This has just appeared in the latest ACP newsletter. I had seen it, but did not know whether it was public knowledge.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/262 ... 0Final.pdf
"Law 11.3.b will be adopted in a milder version to take account of the circumstance
that many amateur players will take part in a tournament after work or other social
activities. It may become inconvenient or impossible for them to leave all devices out
of the playing venue. The ACC therefore recommends to adopt the following rule 5 :
“In tournaments open to amateur players, the prohibition to introduce electron-
ic devices in the playing venue may, and indeed should be waived. However,
under no circumstances a player shall be allowed to carry an electronic device,
whether switched on or off, working or not, on his body during play. This in-
cludes, but is not limited to, carrying a device in a bag or in the pocket of a
jacket. Any player found carrying such a device shall immediately be forfeited
his game, with rating points calculated. A second offense during the same tour-
nament shall imply an immediate ban from the tournament, with the player’s
name forwarded to the ACC for further investigation."
Is this something new? I'm losing track, and have no idea whether it will be acceptable in England.
By the way, note 5 is
"5 Please note that this may require substantial changes in the Laws of Chess. The Committee strongly suggests that
these changes be adopted before July 1 2014."
I don't know how that is to be achieved.