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Chess960 castling controversies in the 2019 vs 2022 WFRCC, where both are Nepo vs Wesley So

Why did Ian Nepomniachtchi get a replay for the castling issue in the 2019 WFRCC vs Wesley So, but Wesley So didn't get a replay for the castling issue in the 2022 WFRCC vs Nepo? I mean I know the ...
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In the 2022 WFRCC, why could lower championship privilege mean more sponsorship?

In my question Why didn't Wesley So get full championship privilege in the 2022 WFRCC unlike Magnus and Vishy did since 2008? ferdy says One reason could be sponsorship/financial as an ...
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Why was the 2019 WFRCC called 'slow rapid' when it's actually classical (45+15=60)?

I'm asking about the '45 minutes for 40 moves plus 15 minutes for the rest, without increment' portions of the matches (for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals), which consisted of those and ...
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Magnus sacrifices a bishop on move 1

2022 WFRCC Day 1 Match 2 In Hikaru vs Magnus, Hikaru plays b3 and then Magnus sacrifices a bishop by playing g5. Later in Magnus vs Hikaru, Magnus plays b4 challenging Hikaru to do the same ...
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If classical is 120 minutes+ and rapid is 10-59 minutes, then what's 60-119 minutes? 'Slow rapid'?

Wikipedia says that FIDE says for tournaments with 2200+ rated players, Classical is 120 minutes+ Rapid is 10-59 minutes So what's 60-119 minutes for tournaments with 2200+ rated players? 'Slow ...
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Why didn't Wesley So get full championship privilege in the 2022 WFRCC unlike Magnus and Vishy did since 2008?

Wesley So didn't get full championship privilege in the 2022 WFRCC unlike Magnus and Vishy did from 2008 to 2021. They got only 1 opponent to defend against, namely the unique winner of a candidates ...
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What might prevent FIDE from changing tournament formats to favour other players (or for any reason really), such as in the 2022 WFRCC? [closed]

TL;DR Let's say I'm FIDE, and I want a certain player to win to a certain tournament. What prevents me from changing the format (within reason of course) to favour this player to win? For example, ...
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Time control conversion when it comes to bonus time after eg 40 moves

I read that for increment games the way to convert them to non-increment games for the purpose of classification by time control goes as follows: Original time + Increment x 40 = Time used to ...
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How does FIDE define slow rapid & fast rapid?

I don't think I've ever heard these terms 'slow rapid' and 'fast rapid' outside chess960. Just now I tried looking up "slow rapid" "chess" "fast rapid" and "slow ...
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In the 2019 WFRCC, did anyone catch up in a match after losing in the 45min portion?

From Wikipedia Each match of the quarterfinals consisted of two “slow” rapid games (45 minutes for 40 moves plus 15 minutes for the rest, without increment), two “fast” rapid games (15 minutes plus 2 ...
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2022 WFRCC - Wesley So's chances and time control conversion [closed]

Note 1: I'll sometimes shortcut '20min+10sec increment' to '20min' and '25min for 30 moves blah blah blah' to '25min'. Note 2: Re the close votes, I'm editing this question specifically to focus on ...
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Swiss bye only half-point?

Scanning my old club zines, I tripped over a 1989 article where it says the (then :-) new FIDE rules gave a half point for a Swiss bye. Possibilities: a) The dude misunderstood the complicated rules. ...
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Why wouldn't Magnus Carlsen just farm rating points by playing weak tournaments to reach 2900 kinda like what Igors Rausis did? [duplicate]

Edit re close votes for opinion-based: I edited question from don't/didn't to wouldn't. So now it's hypothetical for any player who happens to to have a peak rating of 2800+. Voting this to be ...
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What happens when FIDE can't find a host for the World Championship match?

With less than 90 days to go to the 2023 World Championship match between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren, FIDE can't seem to find a host for the game. So what will happen when no one hosts the game?...
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USCF and FIDE: Is it legal to organize a tournament with the Monrad System? Monrad: rank 1 versus 2, in the first round. Swiss: 1 versus 5

We started to use the Monrad system: https://rankedin.ladesk.com/043159-2152--Monrad https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss-system_tournament We are organizing a monthly tournament valid for ELO rating ...
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Information request for new FIDE certified ‘electronic scoresheet’

According to the latest FIDE Laws of Chess a FIDE certified ‘electronic scoresheet’ may be used instead of a regular old fashioned paper scoresheet. 8.1.1 In the course of play each player is ...
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What are the main changes in the latest (January 2023) version of the FIDE Laws of Chess?

