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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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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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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In superGM tournaments are time management extensions forbidden?

An extension was released in 2021Feb: Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE (Time Management Extension). After a certain amount of elapsed time, you get notified by a voice of Hikaru Nakamura or ...
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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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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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Semi-armageddon: Like armageddon but still has draws

I heard of pie rule, but I doubt this has ever been done in a FIDE tournament in the last, say, 50 years. Essentially, it's like cake-cutting but you're cutting the cake of evaluation based on ...
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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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Balancing white advantage but still has draws

I heard of pie rule, but I doubt this has ever been done in a FIDE tournament in the last, say, 50 years. Essentially, it's like cake-cutting but you're cutting the cake of evaluation based on ...
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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 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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Why is the 2010 USCC armageddon between Gata Kamsky & Yury Shulman considered rapid not classical?

Similar question: https://chess.stackexchange.com/questions/41499/why-was-the-2019-wfrcc-called-slow-rapid-when-its-actually-classical-4515-6 Related question: What are examples of tournaments/games ...
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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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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 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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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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How Did Alireza Firouzja Qualify Over Wesley So for the 2024 Candidates Tournament?

I've been following the recent developments in the chess world and noticed that Alireza Firouzja qualified for the 2024 Candidates Tournament, overtaking Wesley So in the process. Can someone explain ...
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How to Correct Incorrect Birth Year in My FIDE Profile?

I recently discovered that my FIDE (International Chess Federation) profile lists an incorrect birth year. My actual rating from years ago was 1450, but the birth year on the site is wrong. Here's my ...
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Returning to Chess Tournaments: Does My Old FIDE Rating Still Apply?

Years ago, I was an active chess player with a rating of 1450. I plan to return to the scene by participating in an official tournament. My question is, will my previous rating be retained or reset ...
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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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Which federation would a cruise ship FIDE rated tournament be rated under?

I know bridge tournaments are a big thing on cruise ships. I think I've seen adverts for a chess tournament on a cruise ship several years ago but can't remember the details or find anything online. ...
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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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Pairing Preference in Swiss Tournament System

Suppose we have 10 players A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J (sorted by their ranks). First-round pairs are A - F, B - G, C - H, D - I, E - J and players A, B, C, D, E win their matches. What should be the ...
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Algorithm for generating Jamboree chess pairings

Is there any algorithm that generates pairings for a Jamboree chess tournament, given the number of teams, the number of players in each team (no. boards) and the number of rounds? I've read somewhere ...
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What are "Jamboree chess pairings"?

Following on from this question, what are "Jamboree chess pairings"? That is the first time I have heard of them.
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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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Very fast chess games-tournaments between engines

I am wondering if there are chess games or tournaments between engines, with a very small duration, like 10-5 seconds or 10-10 seconds (every game). If not, would it not be interesting?
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What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling?

What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling? I am interested in both FIDE and/or USCF rules. I seem to recall about 40 years ago, when reading my first copy of the USCF rule book, ...
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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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FIDE vs naive vs delete1-Buchholz (Danger, Math)

FIDE-Buchholz BF: the one that is used in "official" tournaments and defined in the FIDE rules, somewhat complicated. Considers bye, forfeit and other not played games. Naive Buchholz BN: ...
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Rating decreased suddenly without reason, FIDE rating displayed wrongly in the website can anyone have such Problems

My son's rating opened when he played international match during August 2023. The rating was displayed in FIDE website on the last date of August, and it was 1156. Later on September he played another ...
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Why do boys become better than girls?

From my experience in tournaments until the age of 11-12, the playing strength of boys and girls is pretty similar but after 13 the difference becomes noticeable. Why is that?
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I would like to make engine play specific openings

I would like to organize an engine tournament on Arena and restrict it only to one opening. How do I do that?
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Books on old tournaments

I'm interested in books covering the major chess tournaments between 1880 and 1930, roughly speaking. I would prefer the official tournament books, like this one, but translated in English. Can I buy ...
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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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Why is a win better than 2 draws in the tiebreaks

When I play chess tournaments and I have 5/2/2 in the tiebreaks I always lose to players with 6/3/0. So why is a win better than 2 draws? Which is the logic behind it?
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Minimum break between rounds

I am an assistant arbiter in an open tournament which is happening over the weekend, with 1 round on Friday, and 2 rounds on Saturday and Sunday. There were 5.5 hours between the two rounds on ...

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