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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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What rule changes are proposed to minimize the incentive to draw a game?

Many world champion games are drawn, and people in the general public think that is disappointing. Not to debate that opinion here, but the question seems to be out there. So what would a rule change ...
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Websites for creating tournaments with different starting positions

I'd like to create tournament for my students where I specify the starting positions. Which websites allows users to create tournaments with different starting positions?
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Expected score in my first FIDE tournement

Going to play my first internatioval tournament next week. As this is my first I do not have a FIDE ELO (I have national rating however). How will my games be rated and how is my expected score for ...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I am 25 years old. I play online chess regularly and I am rated about 1900 on chess.com. And I recently won a local tournament. Now I want to start playing professional chess. Here are some of my ...
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Why do chess tournaments award so many points for a draw? [duplicate]

Nobody likes a draw. Why then do chess tournaments provide incentives for players to go for a draw by awarding significant points for a draw? Typically, a win is 1 point, a draw is 0.5 points for each ...
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What are some of the chess sites that allow Round Robin or Swiss Tournament to be organized?

I have been experimenting with the Team feature and tournament features in Lichess, but I just learned that it's not possible to have swiss, round robin or manual pairing in Lichess. A couple of ...
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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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Testing an engine (UCI) against an older version of itself

I am making modifications to a chess engine. I want to get quick feedback on whether the modified version seems stronger than an unmodified version or not, by fighting the older version multiple ...
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Next world chess championship

When and where is the next world championship? Also, when is the candidates? Where can I find the important chess tournaments online?
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Does FIDE make any money from media coverage?

Unlike any other professional sports I know of, everyone seems to be able to broadcast chess world chess championship online. That raises the question, are they making any money from media coverage? ...
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Why don't we play different openings in chess?

Chess comes in many forms, both with respect to the clock and the board format. But why don't we have chess tournaments where we play different openings? That is, a certain list of openings is ...
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World chess championship final calendar [closed]

Is there a way to import World chess championship final match into google calendar? Can I do that for other major chess events?
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If a player is significantly behind in time, does it mean he's bound to lose?

Let's focus on FIDE classical chess finals historically. Caruana is always behind in time control, thinks more, waste more energy. Statistically speaking, did the players who played faster won more ...
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How do chess websites relay the moves for tournaments?

I know the DGT boards are used for this. But, do they all do so? Does every chess website connect their server to the DGT board and relay the moves? Or do they simply "steal" the moves from another ...
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How is it like for live audience watching long classic chess?

For the live audience that's watching chess in person, not online, how is it like? Do they sit through it all, say 7h? Can they leave and comeback? Are their seats reserved if they leave? Do they ...
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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 ...
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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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How big is the “opening book” of a typical tournament player

How many openings does a typical (national/international level) tournament player usually know and play? For instance: in a tournament, can I expect that a player will either open 1.d4 or 1.e4 ...
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Does anyone know of unusual and fun chess tournaments around the world?

I have heard of this tournament in France, where the winners receive prizes in wine. Now I was wondering if there are any other unusual or funny chess tournaments around the world? If yes, which can ...
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What is the standard way to calculate scores in team tournaments?

I found this PDF document on FIDE rules for the Chess Olympiad, which is a team tournament, but the scoring rules were mentioning too briefly (an annex D was mentioned but I couldn't find that). So ...
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Worst tournament performances of reigning World Champions

As a Magnus Carlsen fan, it was a bit disappointing for me to see him finish clear second in Biel 2018, one and half points after Mamedyarov, after starting the tournament with two wins - and it could ...
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Is it possible to get results/crosstables from USCF-rated events before 1990?

In my school days in the early 1980's I played in a few USCF-rated tournaments. Once school was over, I dropped out of tournament play and even dropped my USCF membership. Now, to support my child ...
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What age is too old for becoming a good international tournament player? [duplicate]

I am around my 30s and my ELO is 1350. I have attended many national tournaments, but I have very few international tournament experiences, one of which did not go very well. I love my job, but I ...
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Why do grandmasters wear suits at tournaments?

Whenever I see photos of professional chess games, the players are always dressed impeccably and it's uncommon to see someone even missing a jacket. Maybe this is a dumb question, but I don't ...
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Preparations for chess tournaments [duplicate]

So I'm participating in a chess tournament in a few days (FIDE rating) and I'm in a fix as to preparation methods. I'm doing as many puzzles as I can and preparing many openings. I'm also playing few ...
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Where can I find details of future tournaments?

I have never taken part in an OTB tournament (Simply put, I am not FIDE rated), and I want to. But, I can't find any tournaments to play in. I am currently resident in Sudan. Is there a website where ...
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Adjusting to longer time controls

I've played extensively online with a G/30 time control, and OTB at G/30 with a 5 second delay. I'd like to start playing in tournaments though that have a time control of G/90 with a 30 second ...
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How do you calculate your Tournament Performance Rating?