FIDE has released its latest version of the Laws of Chess - FIDE Laws of Chess taking effect from 1 January 2023. What are the main differences from the previous version(Laws of Chess: For ...
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Can someone press the clock without making a move to avoid getting flagged in 2022?

As the title says let's say it is a 1 hour 30 minute game with 30 seconds increment/move. Now if someone deliberately presses the clock at the last second without moving to avoid flagging and get the ...
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Wrong name and FIDE ID in rated classical tournament

I am play in a classical, FIDE rated event. I entered via my coach. I just gave him my name and said I don't have a FIDE id. When I was playing my first game I noticed that my name is wrong. They ...
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Can a non-rated tournament having all categories play in a single group and then the ranking decided based on overall performance?

Let's say there are 4 categories playing Chess: U11, U17, Ladies & Open. In India, I have witnessed 2 types of category based Swiss tournaments, which are non-rated. U11 players play each other; ...
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Where can I get PGNs of FIDE rated tournaments?

FIDE requires tournament organizers of high level tournaments (basically tournaments which are strong enough that norms can be won) to submit the pgn files of games played in the tournament to FIDE. ...
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What is the FIDE Arbiter's exam like?

According to the FIDE Handbook (B.06.1.3.7), one of the requirements to become a FIDE Arbiter is: Attendance of one (1) FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar and successfully passing (at least 80%) an examination ...
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Fide Ratings Commercial Use

Can I use fide ratings data for commercial use? I am specifically asking about the ratings list fide publishes every month. Also wondering if I scrape individual player-opponent statistics from fide ...
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USCF: Insufficient material to win on time

It is my understanding that the United States Chess Federation (USCF) has the rule: Insufficient material to win on time. Does this rule apply to all time controls? Does the player need to claim the ...
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Overruling last round color check in Swiss

Spinoff from here FIDE Swiss pairing rules state that last round color check in Swiss may be overruled by the organizer. They don't state what overrules. Probably it is not in the whim of the ...
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Is it possible to play all games with white pieces in a team tournament?

Let's say there's a team tournament like European Club Cup. We have one player who can win games with white pieces(called Player A). And another player who can hold for a draw with black pieces(called ...
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What is going on with FIDE's latest rapid and blitz ratings? Some players are more than 500 points higher in one month!

It's the last day of September and the provisional rating list for October has been released. There are some very strange ratings changes in that ratings list. Sri Lankan IM MLST De Silva played no ...
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What is a good approach to conduct a round robin event for 20 players in order to select top 6?

I need to have a selection event for 20 players to select 6 players for a team. Plan is to have a round robin event since it is fairer compared to a swiss event. Then each player will have to play 19 ...
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Cheating Protocols

Does FIDE (or any national federations) have any set protocols regarding detection of cheating? Or maybe a formal process for adjudicating suspicion? From what I can tell, the arbiter at St. Louis ...
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Is it possible to obtain the GM title directly without going through norm process in 2022?

I have seen people get direct GM titles especially in Zonal tournaments. Here for an example achieved the GM title after winning the 2016 African Chess Championship. Wikipedia page for the Grandmaster ...
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Are there any strict rules which can be imposed on Magnus Carlsen for resigning on purpose against Hans?

There has already been a lot of chess drama going on between Hans and Magnus after Carlsen withdrew from Sinquefield Cup 2022(before losing his last match against Hans). There have been many theories/...
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Can a tournament be FIDE rated if it has multiple time controls based on player ratings

If we ran a weekly club tournament that has different time controls for different games based on both players' ratings as set forth in the FIDE regulations, would the tournament qualify as a Standard ...
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USCF: Should the arbiter correct illegal moves without a player claim?

