Guidelines for Puranava Chess Competitions 2022 @ Houston

Age categories (Age to be calculated as of Aug 13, 2022)

1. Level 1 – Ages 5-7
2. Level 2 – Ages 8-12
3. Level 3 – Ages 13-18


Common Rules for All Categories:

• Please bring your own chess boards for preliminary rounds. The Organizer will decide whether your
board or the opponent board will be used for the competition.
• Ask the invigilator for any rule Clarifications.
• Player should know the basic chess moves to play the game, not the special moves like castling or end
passant or pawn promotion. (the player must know how to move the King, queen, Bishop, knight, rook
and pawn.) Since this is a competition and not the time to teach, lack of required chess knowledge will
lead to the opponent being announced as the winner.
• Board rule: The right hand (down) corner of the person should have the white square. If not ask the
invigilator to change it.
• Third party / parents are not allowed to coach the game. Parents are allowed to watch the game while it
is in progress.
• This is knockout game, Draw is not allowed so play should play the game until either one of you win or
either one of you accepts the loss and leaves the game.
• Do not interrupt a Chess Game which is in Progress.
• Do not talk/quarrel with the opponent for anything while game is in progress.
• Touch of chess pieces: If you touch a piece on the chess board, you must move it.
• If the piece is placed in a wrong square, report to the invigilator and ask his permission to change the
move, do not talk/quarrel with the opponent.
• Do not ask any help from others or parents while game is in progress, if you need any clarification on the
move, ask the invigilator.
• Do not take any captured piece and place it in the board. You will be disqualified, and opponent will be
announced as winner.
• There is no time limit for any move, so be patient for the opponent to move and take your own time for
your move.
• When the King is in check / attack, you must move the king to other position and avoid the threat of the
opponent, either by blocking your king with some other piece or move your king to valid place.
• When you check the opponent king and the opponent is not having any valid move for his/her king it
will be considered as the check mate and you win the game. Checkmate is a game position in chess in
which a player's king is in check (threatened with capture) and there is no way to remove the threat.
Checkmating the opponent wins the game.
• If the opponent is having only king in the board and if you could not capture /check mate the king within
16 moves of the opponent king, the game is considered as draw, you both will be asked to start a new
game until either one of you wins the game or accepts that he/she lost the game or leaves the game for

• If you have any doubt when you do Castling, End passant and Pawn promotion, Call the invigilator.
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• The competition Organizer have all the rights to change the rules of the competition, (for Ex. Time frame
of the Rapid competition or anything) at any time without any Notice.
• The Format of the game will be changed to Rapid chess competition instead of regular traditional
competition depending upon situation (There is more possibility to have a Rapid chess competition than
traditional chess competition), so please bring a stop watch or a smartphone to use as the stop watch.
Whoever is running out of time will lose the game or whoever is doing the checkmate of the opponent
will be announced as winner and advance to next round. Please Teach the kids how to use the stop
watch or smartphone stop watch App.
• The organizer May use toss to decide who has to pick white or black, toss winner will have the option to
pick white or black.

Photography Rights:
• By participating in the Puranava Chess Competition 2022, you agree to let us use photographs of
you and/or your work at the event for promotional purposes. Your participation also allows us to
use your photos in our future print or online publications, social media posts, flyers or other
promotional material and for historical documentation.

Competition Format:
1. Draws will be prepared after registration is complete, Number of rounds of chess competition will
be decided based on the number of registrants.
2. Winners will advance appropriately.
Please contact Venkat ji (Vellore.venkat@gmail.com) with any questions.

Registration and Check-in:
• Registration fee: $20 • First 15 registrants in every category will get an early bird discount rate of
o Register @ www.puranava-usa.org
o Call 832-863-4856 for more information
o No Refund of Registration Fee.
• Walk-in registration - $25 per participant if a slot is available
• Check-in on the day of event is at 12:30 PM – @Pearland Town Center, Pearland TX

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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