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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very fast chess games-tournaments between engines?

I am wondering if there are chess games or tournaments between engines, with very small duration, like 10-5 seconds or 10-10 seconds (every game). If not, this would not be interesting? What do you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stretching the tournament rules re: capturing pieces

Building on this question about tournament etiquette: What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece? Suppose I want to capture a piece but am not sure which of my pieces ...
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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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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? ...