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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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Is it too late for me to start professional chess? [closed]

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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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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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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Why are there separate tournaments for men and women?

Why are there separate tournaments for men and women? It is obvious that in physical sports men have a huge advantage, but what is the reason why in chess we differentiate by gender?
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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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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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How to organize a chess tournament

I want to organize an amateur chess tournament inside the company I work for. I am looking for a convenient way of creating groups, keeping the scores, and getting some statistics. Is there an online ...
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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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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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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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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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Am I allowed to call the arbiter on my opponent's turn?

My opponent, in their turn, was distracting me making annoying sounds. However, the arbiter said that I should wait until it's my turn when I called them. Is this correct?
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Is it allowed to prepare for a game after the round has started?

At the recent US Open I started the tournament well and was paired against a GM in the roped-off area. I had worked out the pairing well in advance and was able to do some fairly heavy openings ...
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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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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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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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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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What should the arbiter and what should have I done in this case?

Recently, an official (FIDE-rated) tournament was held, where I participated. In the last round – which was the most critical one – I was black and my opponent white. In the middle of the game, they ...
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Pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces

I participated in a club and went to training. The guy who played against me is right-handed, so he placed the clock on the right. I'm left-handed, so I play with the left hand and press the clock ...
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What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece?

There are a few different possible ways of capturing an opponent's piece. You could: Pick up both your piece and their piece simultaneously with both hands, then set your piece down where their piece ...
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Is it legal to take a piece to the bathroom during a tournament?

If a player grabs a piece to move it, and before placing it in its new position, the player gets second thoughts about the best position for the piece, and so they decide to think a little bit more. ...
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What is the proper etiquette in Team Chess Championships?

In Team Chess Championships, what is the proper etiquette for being a player? This question is mainly focused on: Can I see my teammates’ games during the match? (I suspect I can.) If I win quickly, ...
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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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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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Chess etiquette: Carlsen withdrawing from the tournament

Ben Finegold made this point during his streams, that even if Magnus Carlsen suspects either cheating on Hans Niemann's part or sabotage on the part of a member of his team, he should not have ...
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In which tournament did Karpov play his first move with white pieces and offer a draw?

It had to have happened in the 90s, but I can't remember either the tournament or Karpov's opponent (probably some Spanish tournament, like Linares or Dos Hermanas). Karpov was upset with the ...
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Are the best engines better than the best humans?

I think the title asks it all. Under match conditions, would the best chess engines routinely beat the best grandmasters? If you say yes, have there been enough matches played under tournament ...
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How to play against higher rated (much stronger) players

I am about to play a master. This is an important game, and I want to win it. What should I do and how to prepare? Is there something special I can do, such as special openings, sharp lines, etc.?
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Do I have the right to resign on my first move or within 10 moves?

In chess, does a player have the right to resign within the first ten moves of the game? More specifically, I am curious if I can resign immediately on my first move. Additionally, do I have my right ...
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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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Is acceptable to consult with your team during a match break?

The context I am not into chess, but The Queen’s Gambit revealed its interesting world, and something got stuck into my mind. As shown by this article the movie had to make compromises, especially ...
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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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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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Are certain foods or drinks better to consume than others when playing chess?

Whenever I play long tournament games, I find that I drink simply enormous amounts of water, far more than my typical rate in daily life (and maybe even more than when I am unusually physically active)...
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How to improve my blitz skills?

As far as casual chess goes, I'm a fairly average player. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, but I'm generally able to avoid obvious blunders, think a move or a couple forward, etc. However, since I'...
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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 was move-sealing introduced in adjournment?

As some background, in the pre-engine era time-controls were often slower and chess players could adjourn their games, taking a break till the next day and resuming from the same position. In all turn-...
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What do you do when an opponent asks for a score sheet after a game in which recording is not compulsory?

I wish to know how to handle a certain situation regarding chess etiquette. Consider the following: I went for an OTB tournament recently - rapid 15 + 10 time control. Organizers stated that recording ...
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Can I hover my finger over a chess piece without touching it in a major chess tournament?

Noob question: I am aware of the no-touch rule, but can I point or hover my finger over a chess piece in a major tournament? To clarify, let's say it's my turn and I am thinking about which piece to ...
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Joining a league or tournament

I've never played in a chess league or tournament before, but I am anxious to try one and find out where my true over-the-board rating stands. I'm too old for the school competitions (over 30) and I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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How high of a rating do I need to play in a OTB tournament?

I have recently been playing a lot of online chess and have around a 2000 rating in rapid on Lichess (I realize the ratings are not the most accurate, but it is my only point of reference). I'm ...
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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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Do you lose/gain rating if you withdraw in the middle of an OTB tournament?

Magnus just withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup. Does that affect his rating at the end of the tournament? Will he gain or lose rating based on at the time he left the tournament in the next fide update?...
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What do you need in order to organize a chess tournament?

We have a small local chess club group on Facebook and chess.com, and we want to organize a small event where all the members can play against each other. We will ask players who play for the national ...
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Why do FIDE tournaments have rest days on weekends?

I'm one of those sad geeks that, instead of watching football of some sort or another, prefer to watch the super GM's battle it out whenever my schedule allows. This weekend I was looking forward to ...
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Do I have to make a move on a DGT board at the start of the game when opponent is not present?

In a situation when you are playing on a DGT board as white and your opponent has not yet arrived at the board, should we still make the move on the board after the game has started? Let's say your ...
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