OTB = Over-the-board, versus playing online or by mail.

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If I accidentally knock over a rook with my elbow while reaching for another piece, do I have to move the rook?

According to the official FIDE rules for otb games, does the above description warrant the touch move rule?
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Ways to improve defensive skills

Last night I played two OTB games with a friend of mine and in both games I reached decent, even winning positions. At some moment though I overlooked my king safety and blundered horribly, which lead ...
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For long OTB games, what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is below X FIDE Elo?

I am looking for statistics on the FIDE Elo of chess players. I would like to know what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is: Below 1000 Elo Below 800 Elo Below 600 Elo Below 400 ...
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What is the average length of OTB recent chess games played by GMs?

I would like to know what is the average length of chess games which satisfie the following conditions: They must have been played between the year 2004 and the year 2014. They must have been played ...
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Does deliberately knocking the king over end the game?

When I play with my friend, he will often knock his own king over when he is going to lose. He ends the game and says, "I lose". Is this permissible?
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Game drawn without enough material to mate even if opponent runs out of time?

Does this apply to OTB chess as well? I was playing an online game on FICS and my opponent ran out of time, but I did not have enough material to mate, so the game was drawn.
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How can one improve their over-the-board analysis skills?

I think of analysis as the ability to mentally move through variations, recognize tactical ideas in those variations, and draw accurate conclusions regarding the fitness of the resulting positions. I ...
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What are the differences between playing online and OTB?

What are some differences between playing online vs playing OTB (over-the-board)? If you are used to playing online, like myself, would playing OTB have a big impact on your play?