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B.12. Team captains

B.12. Team captains

B.12.1 In team competitions each team must have a team captain.

B.12.1.1 The team captain may be one of the players or any of the reserves of the team, in which case he is referred to as a “playing captain”. If he is no player of the team he is referred to as a “non-playing captain” and must be FIDE licensed trainer.

B.12.1.2 Each team is entitled to have only one team captain. The team captain may appoint a deputy to exercise his function but must inform the Chief Arbiter of this in writing. However, during the course of playing only one team captain will be
allowed into the playing area.

B.12.2.1 The chief of delegation is not allowed to enter the playing area.

B.12.3 Team composition

B.12.3.1 The team captain must list the players of his team in a fixed board order, upon the time appointed by the Chief Arbiter before the start of the first round; this list is called the final players list. The board order cannot be altered during the tournament; hence reserves may play on the bottom boards only.

B.12.3.2 Before the start of a round, upon the time appointed by the Chief Arbiter, the team captain must deliver to the Chief Arbiter a list of the team members who are to take part in the round in question.

B.12.3.3 If this list is not delivered by the appointed time, the team may not use its reserve players. Every deviation from a board order 1,…, N (with N the number of boards in the competition) will result in the loss of the game(s) in question.

B.12.3.4 If the board order in which a team plays differs from the board order of its final players list, this will result in the loss of the game(s) in question.

B.12.3.5 The use of any player who does not figure in the final players list will cause the round to be forfeited N:0, in which N is the number of boards in the competition.

B.12.4 The basic duties and rights of a team captain are defined in the FIDE Competition Rules.

B.12.4.1 In the exercise of his function the team captain has the right of access to the area reserved for the players, but it is his duty to ensure that the members of his team who are not involved in the current match or have finished their games do not enter
or remain in this area.

B.12.4.2 During the games the captain must refrain from interfering in any way. He is, however, entitled to advise his players on the offering or accepting of draws or resigning of games, provided that he makes no comment on the actual position on the chess board, and confines himself to giving brief information which can in no way be regarded as an opinion about the progress of the game. The exchange of information should be done in the presence of the Arbiter.

B.12.4.3 At the end of the playing session the captain is responsible for signing the match protocol and confirming the result.