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Questions about FIDE, the international governing body of chess.

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How to Become a FIDE Master

I was wondering what skills, abilities, and knowledge is needed to reach consistent 2300 FIDE elo and therefore become a FIDE Master. Now, I'm not asking about the innate abilities, but those which ...
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The Evolution of the K-Factor

The change in Elo ratings depends, among other things, on the K-factor (or development coefficient). Current rules FIDE Rating Regulations effective from 1 July 2017 give the following values: K = ...
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Do any national chess bodies not strictly follow FIDE rules?

There are some subtle differences in the rules of chess used in different un/rated competitions. For example, chess.com never considers King + Bishop sufficient mating material (specific example here)....
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Do the rules of chess state that a Bishop+King can be sufficient mating material?

A famous recent example of this ending happened last year between Carlsen and Firouzja. Here, Firouzja time ran out, so Carlsen won [Title "Alireza Firouzja-Magnus Carlsen, World Blitz Championship,...
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How many grandmasters have been stripped of their titles?

How many grandmasters have been stripped of their grandmaster titles? I heard about a GM in the bathroom who had his taken away, and was wondering what other circumstances have resulted in a GM losing ...
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What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling?

What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling? I am interested in both FIDE and/or USCF rules. I seem to recall about 40 years ago, when reading my first copy of the USCF rule book, ...
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Does USCF still pay for the FIDE Master application fee?

There is not much to add to the question. Quite simply, does USCF still pay for the FIDE Master application fee?
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Does FIDE or USCF allow ICCF type numerical notation instead of the so called algebraic?

ICCF uses pure numerical notation counting each square by row and column eg 11 to 88. So Pd4 often written just d4 - would be 2224 so there can never be any confusion should two pieces be able to ...
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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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Now that FIDE has just announced BIDDING winners to be the official FIDE clock does that mean we have to buy those to play in their tournaments?

It seems odd , except maybe not for FIDE, that they announced the winners who BID to be the official clock. Now they they have selected them do we need to buy those to play in FIDE tournaments? ...
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What locations in the USA have FIDE approved tournaments frequently?

USA does not have a lot of FIDE tournaments. Are there any locations that have them more often than some small areas that may only hold one and never do another one?
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How often does FIDE review clocks to update their approved list?

The approved list seems to be rather old: 5.5. The electronic chess clocks endorsed by the FIDE 5.5.1. DGT XL (year 2007) 5.5.2. DGT 2010 (year 2010) 5.5.3. Silver Timer (year 2007) 5.5.4. Sistemco (...
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Where is the list of FIDE approved clocks?

I see many sellers selling dozens of clocks that claim to be FIDE certified/approved. Reading FIDE info I see what is required, and it mentions approved clocks, but I cannot find an actual list of ...
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Does chess need promoting at all?

Chess has survived for thousands of years. Do we need to make special efforts to promote it? Should anyone bother to promote chess other than FIDE?
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Old versions of FIDE laws of chess? [duplicate]

Is it possible to view or obtain old versions of the FIDE Laws of Chess? I would like to trace the history of when various rules were added or modified. The FIDE handbook only goes back as far as ...
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What exactly happened in the Open World Blitz Championship in game Carlsen-Alireza?

In the 19th round of the World Chess Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia, Magnus Carlsen faced Alireza Firouzja with black. Alireza lost on time while he was trying to restore a piece he dropped. It'...
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Is it OK to adjust your opponent's pieces, and what if he objects?

With all the questions lately about pieces being knocked off the board, being forced to adjust a fallen piece, etc., it made me think of this common scenario. Players often adjust more than their own ...
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Can a player be forced to adjust a piece?

If one of my pieces is knocked off the board unintentionally, do I need to place it back on the board? Can I continue to play with one or more pieces not on the board (but still have it in effect - ...
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FIDE rules when opponent accidentally promotes to your Queen

This happened to someone else recently in a time scramble during an OTB game. His opponent promoted a pawn and placed a Queen of the wrong color on the board. He was corrected by the player and the ...
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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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Creating program for finding top players with respect to elo and age

I want to create a program for personal use but also maybe for publishing it on the web, in order to detect the top players with respect to elo and age. There will be two cases: A) In this case, ...
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Penalty for violating FIDE rule 8.1.2 - writing moves in advance

At one of the chess league fixtures recently, one of the players was writing moves in advance of moving the pieces on the board. As per the FIDE rule 8.1.2 it's forbidden to do so, but in practice ...
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Is rotating a pawn so that it faces a different direction and then moves in that direction technically permitted according to the 2018 FIDE Laws?

