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What the max possible USCF rating of a player after playing in an under 1400 tournament?

Assume a player is over 18, and has played 40 UCSF rated games. Then the player wins 5 games in a 5 round under 1400 swiss, what is the max possible rating of the player after the tournament? (Assume ...
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Are there any large swiss with good playing standard that are not rated?

Chess players who are improving in the USA have good reasons to avoid increasing their ratings as prize money is often high in tournaments with a rating ceiling. The rules for such tournaments ...
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How long do US chess ratings remain valid for?

In many countries it seems local chess ratings are only kept for players who continue to play rated games. Does the USCF have such a system?
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What performance norms do I need for the USCF candidate master title?

The rating requirement is 2000-2199 but what performance norms do I need?
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How does a forfeit draw come about?

In the answer to the question "What do the USCF crosstable result letters mean?", there is reference to a "forfeit draw". This term seems self-contradictory and nonsensical. The ...
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Why did the later US chess championships or St Louis chess events remove auction & even increment from their armageddon?

It's stated by Jim Ratliff here that there was a 2013 United States Chess Championship (USCC) armageddon w/ auction that was 45 minutes base time + 5 second increment. This converts to only 50min, so ...
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What do the USCF crosstable result letters mean?

In the crosstable for a tournament I played, I didn't play a round and it was listed as H. What does this mean?
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What is going on with FIDE Federation "NON FEDERATION"?

In the latest FIDE rating list the former USA players Alejandro Ramirez and Timur Gareyev have their federation listed as "NON FEDERATION". I understand they have both faced accusations of ...
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USCF rating floor exploitation

If I understand the Elo system correctly, the outcome of a game produces a zero-sum change in ratings between the two players. But in the case of when the losing player is at his floor, new rating ...
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Who is the first woman to play USCF rated chess in all 50 US states?

On X/Twitter this tweet appeared by somebody called Megan: Today was a historic day for my #chess life. I wrapped up the 50 states quest in Alaska, with Fairbanks Chess Club's #NationalChessDay G/15 ...
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FIDE and USCF: If an arbiter is watching a chess game and observes that a rule has been violated, should the arbiter intervene?

FIDE and USCF: If an arbiter is watching a chess game and observes that a rule has been violated, should the arbiter intervene? Or should the arbiter intervene only if a player complains? Some people ...
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FIDE and USCF: What do the rules say when a player insults an arbiter?

FIDE and USCF: What do the rules say when a player insults an arbiter? This is an uncommon situation. In general, chess players are very polite people. 30 years ago, I was in training with Paul Klein, ...
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How to calculate USCF's Modified Median (with or without byes)?

The calculation is described in the "USCF Chess Rule Book", chapter 34E1, 34E1. Modified Median The Median system, also known as the Harkness system for inventor Kenneth Harkness, evaluates ...
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Looking for online Swiss pairing software for reporting USCF tournaments

We organize a monthly USCF tournament. We would like to know if an online Swiss pairing software for USCF tournaments exists. In the following Chess Stack question (Looking for online Swiss pairing ...
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USCF and FIDE: Is it legal to organize a tournament with the Monrad System? Monrad: rank 1 versus 2, in the first round. Swiss: 1 versus 5

We started to use the Monrad system: https://rankedin.ladesk.com/043159-2152--Monrad https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss-system_tournament We are organizing a monthly tournament valid for ELO rating ...
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USCF: Insufficient material to win on time

It is my understanding that the United States Chess Federation (USCF) has the rule: Insufficient material to win on time. Does this rule apply to all time controls? Does the player need to claim the ...
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USCF: Should the arbiter correct illegal moves without a player claim?

Should an USCF arbiter correct illegal moves without a player claim? Here is the USCF link: USCF rules of chess Here is the FIDE link: FIDE rules of chess USCF and FIDE rules are NOT 100% equal. What ...
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USCF: Does the arbiter have the duty to write the moves of the players if they are not recording their moves? Or is that not allowed?

In general, the players have to write their moves. However, there are some situations when they are allowed to skip this obligation. In those situations, does an USCF arbiter have the duty to write ...
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USCF: Can the arbiter adjudicate a draw using the threefold repetition rule WITHOUT a player claim?

Please give me your perspective and experience about USCF sudden death and non-sudden death time controls. My understanding is the following: In general, the arbiter should not intervene unless a ...
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USCF: Should the arbiter start a time-forfeit claim?

I will be an USCF arbiter soon and I am checking the current USCF version of chess rules. Here is the link on the USCF website at 4/9/2022: USCF chess rules In my perspective, you would have to go to ...
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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 would USCF handle a position, in which there is sufficient material, but checkmate can't be forced?

There are some positions, in which both players have pawns, rooks, and even queens, but checkmate cannot be forced. [FEN "4k3/4r1r1/3p1p2/p1pPpPp1/PpP1P1Pp/1P5P/8/4K3 w - - 0 1"] For ...
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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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Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When Writing Notation is Optional?

Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When is Writing Notation Not Required? We are planning to organize a monthly 30+30 tournament (30 minutes for the ...
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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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How quickly after a tournament are USCF ratings updated?

