Competitive Events Policy

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Fecha de entrada en vigor: November 18, 2022

Introducción

Chess.com runs tournaments with cash prizes (“Competitive Events”) that are open to professional and aspiring chess players. Our goal is to create tournaments that are fun, professional, and fair.

To play in Competitive Events with prizes on Chess.com, you must be an adult of legal age according to the laws of your state or country of residence. You also will be required to read and, agree to, and/or sign all related Participation Agreements, Prize Agreements, Event Agreements, and Official Rules pertaining to such Competitive Event. If you are not of legal age, then your parent or legal guardian must consent to this policy and all other related agreements. Chess.com is not responsible for verifying the legality of your participation in its Competitive Events.

In case of disputes or disagreements concerning any aspect of a Competitive Event including but not limited to all matters relating to the awarding of prizes, your eligibility to participate in the Competitive Event, the conduct of any player, this policy, the Chess.com's User Agreement, Fair Play Policy, Community Policy, the applicable Official Rules, Participation Agreement, and/or Prize Agreement, and any other applicable terms and conditions in connection with your obligation to follow any instructions given to you by our team or in relation to any matter concerning your participation in a Competitive Event, the final decision shall lie with our team and any decision by Chess.com shall be final and binding upon you and shall not be subject to review or appeal by you or any third party.

Eligibility

All Competitive Events are subject to eligibility requirements. Eligibility criteria may include, but are not limited to, age, Chess.com account statistics, such as leaderboard rankings and ratings, and information registered with recognized chess federations such as federation affiliation, FIDE ratings, and titles (e.g. Grandmaster). Further, you are only eligible to participate in any Competitive Event if such participation does not violate applicable local laws. You are responsible for ensuring that your participation in the Competitive Event is compliant with all laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which you are a resident, and must take all steps necessary to ensure such compliance, including the federal, state, and local laws of the United States applicable to jurisdictions outside the United States. Chess.com does not take responsibility for your compliance with local laws. Specific eligibility criteria for a Competitive Event will be specified in such Competitive Event’s Official Rules.

Medidas de Juego Limpio

In addition to the Fair Play Policy, you may be asked to comply with additional Fair Play requests that are intended to uphold the competitive integrity of all Competitive Events. Failure to comply with Fair Play requests may result in penalties and/or removal from Competitive Events at Chess.com’s sole discretion. Fair Play requests may include any or all of the following.

Video Monitoring

Upon request, you may be required to join a video conference call with up to two cameras for monitoring by Chess.com. Upon such request, one camera must clearly show your full face and immediate surroundings. If a second camera is requested, it should be placed behind you diagonally at a 45 degree angle on your mouse hand-side with your desk, PC, and monitors clearly visible. You may also be requested to share your entire computer screen for the entire duration of your games.

Environment Requirements

You may be asked to comply with various requirements pertaining to your physical playing area (“Environment”) during a Competitive Event. Such requirements may include being alone in your environment and keeping your desk or table free of clutter or visual obstructions. You may also be requested to not have any personal electronic devices, other than those used for playing or monitoring, on or near your person during a Competitive Event.

Equipment Requirements

You may be asked to comply with various equipment requirements during a Competitive Event. Such requirements may include not wearing headphones or earpieces, playing on only desktop computers or laptops using keyboard and mouse, turning off additional monitors or having them visible on a camera, and/or closing all applications and browser tabs except the specific browser and browser tab being used to play on Chess.com.

Inspecciones

Prior to and during a Competitive Event, you may be asked to submit to physical inspections, environment inspections, and computer inspections upon request by Chess.com. During a physical inspection, you may be requested to remove any glasses or eyepieces and show them to Chess.com using a camera. You may also be requested to turn your head to one side, brush your fingers over your ear, and then repeat this process for the other side. During an environment inspection, you may be requested to show Chess.com the layout and contents of your environment using a camera. During a computer inspection, you may be requested to provide a screen share of any monitors and/or requested to view your task manager (PC) or activity monitor (Mac).

Broadcasting

You are not permitted to broadcast or distribute any video conference call, in whole or in part, used for monitoring in connection with any Competitive Event. If you choose to broadcast your gameplay, you may be required to disable any live chat functionality, use “emote-only” mode, and/or implement a delay of at least 60 seconds.

