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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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Countermove without notation

Quoting the FIDE rules (E8.1§3): "A player may reply to his opponent’s move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another." Quoting any arbiter:...
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How Universal Ratings can become much higher than FIDE ratings

From what I understand Universal Ratings takes into account all Standard, Rapid and Blitz to give a universal rating. But I don't understand how it can be much higher than any of the FIDE ratings. For ...
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How does the Israel Chess Federation (ICF) update ratings for players who no longer play in Israel?

I just seen an interesting statement about ICF ratings: When I moved to England and stopped playing ICF rated chess I was curious as to what would happen to my ICF rating. It stayed in synch with my ...
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Why is it a draw after check from pawn promotion?

I've been playing against Stockfish, and sometimes I promote a pawn to a piece that immediately puts the opposing king (the only piece on the board) into check, but the computer says at that point ...
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2 GM Norms in 24 hours - first time ever?

Chess.com reports that 17-year-old Frederik Svane has scored 2 GM Norms In 24 Hours and asks if this is a record: 17-year-old Svane, the youngest of the two brothers (Rasmus recently turned 25), ...
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Difference between national and international rating

For extreme cases see here, but I'm interested in statistical averages. The most skewing factor, as already mentioned there, should be underrated players, which simply haven't played against the "...
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What do you do when an opponent asks for a score sheet after a game in which recording is not compulsory?

I wish to know how to handle a certain situation regarding chess etiquette. Consider the following: I went for an OTB tournament recently - rapid 15 + 10 time control. Organizers stated that recording ...
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FIDE 2022 Presidential Elections - Runners and Riders?

There is a 4 year FIDE election cycle and with Dvorkovich elected in 2018 everybody knew there would be an election this year. With both the 2022 Olympiad and FIDE Congress due to be held in Russia ...
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How do I get a FIDE ID?

I’m going to play in my first tournament which have said the following: “Those who don’t have a FIDE ID have to enroll FIDE ID registration under your own federation” and I don’t understand what they ...
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WCM titleholder without reaching 1800 elo

I came across this lady from Japan: https://ratings.fide.com/profile/7001800 She holds the WCM title, which according to the FIDE handbook requires that you have at one point in time reached 1800 elo ...
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"Premoving" in blitz over the board [duplicate]

I'm myself a lightning-fast blitzer, but some (Ha. All.) have better dexterity than me. Some specialists make their move even before I could hit my own clock. This is especially annoying when Fischer ...
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can players continue the game on mutual agreement in case of mobile ringing and arbiter noticing

In a situation where a mobile phone rings in the middle of the game should the offender's opponent call the arbiter and claim the win. If claiming is not needed and if the arbiter decides to mark the ...
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Who decides to name an opening?

Some openings are named after the players who spent their whole career playing a particular type of opening. For eg. Alekhine for Alekhine Defense, Philidor for Philidor Defense, William Evans for ...
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How does a single player have 2 different FIDE accounts

When searched Yu, Yangyi you get 2 results. One is the top Chinese super GM. The other is an unrated player with Blitz rating 2544. Both have different Birth days according to FIDE but when I checked ...
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Sorting players by FIDE blitz/rapid ratings

In the FIDE advanced search it seems to only allow search by standard rating. Is there a way, for example, to search the list of players with descending blitz rating or rapid rating? My final goal is ...
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Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When Writing Notation is Optional?

Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When is Writing Notation Not Required? We are planning to organize a monthly 30+30 tournament (30 minutes for the ...
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Can a Chess Federation lower their NM title standard so people can get the benefits of it?

From what I read in the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_title#National_titles it mentions Some national chess federations award titles such as "National Master" (NM). ...
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When did FIDE's attitude towards boycotts change?

First off, don't get me wrong. I fully understand and back FIDE's removal of competitions from Russia and Belarus. When one country is invading a neighbour the last thing you want to do is hold a ...
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Can FIDE rated open tournaments have games played without chess clocks?

So there was this FIDE rated tournament with 750+ participants and the last boards games were played without clocks. This was probably due to shortage of clocks. Anyway the last boards were occupied ...
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How is it possible for a player without 2500 ELO to obtain the GM title?

I recently came across a GM who has a peak rating 2495 and has obtained the GM title after completing three norms. From my understanding, in order to become a GM one must Achieve a FIDE rating of ...
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Why is FIDE investigating Karjakin and Shipov, but not Karpov?

Recently FIDE decided to refer GMs Karjakin and Shipov to the ethics and disciplinary commission for supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They have not, however, decided to refer GM Anatoly ...
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Why are unrated players counted as rated players in this FIDE rated event?

I came across this event where unrated players are also counted as rated players. Below you can see that every player has a rating of 1824 but when you view the tournament there are a lot of unrated ...
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What rule is FIDE's ethics and disciplinary commission investigating Karjakin and Shipov under?

FIDE recently issued a public statement condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and also announcing an investigation of GMs Karjakin and Shipov by the Ethics and Disciplinary commission. Source ...
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Can I get FIDE titles (FM, IM, GM) by getting norms in blitz tournaments only?

Could I play in blitz tournaments only and get FIDE norms, hence I can get FIDÉ titles such as FM, IM, and GM?
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Lowest rated player(s) who earned a GM norm

Who had the lowest rating when they earned at least one GM norm?
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Rules of Checkmate [duplicate]

I’ve attached a picture of the board configuration of an end game. Black wins this game by checkmate, however, I’m wondering how this is valid checkmate? To my understanding, checkmate occurs when a ...
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