Questions tagged [tournament]

A series of chess games between a number of player, who compete for a set of prizes. Chess tournaments are of different formats and categories, and they can be open or by invitation only

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Difference between a grandmaster and an international master?

International chess tournaments are played in many cities of the world. What are the criteria that differentiate a chess grandmaster from a chess international master? Dibyendu Barua of Calcutta[...
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How rankings or ratings of the players are determined before the next tournament?

My question is and I would like to know, Chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer[AMERICA}, Boris Spassky[RUSSIA], Anatoly Karpov[RUSSIA], and Garry Kasparov[Russia]played against one another in many ...
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Initial FIDE rating below floor, what happens?

I'm curious to know what happens in the following scenario: I play a Swiss tournament and meet 3 rated players, I score at least half point but do badly overall. Then I play another Swiss tournament ...
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How to prepare opening for correspondence thematic tournament

I like to play correspondence thematic tournaments as a way to practice/learn new openings/variations. Since they are unrated, I sometimes try wild/unusual moves to see what happens. However, I was ...
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Tournament Chess in the French Language

As a continuation of my previous question (Rated Tournaments in France - For a Poor French Speaker), I have taken part in my first tournament in France. While I can get by in the French language, I am ...
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Initial FIDE rating Question

According to FIDE, if I win half of my games in my first FIDE tournament, then my rating = the average of my opponents ratings. If a tournament has 10 rounds, and I can only play the first 3 (and in ...
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What was the role of the second in top level matches?

What was the role, the duties, etc. of the second (e.g. GM Ray Keene was Korchnoi’s second in the 1978 World Championship match vs. Karpov), and is this figure still present in contemporary top level ...
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Tournament Management and Conducting Web App [duplicate]

Does anyone know about a web based app to conduct and manage chess tournament all online? I have a web server to host but we need to conduct it for our locality with around 300 people participating to ...
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What is the idea behind this move?

I was watching Nepomniachtchi - Liren match on Chess24 Legends Day 2. After having a pretty significant advantage [+7.1 (Stockfish 11)], White [Nepo] has played g4, and according to the engine, the ...
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Is it allowed to be an arbiter and have your kid playing in the same FIDE rated tournament?

Recently, I participated in a FIDE-rated tournament where the (only) arbiter had their son playing in it. I find that very odd. Is it allowed? What if the arbiter favors their kid? What should be done?...
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How can I know if the chief arbiter has “cheated” in the pairings and possibly report it?

Few years ago, I participated in a local, FIDE-rated tournament. In its first round, the chief arbiter paired the players 4 times (yes, I saw the 4 different pairings and changed four opponents before ...
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One board tournament

I work at a public library and we used to offer a monthly chess night, which is on hold right now due to lockdown regulations. We are planning to offer a small garden chess tournament outside the ...
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What are some good chess calendars?

I am having a hard time keeping up with recent tournaments. Are there any good online calendars?
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On what basis were players chosen to compete in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020?

I read several articles regarding the Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020, where Magnus Carlsen invited 7 of the world's best players to compete with him in the first professional online chess tournament....
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Websites for online all-vs-all tournaments

We have a small chess club with about 15 people, whereof about 6 - 10 people comes every week. We play a blitz tournament where everyone meets everyone. During corona, we do not meet physically, and ...
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Is there any word on what will happen to the Candidates Tournament 2020 if one of the players tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

With FIDE moving forward with the Candidates Tournament 2020, in my opinion against better judgment, they have announced what medical screenings will be done, but have they announced what would happen ...
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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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Tournaments for adults only?

Are there any over-the-board tournaments open only to persons over 18? Everywhere I go it's like a school field trip, more than half the players are from some elementary or middle school, all parents ...
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Preparing for an OTB tournament: I must do well!

To give a picture of my level: I started playing chess fairly recently (8 months ago). I knew the rules before, but haven't played since childhood. I developed a huge passion for it and studied very, ...
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What is a “tornado” in chess?

I am going to ask and answer this question since I played in one for the first time in almost 40 years yesterday, and because I find it surprising that no one has asked this previously. So, "what is ...
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How to play against higher rated (much stronger) players?

I am about to play a master. That is an important game, and I want to win that game. What should I do and how to prepare? Is there something special I can do, like special opening, sharp lines,...
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Has SALC-armageddon been seriously discussed?

People have been lamenting the draw-death of chess for ages, with various suggestions on how to get past that. SALC-armageddon comes from this website by a computer chess fan who's been playing ...
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How to be a better tournament player?

I have an upcoming tournament and I already started to prepare, but I have some questions about tournament play: How to do better in tournament games Should I adjust to my opponents' play Do I need ...
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Inaccurate checkmates?

So, in a tournament, my daughter recently had a case where her opponent made a move and declared checkmate. She acquiesced, shook his hand, and then realized it wasn't actually a checkmate. They ...
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Where to find cross table for 1956 Thanksgiving weekend Eastern Open?

