There are the FIDE Rules for Chess. This for different types of chess. Are there also official rules for Simultaneous exhibition chess? Where can I find them?

  • There are no such rules. Is there something in particular that you are interested in? Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 21:58
  • There is nothing particular. Just want to know if there are official 'rights and obligations' for the exhibitor and the players.
    – Marco
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 6:15
  • @Marco The rule in simultaneous exhibitions tend to be more informal. I.e., don't move until the person doing the simul gets to your board. Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 23:48

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I don't think FIDE would be involved in regulating such events because they are not rated. I found this interesting PDF with some notes, although I think they could be improved. For example, it is not clear if the player loses the game after three passes.

  1. The exhibitor plays the white pieces on each board.
  2. Do not touch any chessman until the exhibitor arrives at your board. When the exhibitor is standing in front of your board, make your move (within 5 seconds) while the exhibitor is observing. The exhibitor will make a move on your board before going on to the next board.
  3. Participants, but not the exhibitor, must abide by the touch move rule. The exhibitor’s move is not final until he or she touches a piece on the next board.
  4. Each player is allowed three passes when the exhibitor arrives at his or her board. Using a pass means that the exhibitor will skip your board, but you will need to make a move (or use another pass) when the exhibitor comes back after visiting the other boards.
  5. Participants may not receive assistance from other players or bystanders during their games. Exception: participants may sign up as a pair and play on one board.
  6. Participants must take notation.
  7. If the exhibitor has any other rules, those will be announced at the start of the exhibition.


Simul Rules

  • Good answer, but why is your URL going through Google to get to another site?
    – D M
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 20:22
  • These points are more or less how I remember playing simuls when I was a kid. Point 2, however, does not apply if the simul is played with chess clocks. Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 22:00
  • I'm sorry @DM, I didn't know how to get the clean URL, just downloaded the PDF. Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 10:59
  • @DanielAlfredoSottile No problem, someone fixed the URL. "For example, it is not clear if the player loses the game after three passes." - They are "allowed" three so they wouldn't lose after three, but attempting to use a fourth would probably make them lose, by those rules.
    – D M
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 17:05
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    @DM If it is not in the rules then, in my opinion, the organiser can define it. Either the person looses or the request is refused/neglected by the exhibitor.
    – Marco
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 7:01

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