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Questions about FIDE, the international governing body of chess.

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Running out of time before playing a forced move that would draw the game

What happens if a player runs out of time before playing a forced move that would end in a draw? I suspect it is a loss, but it would be fair to be a draw. 7K/6P1/8/8/8/8/1k4p1/8 b - - 0 1 1... g1=Q ...
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Ignoring Touch Move results in an Illegal Move?

I just wanted to clarify the following incident: When touching a piece without expressing the intend to adjust its position (cf. 4.2.1 FIDE Laws of Chess), such that it has to be moved because there ...
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Article 12.9.4 Laws of Chess

Article 12.9.4 of FIDE Laws of Chess: increasing the points scored in the game by the opponent to the maximum available for that game Can you give an example of a rule violation penalized under 12.9.4?...
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Is it legal to take a piece to the bathroom during a tournament?

If a player grabs a piece to move it, and before placing it in its new position, the player gets second thoughts about the best position for the piece, and so they decide to think a little bit more. ...
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What is the mean and standard deviation for men's and then women's standard FIDE ratings for those 2000 and above?

From this answer, the unconditional means and standard deviations are Female Mean = 1505, standard deviation = 339 Male Mean = 1675, standard deviation = 346 What about the case for ratings of 2000+ ? ...
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FIDE database used for calculating current ELO

Is there somewhere the database FIDE use for calculating ELO rating of players? No need for PGN of games just game result, date, and players. Reason: recalculate players rating by using Gliko, with ...
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What constitutes a draw?

I know what makes a game a stalemate, and I know that stalemate is 1/2 point to everyone, and I assume draw is the same, but can there be a draw without a stalemate?
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Why is this position drawn?

This position was reached in semi-final game 1 of FIDE world cup 2021. With black to play the players agreed to a draw. The white is up a pawn and looks to be winning? I am not able to figure out a ...
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List of female chess players by their peak FIDE rapid rating

Similar to these questions: List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating with countries? List of chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating ...
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List of chess players by their peak FIDE rapid rating

Similar to these: List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating with countries? List of chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating List of ...
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List of female chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating

Similar to these: List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating with countries? List of chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating List of ...
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List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating with countries?

same question as here but with countries please. hopefully we can have a list as close to the original wiki page as possible. I'll start: 1 - Hungary - Judit Polgar - 2735 - 2005-07 - 1976 - N/A - ...
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List of chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating

I've come across a list of the highest FIDE ratings ever achieved by all 2700+ players in the 2700chess.com: This shows all the players above 2700 in classical ordered by their FIDE peak rating. It ...
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How can I use JaVaFo in my pairing program?

JaVaFo is the official pairing engine for certifying implementations of the Dutch pairing algorithm for Swiss tournaments. When I look at FIDE's list of endorsed pairing programs I see that most of ...
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What is meant by "Licensed" in FIDE website?

I was browsing the candidates' profiles of the FIDE World cup on the official website and noticed something interesting. On the profile page of GM Vladislav Kovalev, a Belarusian chess GM, has an ...
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Notation for ambiguous moves with three pieces or more

Given three knights that can move to d2, one on b1, one on b3 and one on f3, how would you notate knight on b3 moves to d2? N3d2 is ambiguous, so would it be correct to write Nb3d2? Presume that a ...
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Why do receive higher ranked players a downfloat in fide swiss pairing?

I am trying to grok the fide specification of the swiss pairing algorithm, having a hard time with that. For example rule A.4.b reads: A4 [...] b After two players with different scores have played ...
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A Swiss nightmare

Inspired by a recent question, here a fantasy: The Superduperquantumcomputer "Deep Ponder" has cracked Chess. Assume a 9 round Swiss tournament with 2^9 players, White always wins. Will the ...
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FIDE Laws: what exactly does 'colours reversed' in 7.3 mean?

Article 7.3 of the FIDE Laws reads: If a game has started with colours reversed then, if less than 10 moves have been made by both players, it shall be discontinued and a new game played with the ...
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Are there any online chess tournaments for beginners( or new players)?

I have been playing online chess for a long time on sites like lichess and chess.com. But I have never played in any FIDE or AICF organized tournament. In this pandemic are there any online ...
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What are the new FIDE regulations for arbiters?

Last year I asked if FIDE were going to extend the rules around inactivity for new players, players and arbiters. They did so for players but not arbiters. Now they have made radical changes to the ...
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How many 2200+ FIDE rated players are there?

Are there any sources for the recent numbers of players rated over 2200 byFIDE?
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Why do women have a lower Elo requirement to obtaining (women) FIDE titles?

As well as FIDE norms, you need a certain Elo to obtain a certain title. Women need around 200 points lower Elo to obtain the analogous women's only title: Grandmaster (GM) 2500+ International master ...
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Which countries have the most GMs per capita?

This interesting site has a "World map of chess grandmasters" which looks like this: Apart from the fact that Russia is very wide (it looks like it crosses 10 time zones), it looks like ...
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List of female chess players by peak FIDE rating

Update: The answer currently doesn't include countries and other trivia like in the original one. Please consider posting an answer with at least the countries or editing current answer to include ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

I was wondering about this question for a while. Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?
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Which pairing programs have been authorized by FIDE for use in FIDE rated tournaments?

