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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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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?
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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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Is it too late for me to start professional chess? [closed]

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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What are some methods that tournaments use to limit draws?

There has been a rising faction of chess players who believe that professional chess is too drawish. What are some ways that tournaments fight against the prevalence of draws?
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Inconsistent timings of world championships

According to Wikipedia recent world championship tournaments have been played in these years: 2006 2007 2008 2010 2012 2013 2014 2016 What is logic behind this, sometimes they are played every ...
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What do you need in order to organize a chess tournament?

We have a small local chess club group on Facebook and chess.com, and we want to organize a small event where all the members can play against each other. We will ask players who play for the national ...
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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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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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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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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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Would I do okay in a Chess tournament with 1500 chess.com rating? [closed]

Here is the background story before I get into my actual question. There is a chess tournament in a city near mine, starting at 28th of August. The thing is, my parents won't allow me to go there. Not ...
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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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Where can I find a list of tournaments to participate in?

Where should I look for a list of tournaments in which new players can participate? I know that many players want to play real matches, but don't know how and where. Also provide list for online ...
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What is the best way to prepare and optimize my skills for an Open section of a State tournament?

I am an intermediate chess player (1500-1600 skill level USCF) and will enter the Open section of a State tournament. I would like to prepare for this tournament in three months, what would be the ...
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What is considered a distraction to an opponent?

My questions concern section 12.6 of the FIDE rules handbook (http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=124&view=article) which states that it is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in ...
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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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What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece?

There are a few different possible ways of capturing an opponent's piece. You could: Pick up both your piece and their piece simultaneously with both hands, then set your piece down where their piece ...
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Tools for automated notation: webcam movie to PGN

Sometimes during blitz games over the board, or when in zeitnot, it gets very difficult to annotate them. I've seen several software / hardware to help in writing the notation, even one that's FIDE ...
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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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What is the correct resignation procedure?

I've only played in one tournament before and resigned most of my games when they seemed hopelessly lost. When I do resign, I: Make my move. Record it. Say "I resign" and offer to shake my opponent's ...
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What was the biggest chess tournament held in the world?

Which chess tournament and venue has brought in the most people in the world?
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Guidelines for preparation for a Blitz tournament

I have been playing chess for many years now in with my friends and online. But I will be participating in first ever chess tournament of my life in few days. It is a FIDE rated Blitz tournament. ...
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London Chess Classic 2013 Format

I have never been into watching live chess, and I found it strange that anyone disagrees with me, but the format of London Chess Classic 2013 was just perfect. Like the rest of the civilized world, I ...
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Is using a 2D magnetic board in tournament play legal?

Is it okay to have a 2d magnetic chess set next to your score sheet? And as you play, you move along with the pieces. I like looking at a 2d board better because it's smaller and I'm used to playing ...
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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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Humans against computers

Are human ratings also progressing, could humans catch up with computers? (maybe playing against strong computers makes us strong) Are team of humans able to defeat computers? Is any competition like ...
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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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Brilliancy prizes

Many times the annotations to an old game include the information that it won a brilliancy prize (I have even seen "4th place brilliancy prizes"). I know there used to be money attached to these, so ...
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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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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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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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Kind of popular variation in Tournament

I am just an ordinary chess player who does not know about Chess Tournament even just a little thing, as I saw at my Houdini vs my Houdini at Tournament level in 5 minutes (and now I still testing in ...
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What are the time rules in Candidate Tournament?

So I'm following the London Candidate Tournament and I'm a bit confused regarding the time and why some games are getting an extensions and some are not and you are eventually losing because of time. ...
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Category Events

Will the candidates tournament 2013 (average of about 2785) be the first Category 22 event? If not can some one share the list of previous category 22 tournaments? Reference:http://en.wikipedia.org/...
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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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Major Chess 960 tournaments?

Does anyone have any information about upcoming Chess 960 tournaments at the top level (i.e. GMs and IMs)? Even links to/information about past, major tournaments would be appreciated. I recently ...
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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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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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At what time control do you stop recording your moves?

I've been to a 15|2 (Fischer) tournament where it was not necessary to record your moves and I've also played in longer games where it was expected. My question is at what time limit are you no longer ...
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Are certain foods or drinks better to consume than others when playing chess?

Whenever I play long tournament games, I find that I drink simply enormous amounts of water, far more than my typical rate in daily life (and maybe even more than when I am unusually physically active)...
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How do strong players react to being paired with a (much) weaker player in a tournament? [closed]

I am very curious as to how stronger players react to encountering weaker players in a tournament (say, more than 200 rating points below themselves). Specific questions that come to mind: Is it ...
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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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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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Why do many team championships have only 4 boards?

Team championships in my area have 10 boards per side. Board arrangements have to follow the Elo ranking to avoid tactical arrangements (such as putting a very weak player against the other team's ...
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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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How to organize a chess tournament

I want to organize an amateur chess tournament inside the company I work for. I am looking for a convenient way of creating groups, keeping the scores, and getting some statistics. Is there an online ...
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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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