Should an USCF arbiter correct illegal moves without a player claim? Here is the USCF link: USCF rules of chess Here is the FIDE link: FIDE rules of chess USCF and FIDE rules are NOT 100% equal. What ...
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Do you lose/gain rating if you withdraw in the middle of an OTB tournament?

Magnus just withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup. Does that affect his rating at the end of the tournament? Will he gain or lose rating based on at the time he left the tournament in the next fide update?...
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USCF: Does the arbiter have the duty to write the moves of the players if they are not recording their moves? Or is that not allowed?

In general, the players have to write their moves. However, there are some situations when they are allowed to skip this obligation. In those situations, does an USCF arbiter have the duty to write ...
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USCF: Can the arbiter adjudicate a draw using the threefold repetition rule WITHOUT a player claim?

Please give me your perspective and experience about USCF sudden death and non-sudden death time controls. My understanding is the following: In general, the arbiter should not intervene unless a ...
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How do you find the highest-rated win of a certain player?

I'm looking for a tool where I can input a name (e.g. Hans Niemann, Levy Rozman, Eric Rosen etc.) and it will tell me the highest rated player they beat in chess (FIDE rated games). I appreciate any ...
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How rating changes happen for tournaments starting near the end of the month?

For simplicity I will try to explain my question with a real example. The 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival - Masters was held from 2022/08/17 - 2022/08/25 and therefore the ratings changes ...
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Do I have to make a move on a DGT board at the start of the game when opponent is not present?

In a situation when you are playing on a DGT board as white and your opponent has not yet arrived at the board, should we still make the move on the board after the game has started? Let's say your ...
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If players are not writing their moves, can they claim a draw using the threefold repetition rule in an USCF or FIDE 30+0 chess tournament?

It is my understanding that the USCF expresses that if a player has less than 5 minutes in a 30+0 game, neither the player nor his/her opponent have the obligation to continue with chess notation. If ...
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What does the "GMS" abbreviation mean here?

I was wondered what the abbrevation meant here. https://ratings.fide.com/profile/2027895/chart "Period RTNG GMS RAPID RTNG RAPID GMS BLITZ RTNG BLITZ GMS" From the context it seems a ...
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What is "mating potential" in the FIDE Arbiter's Manual meant to mean?

While researching an answer for another SE.chess question (Has a position being a draw under FIDE 5.2.b before a forced recapture ever come up in a tournament?), I stumbled across the following issue. ...
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Has a position being a draw under FIDE 5.2.b before a forced recapture ever come up in a tournament?

Tom7 points out that FIDE article 5.2.b reads: The game is drawn when a position has arisen in which neither player can checkmate the opponent’s king with any series of legal moves. The game is said ...
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How are categories A, B, C, D, and E decided in the Chess Olympiad?

I have seen that there is a separate category prize in the Chess Olympiad. How are categories A, B, C, D, and E are decided? Is it the average rating of the team? For example in the 2022 Olympiad I ...
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What games in a FIDE rated tournament does FIDE NOT rate?

In a recent FIDE rated tournament I officiated in one of the players complained to me afterwards that only 2 out of his 5 wins had been rated by FIDE. "What", he wanted to know, "was ...
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Do accidental clock presses get counted with DGT clocks connected to DGT boards?

I have played many games with DGT 2010, DGT 2000 clocks and they cannot be connected to DGT boards as far as I know. Also there is a button to know the number of moves played (rather clock presses) so ...
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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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Rules: Distracting the opponent using flashy clothes?

Yesterday, I was in a clothes shop and saw shirts that had wild patterns with screamingly bold colours. The same day, I saw this picture from the Angolan Chess Olympiad team, whose shirts reminded me ...
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Korchnoi was an Orc? Enforcing FIDE rule §E8.1.1

Exhibit A Note that §E8.1.1. says (...)as clearly and legibly as possible(...). My arbiter's estimation is that maybe around 5% of all players produce Orc runes. (My own handwriting is atrocious, but ...
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Richard Rapport to switch federations to Romania - what are the rules?

Richard Rapport started his first game in the Candidates today still under the Hungarian flag despite reports a month ago that he and his Serbian wife were going to switch federations to Romania and ...
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