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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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Why would I bid for white in armageddon (in regular chess)?

Related: Regular chess: Why would I bid for white in armageddon (in regular chess)? Chess960: Why would I bid for white in armageddon in chess960? Were there armageddons where white gets lower time or ...
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Why would I bid for white in armageddon in chess960?

Related: Regular chess: Why would I bid for white in armageddon (in regular chess)? Chess960: Why would I bid for white in armageddon in chess960? Were there armageddons where white gets lower time or ...
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In armageddon bidding, what happens if the bid is drawn?

Re armageddon, there is sometimes bidding ("how much time they're willing to give up to play with their desired color") instead of pre-determined 5min vs 4min. What happens if the bid is ...
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Armageddon: Does / Should White have a lower advantage in chess960 compared to chess?

I'm not (necessarily) asking which colour is more favoured in armageddon chess960. I'm asking that given however much or little white has an advantage of armageddon chess, is this advantage lower in ...
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How is Armageddon in chess like fair cake-cutting in game theory? [closed]

It says on Wikipedia: Some tournaments utilise a bidding system for individual players of each match to decide how little time they would be willing to play with as black. The player with the lowest ...
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Why didn't Wesley So get full championship privilege in the 2022 WFRCC unlike Magnus and Vishy did since 2008?

Wesley So didn't get full championship privilege in the 2022 WFRCC unlike Magnus and Vishy did from 2008 to 2021. They got only 1 opponent to defend against, namely the unique winner of a candidates ...
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Time control conversion when it comes to bonus time after eg 40 moves

I read that for increment games the way to convert them to non-increment games for the purpose of classification by time control goes as follows: Original time + Increment x 40 = Time used to ...
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Can I ask to see other players' score sheets between tournament rounds?

Suppose I'm in the middle of a multi-day tournament, and pairings have been posted for the next round. Can I request (i.e. request from a TD) to see the submitted score sheets of my opponent from his ...
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Wrong name and FIDE ID in rated classical tournament

I am play in a classical, FIDE rated event. I entered via my coach. I just gave him my name and said I don't have a FIDE id. When I was playing my first game I noticed that my name is wrong. They ...
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Can a non-rated tournament having all categories play in a single group and then the ranking decided based on overall performance?

Let's say there are 4 categories playing Chess: U11, U17, Ladies & Open. In India, I have witnessed 2 types of category based Swiss tournaments, which are non-rated. U11 players play each other; ...
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Tournaments with not-everyone-treated-equal

Less "radical": see also this question. Usually, in tournaments rules hold uniformly for each participant. Here are some examples that might violate the rule: A: Those who can't notate (...
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Overruling last round color check in Swiss

Spinoff from here FIDE Swiss pairing rules state that last round color check in Swiss may be overruled by the organizer. They don't state what overrules. Probably it is not in the whim of the ...
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Who receives a bye when there are an odd number of participants?

Who receives the second round full point bye, if there are an odd number of people scheduled to play in round two? The lowest rated player who has not received a bye. The lowest rated player in the ...
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Is it possible to play all games with white pieces in a team tournament?

Let's say there's a team tournament like European Club Cup. We have one player who can win games with white pieces(called Player A). And another player who can hold for a draw with black pieces(called ...
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What is a good approach to conduct a round robin event for 20 players in order to select top 6?

I need to have a selection event for 20 players to select 6 players for a team. Plan is to have a round robin event since it is fairer compared to a swiss event. Then each player will have to play 19 ...
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Is it possible to obtain the GM title directly without going through norm process in 2022?

I have seen people get direct GM titles especially in Zonal tournaments. Here for an example achieved the GM title after winning the 2016 African Chess Championship. Wikipedia page for the Grandmaster ...
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How strong should the evidence for cheating be, before you reveal it?

This is an extension of a question I asked previously here. Somebody who can prove cheating beyond reasonable doubt might easily decide to tell the public about it all. The main question is, what if ...
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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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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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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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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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If players are not writing their moves, can they claim a draw using the threefold repetition rule in an USCF or FIDE 30+0 chess tournament?

It is my understanding that the USCF expresses that if a player has less than 5 minutes in a 30+0 game, neither the player nor his/her opponent have the obligation to continue with chess notation. If ...
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Quick rating higher than normal?

I recently bought a USCF membership and played in my second tournament. The first one I played without a membership. I looked at my ratings, but noticed my quick rating was 1521, which is over 200 ...
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How are categories A, B, C, D, and E decided in the Chess Olympiad?

I have seen that there is a separate category prize in the Chess Olympiad. How are categories A, B, C, D, and E are decided? Is it the average rating of the team? For example in the 2022 Olympiad I ...
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At the Candidates, are players allowed to discuss the tournament situation with each other?

