Guidelines For Quickplay Finishes – Important

All active players in NE League should familiarise themselves with this as it is a change from the traditional version of the two minute rule.

Guidelines III. Games without increment including Quickplay Finishes

 III.1 A ‘quickplay finish’ is the phase of a game when all the remaining moves must be completed in a finite time. (Note:  this is same as 90 minutes to play all moves).

III.2.1 The Guidelines below concerning the final period of the game including Quickplay Finishes, shall only be used at an event if their use has been announced beforehand.

III.2.2 These Guidelines shall apply only to standard chess and rapid chess games without increment and not to blitz games.

III.3.1 If both flags have fallen and it is impossible to establish which flag fell first then: 

III.3.1.2 the game is drawn if this occurs in the period of a game in which all remaining moves must be completed. (Note this is default situation for League matches)

III.6 The following shall apply when the competition is not supervised by an arbiter:

III.6.1 A player may claim a draw when he has less than two minutes left on his clock and before his flag falls. This concludes the game. He may claim on the basis: 

III.6.1.1 that his opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or

 III.6.1.2 that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means. 

In III.6.1.1 the player must write down the final position and his opponent must verify it. In III.6.1.2 the player must write down the final position and submit an upto-date scoresheet. The opponent shall verify both the scoresheet and the final position.

 III.6.2 The claim shall be referred to the designated arbiter.

NOTE Section III.6.1.1 ‘cannot win by normal means’ when even with WORST play by the person making the claim. So if W K+Q  claims draw against K+P+B, the claim would be invalid. Better to take the P and then claim the draw. 

NOTE Section III.6.1.2 Trying to win on time by moving random pieces is not allowed, there must have been an improvement towards winning in the previous few moves. This should be obvious from the scoresheet – or last recorded position compared with final position.