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Can Alireza Firouzja be accused of tournament manipulation in the 2024 FIDE Candidates?

This question's been bugging me since the end of round 13. Firouzja had black vs. co-leader Gukesh, and lost. The result gave Gukesh a half-point lead over the field and strongly affected the last ...
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Why are the Indian Candidates' names spelt the way they are?

(Not sure if this is a chess question, but it is inspired by chess.) As I write this, the 2024 Candidates tournament is in progress. There are three Indians in contention: R Praggnanandhaa, Vidit ...
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How to see the 2024 Candidates Tournament

With the 2024 Candidates Tournament being in North America for the first time, I'm interested in seeing part of it if I can. However, searching online has yielded no results with details about getting ...
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How Did Alireza Firouzja Qualify Over Wesley So for the 2024 Candidates Tournament?

I've been following the recent developments in the chess world and noticed that Alireza Firouzja qualified for the 2024 Candidates Tournament, overtaking Wesley So in the process. Can someone explain ...
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What would cause FIDE to refuse to rate a tournament which had been correctly registered for rating?

According to this statement from FIDE today: Today, on December 18, the mini-matches featuring GM Alireza Firouzja (Elo 2750) began in Chartres, France - his hometown. This seven-game tournament pits ...
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Can Magnus change his mind about his decision to not play in the 2024 Candidates tournament?

Magnus Carlsen has publicly announced that he will not play in the 2024 Candidates tournament. Can he change his mind at all? Is there a deadline to decide whether or not to play in the Candidates? If ...
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What happens when a world chess champion doesn't defend their title?

When a world chess champion like Carlsen decides not to defend the title, how does FIDE determine who the new champion will be? Is it just the winner of the Candidates tournament?
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At the Candidates, are players allowed to discuss the tournament situation with each other?

As I write this question, Ian Nepomniachtchi is leading the ongoing Candidates tournament by a substantial margin. Since it's a winner-takes-all tournament, everyone else needs Nepomniachtchi to lose. ...
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USSR Championships vs Candidates strength

The USSR championships and the Candidates tournaments are two of the strongest tournaments in history. The USSR championship was typically a round robin event (sometimes Swiss), where top Soviet ...
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Ding vs. Rapport, Candidates 2022: Why did Ding play 23.Qxe2 instead of 23.Qxd8?

I'm supporting Ding Liren in the Candidates, so I'm frustrated at his round 3 game: [FEN ""] [Event "FIDE Candidates 2022"] [Site "Madrid ESP"] [Date "2022.06.19&...
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Why are some chess championships defended while others have the champion starting from scratch?

For example, the World Chess Championship as of the past few cycles had a candidates tournament to determine who faces the previous champion. Same with the Women's World Chess Championship (at least ...
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Is there any word on what will happen to the Candidates Tournament 2020 if one of the players tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

With FIDE moving forward with the Candidates Tournament 2020, in my opinion against better judgment, they have announced what medical screenings will be done, but have they announced what would happen ...
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Candidates tournament [closed]

Why not allow the winner of the Women's world championship and the winner of the Junior world championship to join the candidates tournament? Their rating is lower than the top 10 players but I mean ...
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Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018

The position I'm studying is the middlegame part of the game 1 of Berlin Candidates 2018 between Kramnik and Grischuk, which Kramnik won with the white pieces. In particular, I'm interested in ...
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Next world chess championship

When and where is the next world championship? Also, when is the candidates? Where can I find the important chess tournaments online?
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Why is White's "25. Bh4" considered a great move in Karjakin vs Kramnik at FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018?

I was watching Karjakin vs Kramnik at the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018, Round 9, and simultaneously observing the chat feed at chess24.com, where people unanimously glorified the move 25. Bh4. Why ...
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Was this Kramnik's mistake?

[fen ""] [title "A. Grischuk vs. V. Kramnik, FIDE Candidates 2018 (Mar 19, 2018)"] [startply "140"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. e3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 a6 7. Bb3 b5 8. e4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bb7 10. ...
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Understanding the Tarrasch defence to the Queen's gambit

I do not understand the diagrammed position. Do you? [fen ""] [title "A. Grischuk vs. V. Kramnik, FIDE Candidates 2018"] [startply "8"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. e3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 a6 7....
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Why did FIDE allow some random guy to open for white in Chess Candidates tournament 2018?

As seen in Aronian vs Kramnik on day 3, the opening was e4 which Levon Aronian rarely plays. It later turned into the Berlin variation. The article from FIDE says Francesco Tristano, a classical ...
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When will the 2018 FIDE Candidates tournament be held, and who will qualify for it?

We've just had the World Championship match between Carlsen and Karjakin, so one qualifier for the next Candidates is known: Karjakin. I assume it will be held in 2018, is anything more known about ...
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Because of the distortion of the computer era, is it preferable to study mainly old opening lines?

I realize that you get rather a lot of questions from lower-rated players who ask, should I try this? should I play that? how can I improve? Many of you have been extraordinarily patient with these ...
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Live viewers for top chess events

What is the average number of live viewers (online and TV) for top chess events like the world championship match and the candidates tournament? Are there some statistics publicly available?
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Will there be any anti-cheating measures that affect the broadcast in the Candidates tournament?

In the current Women World Championship the games are transmitted with a delay to avoid cheating. Searching if something similar will happen for the Candidates tournament I could just found the ...
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Do players play "boring" openings before an important tournament?

The London Chess Classic is being held at the moment, just three months away from the Candidates, with some of the best players of the world and 6 of the participants of the candidates (Giri, Nakamura,...
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What are the time rules in Candidate Tournament?

So I'm following the London Candidate Tournament and I'm a bit confused regarding the time and why some games are getting an extensions and some are not and you are eventually losing because of time. ...
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