While browsing the Chess and Puzzling Stack Exchange sites, I've come across several instances where people have found loopholes in the rules of chess, causing these loopholes to be patched out ...
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Was playing with both hands ever allowed in chess?

I was watching this video on Youtube of an Armageddon game between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov which happened in 1995. It can be seen that Kasparov is using both of his hands for some moves. (...
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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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Possible game result combinations in a FIDE tournament report file

I am currently working on a small side project and want to write a chess tournament manager in Haskell. To properly set up the data structures I am wondering what the possible results of a chess game ...
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Which FIDE rule forbids pressing the clock before taking captured pieces off the board?

A long time ago I used to play OTB blitz chess at a chess club. We had club blitz tournaments [5 mins each with no increment because the clocks were old-school chess clocks]. I was new to blitz. I ...
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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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Is the FIDE International Organizer title required to organize high level FIDE tournaments?

The FIDE Handbook has a section called Regulations on Seminars & Title Award for Organizers where it describes what you need to do to get the FIDE International Organizer title. It says: Scope /...
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Who is the oldest person to become a GM via norms and hitting 2500 in rating?

Who is the oldest person to become a GM via norms and hitting 2500 in rating? In other words, the standard way that most GMs achieve the title. This would rule out any of the old masters pre-FIDE, ...
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When is it appropriate for the arbiter to reduce a player's time?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 12.9 Options available to the arbiter concerning penalties: 12.9.1 warning, 12.9.2 increasing the remaining time of the opponent, 12.9.3 reducing ...
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Longest sequence of moves by one player with the same piece?

I suspect the following game in the European Club Champioship between David Howell and Pentala Harikrishna set a number of records. [title "Howell, David W L vs Harikrishna, Pentala"] [fen ""] 1. e4 ...
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Who won the FIDE Chess Clock Contract Bidding?

It should have been announced on September 23. But still, nothing on the FIDE website has appeared. Does anyone know who won in all 3 categories?
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How do I "Get My Foot in the Door"? [duplicate]

The title may be a little misleading. My question is, how do I become or begin to become a player who is in the FIDE system? Is there a specific process I must go to, specific tournaments, steps I ...
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Are banter blitz players who draw arrows on the board during the game breaking the FIDE Laws of Chess?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 11.3.1 During play the players are forbidden to use any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse any game on another chessboard. Streamers and ...
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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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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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FIDE rating in blitz

I played in a blitz tournament. It was an official FIDE tournament, so ratings should be calculated. I wasn't rated before that tournament. It was played over 11 rounds with a rematch so you could ...
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Does the FIDE 75-move rule apply after checkmate or resignation?

75 move rule says 9.6 If one or both of the following occur(s) then the game is drawn: (...) any series of at least 75 moves have been made by each player without the movement of any pawn and ...
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Should the Laws of Chess have an overseeing board independent from FIDE?

Why are the laws of chess still being overseen by the same political-governing body called FIDE and not by an independent autonomous body like in other major sporting codes such as football where IFAB ...
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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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Ambiguity in notation resolved by +

In the board position both knights can move to e4. To distinguish which knight moved one would normally write Nce4 or Nfe4. However in this special situation only Nce4 is check. Would it be ...
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How has the frequency of FIDE rating lists changed over the years?

Today FIDE publishes a new rating list once a month. When FIDE first started publishing official lists in 1971 they came out once a year. How has the frequency changed over the years? When did the ...
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Online chess with full disclosure of name and FIDE ID

I would like to play online chess via an interface where name and FIDE number are disclosed, mainly because I believe that this discourages engine users. A few questions: I found the FIDE Arena ...
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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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Should FIDE introduce a minimum rating for arbiters? [closed]

As it stands right now, FIDE does not have any minimum Elo rating requirement for arbiters. In fact, there's no test to check whether one can play chess or not before being awarded a FIDE arbiter-...
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Why is the time control for FIDE chess tournaments what it is? [duplicate]

Now that from this answer, I know what the time control is, why is it 90 minute base time for the first 40 moves, an additional 30 minute base time for the rest of the game plus a 30 second increment ...
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What does the FIDE president do?

What is the role of the president of the International Chess Federation? What does he or she do, and what is he or she supposed to do? I have looked at sources such as Wikepedia
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Database of chess results

I'm looking for a database or a collection of the chess results of all FIDE-rated games (standard time control). The data I'm interested in is: the white player, the black player, the result and the ...
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Rating calculation problem

Firstly I got 1018 rating last year. Then next tournament deducted 25 and my FIDE rating became zero. Then I faced next tournament opponent 03 players 1352, 1255 and 1174 respectively. All 03 games ...
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