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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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What is a norm factory?

What is a norm factory? Are they a real issue? I see random claims about them them but not real data. Have any real data been published in them? I expect if 7 players are being charged a lot to enter ...
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How to analyze new opening, in a tournament time-frame, as an intermediate?

This is a hypothetical question as I'm not actually taking part in tournaments but the question is I think worth posing. I was non-chalantly playing this as black against a chess.com bot: [StartPly &...
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Has there ever been a consultation chess match?

Inspired by How much stronger is a team of GMs compared to a single GM? All the chess matches I'm aware of have been 1v1. There have been team competitions such as the Olympiads, but I am not sure if ...
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Why not let players occasionally take back moves or try different variations in serious classical games?

Sorry if it sounds sacrilegious, you all probably know which move I'm talking about. (Edit: for future readers, it's the latest mate-in-2 blunder by the current World Champion Ding against Magnus ...
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What is a Norm “Super Swiss”?

I have seen the term Norm “Super Swiss”, what is it and how are the rules for getting norms different from other tournaments?
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Are chess federations allowed to hold tournaments outside their areas to save hotel costs?

As an example, a week in a full board hotel in Spain with easy access to an airport that has cheap daily flights to many UK airports outside of peak holiday season is cheaper (including cost of flying)...
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What are good chess tournaments to play in Europe as a USCF Class A + age 21+?

I'm looking for a good European chess tournament to play that would be good for my age and playing strength. Perhaps even meet more chess player close to my age group. Any suggestions?
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What define a tournament as a "Open"

I used to think an open tournament was by definition open to everyone who was willing to pay the entry costs, but it is clear that some "Open" tournaments are not. So what is the definition?
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I did not get Fide rating although I met all the requirements why?

I scored 0.5 in a FIDE tournament against 5 rated players and my performance rating was 1284. Why did I not get FIDE rating? Do I need to play another tournament in order to get a rating?
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Why don't Hikaru, Fabi & Nepo buy out Liren so the 3 of them have a playoff to face Gukesh? [closed]

Edit on opinion-based close vote: It's most likely. 1 of my assumptions is wrong. I mean to ask which of the assumptions are wrong. However, if none of the assumptions are wrong, then I think this ...
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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 happens if drawn matches are decided by black wins (if any)?

In some round robins or swiss, there are score tiebreakers based on black wins, like the 2022 Accentus Chess960 tournament and the 2023 USCC. Never mind those. My question is for knockouts. Obviously ...
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Roulette as tiebreak in 1983 candidates

From What are some cases where a drawn match went to the player w/ more black wins? : In the 1980 – 1981 candidates, where Lajos Portisch, as black, beat Boris Spassky in the 1st game of their ...
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What are some cases where a drawn match went to the player w/ more black wins?

In some round robins or swiss, there are score tiebreakers based on black wins, like the 2022 Accentus Chess960 tournament. Never mind those. My question is for knockouts. Obviously this doesn't work ...
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Why not keep opponents anonymous (hide their identity) in elite events?

Without changing the format, ensuring the correct number of games are played between the correct players, but hide the identity of who's playing who while the game is in progress (from the players, ...
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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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Can Winning a Game in a First Rated Tournament Result in a Lower Rating than Not Playing?

I'm curious about a specific scenario in chess rating systems, particularly for a player attending their first rated tournament. Is it possible that for an unrated player, winning a game in their ...
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Are there any large swiss with good playing standard that are not rated?

Chess players who are improving in the USA have good reasons to avoid increasing their ratings as prize money is often high in tournaments with a rating ceiling. The rules for such tournaments ...
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What the max possible USCF rating of a player after playing in an under 1400 tournament?

Assume a player is over 18, and has played 40 UCSF rated games. Then the player wins 5 games in a 5 round under 1400 swiss, what is the max possible rating of the player after the tournament? (Assume ...
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What was the justification for calculations of FIDE unrated player having different rules depending on tournament type?

From the FIDE handbook 8.22 If he scores 50%, then Ru = Ra 8.23 If he scores more than 50%, then Ru = Ra + 20 for each half point scored over 50% 8.22 If he scores less than 50% in a Swiss or team ...
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Are Arena Tournaments (like Chess.com) type events used for OTB chess?

Arena Tournaments seems a pratical system that pair people based on playing ability, allowing more games in a day for players that use less time and can cope with players joining/leaving at any point ...
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Is There a Limit on the Number of Rated Tournaments a Chess Player Can Attend in a Month?

I'm an enthusiastic chess player looking to participate in more rated tournaments to improve my ranking and gain experience. However, I'm curious if there's any sort of limitation on the number of ...
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Can Alireza Firouzja be accused of tournament manipulation in the 2024 FIDE Candidates?