I see that for international ratings they are updated once per month using all results from completed tournaments in that month. When are USCF updated and published?
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Why did the USCF stop using a "grandmaster" title in 1961?

I was somewhat surprised to learn recently that the USCF used to use a ratings-based "Grandmaster" title, which was a title above "Senior Master". It seems that this was not a ...
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What are these types of OTB events from the USCF?

Looking into OTB tournaments, I see that the USCF allows you to filter searches for the following types: Heritage Event American Classic Grand Prix Enhanced Grand Prix Junior Grand Prix National ...
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Where can I find a description of the "old" USCF rating system (that was in use through the 1990's)?

Where can I find a description of the "old" USCF rating system - not the Harkness system, but the one after that, that was in use up until about 2001 when the "new rating system" ...
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Does a chess position exists where one player has insufficient material, and at the same time has a forced mate in 2?

I was thinking about the USCF and FIDE rules on flagging when the opponent has insufficient material. I think I came up with a scenario with the USCF-rule where the best move would be to let the clock ...
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Is it possible to resign in stalemate?

Say that two players, likely lower rated, are playing a rated tournament over-the-board game. Player A has a winning position, and then blunders a move and stalemates. Player B, misunderstanding the ...
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What if you messed up your notation a lot?

While playing in an OTB game where both players take notation, it's not uncommon for people to make a mistake here and there. Is there any rule regarding having a lot of mistakes? Furthermore, what if ...
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What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling?

What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling? I am interested in both FIDE and/or USCF rules. I seem to recall about 40 years ago, when reading my first copy of the USCF rule book, ...
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Does USCF still pay for the FIDE Master application fee?

There is not much to add to the question. Quite simply, does USCF still pay for the FIDE Master application fee?
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Where to find cross table for 1956 Thanksgiving weekend Eastern Open?

Berliner won this tournament. Chess life/review reported it. Newspapers reported it. The Eastern Open in 1956 was Thanksgiving weekend in the YMCA in DC. Berliner won it. Rossolimo, Lombardy, ...
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What happens should a clock fail during the game?

There are a number of ways a clock can fail during a game. Battery runs out, player pushes button by mistake and resets it, falls on floor and breaks, kiddie smashes toggle button hard with captured ...
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What is the average speed in tournaments for USFC rapid chess ratings?

Rapid ratings cover a very wide range of time controls and bump up against regular (where games are dual rated) as well as blitz time controls. What is the average time for USCF rapid games that are ...
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Is it OK to adjust your opponent's pieces, and what if he objects?

With all the questions lately about pieces being knocked off the board, being forced to adjust a fallen piece, etc., it made me think of this common scenario. Players often adjust more than their own ...
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Can a player be forced to adjust a piece?

If one of my pieces is knocked off the board unintentionally, do I need to place it back on the board? Can I continue to play with one or more pieces not on the board (but still have it in effect - ...
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Should a player be forced to move a piece that he has picked up after a spectator knocked it off the board?

While anyone can answer this, I do have official FIDE arbiters in mind. I am following a discussion on chess.com about the worst way you have lost a game. Someone related this story: This didn't ...
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If a tournament advertises G/30, can either player demand G/25 d5?

A minor controversy regarding advertised and allowed time controls has broken out on a chess mailing list I subscribe to. A one-day tournament scheduled for tomorrow advertises specifically as five ...
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Are USCF regular ratings more accurate than quick or blitz ratings in regards to quick or blitz games?

I recently went to a USCF tournament. Although it was quick/blitz rated, regular ratings were used for the purposes of pairings and prizes. This led me to wonder: are regular ratings actually better ...
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Ambiguity in notation resolved by +

In the board position both knights can move to e4. To distinguish which knight moved one would normally write Nce4 or Nfe4. However in this special situation only Nce4 is check. Would it be ...
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Is there a description of the files used by USCF ratings reports?

When a USCF rated tournament is submitted for rating, the tournament director submits to the USCF a set of dBase III files (.DBF files) that include the tournament data. I've never seen a description ...
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Rating system for 5000 players

we belong to a state in India with over 5000 active players. FIDE rating tournaments and FIDE rated players are here but we wish to start a new internal rating system like the USCF or ACF rating ...
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Can a tournament director nullify a game in progress?

Recently I was at a USCF tournament. Six moves into my first round game, the tournament director came to my board and had me stop my clock. It turned out that the person across from me had the wrong ...
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Is it possible to get results/crosstables from USCF-rated events before 1990?

In my school days in the early 1980's I played in a few USCF-rated tournaments. Once school was over, I dropped out of tournament play and even dropped my USCF membership. Now, to support my child ...
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Why are USCF quick ratings lower than USCF regular ratings?

I noticed that my USCF quick rating is lower than my USCF regular rating. At first I thought maybe it was because I was relatively weaker at faster time controls, but it seemed like the difference ...
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Illegal Move Missed-Too Late?

This question is about standard games under USCF rules (if FIDE is different, I'd like to know). Say that one side makes an illegal move-specifically, castling through check. Neither player notices. ...
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