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 are some good chess calendars?

I am having a hard time keeping up with recent tournaments. Are there any good online calendars?
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Websites for online all-vs-all tournaments

We have a small chess club with about 15 people, whereof about 6 - 10 people comes every week. We play a blitz tournament where everyone meets everyone. During corona, we do not meet physically, and ...
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What exactly happened in the Open World Blitz Championship in game Carlsen-Alireza?

In the 19th round of the World Chess Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia, Magnus Carlsen faced Alireza Firouzja with black. Alireza lost on time while he was trying to restore a piece he dropped. It'...
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Is there any word on what will happen to the Candidates Tournament 2020 if one of the players tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

With FIDE moving forward with the Candidates Tournament 2020, in my opinion against better judgment, they have announced what medical screenings will be done, but have they announced what would happen ...
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Tips to enjoy a tournament

During a long chess game, it's difficult to maintain an emotional balance. In some positions we feel comfortable, and in other uncomfortable. But, do you have some tips to stay emotionally balanced? ...
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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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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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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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What would happen if a game lasted for more than 24 hours?

Technically it is possible for a game to last more than 24 hours, since after 40 or 60 moves each player generally gets a 30-second increment. In an endgame, the player with the advantage will just ...
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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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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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Candidates tournament [closed]

Why not allow the winner of the Women's world championship and the winner of the Junior world championship to join the candidates tournament? Their rating is lower than the top 10 players but I mean ...
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What is it about Soviet born players that makes them winners in the brutal 128-player knockout format of the World Cup?

Teimour Radjabov has just won the World Cup. The first two FIDE World Cups, in 2000 and 2002 had 4 groups of 6 players with the 2 group winners going into an 8-player knockout. They were both won by ...
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A question on psychology / strategy in Chess opening

Is it a good idea to play unusual openings (minus the d&e files), such as c4 played by Bobby Fischer in his “Game of the Century”, to confuse the opponent and stop them from playing their natural ...
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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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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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Writting of a tournament game

Why is it compulsory to write a game in classic chess tournaments? If the purpose is the validity of the moves, then why not in quick games?
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Preparing for an OTB tournament: I must do well!

To give a picture of my level: I started playing chess fairly recently (8 months ago). I knew the rules before, but haven't played since childhood. I developed a huge passion for it and studied very, ...
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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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Can chess players agree to manipulate the results?

Take the following scenario, which may happen in tournaments that's why I'm asking my question: A famous old GM who's not playing well plays against some teenager who's very strong, The GM will be ...
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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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How do I find players to play in person?

How do I find events (free/paid) that would allow me to play chess locally with other players?
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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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What does 6 and 2 going mean?

I am watching an annotated chess game, and the narration goes like this: The game I am about to show you was played in the last round of an open tournament in Bad Weise, Germany. My score was 6 and ...
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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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Has SALC-armageddon been seriously discussed?

People have been lamenting the draw-death of chess for ages, with various suggestions on how to get past that. SALC-armageddon comes from this website by a computer chess fan who's been playing ...
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Inaccurate checkmates?

So, in a tournament, my daughter recently had a case where her opponent made a move and declared checkmate. She acquiesced, shook his hand, and then realized it wasn't actually a checkmate. They ...
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Where to find cross table for 1956 Thanksgiving weekend Eastern Open?

Berliner won this tournament. Chess life/review reported it. Newspapers reported it. The Eastern Open in 1956 was Thanksgiving weekend in the YMCA in DC. Berliner won it. Rossolimo, Lombardy, ...
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What locations in the USA have FIDE approved tournaments frequently?

USA does not have a lot of FIDE tournaments. Are there any locations that have them more often than some small areas that may only hold one and never do another one?
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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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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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Team Tournament Rating Strategy

In high school I played on a chess team, but that was fairly straightforward because there were no rating restrictions for teams. Every team just grabbed the 5 strongest players and then ordered them ...
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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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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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Are there women only tournaments for lower rated players?

Are there women only tournaments for lower rated players? There are many for top women, but not for me. I can't seem to find any, but it would be fun. Can anyone help?
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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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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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If elite players prefer to play short draws in knockout competitions, why not skip them and go straight to tiebreaks?

From the Chessbase article covering the Jerusalem GP: After day one of the quarter-finals finished with disappointingly short draws on all boards, FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich made a point ...
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Finding New York City tournaments as a visitor from Moscow

I am visiting New York City from Moscow. How can I find tournaments there?
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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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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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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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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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What happened in this game between Hong Li and Sandor Farago in the FSIM November 2018?

I downloaded a bunch of games from Kingbase which included the below game. [Event "FSIM November 2018"] [Site "Budapest HUN"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Farago, Sandor"] [Black "Li, ...
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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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What is Berg's counter-attack system?

Chessbase published an article today about the "World Prestigious University Chess Invitational Tournament" which includes this line: The tournament will use the Berg's counter-attack system, and ...
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If a tournament advertises G/30, can either player demand G/25 d5?

A minor controversy regarding advertised and allowed time controls has broken out on a chess mailing list I subscribe to. A one-day tournament scheduled for tomorrow advertises specifically as five ...
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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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Online Correspondence Chess Competition

Please tell me of a free and easy to use website for organizing an online correspondence chess competition for kids. Thank you very much.