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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why is there a women's championship [duplicate]

Recently the U.S. mens' and womens' chess championships were concluded. Is there any legitimate reason why in this enlightened age women still have to have their own championship? Women are ...
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What are the benefits of becoming a chess (player, team or tournament) sponsor?

It is probably well known that Magnus Carlsen is sponsored by Arctic Securities. An example of a tournament sponsorship is the Annual Rilton Cup sponsored by the Rilton Foundation. What are the ...
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How was vishwanathan anand? [closed]

I am fairly new to chess. I don’t know anything. The time I am taking interest in chess it is already proclaimed that this is the time of carlsen (except that yui person). I wish to know about ...
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How does one prepare for a big chess tournament?

The Chicago Open is in four days. Assuming a player continues his daily regimen of reading chess books for a few hours and playing two, perhaps three slow games (60/5, at least) a week, what else ...
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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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What is the time control for FIDE chess tournaments?

According to the FIDE Handbook (Time Control), the time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move. I heard ...
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Recover lost passion

Last year I played in a chess league in my city (Average of 1800 ELO). But I currently have a sense of boredom with chess in general. I have lost the passion for this game. Winning or losing don't ...
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Potential Rating Gain if Only 20 OTB Games Per Year

Context: I'm returning to the game after more than 25 years away! I only got back into it because my 8-year old son joined his elementary school chess club. They all got accounts to chesskid.com. ...
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What type of tournament is needed to get a true chess rating?

I'm at the point I'd like to throw my hat in the ring and see what happens. What is the most basic and affordable tournament I should be looking at that still counts for a rating? Would that be FIDE? ...
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Good tournaments in 2017 to go for a sport holiday

I'm looking for some tournaments that have high tourist (sport) value and are good for spending holiday, played in some sea resort, small town in good place for riding bicycle or somewhere in nature ...
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Different number of day options in tournaments

I'm thinking of entering a chess tournament, and finding it very hard to decode some of the jargon in the tournament listings. The tournament I'm considering entering has 4-day, 3-day, and 2-day ...
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What happens when someone quits in the middle of a swiss tournament?

5 rounds of a Swiss Style Tournament passed and a person who was second in the table quit (withdrew). What should we do? What about points others earned wining him? What about people who lost against ...
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Looking for website for organising private tournaments with swiss system?

Do you know any website for organising online chess tournaments with swiss pairing method ? I know lichess.org but they don't support it anymore :/
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Who is eligible to play in the 2017 FIDE Asian Zonal 3.3 in Tagaytay, Philippines?

I'm struggling to find information on this chess tournament. It's listed on FIDE's website (link): I'd be interested in playing in this tournament, but my federation is Australia and I don't know if ...
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Substituting one engine for another in a tournament

I am running a strong computer chess engine tournament, using arena 3.5.1 All engines are playing a large number of games. One engine appears to be glitching so I want to replace it with another ...
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What should I eat during a tournament? [duplicate]

I was wondering, what should I eat during and before a big tournament? I've already learned that sugar is a no-go for me for the most part... Any advice? Thanks in advance, ~CSS My question is ...
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How many games to play in a chess match?

I gave someone 3 months to become as good a chess player as I am. She was just a beginner and I'm a slightly below average player (around 1500 elo). To see if she managed to do this, I figured we ...
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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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Tournament strategy to gain maximum points

My question may seem a little odd. But, nevertheless: Planning to play in the tournament. 15 + 0 Swiss system. There will be players from beginner to CM. What do you consider best openings to ...
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What are good chess tournaments that are FIDE rated in China for foreigners?

What are good FIDE rated tournaments in China? I'm currently a FIDE class B and would like to play up. What would be some tournament recommendations and how would I register?
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How long to get a 200 rating point increase from serious chess study alone according to this academic paper?

In the academic journal article "The Role of Deliberate Practice in Chess Expertise" from APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Appl. Cognit. Psychol. 19: 151– 165 (2005) At the top of page 162, the authors ...
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Average ELO of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016?

I am wondering what the average ELO of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016 is? And if it falls to any rating category that elite tournaments usually have?
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What was the last open tournament Anand participated in before this Gibraltar 2016 event?

When and what was the last open tournament that Vishy Anand participated in before this 2016 Gibraltar Open?
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What constitutes a chess ecosystem?

I'm been thinking about the metrics to measure to make a "Best Cities for Chess" list. Assume I'm going to call these cities as "Chess Ecosystems", what are some of the things that would indicate its ...
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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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Practicing against an engine vs practicing over the board?

When I initially started playing chess I used books and board. Later, when I started using chess software, I think my game improved a lot for a time, and I got a rating of 2000 at chess.com But I am ...
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What are the qualification criteria for the world team championship?

The world team chess championship concluded recently and Russia won the Gold. But there were only ten countries that participated in the event. What are the criteria followed to select the countries ...
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What are the differences between the major online chess sites that allow to play?

I'm thinking of dedicating some of my free time to learn and play chess in a systematic and serious way and try to participate in a non-Internet tournament in a few months. I will take this activity ...
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How do I host a casual tournament for elementary level players?

I am a chess instructor teaching a summer camp class of 20-ish kids at the 2nd-6th grade. I want to hold a tournament on the last day of the camp. Any ideas on how to carry this out are appreciated. ...
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What does “U2000: ($600 b/25) $250-150-100.” mean?

When looking for tournaments I keep finding myself confused by abbreviations used (I just found a reference which has been slightly helpful). This one for example is from a Marshall club tournament in ...
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Confusion about Touch and move rule

I accidentally touched my bishop and opponent's "Knight", while reaching for my queen during a game, almost simultaneously. Am I forced to take the opponent's piece?
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Where to keep the scoresheet

Does anybody know if there is a standard "place" to keep the scoresheets of past games? I am currently using a photo album since the size of developed photos is more or less the size of my scoresheet ...
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How does a Class B chess player become Class A?

I'm currently a 1600 chess player. I have managed to increase my rating this year by 200 points. I have trouble winning against Class A chess players. I have really good and close games, yet I still ...
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How does a USA chess player get invited to a chess tournament like the China-USA Chess Summit (2013)?

How does a USA player get invited to such a tournament if it were to happen again? If I were to make a goal to play such a tournament what steps would I have to take? Just curious on how the ...
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Would the Elo rating system remain useful if different tournament formats were used?

More or less what is asked in the title. I am familiar with how the system itself works, but I am wondering if there would be any issues if most chess tournaments didn't follow the Swiss format and to ...