As we are getting back to live, over-the-board chess, it's important to help guide our scholastic players, and often times, our adult beginner players as well, on what is acceptable and what is not at a chess tournament.
There is one general rule that hopefully everyone can remember: Whenever you do something, always ask yourself is this something I would be bothered by if my opponent were doing it? If the answer is yes, it's simple, don't do it!
If the answer is no, then still, ask yourself, can this be a bit annoying to others? For example, perhaps you are a player who is not bothered by outside noise, but others might be, so don't tap your foot on the ground, or don't play with the pieces on the table, or don't bang the pencil on the table. In addition, please do not eat or drink at the table. This could not only annoy your opponent, but is against COVID-19 regulations right now! If you need a drink or a snack, please go outside or a designated area where social distancing can be maintained.
It's also customary to wish 'Good Luck' to your opponent before the game, and say 'Good Game' at the end of the game. Not doing so is considered bad sportsmanship and rude.
Chess tournaments are quiet events, so no loud talking. If you have to say something to your opponent, say it softly, quietly. The acceptable phrases to use during a game include the following: "Adjust or draw?" (if you are offering a draw), "I resign," and phrases equivalent to these. On your own time, you may also ask your opponent to share his/her scoresheet in case you get behind with the notation. Other than this, you should not talk to your opponent.
To be continued - Part 5 - Byes, Forfeits and More