FAQs for Children
Q. What if my opponent breaks one of the rules?
A. Put your hand up and an adjudicator will come over and help.
Q. Some schools go up to Year 8 whilst other stop at Year 6 – isn’t this unfair?
A. Older players are given a 5-minute handicap, meaning they only have 25 minutes on their clock instead of 30. Also, children can keep playing for their school after they leave at the end of Year 6, as long as they haven't joined one of the other schools in the league.
Q. I’m not used to playing with a clock - do I have to use one?
A. Yes - they stop games going on forever and are used as standard in competitive matches. Make sure you get some practice playing with a clock before you play your first match in the league.
Q. What should I do when my game is finished?
A. Put your hand up and an Adjudicator will come over and record the result. You should then set the pieces back to their starting position and leave the hall in silence.
Q. Can I stay and watch my friends play when I have finished?
A. If you are the team captain then you are allowed to stay until all of your team have finished playing. If you are not the captain, you must leave the hall as soon as you have finished your game and reported your result.