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Dear Len

Is there any rule in Chess game where the player who plays with either White or Black has to use the same Hand for making moves?.


Hi Prashant,

I could find nothing that states that you have to use the same hand for making moves. You do have to press the clock with the same hand that you moved the piece with.  In the FIDE laws of chess it states:

6.2. A player must press his clock with the same hand with which he made his move. It is forbidden for a player to keep his finger on the clock or to ‘hover’ over it.

However, I feel that some Tournament Directors might take exception to this if a player was constantly changing hands moving a piece then pressing the clock.  He or She may think of this as a distraction to the other player, but I'm not sure.  I'll ask a long-time TD I know to see what he thinks and will report back if his response differs.


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