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Questions tagged [uscf]

Questions about the United States Chess Federation. The non-profit governing organization for US over-the-board chess.

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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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Are online USCF tournaments worth playing?

I play a lot on ICC, and I notice they offer a few days of rated blitz and other time controls. I'd like to play more rated games, however I'm afraid of how easy it is to cheat online. It seems like ...
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Does an out of turn draw offer constitute an actionable distraction / time penalty?

I was playing in a sudden death time control last night with less than 5 seconds left and while thinking about my moves with literally 2 or 3 seconds remaining, my opponent blurted out a draw offer. ...
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How does Lichess rating compare to USCF? [duplicate]

Just wondering some examples of peoples' USCF rating to Lichess (classic lichess, 10 min+) I know it's hard to compare different pools of players. But I think that considering how we do polling with ...
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1998 USCF Chess Rankings

Is there a place to look up rankings of USCF players for a previous year? Specifically, I would like to know who was #3 in the USCF in 1998 (for reasons not relevant to the question) - but figured a ...
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USCF player question

I was looking at the list of uscf players (as anyone can through WinTD) and two columns in a dataset, downloadable through the program, are titled RSUPP_NUM, R_PLR_TYP. Does anyone have any idea what ...
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USCF Ruling - Resignation confusion after reaching results sheet

At a tournament I was participating in last weekend, there was an interesting situation that happened and the TD did not know how to handle the situation. White said something along the lines of "I ...
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How does Chesscube.com rating compare to USCF and FIDE ratings?

My Chesscube is 1800. I would like to have the strength of 2100 or 1900 USCF and FIDE. What Chesscube rating do I need?
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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 the United States, what are the universities and colleges with the best chess club?

Webster University undeniably takes first place. But I would like to know more American universities and colleges which have a big chess club.
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Why does it seem that one drops more rating points when losing than gaining when winning?

It seems that when one loses a game against a compatibly rated opponent, the (USCF) rating point decrease is more significant than when one scores a win. For example, between two 'C' players, losing ...
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Expert vs. Candidate Master?

What is the difference? I mildly understand that Candidate Master is a 2000-2100 FIDE Title, but I've seen several USCF players with that under their "Norms" section, in conjunction with 1st Category,...
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What does “half-K” mean in the USCF tournament rating system?

The USCF rating system as described by Professor Glickman includes a factor called K: If m < 3, or if the player competes against any opponent more than twice, the "standard" rating formula that ...
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In the USA, if you achieve a USCF rating of 2200 and gain the National Master title, what happens if your rating then goes below 2200?

Is the "National Master" title awarded for your entire life? Or do you lose the title if your rating goes below 2200? I've heard that to get the title of National Master for your entire life you have ...
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What K factor should be used if two players are in different K factor brackets?

Apparently, when calculating a player's USCF rating difference after a win or loss, the K factor that is used is based on the player's rating. Now, I was always under the impression that two players ...
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The history of the 175-move draw rule

The U.S. Chess Federation piloted a 175-move draw rule in the fourth edition of its Official Rules. This interesting rule ended a game automatically after 175 moves, whether or not either player had ...
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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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Is there a USCF API?

A while ago there was a site made by NM Jonathan Hilton's father that did some analytics on player's USCF rating histories. I thought it was a pretty good site, but it disappeared. There are still ...
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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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What are any USCF tournament rule changes since 1990?

I have not played competitive chess since 1990 and I plan to start playing tournaments again. Are there any rule changes I need to know about?
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Delay clock with delay not set

Over the past few years of tournament play, I've seen three games where the delay was not enabled on a digital clock. In all of these cases, the clock was a Chronos set to display HH:MM until the ...