There are lots of questions about pairing programs here, some of them mention being authorized by FIDE, but how can I check and know which programs are currently authorized?
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Does a draw on the board need to be declared before the time flag is reached?

I was participating in a FIDE-rated blitz tournament a while back (15+0, if it matters for the rules), and had finished my match, and was watching another board. White had about 10 seconds remaining ...
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What is the longest sequence of consecutive captures in a FIDE rated game?

What is the longest sequence of consecutive captures (including both pawn captures and piece captures) in a FIDE rated game?
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Does a chess position exists where one player has insufficient material, and at the same time has a forced mate in 2?

I was thinking about the USCF and FIDE rules on flagging when the opponent has insufficient material. I think I came up with a scenario with the USCF-rule where the best move would be to let the clock ...
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Is it possible to resign in stalemate?

Say that two players, likely lower rated, are playing a rated tournament over-the-board game. Player A has a winning position, and then blunders a move and stalemates. Player B, misunderstanding the ...
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What are all the world chess championships (such that...)?

Wiki says: Magnus Carlsen is 'the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion'. Wesley So is 'current World Fischer Random Chess Champion'. What world ...
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Series of illegal moves in check

This question falls under FIDE rules (USCF answers/comments welcome). If I make an illegal move leaving myself and my opponent in check, hit the clock and my opponent misses it and then continues play ...
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How can I become a fide player in chess [duplicate]

Actually I want to get a name in lichess as gm or lm or cm or wcm like that but I don’t know how to become a fide player
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Is an arbiter allowed to leave the playing hall while some games haven't finished yet?

I've observed the arbiter responsible for the category I'm playing often leaves the playing lobby to smoke or drink/buy coffee/water in a nearby shop. Those "breaks" are quite long. What ...
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Am I allowed to call the arbiter on my opponent's turn?

My opponent, in their turn, was distracting me making annoying sounds. However, the arbiter said that I should wait until it's my turn when I called them. Is this correct?
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Does FIDE have rules governing online chess?

FIDE has its Laws of Chess which have governed over-the-board chess for almost 100 years. During the Covid pandemic OTB chess has almost stopped in many countries and more and more chess is being ...
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A 50-move-rule claim turned out to be incorrect - can the arbiter punish me?

I claimed a 50-move draw, but my claim turned out to be incorrect. Can the arbiter punish me by increasing the opponent's time or reducing mine?
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What is the point of time increments?

I am having difficulty understanding the purpose of increments in time control. What is the point? If it just adds more time to the game, why not simply make the game that much longer? I am aware that ...
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Can a player win if their opponent has made 2 illegal moves, but a helpmate isn't possible?

Suppose that in a KQ vs. K endgame (or in an endgame where Black can't possibly mate the other side), White makes two illegal moves. Can Black claim a win?
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I didn't notice that my opponent forgot to press the clock and made my move. What should I do?

My opponent made a move but didn't press the clock. I didn't notice, so I made my move and then realised that the clock is already pressed. Am I allowed, under FIDE rules, to press the clock two times:...
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How does the JaVaFo engine work and how random are the pairings?

In most official FIDE tournaments, the JaVaFo engine is used to pair the players according to some FIDE-defined rules. What are those rules and how random are the pairings (i.e. can I reproduce them ...
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Elo distribution

In some online chess platforms you can see the Elo distribution of the players. It usually has Gaussian form. Is there somewhere where you can find the distribution of the classical Fide Elo?
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What does it mean for a country to be a FIDE "Affiliated Organization" instead of a FIDE Member?

According to the latest FIDE newsletter the Isle of Man has become a FIDE affiliated organization: The General Assembly approved the admission of the Isle of Man Chess Association as an affiliated ...
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How many FIDE rated games are played per year?

I was surprised not to be able to easily find this statistic. How many FIDE rated games are played around the world each year?
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Is there a data file available (e.g. a .csv) containing every single rated game?

Question Is there a data file somewhere containing every single (FIDE) rated game? What I found out so far I see many websites with some limited database search capability, or summary statistics, but ...
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How would FIDE handle a player with ADHD in tournaments?

I recently stumbled upon Why is coffee provided during big chess events when it contains a banned substance? and learned that amphetamines are banned by FIDE. How would FIDE handle a player with ADHD ...
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What's the oldest age at which a grandmaster played their first rated game?

Of all grandmasters past and present, what is the oldest age at which any of them started playing chess? Define started playing chess: The day that person played their first (FIDE, or equivalent) ...
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Do FIDE rules ban stimulants? Which ones?

Do FIDE rules ban stimulants? I think they ban 'drugs', but would coffee be okay? What about beer or wine? I hope they ban smoking somehow now. And I would think that NADH could help old ...
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Are Elo Ratings Zero-Sum?

Are Elo ratings a zero-sum system in chess? In other words, if I gain +9 points from a game, does my opponent necessarily take a -9 point loss? If so, would it make sense to say that Elo points are a ...

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