PLAYING GUIDELINES FOR RATED 10/30 CORRESPONDENCE 
        GAMES PLAYED BY OUR COMRADES USING STANDARD EMAIL.

        10/30 speed means we must each play at least 1 move within a
        30-day time period. Only specific email games that you submit
        will be rated on this site, providing you register those games
        on this site before playing move 3. So try to be selective and
        please remember that email games have lots of requirements.

        TABLE OF CONTENTS

         1: Required PGN Headers
         2: Required Algebraic Notation
         3: 10/30 Playing Speed 
         4: Required Time Controls
            4a: Your opponent's sent date
            4b: Your received date
            4c: Your answered date
            4d: Time zone difference
         5: Repeating a Move
         6: Overstepping ( exceeding )the Time Limit
            6a: Using more than 30 days to answer a move
            6b: Playing less than 10 moves within 30 used days
            6c: Using more than 30 days to answer any one move 
            6d: Receiving two documented oversteps
         7: If (conditional) Moves
         8: Illegal Moves
         9: Altered Moves 
        10: Excused Time Out
        11: Silent Abandonment
        12: Player Substitution
        13: Chess Engines
        14: Finished Games
        15: Rated Results
        16: Contacts
 
Guideline 1: REQUIRED PGN HEADERS 
Using data that is specific to you and your match, when playing by email
we must include this proper 9-line PGN header on each note. Event numbers
ending in W mean Comrade plays white; B means Comrade plays black. Example:

       [Event "T126019B"]          Event number including W or B.
       [Site "conradchess.com"]    Enter conradchess.com.
       [Mode "email game"]         Enter email game. 
       [Date "07.04.2015"]         Enter start date ( month.day.year )
       [White "Claus, Jens"]       Enter name of person playing white.
       [Black "Tavenrath, Rainer"] Enter name of person playing black.      
       [WhiteTeam "Cxxxxxxxxxs"]   Enter Comrades or Challengers.   
       ;BlackTeam "Cxxxxxxxxxs"]   Enter Comrades or Challengers.   
       [Result "1/2-1/2"]          Enter game result: 1-0 or 1/2-1/2 or 0-1.  
 
Guideline 2: REQUIRED ALGEBRAIC NOTATION
Right below the required 8-line PGN header, we must always all moves of 
our game in English short Algebraic Notation: K=King, Q=Queen, R=Rook, 
B=Bishop and N=Knight which should look something like this:
 
       1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bd6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 c6 7.Bg5 O-O 
       8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Be2 Be6 10.O-O Nc6 11.Re1 h6 12.Bh4 a6 13.Qd2 Rc8 
       14.Bd3 b5 15.Rac1 1/2-1/2 

Guideline 3: 10/30 PLAYING SPEED
This means we must play 10 moves per 30 used day periods. 10/30; 20/60; 30/90; 
40/120 etc. Put simply, we must reach move 10 in each game within 30 used days; 
then reach move 20 in each game within 60 used days, etc.

       NOTE: Unused days from one time control can be used in the next time 
             control just like a regular game of clocked chess. For example, 
             let's say you only used 5 days to reach move 10. You have saved 
             25 days in your 1st time control and you now have 25+30=55 days 
             remaining on your clock to reach move 20 in your 2nd time control,
             but we cannot use more than 10 days to answer any one move!

Guideline 4: REQUIRED TIME CONTROLS
Right below the Algebraic game moves, we must always include the time controls, 
even if our opponent does not. Let's clarify what 'used days' means. Most games
are won by position .. not the clock: 

       4A: Your opponents sent date
       Your opponent's clock stops on the calendar date that his/her outgoing 
       email is actually postmarked by the Internet provider. This date may not 
       always be the same date that your opponent claims to have sent the move. 
       If the postmark is a day or so later than your opponent claimed, simply 
       adjust your opponents expected sent date to reflect the true sent date 
       and carbon copy the Director so it's on the record.

       4B: Your received date
       Your clock starts on the calendar date you see the opponents unopened
       incoming move has arrived in your email box. This date may not always 
       be the same date that your opponent expected you to receive that move.
       If your opponent claims differently and the difference is less than 2
       days, you can change your received date to accommodate your opponent
       or request he accept the date you sent and carbon copy the Director. 

       4C: Your answered date
       Your clock stops on the calendar date your outgoing email is actually 
       postmarked by the Internet provider. This date may not always be the 
       same date you answered that move. If your opponent claims your move 
       was postmarked a day or so later than you claimed, simply adjust your 
       answered date to the true sent date and carbon copy the Director. 

       NOTE: Answering a move the same date it was received counts as
            'zero time used' for that move! 

       4D: Time zone differences 
       To compensate for differences in time zones, moves received after 8:00 pm
       (20:00 hours) can be dated as having arrived the next morning. If you are 
       playing two games with the same opponent and are ready to reply in one game
       but need more time in the other game, just send separate emails. We are not
       required to send both moves in the same email. Each game has its own time
       controls that must always go below the Algebraic moves which should look 
       something like this example ( using actual dates):

       10/30 Time controls: Enter the words 10/30 time controls. 
       Sent: Sept 4th       Enter the date opponent's note was postmarked. 
       Rcvd: Sept 5th       Enter the date you opened your opponent's note.    
       Ansd: Sept 6th       Enter the date your reply should be postmarked.  
       White used +1 day totals  9 of 60 allowed days to reach move 20; Total days used.   
       Black used +1 day totals 12 of 60 allowed days to reach move 20. Total days used.

