Questions tagged [otb-chess]

OTB = Over-the-board, versus playing online or by mail.

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How do OTB games end up in databases?

How do games of players that are not so well known, or not huge events end up in Chessbase and other databases? What are the different ways that games are cataloged? If they are not playing on an ...
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What to do if opponent has poor hygiene?

Are there regulations on what to do when your opponent has poor hygiene and it negatively influences your performance? I do not want to be disrespectful or shame anyone, but bad breath or body odor ...
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Can one improve his chess without playing online?

I have been playing chess for almost an year and I'm addicted to playing chess on Lichess. My stats there are: 2100 classical 2000 rapid 1800 blitz I feel that playing chess online ruins my life and ...
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I play better on the board than online. How can I play better online?

I live in a small town. I only play a couple of tournaments a year and about two rapid games a week with my teamates. Therefore, playing online should be my primary source of practice, but I find it ...
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Is takeback legal in OTB chess? [duplicate]

It is normal for an experienced player to allow his low rated opponent a takeback in casual chess. Does this apply for FIDE rated OTB tournaments, provided both players agree?
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Learning chess over the board vs using software

I have some good quality chess books and of course use the chess board to follow all chess game examples and variations provided. However I noticed that it is quite a tiring activity as it takes time ...
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Play Crazyhouse OTB

I was playing crazyhouse online on Lichess and I wondered how to play OTB, namely how to change the color of a captured piece. I came up with 2 methods: -Exchange the captured piece for another of a ...
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Do people still play chess at Washington Square Park?

Back in the past I know that it used to a pretty popular chess location. Fischer played there when he was young. I think Magnus went their once (a few years ago). I have seen videos with Maurice ...
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Eyestrain - Anyone experiencing eyestrain when playing OTB?

As the title says. When playing blitz (3 to 5-minute games), I experience eyestrain after 10 or more games. After that, I start to blunder. I get tired too fast. In our area, it seems to be only me ...
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If I accidentally knock over a rook with my elbow while reaching for another piece, do I have to move the rook?

According to the official FIDE rules for otb games, does the above description warrant the touch move rule?
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Ways to improve defensive skills

Last night I played two OTB games with a friend of mine and in both games I reached decent, even winning positions. At some moment though I overlooked my king safety and blundered horribly, which lead ...
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For long OTB games, what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is below X FIDE Elo?

I am looking for statistics on the FIDE Elo of chess players. I would like to know what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is: Below 1000 Elo Below 800 Elo Below 600 Elo Below 400 ...
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Does deliberately knocking the king over end the game?

When I play with my friend, he will often knock his own king over when he is going to lose. He ends the game and says, "I lose". Is this permissible?
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Game drawn without enough material to mate even if opponent runs out of time?

Does this apply to OTB chess as well? I was playing an online game on FICS and my opponent ran out of time, but I did not have enough material to mate, so the game was drawn.
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How can one improve their over-the-board analysis skills?

I think of analysis as the ability to mentally move through variations, recognize tactical ideas in those variations, and draw accurate conclusions regarding the fitness of the resulting positions. I ...
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How quickly must a move be completed?

I was playing in a tournament once, during a sequence of captures, my opponent could recapture my Knight about 4 different ways. He just removed it and carried on thinking. What should I have done?
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What are the differences between playing online and OTB?

What are some differences between playing online vs playing OTB (over-the-board)? If you are used to playing online, like myself, would playing OTB have a big impact on your play?