Having discussed several recent cases in different chess tournaments where the attitude
of players toward their opponent or officials, journalists etc. was not acceptable under
conventional social behaviour, the FIDE Presidential Board –at the suggestion of
President Ilyumzhinov- decided on setting up strict rules regarding such behaviour.
Any player who does not shake hands with the opponent (or greets the opponent in a
normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society) before
the game starts in a FIDE tournament or during a FIDE match (and does not do it after
being asked to do so by the arbiter) or deliberately insults his/her opponent or the
officials of the event, will immediately and finally lose the relevant game.
Regarding a more comprehensive set of behavioural and ethical norms to be followed,
FIDE Ethics Commission and the Arbiter’s Council are to elaborate guidelines for the
players. The guidelines will be published on the FIDE website.
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– GM Susan Polgar