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Questions about FIDE, the international governing body of chess.

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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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What is the justification for calculations of FIDE unrated player having different rules depending on tournament type?

From the FIDE handbook 8.22 If he scores 50%, then Ru = Ra 8.23 If he scores more than 50%, then Ru = Ra + 20 for each half point scored over 50% 8.22 If he scores less than 50% in a Swiss or team ...
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Can a player directly register with FIDE so as to avoid charges when moving counties?

It seems FIDE charges a lot if a chess player wishes to move to a different country, unless the player is registered under the FIDE flag. Can a player register directly with FIDE so as to maintain ...
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Does it make any practical difference to a normal chess player the choice of federation that issues the FIDE number?

Clearly if a person is good enough to play for their county they need to be registered with the correct federation in their FIDE record, does it makes any difference to other chess players?
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What is the justification for the calculations of FIDE previously unrated player not being balanced?

From the FIDE handbook 8.22 If he scores 50%, then Ru = Ra 8.23 If he scores more than 50%, then Ru = Ra + 20 for each half point scored over 50% 8.22 If he scores less than 50% in a Swiss or team ...
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Is there a tournament system that pairs players based on ratings being similar?

Clearly games are more fun when the result can't be predicted in advance hence pairing players who have not recently played each other and have similar ratings has advantages. After a few games it ...
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Does FIDE publish the results of all rated games?

It seems a lot more information could be gained by fully processing a game results database then just updating a number only while looking at the previous months results. For example is a person's ...
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Players who are consistently rated over 2500 but are not GM

How many players are consistently rated over 2500 but are not grand masters? (I am interested in players who have been over 2500 for a few years while actively playing chess.) —---- See also Why wasn’...
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FIDE Rating Distribution

This answer has a link to the Lichess blitz rating distribution which looks like this: It looks like a good approximation to a normal distribution, perhaps slightly skewed to the upper half, and has ...
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Meaning of the phrase "the same player has the move"

What is the meaning of the phrase "the same player has the move" in the sentence below "Two positions are by definition "the same" if the same types of pieces occupy the same ...
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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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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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Is this move illegal?

I'm currently writing my own chess game with my own AI and have a Question about a move: Here, Purple moved his Pawn from F2 -> F3, which allowes the Green Queen on H4 to capture the King, and I ...
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Who makes the rules of chess?

We all know the rules we play competitive chess under. They are the FIDE Laws of Chess. Our individual federations in different countries may tweak the parts of the rules they're allowed to tweak (the ...
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What is the criterion for a chess set to be used in FIDE tournaments?

For example, a Harry Potter based chess set will never be used in a FIDE tournament. But that got me thinking: is there a specific set of rules/ criteria for a chess set to be used in a FIDE ...
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Insufficient material rule [closed]

As I understand chess rules, insufficient material means K vs. K, K vs. KB, or K vs. KN. (Correct me if I am wrong.) But what about KB vs. KB when both bishops are in the same colored square? Am I ...
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How do you register a FIDE rating?

I want to register a FIDE rating, but I can find nothing about that on the official website. How do I register an official FIDE rating?
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Can I use the restroom while it's my turn to play?

It's currently my turn and I really need to use the bathroom. I know I'm allowed to when it's my opponent's turn, but now it's not. I don't want to be accused of cheating, but I also want to play my ...
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