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Why didn't/don't all chess armageddon have auction?

Quote: Armageddon Chess is a fair tie-break system only if the two players bid for how much time Black should have. Foolishly most times I see Armageddon specified there is no bidding. Instead the ...
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Why isn't there more classical armageddon with auction?

This has been asked about here but without auction: Would a classic full time armageddon tiebreaker be balanced? Classical Time Control Armageddon? Part0 - History Afaik, there's been only 1 ...
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What are the downsides of letting the reigning champion choose the format of the championship (within reason)?

What's the point of having a championship match if the winners must regularly grind for months or lose everything, or worse, come out broken or burnt out? I don't mean going back to the wild days of ...
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In armageddon bidding, what happens if the bid is drawn?

Re armageddon, there is sometimes bidding ("how much time they're willing to give up to play with their desired color") instead of pre-determined 5min vs 4min. What happens if the bid is ...
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If an armageddon bid is drawn, then is it fair to force a re-bid?

Re In armageddon bidding, what happens if the bid is drawn? In 2023 or 2024 Champions Chess Tour, I heard they re-bid. My assumptions: If they bid the same, then they needn't re-bid. They can flip a ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

For context I am new to OTB chess with 30 games under my belt and a rating of around 1930 fide. I have a very definite problem. Last tournament I dropped 3 pieces in 3 consecutive games in either ...
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What was the time control of the 1960 WCC match between Tal and Botvinnik?

I'm reading Tal's great book "Tal - Botvinnik, 1960" right now. He does an excellent job in his annotations and even writes down how much time each player had after each move. However, I don'...
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Do FIDE or any of the federations rate Lightning chess?

Lightning chess predates digital clocks by many decades. It is basically 0+10s delay chess. A buzzer goes off every 10 seconds and the player on move has to move on the buzzer. The Scottish chess ...
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What happens if the first tournament round does not conclude before the second is scheduled to begin in a double-round day?

Some classical chess tournament schedule two rounds in the same day. Rounds can go on for many hours, so I was wondering what happens if some players are still playing the first round when the second ...
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Classical Time Control Armageddon? [duplicate]

The fate of chess has been discussed for a long time and in recent years it has become more and more common. Examples of this include the 2018 World Chess Championship(12 draws) and the 2016 World ...
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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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Would a classic full time armageddon tiebreaker be balanced?

I think that classic chess and rapid chess are two quite different kinds of sport. The classic chess title was undecided this year 2018. Why not use the armageddon rule, that black wins if tied in ...
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When was there a classical armageddon?

Armageddon is usually rapid/blitz/bullet. What tournaments used classical armageddon for tiebreaker? Btw classical here of course means is 60min+ (for white).
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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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Is armageddon more fair in a Vickrey auction?

I believe armageddon is fair only if they bid, but just because they bid doesn't mean it's fair, i.e. bidding is necessary but not sufficient to be fair. Which side has the advantage in an Armageddon ...
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Can a draw be claimed if proven to be inevitable but no time remaining to actually pull it off?

There is an interesting chess problem which made me think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzOKknAi684 The player at a disadvantage is aiming for a draw. He can achieve this because there is a set of ...
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When was the last time Magnus Carlsen lost 2 classical games in a row to the same player besides to Wesley So?

Related questions: When was the last time Magnus Carlsen lost 3 classical games in a row besides to Wesley So? When was the last time Magnus Carlsen lost 2 classical games in a row to the same ...
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When playing "Play with a friend" anonymously on Lichess with "Real Time" time control, does minutes per side get carried over?

Does the remaining part of "x minutes per side" get carried over if a side does a move in less than x minutes? i.e. if it's 3 minutes per side & I finish a move in 1 minute, will my ...
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Very fast chess games-tournaments between engines

I am wondering if there are chess games or tournaments between engines, with a very small duration, like 10-5 seconds or 10-10 seconds (every game). If not, would it not be interesting?
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How would this position be scored if you ran out of time here?

Here is the position (black has just played Qf8, the only legal move after White's Re8+): [FEN "2nKRq1k/6pp/8/3n4/6b1/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] In this position white has a forced mate in one, in ...
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Time Trouble, Arbiter Trouble

Yesterday. Our club's summer tournament. One specialist A is in time trouble as always (to his defense, 90+30+no bonus) and no longer writes. The other specialist B still has 10 minutes and writes ...
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Why no notation for "Resigns" or "Lost on time"?

Suppose a chess game was decisive but didn't go to checkmate. Why does its notation not say whether the loser resigned or lost on time? There are plenty of NAG symbols; even some ($136-$139) relating ...
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Why is Bobby Fischer's argument against adjournment an argument for increment?

Bobby Fischer, as quoted by Jim Ratliff in a question about increment says: The result of adjournments is often a skewing of a particular player's chess-playing ability since the success or failure ...
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How the "Quickplay finish" article works on a rook vs rook or rook vs minor piece endgame?

Suppose 2 players are playing in a 10-10 or blitz format with no increment. In the endgame the players are left with only rook vs a piece (rook / bishop / knight nearer to king) or similar drawing-...
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Running out of time mid promotion to checkmate. Who wins?

In a casual blitz game I had with my friend, my last move was to promote a pawn, to ladder mate my opponent (there was already a rook on the 7th). I moved the pawn, but while I was reaching for the ...
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Why is increment more popular than delay?

