The basic Swiss pairing system shall be Burstein System in 9 rounds, with one section for the open teams and one section for the women’s teams, considered as separate competitions.
Every match shall be played over four boards.
1.24. Five minutes before the start of each round, the Chief Arbiter must announce the approaching start of the session by a double acoustic signal; whereupon all Players are to be seated at their designated matches.
1.25. The beginning of the playing session shall be announced by the Chief Arbiter or by a single acoustic signal. At this instant, any Player who is not seated at his/her Match shall be defaulted immediately. Where both Players are absent at the beginning of the playing session, both Players shall lose the game by default.
1.26. Once the signal for the start of the round has been given, the clock of the player with the white pieces shall be started by his opponent or an Arbiter.
Laws of Chess
The general FIDE Laws of Chess shall be applied with their supplements and interpretations as laid down by the FIDE Rules Commission. The specific regulations for the Botswana Games as put up in the playing hall shall also be in force.
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