Proctoring

You may be requested to accommodate and cooperate with an on-site proctor for a Competitive Event. If such a request is made, Chess.com will coordinate with you for a Chess.com staff member or Chess.com-approved proctor to be assigned to inspect your playing area, clothing, camera setup, computer, and any related components of any nature. You also must consent to any additional security and anti-cheating measures employed by Chess.com, including but not limited to a full body sweep with a metal detector or any other security device, a reasonably non-intrusive body pat down, and the proctor observing your play during the Competitive Event. You furthermore must comply with any other Competitive Event-related security and anti-cheating measures requested by the proctor, including those that occur after match start.

Competitive Event Gameplay

Unless stated otherwise in a Competitive Event’s Official Rules, all gameplay will take place on Chess.com’s live server at chess.com/play/online and be subject to the following policies related to gameplay

Acciones del jugador

All in-game actions, including but not limited to chess moves, premoves, promotions, draw offers, or resignations made by you will be deemed final. There will be no takebacks due to actions unintentionally made by you for any reason. If you accidentally lose on time, that result will be deemed final.

Problemas de conexión

If you disconnect during a game, your clock will continue to run until it expires or until a move is made. Chess.com staff, at their sole discretion, may permit additional time between games for you to resolve connection issues.

Puntualidad

For any Competitive Event with a video monitoring requirement, you must be present in the designated proctoring call by a communicated call time.

Forfeits

You may not voluntarily forfeit a match without prior authorization from Chess.com and, even with authorization, are subject to penalties for forfeiting.

Comunicaciones

You are prohibited from communicating with any individual during a match except for designated Chess.com staff.

Conduct

Personal Conduct

You must conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Chess.com Community Policy.

Match Conduct

You must make reasonable effort to compete to the best of your ability at all times. Collusion, defined as intentional cooperation to cheat or deceive other players, and match-fixing, defined as any offer, agreement, or attempt to influence the outcome of a game or match are prohibited. Draws offered and accepted in-game, in good faith, are permitted unless otherwise prohibited by the applicable Official Event Rules.

Código de vestimenta

If you are requested to join a video conference call, you must wear appropriate attire, as determined at Chess.com’s sole discretion.

Infracciones de las reglas

Investigación

You must fully cooperate with Chess.com and/or Chess.com staff in any investigation pertaining to possible violations of the requirements set forth in this policy. If you are found to have withheld or tampered with relevant information or found to have misled Chess.com and/or Chess.com staff in an investigation, you will be subject to disciplinary action.

Acción disciplinaria

If Chess.com and/or Chess.com staff conclude that you have violated this policy or a Competitive Event’s Official Rules, Chess.com and/or Chess.com staff may take the following disciplinary actions at their sole discretion.

  • Warning
  • Game or match restart
  • Game or match forfeiture
  • Removal from any ongoing Competitive Events
  • Partial or full forfeiture of prize money in connection with Competitive Events
  • Suspension from participating in other Competitive Events organized by Chess.com
  • Medidas disciplinarias adicionales especificadas en el Contrato de usuario de Chess.com
  • Chess.com may share the status of your Chess.com account with FIDE at any time, including if your account is closed and why it was closed, as well as any Fair Play violations.

Disputes

Chess.com and/or Chess.com staff maintain all final decisions and disciplinary actions as it pertains to rules violations, including breach, enforcement, or interpretation thereof.

Premios

If you win any Prize (monetary, or other) in any Competitive Event on Chess.com, you acknowledge and consent to Chess.com’s ongoing investigation of your games whether related or unrelated to those occurring within the event and that any judgment made as a determination of your eligibility to win any Prize or a disqualification thereof shall lie with Chess.com. Chess.com may, at its sole discretion, withhold any and all Prizes won in any Competitive Event on our Site for any period of time pending investigation into your Games. Any decision by Chess.com regarding forfeiture, reduction or cancellation of Prizes in accordance with Chess.com’s User Agreement shall be final and binding upon you and shall not be subject to review or appeal by you or any third party.

