Music and Chess

Dj_Volt
I’m going to my first chess tournament in a few days and I’m very excited for it. When I practice, I listen to music while playing chess. Just out of curiosity, are you allowed to listen to music through headphones in official tournaments? Thank you
DragonPhoenixSlayer

I doubt you can since you could easily use it to cheat.

MitSud
No. They would kick u out if u did that.
Larsenite

No headphones are allowed. It's labeled as a potential distraction or as already said, as a potential way to cheat. Just focus on your game, it'll be a tense environment but not in a bad way.

NKchesscoach

We have small rooms on our training grounds for this preparation. No music, food, distractions allowed for 1 week intervals.

GWTR

Only if you listen to One Night in Bangkok on repeat, Sunshine

jeb2012

yeet

Powerboat

Oh boy - One Night in Bangkok 🙏🏿

LM_player
Music helps me play chess, which is why I open another window and play music in the background.

But in this case, I don't think your allowed to use headphones in OTB tournaments.
chessweiqi
Dj_Volt wrote:
I’m going to my first chess tournament in a few days and I’m very excited for it. When I practice, I listen to music while playing chess. Just out of curiosity, are you allowed to listen to music through headphones in official tournaments? Thank you

This very much depends on what type of tournament it is. Most local tournaments will allow certain exceptions if the venue is smaller (e.g. local tournament that "nobody" cares about and in my experience generates less than 20 people in a category. This is how the rules were the last time I checked which was before the increase in anti-cheating counter measures. You must talk to the TD beforehand and show your device and everything. If they deem it appropriate (assuming rules haven't changed which they probably have) then you can listen. And I'm almost 90% sure FIDE doesn't allow it, so I would presume USCF doesn't anymore.