02. Handicapped Players
Supplement to the FIDE Rules of Play
Competitive games between visually handicapped and sighted players and between visually handicapped players.
Tournament directors shall have the power to adapt the following rules according to local circumstances. In competitive chess between sighted and visually handicapped players (legally blind) either player may demand the use of two boards, the sighted player using a normal board, the visually handicapped player using one specially constructed. The specially constructed board must meet the following requirements:
The following regulations shall govern play:
The moves shall be announced clearly, repeated by the opponent and executed on his board. To make the announcement as clear as possible, the use of the following names is suggested instead of the corresponding letters, algebraic notation to be used:A-Anna
Ranks from white to black shall receive the German numbers:1-eins
Castling is announced "Lange Rochade" (German for long castling) and "Kurze Rochade" (German for short castling).
The pieces bear the names: Koenig, Dame, Turm, Laeufer, Springer, Bauer
When promoting a pawn the player must announce which piece is chosen.
On the visually handicapped player's board a piece shall be considered "touched" when it has been taken out of the securing aperture.
A move shall be considered "executed" when:
Only then the opponent's clock shall be started.
As far as points 2 and 3 are concerned the normal rules are valid for the sighted player.
A specially constructed chess clock for the visually handicapped shall be admissable. It shall incorporate the following features:
The visually handicapped player must keep score of the game in Braille or longhand or record the moves on a tape recorder.
A slip of the tongue in the announcement of a move must be corrected immediately and before the clock of the opponent is started.
If during a game different positions should arise on the two boards, they must be corrected with the assistance of the controller and by consulting both players' game scores. If the two game scores correspond with each other, the player who has written the correct move but executed the wrong one must adjust his position to correspond with the move on the game scores.
If, when such differences occur and the two game scores are found to differ, the moves shall be retraced to the point where the two scores agree and the controller shall readjust the clocks accordingly.
The visually handicapped player shall have the right to make use of an assistant who shall have any or all of the following duties:
If the visually handicapped player does not make use of an assistant, the sighted player may make use of one who shall carry out the duties mentioned under point 9(a) and (b).