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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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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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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What are some chess tournaments around the world that have both Grandmasters and non-professionals players in the same section? [closed]

I want to enter chess tournaments were there are titled players from more than one country and where non-titled players can compete in the same section. Where can I find such open tournaments and ...
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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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Major Chess 960 tournaments?

Does anyone have any information about upcoming Chess 960 tournaments at the top level (i.e. GMs and IMs)? Even links to/information about past, major tournaments would be appreciated. I recently ...
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I played my first (rapid) tournament recently and I wanted to calculate my ELO

According to FIDE regulations I should calculate the average of my opponents and just plug it here: https://ratings.fide.com/calculator_rp.phtml. I scored 5/9 but a couple of players didn't have ...
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Options for following the Norway Chess tournament live

I've heard a new tournament format is being adopted in the new series of Norway Chess, where each drawn classical game is followed by an Armageddon game in order to conclude with a decisive result for ...
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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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What should I do when the announcement of a tournament is violated by the… chief arbiter?

Some months before an official national tournament is held, there is an announcement of it which contains who can participate, some rules (e.g. no draw offers until the 30th move), etc. Since I was ...
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What should the arbiter and what should have I done in this case?

Recently, an official (FIDE-rated), tournament was held, where I participated, too. At the last round, the most critical one, I was black and my opponent white. Suddenly, in the middle of the game, ...
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Is takeback allowed in real chess?

Is takeback allowed in real chess? All chess engines allow take backs, but that's not important, it's just a computer, we make mistakes and correct them. My question is about real chess, is it ...
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What to do if opponent has poor hygiene?

Are there regulations on what to do when your opponent has poor hygiene and it negatively influences your performance? I do not want to be disrespectful or shame anyone, but bad breath or body odor ...
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What are the pairing regulations for a single-elimination (knockout) tournament?

Here are the pairings for the 2017 FIDE World Cup. The above pairings are for 128-player knockouts. I can't get the way the pairings were generated. I want to be able to generate pairings using the ...
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Why is the time control for FIDE chess tournaments what it is?

Now that from this answer, I know what the time control is, why is it 90 minute base time for the first 40 moves, an additional 30 minute base time for the rest of the game plus a 30 second increment ...
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Could playing in chess tournaments make you really good at chess?

This is essentially the same as my question https://psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/23207/could-being-given-unlimited-tries-to-correctly-answer-an-open-ended-question-be except that it's ...
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My first tournament

I have recently got back into chess. I only really get to play online these days (May get the odd game OTB with the kids but I have only just started to teach them) I thought it might be a nice idea ...
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Rated Tournaments in France - For a Poor French Speaker

My wife and I are relocating to France this year. As a very poor French speaker, I was wondering how I would cope with entering rated tournaments in France. Any advice from a native English speaker? ...
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Making an inferior move to get out of threefold repetition?

Let's say it's the last day of a tournament and white needs to win a game in order to advance to the next stage or something like that. Unfortunately, he reaches a position where there is no way to ...
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Predicting color and opponent

Is there any way to predict, with some certainty, my next opponent and color for next round in a swiss tournement on chess-result: http://chess-results.com/tnr406767.aspx?lan=1
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Is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?

Suppose you're playing in a tournament. For the purpose of filling up your scoresheet, is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?
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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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Rating calculation problem

Firstly I got 1018 rating last year. Then next tournament deducted 25 and my FIDE rating became zero. Then I faced next tournament opponent 03 players 1352, 1255 and 1174 respectively. All 03 games ...
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What are the pairing regulations for round-robin tournaments?

I am writing a pairing program for round-robin/double round-robin/swiss tournaments. I am looking for the rules to follow while generating the pairings. There seem to be no rules in the FIDE handbook. ...
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How do I register for a tournament that appears in the FIDE website but not on chess-results?

Here is this tournament on the FIDE website. However, there are no contact details, no venue mentioned and the tournament does not appear in the chess-results database. How do I register for such a ...
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Does 40/100, SD/30 d10 mean that the delay is applied to both time controls?

I am going to be going to my first tournament soon (the southern class championship), and am slightly confused about the time control. Most tournament listings have something along the lines of 40/...
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Is it allowed to talk to your opponent in a tournament game?

Suppose my opponent in a tournament was running very low on time, and after move 40, presses the clock and leaves the board for a while, falsely believing they will get extra time on their clock. ...
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What does “TPR” mean in chess tournament reports?

I usually find in reports like this (and many others) something like: ... with a TPR of 2551 ... I would like to know its meaning, and also what it stands for.
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In what way is it allowed to alter tournament pairings in favor of a player?

The FIDE Rules for Swiss Systems state: C.04.2 A It is not allowed to alter the correct pairings in favour of any player. and then further state: Where it can be shown that modifications of ...
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Does the winner of the women's Oceania Zonal qualify to play in a world championship match?

The brochure for the upcoming Oceania Zonal in Guam states: The winners of the 2019 Guam Zonal qualify and are entitled to advance to play in the World Cup and the World Chess Championship. I'm ...
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Expected score in my first FIDE tournament

Going to play my first international 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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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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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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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 ...