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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What are some chess tournaments around the world that have both Grandmasters and non-professionals players in the same section? [closed]

I want to enter chess tournaments were there are titled players from more than one country and where non-titled players can compete in the same section. Where can I find such open tournaments and ...
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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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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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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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How is the 2016 Zurich Chess Challenge “new classical” format different from rapid chess?

For the upcoming (2016) Zurich Chess Challenge, a new time control will be put in place. According to chess24, Six players including former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand ...
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Convert between different rating systems

Is there a table somewhere that shows how to convert between all the various rating systems? US Chess seems to indicate that ratings would be converted from others to play in their tournaments.
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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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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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Can a player play on more than one team in the USATE? [closed]

Can a Chess Player play on more than one team either as a regular player or as an "alternate" in the USATE 2016?
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Joining a FIDE tournament abroad without a rating

I am an unrated USCF member, ~1800 @ lichess.org. I've been travelling from place to place for years, and was thinking about joining FIDE rated tournaments to adjust to OTB and become rated. But, if I ...
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How to find training games?

My coach wants me to play 100 slow games per year (slow: G/60 or slower) against USCF 2000-2100 opposition (roughly 1930-2030 FIDE). I just played in the U2100 North American Open last week, which ...
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Where is London Chess Classic Pool B's webpage?

I don't now if here is a right place to ask this question. I think London Chess Classic has at least two different pools but I find only one of the pools in their website, is there any page which ...
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Where can I find the live standings of the Grand Chess Tour?

The final stage of the Grand Chess Tour is being held these days at London and I was wondering who's going to win the general prize of the series. In the official website I could just find the ...
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What are good chess tournaments to play in Europe as a USCF Class A + age 21+?

I'm looking for a good European chess tournament to play that would be good for my age and playing strength. Perhaps even meet more chess player close to my age group. Any suggestions?
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Do you get moved down a section on a USCF chess tournament if your score is low?

For example, I would like to play a class championship tournament. I'm a class B, but I registered for the Expert class section. If I don't score enough points to play anyone in my section for the ...
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in Sinquefield Cup how is white player determined?

Do they flip a coin to determine white player? Does the person in that round who has higher points choose? Do they rotate (and if so, how is the first round white player determined)?
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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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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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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 ...
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What's the difference between a USCF 1600 and 1700

What aspects are 1700 generally stronger than 1600 chess player?s I'm a 1600 chess player. I can defeat 1600 chess players, but I lose to 1700. I was wondering what makes a 1700 stronger than a 1600? ...
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How do I avoid losing to lower rated players?

I'm a Class B chess player. I'm afraid of playing low rated players because if I lose my rating goes drastically down. Sometimes low rated chess players are underrated or they play really good one ...
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What are must read chess books every chess player has to read to become an Expert Class? [duplicate]

I'm a Class B chess player. I would like to reach Expert Class one day. What are must read chess books. Please provide a list of books.
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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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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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Can a computer have a good tournament?

Tournament players can "have a good tournament" because of the psychology involved, so their playing strength will vary from game to game. Do computers play at a constant strength all the time, or do ...
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Is there an archived video with commentary of Norway 2015 blitz tournament available on the official or other websites?

They have many of top 10 players of the world, two teams of commentators on two different continents, but it seems impossible to (easily) find the archived broadcast on any official websites...
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What's a Confession Box?

The upcoming Norway chess tournament will implement something called a confession box. http://www.chess.com/news/grand-chess-tour-kicks-off-monday-with-norway-chess-7194 What's that really? What is ...
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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 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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Eligibity prediction [closed]

I am from Pondicherry and I want to become a world class player. I have the following background: Tech (electrical & electronics eng) graduate. Have won in chess with friends but have not ...
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Expected score in my first FIDE tournament

Going to play my first international tournament next week. As this is my first I do not have a FIDE ELO (I have national rating however). How will my games be rated and how is my expected score for ...
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Just for fun and curiosity: is there cheating on professional chess tournaments/games?

Just for fun and curiosity. Has any GM ever tried to cheat during a game? Maybe even making (on purpose or not) an illegal move that was not caught by his opponent? NOTE: Of course when you are ...
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Bye-rule in the reykjavic open

I am confused about the bye-rule in the reykjavic tournament. If I understand it right, a player can take a half point for free under some conditions. Does anyone know the exact rules ? What is the ...
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Modus in the reykjavik open 2015

Is it correct that the reykjavik open 2015 is a KO tournament ? If the game is a draw, does black achieve the next round ?
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How many female players participated in the european indivdual championship?

The female players, I found out in the european individual championship, are WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina WGM Maria Manakova WIM Olga Vasiliev WIM Camelia-Adriana Ciobanu Did any other female ...
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What happened in the game Draskovic - Sutovsky (EICC 2015)?

In the European Individual Championship, the game Draskovic-Sutovsky is exhibited as a win for white although the end position is totally drawn. It is also hard to imagine that black lost on time ...
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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 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 with the ...
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Confusion about the tie-break in the Grenke Chess Classics 2015

I am confused about the result of the Grenke Chess Classics 2015. At the one hand, Magnus Carlsen won 3 games and Arkadij Naiditsch only 2, so due to the tiebreaker-rule, Carlsen should have won the ...
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Ranking of Baadur Jobava

I wanted to know the ranking of Baadur Jobava after his disastrous tournament in Tata Steel. But the only updated ranking list I found got to 2700 Elo and Jobava seems to be below this mark now. ...
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What was the time control in tata steel tournament?

Does anyone know, what the exact time control was for the groups A and B in the tata steel tournament last month ? I remember something with 100 minutes for 40 moves and 50 minutes for 20 moves and ...
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Software for tournaments, leaderboards and result tracking

guys, What kind of software/apps do you use to track your results of games with friends or in clubs? How do you track your wins/losses and progress while casually playing chess?