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Questions relating to the responsibilities of tournament directors.

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Can a non-rated tournament having all categories play in a single group and then the ranking decided based on overall performance?

Let's say there are 4 categories playing Chess: U11, U17, Ladies & Open. In India, I have witnessed 2 types of category based Swiss tournaments, which are non-rated. U11 players play each other; ...
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What is a good approach to conduct a round robin event for 20 players in order to select top 6?

I need to have a selection event for 20 players to select 6 players for a team. Plan is to have a round robin event since it is fairer compared to a swiss event. Then each player will have to play 19 ...
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How rating changes happen for tournaments starting near the end of the month?

For simplicity I will try to explain my question with a real example. The 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival - Masters was held from 2022/08/17 - 2022/08/25 and therefore the ratings changes ...
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How are categories A, B, C, D, and E decided in the Chess Olympiad?

I have seen that there is a separate category prize in the Chess Olympiad. How are categories A, B, C, D, and E are decided? Is it the average rating of the team? For example in the 2022 Olympiad I ...
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What would happen if the same opening is played until an advanced stage in two games in a tournament? [duplicate]

I was watching this Firouzja interview by Belenkaya after the last round of the candidates and she asks him if he noticed the similarity between his game and Rapport-Radjabov at the opening. Despite ...
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How does a single player have 2 different FIDE accounts

When searched Yu, Yangyi you get 2 results. One is the top Chinese super GM. The other is an unrated player with Blitz rating 2544. Both have different Birth days according to FIDE but when I checked ...
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Where does the money come from?

I prefer watching top players' games. Recently, the Silver Lake Open has ended and now Serbia Open Masters is going on. So my question is, who pays for the travelling and accommodation costs of ...
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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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Online tools for scheduling teams round-robin events

A solution would allow the creation of pairings, the entering of team results, the viewing of a team ranking table, and ideally allow the listing of an individual ranking table as well. The best I've ...
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Would an erroneous claim of mate be considered as annoying the opponent, cheating, an illegal move, or something else?

Especially in kiddie games, mates are often missed or supposed mates are not really mates. What would the TD declare such misguided claims of mate? What should a TD do if adults did the same thing?
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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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Should an arbiter claim draw at a K+R vs K+R endgame?

I was asked for first time to help at a non federated tournament for kids to arbitrate their games, played at 30 minutes with no increment time. It was a scholar tournament and they made mistakes as ...
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free alternatives to SwissSys?

I was going to do a tournament recently, and then, I found out just how much $$ SwissSys Tournament software costs... My question is: What good alternatives to this expensive mainstream ...
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Do you get moved down a section on a USCF chess tournament if your score is low?

For example, I would like to play a class championship tournament. I'm a class B, but I registered for the Expert class section. If I don't score enough points to play anyone in my section for the ...
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Guidelines for chess tournament prize distribution

Does FIDE or any national organization offer any guidelines on prize distribution for chess tournaments? Are there specific patterns on how top-heavy the payout should be, or the balance between ...
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Can chess players agree to manipulate the results?

Take the following scenario, which may happen in tournaments that's why I'm asking my question: A famous old GM who's not playing well plays against some teenager who's very strong, The GM will be ...
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What are any USCF tournament rule changes since 1990?

I have not played competitive chess since 1990 and I plan to start playing tournaments again. Are there any rule changes I need to know about?
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How should I deal with two siblings in the same section?

How can I deal with two family members who are playing in the same section? For example, my brother and I both played in the same local tournament (one section) fairly frequently. Usually, we could ...
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Delay clock with delay not set

Over the past few years of tournament play, I've seen three games where the delay was not enabled on a digital clock. In all of these cases, the clock was a Chronos set to display HH:MM until the ...
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