Increment is FIDE's default for their tournaments, although their rules permit delay as well. Most internet chess servers also use increment exclusively. As I understand it, delay is used by the USCF ...
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How to use nodestime option in Stockfish 10?

By looking at the uci option file of Stockfish 10 I found this line: o["nodestime"] << Option(0, 0, 10000); How exactly does one use nodestime?
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What is the TimeControl format for FIDE tournament?

The TimeControl formats I've found on the web split the TimeControl in time periods separated by a special character, for instance: G/90 (one period with 90min to end the game) G/90+30 (one period ...
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Armageddon: How much more desirable is black in chess than chess960 based on airthings masters 2023 vs 2022 WFRCC?

All games in question are 15 minutes. In the 4 armageddon games in the 2022 (inaugural rapid, not the real, classical) WFRCC (both qualifiers and final 8), the Black winning bids are: 13,13,11:10,11:...
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Hourglass chess timer

Consider the following time control idea (which obviously would not be implemented with a sand clock, but a modern electronic clock): The hourglass starts in neutral, each move reverses it. Thus any ...
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Why are such complicated time controls popular?

In professional chess, I often see oddly arcane time controls. For instance, in the 2021 WCC each game was 120 minutes per side for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 ...
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Non-linearity in Armageddon bidding: Ostensibly, you give up more time in higher time control

Note: In the ff I assume everyone bids for black, not white. In blitz (below 10min) : I see often there's a 5min vs 4min predetermined time. No idea if this is fair, but let's pretend arguendo players ...
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Is Armageddon always without increment?

Robert Hess said tells Danya that no increment influences why Robert prefers white to black in Armageddon chess960. Of course it really depends on the bid, but I guess Robert would want a lower bid ...
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Why would I bid for white in armageddon in chess960?

Related: Regular chess: Why would I bid for white in armageddon (in regular chess)? Chess960: Why would I bid for white in armageddon in chess960? Were there armageddons where white gets lower time or ...
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Why would I bid for white in armageddon (in regular chess)?

Related: Regular chess: Why would I bid for white in armageddon (in regular chess)? Chess960: Why would I bid for white in armageddon in chess960? Were there armageddons where white gets lower time or ...
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What has Bobby Fischer said about increment (similar to chess960)?

Bobby Fischer talked a lot about chess960 aka Fischer random and more generally how chess is dead, etc. Were there any similar interviews or discussions for increment? I guess not much because the ...
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Would move sealing make sense in chessboxing? Or do the chessboxing people explain why they don't have?

In chessboxing, I think that every switch from a chess round to a boxing round is kind of an adjournment. Yet, I notice chessboxing doesn't have move sealing. Some ways a switch is not quite an ...
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Armageddon: Does / Should White have a lower advantage in chess960 compared to chess?

I'm not (necessarily) asking which colour is more favoured in armageddon chess960. I'm asking that given however much or little white has an advantage of armageddon chess, is this advantage lower in ...
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What were all the chess960 armageddon games played in St Louis Chess 9LX and the WFRCC, and which colour won in each?

Well I think I know for 2019 WFRCC 3rd qualifying round and onwards 2022 WFRCC qualifiers quarter-finals and onwards Every Chess 9LX If anyone knows and has bothered to check the previous rounds, ...
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Is armageddon more fair if bids aren't 1-time only?

As pointed out by GeneM here Armageddon Chess is a fair tie-break system only if the two players bid for how much time Black should have. Question: But is it actually more fair if the bids are the ...
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Which side has the advantage in an Armageddon tiebreak game?

It is generally considered that white has better chances of winning in chess. This is due to white's initiative, since white gets to move first. The difference in chances seems to get more significant,...
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How is Armageddon in chess like fair cake-cutting in game theory? [closed]

It says on Wikipedia: Some tournaments utilise a bidding system for individual players of each match to decide how little time they would be willing to play with as black. The player with the lowest ...
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

I've tried finding statistics on the results of competitive armageddon games played at a high level (say, GM level), but to no avail. Evidently, these statistics must exist, as for example FIDE ...
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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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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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Do serious chess players ever play time-controls without increments?

Do serious chess players ever play time-controls without increments? Not necessarily limiting to GMs but let's say professionals or "amateur-professionals".
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What was so special about the incremental "Digital Chess clock" that a patent was granted to Bobby Fischer for the same?

Bobby Fischer had 'invented' a way of incrementing some time duration with every chess move(s) played. This was quite new in that era. But was that so unique that a patent was granted for it? Here are ...
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Is there an engine evaluation technique that factors in 'time'?

An interesting game played out between Wesley So and Levon Aronion1: [title "Wesley So vs Levon Aronian"] [fen "rn4k1/p2bP1b1/2q5/1pp2p1Q/2p5/8/PP3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1"] So was in ...
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What would happen if a game lasted for more than 24 hours?

Technically it is possible for a game to last more than 24 hours, since after 40 or 60 moves each player generally gets a 30-second increment. In an endgame, the player with the advantage will just ...
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USCF: Insufficient material to win on time

It is my understanding that the United States Chess Federation (USCF) has the rule: Insufficient material to win on time. Does this rule apply to all time controls? Does the player need to claim the ...