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All the chess matches I'm aware of have been 1v1. There have been team competitions such as the Olympiads, but I am not sure if you are allowed to discuss moves with your teammates in Olympiads. I assume not since news reports don't usually mention the teammates discussing. If so then Olympiads are just a series of 1v1 games.

I am wondering if there has ever been a consultation chess tournament/match of the kind where a group of players play against another group of players, and both sides are able to talk and discuss moves before they are made. If so, I'd like details of the tournament/match.

A few close cases:

  1. Hand and brain chess, although the hand and brain are not supposed to talk.
  2. Kasparov vs. the world was sort of a consultation game, but it was also a correspondence game since the time control was very long. I am looking only for OTB/electronic games with time controls no longer than a couple of hours each.
  3. another close case: pair matches eg this or the mixed sex version, although the teams are not supposed to talk.
  • How notable does it need to be? I'm sure there have been plenty of casual 2v2 games over the years. Do they count? Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 6:02
  • @BrianMcCutchon being reported by major chess websites (e.g. Chess.com, Chessbase, Chessdom ...) would suffice. Or if it's recorded by major chess databases, e.g. Lichess, Chessgames, Caissabase.
    – Allure
    Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 6:07
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    You might be interested in chess.com vs chessbruhs team match, that feature Danny and Robert vs Eric and Aman.
    – Akavall
    Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 17:39
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    @Acccumulation presumably you could still have one group speak, e.g., Italian while the other group speaks French, and neither would understand the other.
    – Allure
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 2:12
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    @Allure Italian team: "Dovremmo fiancetto?" French team: "Qu'es ce que cela pourrai possiblement dire?" Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 3:01

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A chessgames.com user has made a compilation of consultation games. For example, it contains Lasker / Pillsbury vs Steinitz / Chigorin. According to a comment by user TheFocus, it was "played in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 29, 1896."

  • "Soyuz 9 Cosmonauts vs Ground Control" entertaining
    – qwr
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 7:11

2024 Update:

There's an inaugural chess.com tournament in 2024 called 'Team Chess' won by C-squared podcast: Fabiano Caruana & Cristian Chirila.

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