
The tournament director shall not pick up the clock; except
in the case of a dispute.
Spectators and players in another match are not to speak or
otherwise interfere in a game. If a spectator interferes in any way, such as
by calling attention to the flag fall or an illegal move, the tournament
director may cancel the game and rule that a new game be played in its stead,
and he may also expel the offending party from the playing room. The
tournament director should also be silent about illegal moves, flag falls,
etc. (unless there is an agreement with the players, before the game, to call
them) as this is entirely the responsibility of the players.
If a player promotes a pawn they must leave the pawn on the
board and clearly indicate to their opponent to what piece the pawn is being
promoted. The promoted pawn will be laid on it's side to indicate that it is a
Only a tournament director may determine if a clock is
defective and change clocks.
Excessive banging of pieces or clock will not be tolerated
and the offending player may be penalized with loss of time.
Insufficient losing chances claims cannot be made in Bughouse games.