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General MSO Tournament Rules
The MSO is run to let all players enjoy a fun and fair competition. The rules are used to ensure that thsi is the
case. As with any large event there will always be need for the arbiter and occasional examples of cheating. This
article is designed to outline the general rules of the MSO that apply to all events. It is necessary to be
able to deal with any situation that can arise to ensure that all medals are justly awarded.
Deliberate cheating is the most serious offence that a player can do. If a player is caught deliberately cheating
they will automatically be disqualified without a refund. The worse offenders can be stripped of any earlier medals,
ranks and titles and potentially will face a life-time ban and all appropriate international governing bodies will
The senior Arbiter's decision will override all other written game rules. This is because some games have not
fully dealt with the complexities that can arise at international level of competition. In the event that a player
feels that the senior arbiters decision is unjustifiable a ruling council will be formed of three senior MSO commitee
members for which the complaining player must pay a deposit. Each council member then must vote either for or against
the ruling. A simple majority decision than decides the ruling. In the event that the senior arbiter's
decision stands the council then have to decide if the complaint was frivolous, and if so the deposit is forfeit.
Language and Ettiquette
The MSO is open event and normally expects its players and visitors to be couteous to one another. We accept that
at such a high level of competition that tensions run high and that an occasional outburst is unavoidable. in such
circumstances the player may be asked to leave the playing area for a certain time by the arbiter regadless of
whether their clock is running. Serious insults will not be tolerated and anyone doing so will have to apologise
or face strong disciplinary action.
It is often difficult to resolve a case where a spectator has made a comment that could effect the outcome of a
game and depends on the particular circumstances. However, if the spectator is a player or the responsibility of
a player then there may be penalties placed upon the offending player.
Any criminal activity that one player does against another will not only be reported to the police but will incur
disciplinary action. Please note that under British law gambling is only allowed on licensed premises of which the
MSO is not one.
Touch move applies to all non-beginner tournaments unless stated before the start of the event. Touch move may be
waived by players at the tournament. No player may hide pieces from other players sight (this includes the backs of
cards). In clocked games a move is not complete until the clock has been pressed (many games do not let the move change once the piece has been let go). The standard
applies unless stated otherwise before the end of the first round of play. A player can refuse
to play a round that starts after the start of the next time period on the timetable with the exception of play-offs.
No players can agree a result that is not a possible outcome.
No player can collude with another unless it is in their own interest in the tournament. Players can only agree to
restart a round if the round still finishes on time and there were genuine external factors affecting the play. The
arbiter can change the result between two players if the game could not be shown to be honest (although this has
not yet had to happen).
Minor mistakes will be corrected using the particular game's rules. Often it may not be clear whether a player was
cheating deliberately or not. In such circumstances a player can be given an official warning and may be placed on
probation. In these circumstances the arbiter might refer back to earlier rounds in the competition. If an enquiry
makes the players play seem highly suspicious the arbiter may make a score adjustment. Most disciplinary measure will
be a score adjustment but players can be disqualified or even banned if the cheating was thought to be deliberate.
Some games have their own ruling bodies which allow for sometimes lengthy decision process. External bodies' rulings
may lead to the lifting of a ban if the player is exhonerated but they cannot be used to change the outcome of the
event after the end of the tournament only the Senior Arbiter can do this.