In view of the even-more severe
FIDE Law affecting mobile phones which came into effect in July, the Fixture
Meeting of 16/09/2014 agreed to adopt the following, which could to be
formally incorporated into the S&DCA Rules at the next AGM.
Except in exceptional circumstances [see (c)], such as the player being a
doctor on call, mobile phones should be switched off completely.
Captains are advised to tell players to switch off their phones prior
to the start of a match.
If, during a match, a player’s phone which has not been exempted from being
switched off nevertheless makes a noise, then on the first occurrence in
the match the player shall be deemed to have received a warning and should
take steps to prevent a recurrence. On a second occasion in the
same match the player shall lose his game, unless the opponent cannot win
the game by any series of legal moves in which case the game shall be
Exemption from having the phone switched off requires either that such
exemption has been requested by the player and has been granted for that
match by the opposing captain, or else that the circumstances fall within
the scope of a general exemption issued by the Executive