Chess.com no proporciona ni puede proporcionar información fiscal o legal sobre las obligaciones fiscales relativas a cada Premio. Chess.com puede divulgar información relacionada con los Premios a cualquier autoridad fiscal que la considera necesaria, incluida la respuesta a una solicitud válida de información emitida por cualquier entidad administrativa oficial. Sin limitar el carácter general de lo dispuesto anteriormente, Chess.com podrá o no comunicarte la divulgación de dichas informaciones a su entera discreción, lo que puede suponer una limitación de los derechos de privacidad reconocidos en el RGPD o en las leyes de privacidad de datos análogas de tu jurisdicción.

General Prize Restrictions

You will not be declared an official winner until you execute (or, if you are a Minor, your parent or legal guardian executes) a prize agreement, required payment information, and tax forms (“Winner Forms”) in order to receive payment. If you (or in case you are a minor your parent or legal guardian) fail or refuse to sign and return all the Winner Forms within ten (10) days (or a shorter time if required by exigencies) after receiving them, you may be disqualified. In the event you are disqualified, Chess.com reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the affected prize to the player that last lost to you. Within sixty (60) days of receiving an executed copy of the Winner Forms, Chess.com will deliver to you the applicable prize(s). Failure to take delivery of any prize may result in forfeiture, and such prize awarded to an alternate Winner. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned until after you have complied with all your obligations under these Rules. No substitutions may be made for prize(s), except by Chess.com, who reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part with another prize of comparable or greater value if the intended prize is not available for any reason as determined by Chess.com in its sole discretion. By participating in a Competitive Event, you acknowledge that Chess.com staff have not and will not obtain or provide insurance of any kind relating to the prizes. You will be responsible for all taxes (including but not limited to federal, state, local and/or income) on any prize won and on the value of any items or value transferred to you by Chess.com, and will be required to provide your Social Security number, IRS Form W-9, IRS Form W-8BEN, IRS Form W-8BEN-E, or equivalent information for tax reporting purposes (at a time to be determined in Chess.comʼs sole discretion, and which may be prior to participation in a particular round or prior to receipt of any prize). Chess.com will file an IRS Form 1099 or equivalent tax withholding documentation for the retail value of any prize or other items of value transferred to you by Chess.com in accordance with IRS requirements, and Chess.com may also share such documentation with a state or local government agency as required by law. Refusal or failure for you to satisfy the requirements of all necessary and appropriate tax, withholding or other required compliance terms (including Social Security number, IRS Form W-9, IRS Form W-8BEN, IRS Form W-8BEN-E, or equivalent information), as determined by Chess.com in its sole discretion, will result in your forfeiting the prize(s) and an alternate Winner being selected in accordance with these Rules. If you do not claim the prize, or satisfy the information or documentation requirements within six (6) months of the close of the Competitive Event or such earlier time as designated by Chess.com, are void, and Chess.com shall have no further liability or responsibility to you in connection with the prizes.

Any prizes pictured in advertising, promotional and/or other Competitive Event materials are for illustrative purposes only. The actual prize may vary. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between the description of a prize contained in any such materials and the description of a prize contained in the Official Event Rules, these Rules shall prevail, govern and control. All details and other restrictions of any prize not specified in Official Event Rules will be determined by Chess.com in its sole discretion.

Appearance Release

By participating in the Competitive Event, you hereby irrevocably grant Chess.com and each of its respective licensees, successors and assigns, permission to stream, film, photograph and record the your performance in the Competitive Event itself and in other Competitive Event-related activities, including your name, Chess.com username, logo, avatar, gamertag or equivalent, voice, statements, likeness, in-home location, and other personal characteristics, information and so-called publicity rights as they appear therein (collectively, the “Appearance”) and the right, but not the obligation, to distribute, exploit or otherwise use such Appearance, in whole or in part, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the Universe in perpetuity, for any purpose, including but not limited to, advertising, marketing and promoting the Competitive Event, the Chess.com website, Chess.com staff, and future Competitive Events.

Chess.com grants you a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable right and license to use Chess.com marks solely as necessary for promotion of the Event. You and Chess.com shall use the other party's marks solely in accordance with the other party's trademark usage guidelines and quality control standards as the same may be updated from time to time. Neither party shall use, register or attempt to register in any jurisdiction any mark that is confusingly similar to or incorporates any of the other party's marks. All uses of a party's marks, and all goodwill associated therewith, shall insure solely to the benefit of such party, and each party shall retain all right, title and interest in and to his/her/its marks.

