All English entrants must be direct members of the English Chess Federation and must quote their membership number when entering.
These must be switched off in the playing venue. If a player's phone rings, makes a sound, or he uses it during play he shall be forfeited.
Smoking is forbidden in the playing and contiguous areas or the commentary room.
Prizes in all events shall be paid by cheque or electronic transfer, except for the two evening blitz tournaments. Any player wishing to receive their potential prize money in cash must inform the hotel of their wish to exercise this option on the entry form. There shall be a charge of 4% of the prize money for this service.
Players rated 2200 or higher must register before 20.00hrs or have confirmed their entry at the Caleta Hotel in order to be included in the first round draw.
There is no charge for spectators to watch the games in play, to attend Stuart Conquest's commentaries on the games in play; or to attend the evening Master Classes. The new coaching initiative is free only to entrants.
Draws by mutual agreement in under 30 moves are not allowed. There must be no pre-arranged or tacit agreements to draw games of any length, by repetition or otherwise. Genuine draws by repetition or stalemate are acceptable.
Players who wish to take one half-point bye in the Masters may do so, provided they give adequate notice. Normally this is not available for either the first or last round. This may be particularly convenient for somebody wishing to take part in the new coaching initiative.
Players are expected to help ensure their games are shown correctly on the internet.