Few days ago, one of my opponent wore Bose anti noise earpieces. Of course, I didn't call the referee cause I knew that it wasn't a cheat technique. But I was wondering what is the rules for that kind of object. I think that some players could confuse with earphones and call referee for cheat attempt. Thank you for your answers :)

  • Could you clarify what you mean by the implied difference between "earpiece" and "earphone", particularly since neither of those terms seem to be use by Bose? – itub Jul 31 '19 at 10:52
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    Yes, from my point of view, an earphones is for listen music, an earpiece is like the Bose SleepBuds, just to attenuate the noise. – LittleBig Jul 31 '19 at 12:08

But I was wondering what is the rules for that kind of object.

Strictly speaking they are not allowed without the arbiter's permission.

This is what the latest FIDE Laws of Chess state: During a game, a player is forbidden to have any electronic device not specifically approved by the arbiter in the playing venue.

However, the regulations of an event may allow such devices to be stored in a player’s bag, provided the device is completely switched off. This bag must be placed as agreed with the arbiter. Both players are forbidden to use this bag without permission of the arbiter. If it is evident that a player has such a device on their person in the playing venue, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. The regulations of an event may specify a different, less severe, penalty.

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