This question's been bugging me since the end of round 13. Firouzja had black vs. co-leader Gukesh, and lost. The result gave Gukesh a half-point lead over the field and strongly affected the last ...
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How do I determine the bye player in a Swiss tournament?

The FIDE basic rules for Swiss systems mention: (c) Should the number of players to be paired be odd, one player is unpaired. This player receives a pairing-allocated bye: no opponent, no colour and ...
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Is there an approved FIDE way of running a tournament that maximises players being paired with people they haven't recently played?

Clearly it is more fun to play someone you have not recently played who have about the same rating as you do. Does FIDE allow a tournament format to maximise probability of this? I expect this could ...
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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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How are some FIDE rated tournaments organizing 3 classical games per day?

58th Begonia Open 2024 was a FIDE rated tournament held in March 2024 in Ballarat, Australia. The tournament consisted of 7 rounds and on one of the days there were 3 rounds of classical chess a day. ...
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Is it too late for me to get into competitive chess?

I am 24 years old, and only recently got my interest in chess back. I used to play it on and off as a child, but never took it seriously. Is it too late for me to start playing competitively? I'm not ...
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If your opponent is sick, can you refuse to play (without forfeiting)?

Say you're playing a tournament and your opponent appears to be sick (sneezing, runny nose, etc.) Can you refuse to play them (to protect your own health) without forfeiting?
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How does a forfeit draw come about?

In the answer to the question "What do the USCF crosstable result letters mean?", there is reference to a "forfeit draw". This term seems self-contradictory and nonsensical. The ...
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Ethics of scratch boards in puzzles

Re these questions: would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games? Ethics of scratch boards in live games There is a built-in feature of a 'scratch board' in ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

I have often wondered, how would it be if the rules were different and you could calculate on a "non-blindfold" board during slow games. For example, you could picture each player in the ...
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Where can I find a list of tournaments to participate in?

Where should I look for a list of tournaments in which new players can participate? I know that many players want to play real matches, but don't know how and where. Also provide list for online ...
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Why did the later US chess championships or St Louis chess events remove auction & even increment from their armageddon?

It's stated by Jim Ratliff here that there was a 2013 United States Chess Championship (USCC) armageddon w/ auction that was 45 minutes base time + 5 second increment. This converts to only 50min, so ...
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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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What do the USCF crosstable result letters mean?

In the crosstable for a tournament I played, I didn't play a round and it was listed as H. What does this mean?
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When is it possible to carry out the "En Passant" manoeuvre?

This manoeuvre is a form of pawn capturing technique. When a player’s pawn jumps two spaces on a first move, that piece can then be taken from the side as the opposing pawn moves into the moving pawn’...
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How can I register to FIDE being in a different country where I don't have citizenship or residency?

I come from Bangladesh and I am doing my bachelor's degree in Australia as an international student. Unfortunately, I didn't register with FIDE under the Bangladesh Chess Federation when I was in my ...
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What do the -0 and -1 scores in the FIDE Grand Swiss mean?

Link to results The last two rounds saw three players score "-0" (GM Kollars Dmitrij and IM Amar Elham), and one person score "-1" (GM Fier Alexandr). They don't look like standard ...
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Number of Games in the Upcoming World Classical Chess Championship: Comparison with Previous Championships

I'm curious about the format of the upcoming World Classical Chess Championship. Historically, the number of games in these championships has varied. For instance, the Carlsen-Karjakin championship in ...
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Consequences of Missing a Single Game in a Rated Chess Tournament

I am participating in a rated chess tournament that spans multiple rounds, and I have a specific query regarding attendance. Suppose I have played the first 9 rounds of the tournament, but due to ...
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Selection Criteria for Top Tier Participants in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament

I'm curious about the process of selecting participants for the top tier (Masters) of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, held annually in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. This prestigious event attracts some ...
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Where can I find past Titled Tuesday data

I'm hoping to create a dataset with Chess.com Titled Tuesday results. I have found this link which has the tournaments https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/titled-tuesdays?&page=7 but for some ...
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When and Where is the Next World Classic Chess Championship?

I am curious to know the details about the next World Classic Chess Championship. Specifically, I would like to find out when and where it will be held.
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Is There an Official World Championship for Bullet Chess?

I'm curious about the official status of Bullet Chess championships. While we have established world championships for classical, rapid, and blitz chess, I'm wondering if there is a similar official ...
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Can one make a deal with their opponent over what opening to play?

In official tournaments, are the two players allowed to talk (before or at the start) of a match to compromise on openings, eg. If white is good at the Sicilian but bad at the Caro-Kann and black is ...
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Opportunities to Play Online Chess with Grandmasters for a 2000 Elo Player

I'm an avid chess player with an Elo rating of around 2000, and I'm interested in exploring opportunities to play online chess against Grandmasters. Are there any online platforms or tournaments where ...

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