Fair Play Policy

All players should make their moves without any outside assistance. Moves suggested by parents/friends or a computer programme are not permitted.

Our Chief Arbiter will be Chess Scotland Executive Director and Anti-cheating expert Andy Howie.

Lichess Rules on Fair Play

As the competition is being played on Lichess all players should review their anti-cheating rules. The key points are:

  • No cheating – using external assistance to gain an advantage.

  • Artificially inflating or deflating your rating

  • Spamming


Players who are currently banned from Lichess will be excluded from our competition. Players must not create a new Lichess account for the tournament and use their existing one. If Lichess detects a player cheating during one of our events then points will be redistributed by our Chief Arbiter to those affected.

If a player is banned for using computer assistance by Lichess then they must appeal to Lichess themselves. This is between the player and Lichess.

Further Measures to Deter Cheating

As well as the Lichess detection we are employing the following to deter cheating:

  • Confirmed player identity. Every player that enters will have provide information to confirm that they are a junior as well as contact information.

  • Post-game analysis of all the games by Chess Scotland and FIDE approved analysis software.

  • During the Championship events all players will have their webcams on and have to share screens. All the players will be watched by PVG’ed arbiters while they play.

  • Players explicit agreement to this fair play policy.

  • All players will be reminded regularly of our fair play policy.


Raising Fair Play Issues

If you think a player has used assistance against you during a game then you must complain privately. Any “public shaming” will result in players being withdrawn from the tournament. To report a player, click on a players profile and click “Report to moderators”. Lichess moderators will then review the player’s games and make a decision. Furthermore, you can also raise your complaint with our Chief Arbiter. Our chief arbiter will then investigate.


Players that are found to have cheated or attempted to cheat will face the following sanctions:

First Offence: If the offender is under 14 years old they will receive a one year suspension from all ECA events (online and over the board).

First Offence: If the offender is under 18 years old they will receive a one year suspension from all ECA events (online and over the board).

Second Offence: Lifetime suspension from all ECA events (online and over the board).


Any player who is found to be cheating will be reported to Chess Scotland (CS).

If a player is banned by Lichess during the tournament then they will not be able to continue playing in the tournament.