Chess Grades 4-6
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- Shake hands with your opponent before beginning to play.
- Only touch a piece when you are ready to move it.One of the rules of chess says that if you touch a piece you must move it (unless it is not possible). So think carefully first, without touching, and only when you have made up your mind about which move you want to make, go straight to the piece, move it to the square you want and let it go.
- If you need to touch a piece to put it properly on its square for example, you should give a warningof what you are about to do by saying “j’adoube” (say: “zhadoob” it’s French for “I adjust”) or just say “I adjust”.
- Never touch the board or put your fingers on a square to help you think. You must train yourself to work out your moves in your head.
- Do not fidget or do anything to distract your opponent when it is his/her turn to move. Don’t play with things, and never speak to your opponent or ask a question while thinking. If you must move about, good chess manners allow you to get up quietly and walk around to stretch your muscles.
- Never take moves back and never ask to change a movebecause “it’s not what you really meant.” Once a move is made it must stay made, even if it is a horrible blunder.
- Always be patient, no matter how long your opponent takes to move. Sit quietly or, if you must, leave the board till your opponent has moved or – best of all – use your time to study the position of the chessmen some more and work out what is going to happen.
- Be a good sport and loser. Nobody likes a bad loser. This does not mean you should not try to find out why you lost as talking about that with your opponent could help you play better next time.