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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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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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How does FIDE define slow rapid & fast rapid?

Note: This has practical implications if that's what you were wondering about. How can Hikaru in 2022 WFRCC be a successor of Wesley in 2019 WFRCC if 32.5min & 60min aren't in the same time ...
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How should an arbiter handle copying moves from another game?

In 2004 the British illusionist, Derren Brown, despite being a very poor chess player scored +4 -3 =2 against 9 strong chess players including scoring 2/4 against 4 grandmasters in a simul. Of course ...
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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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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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Why is there a minimum rating gain when you win?

Fide has a rule saying that if one player is rated more than 400 points higher than his opponent, their difference should be set to 400 when calculating rating gain/loss. That means no matter how weak ...
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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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How does Chesscube.com rating compare to USCF and FIDE ratings?

My Chesscube is 1800. I would like to have the strength of 2100 or 1900 USCF and FIDE. What Chesscube rating do I need?
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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 stops me from pumping up my rating by playing a 200 game match against a much weaker (>400 point difference) player?

This question is inspired by this extract from a question about minimum rating gain: One of the top 10 players in the world (say Magnus Carlsen), wants to increase his rating to 3000. He has a good ...
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What's the correlation between FIDE rating and online rating?

I'm wondering if there's any way to get an approximation of my FIDE rating by using one of my online ratings, say ICC or chess.com rating? If not, is there, at least, a correlation between how well ...
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What is the process for becoming a FIDE rated chess player?

I am new to chess. I read about FIDE so my question is: How can I play in a FIDE tournament or become a FIDE-rated player? Is there any online process for that, or something else? Right now I only ...
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Can a player move before his opponent hits the clock?

In a reply to another question, I made an explicit presumption that under FIDE Laws, a player can move as soon as the opponent’s move has been made. But someone wondered if this was this really ...
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For white's next move, should it be recorded as Nge2 or Ne2 as there is only one knight which can legally move to e2?

[FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp2ppp/4pn2/3p4/1bPP4/2NBP3/PP3PPP/R1BQK1NR w KQ - 0 6"] If white move his king knight to e2 in the next move, should this move be recorded as Nge2 or Ne2 in the algebraic notation? ...
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Simltaneous checkmate and draw claim on the 50th move [duplicate]

This question is for aspiring rules lawyers. The FIDE's new laws of chess, effective Jan. 1, 2018, patch ambiguities and other subtle problems. I like the new laws. When it comes to game mechanics, I ...
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FIDE Laws of Chess pre-2017

I have to hold a lesson for B-Trainers about the law of chess, and I have to tell them what has changed in the last years. While I’m quite sure that I can teach the actual LoC (that’s what I regularly ...
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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 the 'current World Fischer Random Chess Champion'. What world ...
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List of female chess players by their peak FIDE blitz rating

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List of chess players by their peak FIDE rapid rating

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What are examples of tournaments/games 60 minutes to below 120 minutes, and how does FIDE classify them?

What are some examples of tournaments or games where their time controls convert to at least 60 minutes but below 120 minutes, and then how does FIDE classify them (eg rapid or classical)? Supposedly ...
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Iuri Shkuro is part of the top peak FIDE blitz rating list (2800+) apparently by 'farming'

There's a Sep2020 reddit post by user ChessAddiction entitled 'How the Elo rating system works, and why "farming" lower rated players is not cheating.' I also ask about farming here: When is ...
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When was it possible for a player's king to be attacked by 3 of the opponent's pieces?

According to the current FIDE Laws of Chess: 3.9.1 The king is said to be 'in check' if it is attacked by one or more of the opponent's pieces, even if such pieces are constrained from moving to ...
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Draws, castling rights, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

A question of rulebook pedantry: Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. As you know, the Laws have long allowed a player to claim a draw by repetition. The July 2014 Laws, ...
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Is shuffling aimlessly for hundreds of moves permissible?

As I write this, game 73 of the TCEC Season 18 superfinal has just ended. What was most "interesting" about this game is the sheer amount of shuffling both sides did: starting from around ...
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Is it illegal to write clock time in the score sheet during tournaments?

I have the habit of noting the clock time near my moves in tournament. I've been doing this for years now, but today a friend told me it is illegal according to FIDE. I wonderwhat the regulation ...
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How was the FIDE rating system introduced?

I am looking for a historical summary on how the first Elo ratings came about. Apparently in the first official rating list from 1971 there are already ratings in the range of 2200 to 2760. What are ...
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What happens should a clock fail during the game?

There are a number of ways a clock can fail during a game. Battery runs out, player pushes button by mistake and resets it, falls on floor and breaks, kiddie smashes toggle button hard with captured ...
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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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Are score sheet booklets allowed to be in use?

Is it allowed to use a score sheet booklet for notations (with a recording of previous games), as opposed to a single "stand alone" sheet? Reasons for not allowing this may, of course, be ...
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What ambiguities remain in the laws of chess?

Let an ambiguous rule be defined to be a rule experienced, reasonable, well-informed opponents are unsure how to interpret in a circumstance (however unlikely the circumstance may be) that can ...
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How to become a rated player?

Can someone explain to me what are the procedures involvd in getting a chess rating? If different countries have different procedures then how one can get an international chess rating in India?
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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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How much FIDE rated chess was played in April 2020?

FIDE has just published the May 2020 rating list which brings the ratings up to date for games played in April. The rating file can be downloaded from the FIDE download page. Many countries have ...
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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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In the 2019 WFRCC, did anyone catch up in a match after losing in the 'slow rapid' (classical?) 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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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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What are pros and cons around banning castling?

Vladimir Kramnik has proposed on chess.com that castling be banned for the good of the game. What are the kinds of objective points that might be made for & against this idea? Based on these, do ...
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Has there been much research on rating inflation?

Magnus Carlsen's draw in yesterday's round of the 2012 London Chess Classic assured that his rating in the next published FIDE rating list will surpass Kasparov's previous record of 2851. I've seen/...
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Should a player be forced to move a piece that he has picked up after a spectator knocked it off the board?

While anyone can answer this, I do have official FIDE arbiters in mind. I am following a discussion on chess.com about the worst way you have lost a game. Someone related this story: This didn't ...
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Why is chess failing to attract big name sponsors?

Despite all the efforts that chess professionals put to the game the majority of them cannot make a living out of chess. Only 4 or 5 super grandmasters across the world have been able to make a few ...
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Has the 75 move draw rule ever been invoked in a FIDE rated standard game involving a GM?

In the latest FIDE Laws of Chess the arbiter is supposed to step in and declare the game drawn if 75 moves are played by both sides with no captures and no pawn moves. It would be understandable if ...
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Are Elo ratings adjusted after each match, or after each tournament?

I'm aware that the FIDE ratings list is only published once per month. I'm interested in how often the ratings are recalculated internally to FIDE without being published. Are ratings adjusted match ...
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Why is coffee provided during big chess events when it contains a banned substance?

Why is coffee provided for free during big chess events like the Olympiad despite the fact that it contains caffeine, which is a banned substance according to the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)?
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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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What is the process for amending the rules of chess?

I read the whole document issued by FIDE containing the Laws of Chess, but nowhere does it say how (or even if) the rules of chess can be amended. Is every change to the rules supposed to yield a new ...
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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 software can I use to self-assess my own Elo rating?

What software (preferably free) can I use to do a self assessment to determine my own Elo rating?
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Resignation when a draw is offered

In a recent online game, I offered a draw when the endgame is clearly drawing. To my surprise, instead of replying to my draw offer, my opponent resigned. I have no idea why they did so and my best ...
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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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