Participants are expected to use the same computer during the whole tournament. Play must be on desktops, laptops and notebooks only, mobiles and tablets are not allowed.
YOU MUST BE ON ZOOM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES.
Bathroom break: Does not apply to Rapid. For Online Regular rated play (G/25+10 & slower), one (1) is allowed per round, but not if the remaining time on both clocks totals under 30 minutes. For Online Quick or Online Blitz rated play, such a break may be penalized at the director's discretion and may be a factor considered in "fair play" enforcement.
The bathroom break limit applies to players whether using Zoom or not. Before going on a bathroom break, players must click the "raise your hand" button and type "bathroom" in the Zoom chat.
The best setting for the Zoom camera is the angle behind the user, possibly on a cell phone, that allows a view of the entire chess board & monitor. Using the playing computer for Zoom as well is not recommended (uses up bandwidth) and can cause lag or freezing of the chessboard.
The Director may on occasion require that Zoom be temporarily adjusted to reveal parts of the room not otherwise displayed.
Audio as well as video must be enabled on Zoom.
Noise such as music that may be loud enough to mask possible illegal discussion is not permitted.
Zoom may be used either on the computer being used to play or on a separate device, clearly showing the player and making him/her easily identifable.
A player may not leave for a bathroom break while on move.
Players are warned that improvement of play slightly after a bathroom break is considered highly suspicious and, depending on other factors, could lead to a player being forfeited or banned.