Indemnification

You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Chess.com and its respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns, as applicable from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs, or expenses of whatever kind, including reasonable attorneys' fees, the cost of enforcing any right to indemnification hereunder and the cost of pursuing any insurance providers (collectively, "Losses"), resulting from any claim, suit, action or proceeding (each, an "Action") arising out of or related to: (i) your conduct, including your advertising, marketing or promotion of Chess.com or its marks or materials; (ii) any use, presentation, display or distribution of Chess.com marks or materials in a manner not expressly permitted by Official Event Rules; or (iii) your breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or obligations herein.

Chess.com shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless you and your officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns, as applicable from and against any and all Losses resulting from any Action arising out of or related to: (i) Chess.com marks or materials, solely as used, presented, displayed and distributed without alteration and otherwise in strict compliance herein or (ii) Chess.com's breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or obligations herein.

Release and Limitation of Liability

By participating, you agree that Chess.com and each of its respective agents, representatives, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and legal advisers, and each of their respective employees, shareholders, officers, and directors (“Released Parties”) are not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from: (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected or otherwise undeliverable mail, postage-due notices, release forms, affidavits or other correspondence; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (iii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Chess.com that may cause the Competitive Event to be disrupted or corrupted; (iv) any printing, human, typographical or other errors or ambiguities in (or involving) any materials associated with the Competitive Event; (v) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind in connection with or resulting from your participation in the Competitive Event; (vi) acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage arising there from; and (vii) claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Chess.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Competitive Event at any time for any reason, including, without limitation, if a computer virus, bug or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Competitive Event, strikes, lock-outs, acts of God, technical difficulties, and other events not within the reasonable control of Chess.com.

BY PARTICIPATING IN ANY COMPETITIVE EVENT, YOU AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU AGAINST ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETITIVE EVENT OR IN ANY COMPETITIVE EVENT-RELATED ACTIVITY, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS PROMOTION, INCLUDING THE COMPETITIVE EVENT HOMEPAGE AND ALL PRIZES, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY. CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

General Terms and Conditions

Utah law governs all Competitive Events. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of any Competitive Event, or your rights and obligations and Chess.com in connection with a Competitive Event, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of Utah, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of Utah or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of Utah. In the event of a claim or dispute, your sole remedy shall be limited to their remedy at law for damages, if any, and you shall not have the right to in any way enjoin or restrain the distribution, advertising, publicizing or other exploitation (in any form of media) of any Competitive Event website, any Competitive Event, and/or any intellectual property owned or licensed by Chess.com or its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, member stations, and affiliated entities. Chess.com reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to prohibit any player from participating in any Competitive Event or to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole determination, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of any Competitive Event; to be attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competitive Event by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices; to be acting in violation of the Rules; or to be acting in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Chess.com may suspend or discontinue any Competitive Event if, in its sole opinion, there is any actual or suspected tampering of such Competitive Event, or any other malfunction, event or activity that may affect the integrity of such Competitive Event. Chess.com may, for any reason, and at any time before, during, or after a Competitive Event, remove you and/or any other players from the event. Even if you have been previously invited to a Competitive Event by Chess.com, Chess.com may, at its sole discretion, exclude you from the event without notice. CHESS.COM SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO AWARD ANY PRIZE THAT RELATES TO OR ARISES OUT OF IMPROPER OR MISTAKEN PRIZE NOTIFICATION, OPERATION OR FUNCTION OF ANY COMPETITIVE EVENT. Chess.com shall not be liable to you for any failure to perform any of our obligations under the Competitive Event or any related Prizes should Chess.com be unable to do so as a result of circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

Política de Privacidad

Any personal information supplied by you to Chess.com will be subject to Chess.com’s privacy policy. By entering the Competitive Event, you grant Chess.com permission to share your email address and any other personally identifiable information with any co-sponsor solely for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment. Chess.com will not sell, rent, transfer or otherwise disclose your personal data to any third party other than as described above herein or in the privacy policy.

Reglas y lista de ganadores

For a copy of a Competitive Event’s Official Rules and/or Winners List, visit chess.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt within three months of such Competitive Event’s conclusion to: Rules/Winners List, [Name of Competitive Event], c/o Chess.com, 877 E. 1200 S. #970397, Orem, UT 84097.