As I write this question, Ian Nepomniachtchi is leading the ongoing Candidates tournament by a substantial margin. Since it's a winner-takes-all tournament, everyone else needs Nepomniachtchi to lose. ...
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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 players continue the game on mutual agreement in case of mobile ringing and arbiter noticing

In a situation where a mobile phone rings in the middle of the game should the offender's opponent call the arbiter and claim the win. If claiming is not needed and if the arbiter decides to mark the ...
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How does a single player have 2 different FIDE accounts

When searched Yu, Yangyi you get 2 results. One is the top Chinese super GM. The other is an unrated player with Blitz rating 2544. Both have different Birth days according to FIDE but when I checked ...
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Questions about USCF Tournaments Requirements to Get the U.S. Chess Master Title [closed]

We want to organize USCF chess tournaments valid to get the U.S. chess master title. Please answer the following questions: Do we need a minimum of 4 rounds, if we are organizing a swiss system? Do ...
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Can FIDE rated open tournaments have games played without chess clocks?

So there was this FIDE rated tournament with 750+ participants and the last boards games were played without clocks. This was probably due to shortage of clocks. Anyway the last boards were occupied ...
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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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Why are unrated players counted as rated players in this FIDE rated event?

I came across this event where unrated players are also counted as rated players. Below you can see that every player has a rating of 1824 but when you view the tournament there are a lot of unrated ...
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Can I get FIDE titles (FM, IM, GM) by getting norms in blitz tournaments only?

Could I play in blitz tournaments only and get FIDE norms, hence I can get FIDÉ titles such as FM, IM, and GM?
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What is the justification for calculations of FIDE unrated player having different rules depending on tournament type?

From the FIDE handbook 8.22 If he scores 50%, then Ru = Ra 8.23 If he scores more than 50%, then Ru = Ra + 20 for each half point scored over 50% 8.22 If he scores less than 50% in a Swiss or team ...
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What is the difference between TPG and Tournament Performance Rating?

wI understand "Tournament Performance Rating", but I have seen a Web calculator that also has TPG. What is the difference between them and why are both used?
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Is there a tournament system that pairs players based on ratings being similar?

Clearly games are more fun when the result can't be predicted in advance hence pairing players who have not recently played each other and have similar ratings has advantages. After a few games it ...
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When a US tournament entry is limited based on rating, when is the rating checked?

I see that some tournaments with prizes are limited to low rated players. Given that travel requires planning, I expect entry to the tournament is processed some time before the 1st day of the ...
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Can I use the restroom while it's my turn to play?

It's currently my turn and I really need to use the bathroom. I know I'm allowed to when it's my opponent's turn, but now it's not. I don't want to be accused of cheating, but I also want to play my ...
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How do you find FIDE rated tournaments?

I guess this is a more practical question. I have managed to get a FIDE ID from my country’s chess federation (ECF). but I’m not sure how exactly I’m supposed to register for FIDE-rated tournaments. I ...
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How are chess boards updated in real time in Blitz and Rapid tournaments?

In Rapid and Blitz tournaments, there are usually multiple over-the-board chess games going on simultaneously. It seems many websites and live streams have access to the chess boards of many players, ...
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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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Why don't these statistics disprove white's supposed larger (practical?) advantage in chess960?

I've read that, at least theoretically, white has a larger advantage in 9LX as compared to chess. (See appendix.) This seems to be assumed in practice to the point that in some 9LX tournaments, such ...
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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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Does the prize distribution in open and women-only competitions incentivize the top women to avoid playing in open competitions?

Recently the Russian superfinal ended. This tournament had an open section and a women's section. One of the top Russian women, Aleksandra Goryachkina, played in the open section where she finished ...
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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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Multiple day online swiss tournament

I want to organize a 6 round swiss tournament for 100+ players with 3 rounds/day. I know there are websites which allow us to organize swiss tournaments ex :- chess.com,lichess.org. I want to know if ...
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Should the arbiter stop players from spectating other players' games? [duplicate]

Suppose a player forgot the correct "book move" in a tournament. He/She looked at another game played by strong players in the same tournament and happened to find the same opening position. ...
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Why Aimchess rapid 2021 match results do not contribute to rapid ratings?

I used to check player ratings updates on https://2700chess.com/rapid which is usually promptly updated, often within few minutes from the match end (at least during the last FIDE world cup this was ...
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Why do GMs participate in an "GM norm invitational" tournament?

I'm following the current GM/IM norm invitational tournament recaps thanks to GothamChess YouTube channel (IM Levy Rozman is playing). Such an event (for GM norms) requires at least 3 (1/3) GMs to ...
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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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