Berliner won this tournament. Chess life/review reported it. Newspapers reported it. The Eastern Open in 1956 was Thanksgiving weekend in the YMCA in DC. Berliner won it. Rossolimo, Lombardy, ...
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I was playing a tournament and some kids were talking about the game in a foreign language

I was playing and I am pretty sure that my opponent was talking about the game with his friend in another language. I don’t speak the language, but you can tell. What should I have done?
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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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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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Are there women only tournaments for lower rated players?

Are there women only tournaments for lower rated players? There are many for top women, but not for me. I can't seem to find any, but it would be fun. Can anyone help?
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If elite players prefer to play short draws in knockout competitions, why not skip them and go straight to tiebreaks?

From the Chessbase article covering the Jerusalem GP: After day one of the quarter-finals finished with disappointingly short draws on all boards, FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich made a point ...
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Finding New York City tournaments as a visitor from Moscow

I am visiting New York City from Moscow. How can I find tournaments there?
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Chess Tournaments Without Studying Theory?

I have played chess since a very young age and my tactics are very developed in my opinion. However, I never bothered to read chess related books about opening or related theory. This often leads to ...
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What happened in this game between Hong Li and Sandor Farago in the FSIM November 2018?

I downloaded a bunch of games from Kingbase which included the below game. [Event "FSIM November 2018"] [Site "Budapest HUN"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Farago, Sandor"] [Black "Li, ...
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What happens if a player suffers a time penalty but doesn't have enough time left?

Wikipedia's article on threefold repetitions gives a story about an incorrect threefold claim by Karpov against Miles: The clause about the right to capture en passant and the right to castle is a ...
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What is the maximum number of promoted pawns ever achieved in a competitive game?

In theory, a player could advance all eight of their pawns to the end of the board, promoting them all. In my own experience, games with more than two promotions on one side have been vanishingly rare,...
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What is Berg's counter-attack system?

Chessbase published an article today about the "World Prestigious University Chess Invitational Tournament" which includes this line: The tournament will use the Berg's counter-attack system, and ...
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If a tournament advertises G/30, can either player demand G/25 d5?

A minor controversy regarding advertised and allowed time controls has broken out on a chess mailing list I subscribe to. A one-day tournament scheduled for tomorrow advertises specifically as five ...
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What is it about Soviet born players that makes them winners in the brutal 128-player knockout format of the World Cup?

Teimour Radjabov has just won the World Cup. The first two FIDE World Cups, in 2000 and 2002 had 4 groups of 6 players with the 2 group winners going into an 8-player knockout. They were both won by ...
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Online Correspondence Chess Competition

Please tell me of a free and easy to use website for organizing an online correspondence chess competition for kids. Thank you very much.
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How to prepare for a rapid tournament

How can I prepare for a rapid chess tournament (not chess sites tournament!)? For example, in one and half months, I am going to play a 15+5 tournament. I tried to find some rapid strategy or some ...
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Candidates tournament [closed]

Why not allow the winner of the Women's world championship and the winner of the Junior world championship to join the candidates tournament? Their rating is lower than the top 10 players but I mean ...
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Cases of grandmasters renouncing titles, tournament victories, etc?

Apart from Bobby Fischer "renouncing", in a sense, the World Championship title in 1975, are there any other famous cases from chess history of strong players voluntarily renouncing titles, tournament ...
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Why don't chess tournament organisers use top-down camera angles?

I don't watch chess tournaments because it is such a poor experience. The live stream of the players showcases the board at an angle and I struggle to see what is going on. Meanwhile, the digital ...
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Anti-cheating: should there be a limit to a number of toilet breaks per game per player?

With the advent of smart phones, cheating in chess tournaments has become rife to the extent that if unguarded it will kill the spirit of competitiveness. There has been several such cases, ...
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Why is Russia no longer dominating the world chess championships?

USSR (Russia) used to dominate world chess but that dominance seems to have faded away; with the Russians losing both the World Chess Championships and the Olympiad. What is it that the Russians are ...
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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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A question on psychology / strategy in Chess opening

Is it a good idea to play unusual openings (minus the d&e files), such as c4 played by Bobby Fischer in his “Game of the Century”, to confuse the opponent and stop them from playing their natural ...
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Why do players in the past play much longer tournaments than today's top players?

Looking through the history of chess we find tournaments that are significantly longer than today's, e.g. London 1899 - 15 players, double round robin New York 1924 - 11 players, double round robin ...
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Are there any tournaments that treat less-represented groups preferentially?

These less-represented groups could be women, transgender players, etc. As of time of writing there's only one woman in the world's top 100 players by rating, and I don't know if there's any ...
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In Swiss tournaments, is it common to play weaker players when playing White?

I was looking at the statistics for my tournament games in SCID, and found something surprising. When I played opponents rated under 1000, 13 out of 15 times I've had White. Conversely, when I played ...

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