B.13. Dress Code for the participants and the officials

B.13. Dress Code for the participants and the officials 

B.13.1 All participants as well as the officials (arbiters, captains and others being in the playing area) must comply with the Dress Code of the ECU. Participants and officials will present themselves in a neat and clean appearance.

B.13.2 Dress rules for the players during the games  (excluding but recommended in Youth Championships)

In general, players are required to follow the code of casual dressing which means:

– for men dress trousers or jeans, a long-sleeve or shirt-sleeve dress shirt, alternatively T-shirt or polo, loafers or dressy slip-ons, socks, shoes or sneakers (no beach-wear slips, etc.) and, if appropriate, a sport coat or blazer. The trousers, the jeans as well as the shirts and polo’s worn should be crisp and show no excessive wear, no holes and shall be free of body odor.
– for women blouses, turtleneck, T-shirts or polo’s, trousers, jeans or slacks, skirts, dresses, and appropriate footwear (boots, flats, mid-heel or high-heel shoes, sneakers with sock) or any other appropriate clothing modification.
– a jacket, vest or sweater, a scarf, as well as jewelry (earrings, necklace, etc.) coordinated to the outfit may be worn.
– the pieces of the clothing should be clean and crisp, show no excessive wear or holes.
– glasses, neck ties can be worn during the games, but no caps or hats, except for religious reasons
– in general, this category of appearance demands a pulled-together, harmonious, complete look with colours, fabrics, shoes, and accessories, for both men and women.
– national costumes which fit into the generally accepted dress code and are not offensive or indecent to others can be worn


It is strongly recommended that all teams’ players must be dressed in their corporate/club/team style costumes and all members of the team should be uniformly dressed.

B.13.3 Dress rules for the winning players or the winning teams during prize-giving ceremonies (excluding but recommended in Youth Championships)

– the rules set for these events are valid for a player or any member of a team, including the captain and the delegation chief who is rewarded by a prize in the chess event and thus he/she appears and receives the award in front of the other players and the audience
– such a person shall follow the dress code of business casual (or by another name elegant casual) which means long trousers, shirt, jacket, with or without tie (no t-shirts, no polo, no jeans, no sports shoes or sneakers or slippers, no European Chess Union Tournament Rules 2016 Page 10 hats or caps -except for religious reasons-) and the equivalent style of dress for the women players.
– national costumes which are not offensive or indecent to others may be worn.
– it is recommended that teams should be uniformly dressed even if a team uniform is not available.
– a special set of rules is established for the European Individual Championship award ceremonies where the dress code is informal which means a suit with tie, appropriate shoes and the equivalent style of dress for the women player. National costume may be worn in the event.

B.13.4 Dress code for the arbiters and officials of ECU events
– whenever the arbiters and officials of an ECU chess event appear on the scene in their official capacity, they are tied to follow the dress code of business casual
– if they visit the official venue, especially the game halls of the event, they are allowed to follow the casual dress code.
– if any person of the above-mentioned pool is committed to participate in the award-giving ceremony in his/her official capacity, he/she shall follow the informal dress code.


Starting with the European Team Chess Championship 2019 ECU arbiters (men/women) must be dressed in ECU branded jackets and ties/scarfs. A guide for the ECU Arbiters dress code will be published and be valid from 1st January 2020.

B.13.5 The Tournament Director or the Chief Arbiter have the obligation to give official warning to any player not properly attired. This warning will be confirmed to the player in writing the same day. When a player is a member of a team, his/her captain will receive a copy of this warning the same day.

B.13.5.1 If in one of the next rounds the player received the written warning is still in the breach of the Dress Code then the following fines apply automatically for the following events.


Fines (euro)

European Individual Open/Women Chess Championship


European Chess Club Cup


European Team Chess Championship


This fine will be confirmed to the player in writing the same day. When a player is a member of a team, his/her captain will receive a copy of the fine the same day. The fine is paid during the competition or will be charged to the players/teams through their respective National federations.

B.13.5.2 If a player for a third round is then still in breach of the Dress Code, he/she can be sent back to dress appropriately. If he/she does not cooperate, he/she will be denied access to the playing area.

B.13.6 A player not dressed according to the Code can be refused to attend the opening or closing ceremony. The Tournament Director can likewise act towards arbiters, captains or others being present in the playing area. Spectators not properly attired will have to leave the playing area.