How do you calculate your Tournament Performance Rating? I can think about two different ways to answer my question: Do you know the formula for calculating your TPR (FIDE or USCF)? Can you link me ...
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What to do in between chess matches? [closed]

At a 2-day tournament, rounds can have two hours - sometimes three - before the next match. What is a good way to spend this time? Should it involve chess? Carlsen, for example, spends his off-days ...
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Tournament (After 10 year hiatus…)

Good afternoon everyone, *This is my first post on this forum, so if I placed this in the wrong section, please let me know. I used to play regularly back in high school and stopped once I started ...
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Openings Recommendations to Study for Unrated Tournament [closed]

In little over a month I am planning on playing an unrated tournament. Since it is unrated I am assuming the skill level could possibly be from novice to strong. Due to the entry fee being very low ...
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Dealing with stress in competitive play

Chess is one of many games I find highly stressful to play competitively. These games share one trait: I have plenty of time to think about what to do before making a move. On the one hand that's ...
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What merit is there to the so-called “Swiss gambit?”

The "Swiss gambit" refers to the idea of intentionally lowering one's performance at the beginning of a Swiss-system tournament, to one degree or another, in order to have an easier path through the ...
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Weakest player to ever beat the mature Bobby Fischer?

Who was the weakest player to ever beat the mature Bobby Fischer in a tournament or match game? I understand that it's a bit hard to define the "mature" Fischer indeed, since he was incredibly strong ...
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clubs -> tournaments?

I live in Maharashtra, India, and can't find any tournaments (that don't take a lot of entry fee) to participate in, and I really want to. There are some clubs near me, though. What I wanted to ask is ...
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Are online USCF tournaments worth playing?

I play a lot on ICC, and I notice they offer a few days of rated blitz and other time controls. I'd like to play more rated games, however I'm afraid of how easy it is to cheat online. It seems like ...
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Blindfold chess tournaments

I was always interested to play blindfold chess not with a friend but versus a real opponent but I have heard only about such tournaments for elite players (like "Melody Amber"). Are there any ...
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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

I am currently playing in an ELO tournament. Today, while I was playing, my opponent occasionally got up and walked around. At first, I did not care much. Then, I realized that some people were ...
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How do I take part in an open FIDE tournament?

I currently live in Sudan and I would like to play in the Loyal Open Championship. Details of this tournament can be found here. Apparently, there is no link to guide me through the registration ...
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Which tie break system would be used in Tata Steel 2015?

Which tie break system would be used in Tata Steel 2015? I didn't find it on the tournament website. I don't know how to get it.
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Why can't FIDE use a Non-Deterministic Gender Neutral Swiss Pairing system?

I have been following the controversy surrounding the pairings of Hou Yifan at the IOM chess tournament 2017. She was paired with 4 consecutive female players, this is following her last open swiss ...
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A member of a national chess federation should register separately himself for FIN?

A player that is already a registered player of a National Chess Federation (NCF) is required to register separately with FIDE to obtain a FIN? According to http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=...
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Tools for automated notation: webcam movie to PGN

Sometimes during blitz games over the board, or when in zeitnot, it gets very difficult to annotate them. I've seen several software / hardware to help in writing the notation, even one that's FIDE ...
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After analyzing games with a coach should we play them again on the board?

I analyze my tournament games with my chess coach on the computer and in the end I have a pgn file which contains all the variations, mistakes, and tactics i missed. The question is am i suppose to ...
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What are the main tournaments in the chess world? [closed]

What are the big events that big players visit? Do every big Tournament has an effect on the players rating?
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What is the correct pawn promotion procedure?

This may be a frivolous question, as I believe that most chess players are good sportsmen, but I was wondering: what is the technically correct procedure for promoting a pawn to a queen? Do you ask ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

I've been playing the Smith-Morra Gambit (e4 c5 d4 cxd4 c3) against the Sicilian defense for about 2 years. I have a tournament coming up in 3 days and I am beginning to doubt if the Smith-Morra would ...
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How can I control my nerves during chess tournaments?

I always get nervous during a chess match and that really affects my performance. I can easily beat a 1400-1500 in a friendly match but when it comes to a tournament, I can't even win against 1300s. I ...
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Does rating increases in bulks or is it a steady increase?

I have been taking lessons from a coach since two months and I also played my first OTB tournament two months ago. Since then I have played around ten tournaments with an average of one or two ...
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Where can I find lists of best games per tournament?

I would like to obtain a list of best games per tournament (World Chess Championships, Chess World Cup, ...). By "best" I mean games that either have won a brilliancy prize, or games that are ...