HSEL Chess Rules

The rules contained on this page only cover this specific game, please review the HSEL General Competition Rules for information covering all official tournaments. 


1. Match Procedure

HSEL Supported Platforms

  • PC
  • Mobile 

1.1. Series Lengths

Preseason & Regular Season - Best of 3 

Playoffs/Finals - Best of 5

1.2. Game Lobby

Matches will be played on chess.com, the home player will create the lobby and share the invite link with the away player.

  • Played on Chess.com
  • Play Chess: Play a Friend
  • Create Challenge Link 
  • Game Type: Standard
  • Mode: Rapid 10 Min
  • Play As: Random
  • Rated: On

1.3 Draw Game

If the game ends in a draw, a new game must be played until a winner is decided. Draw matches will not count as a result within a series.


2. Tournament Rules 

2.1. Match Streaming

See HSEL General Rule 2.13. "Spectators" and 2.13.1. "Student Streaming".


4. Stoppage of Play

Disconnections will be treated as a loss of the current game, and the series will continue. A match forfeit will be issued to any player who disconnects two times during the same series.


5. Organization Rosters

Only one roster is required for all Chess players on a school organization. Each player on the roster will be seen as their own individual participant and will be given their own match when they queue at their chosen time. Pursuant to HSEL General Rule, "Substitutions are not permitted for solo competitions"