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US Chess Rulebook: The Official Rules of Chess, 7th Edition, Tim Just, Chief Editor Print E-mail
Official Rules
December 14, 2018
At the 2018 Delegates Meeting in Middleton, Wisconsin, a motion passed to make portions of the 7th Edition of the US Chess Federation’s Official Rules of Chess available on-line in a free, downloadable format. The most utilized chapters in past rulebooks were: Chapter 1 (Official Rules of Chess), Chapter 2 (Tournament Section), and Chapter 11 (Blitz Chess). Those three 7th edition chapters are currently available, individually or packaged together, for viewing and downloading at no cost using these links:


Chapters 1, 2, and 11 Combined

Chapter 1 Only

Chapter 2 Only

Chapter 11 Only


With a simple point and click within the Table of Contents and on cross-referenced items, the rules become easily accessible. You can also do a text search within the PDF. The easy access of these on-line chapters makes excellent reference material for both the Tournament Director (TD) and player alike. TDs are encouraged to compare the on-line material to any printed material presented to them by players before making any rulings.

The full, unabridged paperback and e-book versions of the 7th edition is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2019. These versions will contain pairing rules, prize fund distribution rules, equipment standards, Code of ethics, rating information, correspondence rules, round robin tables, Tournament Director Certification regulations, an index, and much more. All chapters will cross reference rules for the entire book. All TDs should have a complete copy of the 7th edition of the rulebook either as an e-version copy or paperback copy.

The initial uploaded files are labeled 7.0. Should it become necessary to update the document for any reason, they will be renamed as 7.1, 7.2, etc. If you note any typos or other mistakes, please send them to [email protected] and put “Rulebook” in the subject line.

Note: For a list of updates to the rulebook since the 6th edition was published (in 2014), see Rulebook Changes Since the 6th Edition


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