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Questions about FIDE, the international governing body of chess.

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If you exploit Article 12.9 in FIDE's Laws of Chess, is it possible to benefit yourself by purposely receiving a penalty?

After I received this answer on my previous question, I found the list of penalties which a player can receive, according to FIDE guidelines. As FIDE states in Article 12.9: Options available to the ...
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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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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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If on my turn I adjust a piece on its square without saying “J'adoube” or equivalent do I have to move it?

Suppose I nudge a piece back on to the center of its square using a light tap with the back of my little finger. Will this constitute touching the piece within the meaning of the FIDE touch-move rule?
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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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Who were the first GMs, and how did they become GMs?

In order to qualify for the title of Grandmaster, a player must achieve three Grandmaster norms. This is not the place to go into detail about what those are; the pertinent point is that norms can ...
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Why do FIDE tournaments have rest days on weekends?

I'm one of those sad geeks that, instead of watching football of some sort or another, prefer to watch the super GM's battle it out whenever my schedule allows. This weekend I was looking forward to ...
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Get Fide-rated without revealing your birthday?

I noticed the Fide rating list is always published with the date of birth of the player. Is registering one's actual birthdate with Fide a requirement for a Fide rating? It is a major concern for me ...
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How does a chess club become recognized by FIDE?

First question here, I split it into 2 questions What would it take for the club to be recognized by FIDE? At first the club would be a place to have fun, but later on, I would like that the club ...
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Inconsistent timings of world championships

According to Wikipedia recent world championship tournaments have been played in these years: 2006 2007 2008 2010 2012 2013 2014 2016 What is logic behind this, sometimes they are played every ...
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What should the penalty be for a player leaving the playing venue?

FIDE Laws of Chess article 11.2 says: 11.2 The ‘playing venue’ is defined as the ‘playing area’, rest rooms, toilets, refreshment area, area set aside for smoking and other places as designated ...
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Touching an opponent's piece with one of your pieces

If I touch one of my opponent's pieces with one of my pieces, but do not touch it with my fingers, do I then have to take it? This question was raised in a junior school when one player touched his ...
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Is FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov a good chess player? What's his Elo rating?

On this page it says he is not rated: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=34123811 I could only find one game featuring Ilyumzhinov, in which he played a 2300 Elo player and lost: http://www....
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Why is there no rule allowing a player to claim a draw in lonely king endgames?

I was wondering, why is there no way for a player, who has sufficient mating material, to claim a draw against a lonely king? According to Wikipedia: The rules allow for several types of draws: ...
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Touch a piece and then claim opponent's previous move was illegal

In a last round tie between 2 players fighting for top seed in a competition, here is what happened. White had 18 seconds on his clock and black had 26 seconds. Black was winning. At move 56, black ...
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Draws, en passant, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. Some questions occur regarding the revision, including one re draws and en passant. [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "1rb1kbnr/ppppqppp/6n1/...
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How respectable is the CM title?

I know a man who has the CM title and his wife is WGM. They wrote a book together and on the cover her name is given with the WGM title but his name is left without his CM title. I asked him about ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Where exactly in the Fide handbook can you find the hand shaking rule?

So I was wondering where is it located, in the fide handbook, the rule that you have to shake hands with your opponent. I know it exists, especially since the Cheparinov-Short case some time ago, I ...
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What are the different rules for claiming a draw?

According to the current FIDE rules of chess: The game is drawn upon a correct claim by the player having the move, when the same position, for at least the third time (not necessarily by a ...
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Does a loophole still exist in the defintion of castling?

Castling on the e-file with a promoted rook, an idea immortalized by Tim Krabbe and Max Pam, is no longer legal since FIDE amended the wording to state that castling is an actionn on the first/eigth ...
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Why does the FIDE rating table go beyond 400?

The FIDE rating regulations say: 8.5 Determining the rating change for a rated player 8.51 For each game played against a rated player, determine the difference in rating between the player and his ...
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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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Threefold repetition in view of castling rights

In view of castling rights, an aspiring rules lawyer could ask: when does threefold repetition support a draw claim? Technical example: [fen ""] [title "Illustration of castling rights"] [startply "...
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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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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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Quintuple repetition and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

How does the new quintuple-repetition rule work, please? To be clear: my question does not concern how likely the rule and its cases are to arise in practical play, but rather just what the rule is, ...
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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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FIDE tournament rules: Is a player allowed to scribble notes on the scoresheet while the game is in progress?

Do FIDE rules allow a player to make notes on the scoresheet like Here, I wanted to play c4, but thought it would be better to play d4 first. He played Nc6. I think he should have played ...
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Why are the requirements for becoming a GM so complicated?

Wikipedia's article on chess grandmasters indicates that the requirements to become a GM is complicated, and has always been complicated. For example right now, to become a GM, one needs to have had a ...
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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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What type of tournament is needed to get a true chess rating?

I'm at the point I'd like to throw my hat in the ring and see what happens. What is the most basic and affordable tournament I should be looking at that still counts for a rating? Would that be FIDE? ...
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How can I get Elo ratings?

How do I get Elo rating done for myself officially? Do I contact a FIDE area representative? Many of the users of this site mention their Elo ratings, how did you get these?
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How has the Grandmaster title evolved?

The wikipedia article is a good starting point, but I'm also interested in how the specific regulations have changed over the years. Currently, 3 norms must be achieved1 in tournaments that adhere to ...
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Why has the number of games decreased over time in WCC?

The World Chess Championship between Lasker and Capablanca in 1921 was organised as the winner would be the first to 8 points, draws not counting, and if this goal was not reached, the player with ...
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Should any information written on the scoresheet by the players be accurate?

The FIDE rules state: 12.4 The scoresheet shall be used only for recording the moves, the times of the clocks, the offers of a draw, and matters relating to a claim and other relevant data. I ...
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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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Is there a way to get a FIDE ID without playing in FIDE rated events?

Is there a way to obtain FIDE ID, also known as FID, without actually participating in FIDE rated events? I don't mean obtaining a FIDE rating, just the ID. The reason why I am asking is simple: ...
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Misplaced King and Queen

Suppose the players misplace the position of King and Queen in a tournament game, what should the arbiter do according to the latest FIDE rules? Does the action depend on the time control/format of ...
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FIDE Online Arena: what specifically determines bullet, blitz, rapid, and unmonitored time controls?

I've been trying out the FIDE Online Arena; while I've found a lot of marketing, I find very little useful documentation (possibly because the software is new). FIDE Online Arena has four different ...
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50-move rule: FIDE wording seems weird

FIDE rules seem to say that I have to claim draw (3-repetition and 50-move) before I actually touch/move my piece. And if I move my piece first, and then claim the draw, it doesn't count. 1) Is this ...
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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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FIDE rules regarding use of foreign languages in algebraic notation

Article 8.1a states that: In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent in the correct manner, move after move, as clearly and legibly as ...
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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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what is the shortest allowable time control for a FIDE rated standard tournament game?

My chess club wants to host a FIDE tournament in a couple of months with 3 FIDE rated games in one day. What is the shortest allowed time control for FIDE rated standard tournament games so we can ...