       NOTE: Change 30 to 60 allowed days at move 11; then change 60 to 90 allowed
             days at move 21; then change 90 to 120 allowed days at move 31; etc. 

Guideline 5: REPEATING A MOVE
If an opponent's move is due, send a friendly repeat on the 5th day to make sure 
some email was not lost. If you still have no word from your opponent within 10 days, 
send another repeat on the 10th day and carbon copy the Director. The Director will
send your 10th day repeat to your opponent to help get that game resumed. If your 
opponent exceeds the time control, submit a time complaint to the Director and 
include repeat dates to support your time complaint for Arbitration. 

       NOTE: If you have properly sent sent "5th day plus 10th day repeats" and
             it is obvious that your opponent used "more than 10 days" to answer 
             your move, without having requested time out days, the Arbiter can
            "double" the number of days ( after day 10 ) that your opponent used. 

Guideline 6: OVERSTEPPING (EXCEEDING) THE TIME LIMIT
There are FOUR ways that you or your opponent can exceed the 10/30 time limit: 

       6A: Using MORE than 30 days to play 10 moves automatically results in 
       a 5-day penalty! Let's say you used 35 days to play 10 moves. This means you
       have exceed the 10/30 time control by 5 DAYS. This is considered an overstep!

       6B: Playing LESS than 10 moves within 30 used days also results in an
       automatic 5-day penalty! Let's say you only reached move 8 in 30 used days. 
       This means you have exceeded the 10/30 time control by 2 MOVES. This is also 
       considered an overstep!

       6C: Using MORE than 30 days to answer any ONE move will result in an 
       automatic 5-day penalty and could easily result in game forfeiture by the
       Arbiter. ( see silent abandonment )

       6D: Receiving TWO documented oversteps usually results in game forfeiture.

Guideline 7: If (CONDITIONAL) MOVES
You may include 'if' moves when you feel the reply is obvious .. or when you simply 
want to put some time pressure on your opponent. However, whenever we include a legal 
'if' move that is accepted, that move is binding .. even if it is a blunder. Sending 
email moves is the same as playing touch move chess, we cannot take that move back!

Guideline 8: ILLEGAL MOVES
If you send or receive an illegal or an ambiguous move that has several different 
interpretations, or if you fail to include your move, you or your opponent should 
quickly send that note back for clarification. There is an automatic 5-day penalty 
for each illegal, ambiguous or forgot-to-include move. If you or your opponent send 
more than two illegal, ambiguous or forgotten moves in one game, that game can be 
subject to forfeiture by Arbitration. This is why we strongly recommend including 
your intended move in your email's Subject line. Here is an example of what this 
should look like: 

       Subject: T126010B moves 5.c4 Nf6 6 ..
 
       NOTE: If the Subject line move differs from your opponent's actual sent 
             move, quickly ask the sender to clarify which of the two different 
             moves is the intended move. Also carbon copy the Director so a 5-day 
             penalty request can be made against your opponent.

Guideline 9: ALTERED MOVES
Frequently check all moves that were played to make sure no moves were altered. 
If you receive an altered move, quickly forward that note to the Director. 

       NOTE: If your opponent "accidentally or deliberately alters" a move that
             was already played or alters the total number of days that were 
             actually used and no penalty or corrective action was enforced by
             the Tournament Director, you will be declared the winner of that 
             game on this website.

Guideline 10: EXCUSED TIME OUT
We each may request up to 42 excused time out days, per game, per year. These days 
must be notified in advance. Failure to notify your opponent plus the Director can
result in game forfeiture. If you send your move and go on an announced leave, your 
clock stops until you return; your opponent's clock works from the day he/she opened 
your sent move, up to the day that his/her outgoing reply is postmarked. If a person
sends a move while supposedly on vacation, his/her cloc restarts on that day.

Guideline 11: SILENT ABANDONMENT
We cannot use more than 30 days to answer any one move. If you go silent for 31 or 
more days and your opponent has sent you at least one repeat with a carbon copy to 
the Director, your silent withdrawal will most likely be cited as a forfeit by the 
Director and it will be submitted for Arbitration.

Guideline 12: PLAYER SUBSTITUTION
If both players have not yet reached move 3, substitution can be made whereby both 
players begin a new game. Once 3 or more moves have been played, substitution can 
be made, but only if both players continue the already started game/s to prevent 
any player who made an opening mistake from withdrawing.

Guideline 13: CHESS ENGINES
Since it is impossible to prevent anyone from seeking help ( kibitzing, data bases,
computers, on-line analysis, end-game programs, etc ) the use of chess engines for 
Individual Challenges "is permitted" in order to be competitive with international 
chess clubs that allow the use of chess engines during their international matches.

Guideline 14: FINISHED GAMES
Send completed games to the Director so they can be be reviewed for typing errors.
Your finished game will be rated and become viewable on a ConradCHESS move-by-move 
chess board.

Guideline 15: RATED RESULTS
We start you at 1200. Then during your first 10 games, you'll earn +120 rating pts
for each win, +60 pts for each draw and only drop -20 pts for each loss.  Once you
have completed 10 games, you will earn +10 rating pts for each win, +5 pts pts per
draw, and only drop -5 pts per lose starting on your 11th game. 

Guideline 16: CONTACTS
Please let us know if you have questions regarding these Playing Guidelines.
On behalf of all participants and our Staff, we wish you enjoyable games!
Director & Team Captain: Conrad Goodman ---- conradchess@aol.com 

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