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It's frankly quite boring to watch chess, unless you understand what is going on - it's not like football, basketball or hockey, where there is dynamic, action, fast-paced play - for us, chess players, it might appear that chess is dynamic and fast-paced, but this is not so for the common viewer. Let's be honest, would you really want to watch a chess game ...


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According to FIDE's Anti-Doping Policy: The 2018 WADA Prohibited List and Monitoring Program can be found at: http://list.wada-ama.org/ The most relevant banned substances for chess are: • Amphetamines – e.g. Adderall, Ritalin • Ephedrine and Methylephedrine – Prohibited by WADA when its concentration in urine is greater than 10 micrograms ...


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First of all I would consider the Preface: The Laws of Chess cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a game, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by an Article of the Laws, it should be possible to reach a correct decision by studying analogous situations which are regulated ...


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Sponsorship is more like an investment. For example in video game competitions, companies like Sony and Redbull may invest money, of course, in the hopes that their audience will be more likely to purchase Sony or Redbull products since the players are using them. In your example, I don't see what Google AlphaZero has to gain from casual enthusiasts by ...


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Article 11.5 of the FIDE Laws of Chess covers this: It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims, unreasonable offers of a draw or the introduction of a source of noise into the playing area. If your opponent distracts you in this way and refuses to stop when you ask him then you should ...


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According to the FIDE rules, it is not forbidden; clock times are actually explicitly stated as one of the items that a scoresheet may contain. See the following excerpt (emphasis mine): Article 8: The recording of the moves 8.1 a. In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponentin the correct ...


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The Candidates will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 10-28 March 2018 (source). According to FIDE's Rules & Regulations for the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Championship cycle 2016-2018, the following will qualify, in order of priority: 1. The loser of the previous World Championship Match -- Sergey Karjakin. 2. The 2 finalists of the FIDE ...


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I am surprised that the paper "Intrinsic Chess Ratings" by Ken Regan and Guy Haworth hasn't been posted yet. It is exactly what's asked for, serious research into rating inflation. PDF Basically they got games from three periods (1976-1979, 1991-1994, 2006-2009), in several rating ranges (e.g. both players within 10 points of 2200, within 10 points of 2300, ...


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It is important to realize that chess is a zero-sum game*. In other words, everything that gives advantage to one player gives an equal disadvantage to the other player. So if adding 2 minutes to your opponent's clock benefits you, then it would be harmful to your opponent. It is not possible for any decision of the arbiter to give an advantage to your ...


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Fide has a rule saying that if one player is rated more than 400 points higher than his opponent, their difference should be set to 400 when calculating rating gain/loss. That means no matter how weak the opposition is, a GM (or anyone) will receive minimum 0.8 rating points for winning. What is the reason behind this? This is an historical anomaly. ...


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I believe James Damore lied about his resume, and not just about chess. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/james-damore-removes-phd-studies-linkedin-2017-8?r=US&IR=T If he had the courage to lie about PhD in his profile (that's a very serious misconduct), why wouldn't he lie about being an FM master? I can't think of a reason why his FIDE profile is ...


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Biggest reason? Indecisive games. Hard to make money for sponsors when 60%+ of the time there’s no winner. In a sporting event, no one likes ties. Possible avenues are faster time controls, where at least spectators don’t waste half a day watching no one win. Back in the 19th century Steinitz had match rules that required players to reset the pieces and ...


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It is not prohibited would be the main answer. Caffeine was removed from the list, and moved to the WADA "watch list", so it is not currently banned. "Bupropion, caffeine, nicotine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pipradrol, and synephrine: These substances are included in the 2019 Monitoring Program, and are not considered Prohibited Substances." (...


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No. Notes could help you during the game, and therefore they aren't allowed. The Laws of Chess say: 12.3.a During play the players are forbidden to make use of any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse on another chessboard [...] 12.4 The scoresheet shall be used only for recording the moves, the times of the clocks, the offers of a ...


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Short answer: Neither Elo-ratings are not ajusted for calculation after each game, they are not adjusted after each tournament either. For all games played during one month, each player is supposed to have his last published elo-rating. If I am 2300 on the 1st of November and we play together November the 29th, your rating will be calculated by ...


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In the first half of the XXth century, French and English were the main international languages. During and immediately after the first congress in Paris, 1924, the French acronym for "Fédération Internationale des Echecs" was actually FIE, and it was referred in the English-speaking world as "International Chess Federation" or ICF. But already the ...


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I poked around some. You've probably seen these pages, but I'll post them anyway: a. This page will interest you. It includes a photocopy of a letter from Elo himself stating the possibility: Thus over time the rating scale could drift unless some measures are taken to stabilize it. He further mentions that the ratings scale has no anchor, no fixed ...


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The closest thing which I could find in the FIDE Laws of Chess is 12.3 a. During play the players are forbidden to make use of any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse on another chessboard 12.3 b. Without the permission of the arbiter a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone or other electronic means of communication in the ...


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In standard play (each player has at least 60 minutes for all the moves) it makes no difference when the illegal moves is spotted the position must be restored to the one before the illegal move even if that was several moves ago. In rapid or blitz Appendix A4 part 2b applies: b. An illegal move is completed once the player has pressed his clock. If ...


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One way to think about this - if there was no societal stigma or legality surrounding the issue, would the use of stimulants improve one's chess game? A while back, there was a thread around this topic on chess.com, though be warned that a lot of it is just noise. Seems like an interesting choice that has to be made - short-term increase in concentration (...


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Chess isn't popular because all major tournaments make it lack emotion. For some reason, all major tournaments are those of classic chess, that is, with high quality games that last 5 hours or more. The outcome of these high quality games at the highest play level is most typically a draw. This is totally broken and does not have a chance to make it to ...


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Positions are considered the same if and only if the same player has the move, pieces of the same kind and colour occupy the same squares and the possible moves of all the pieces of both players are the same. After 5...Ra8, the same player has the move, pieces of the same kind and colour occupy the same squares and the possible moves of all the pieces of ...


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I found one in Big Database 2016. Anatoly Shmit, born 1941 in Latvia, with 157 games between 1959 and 1989, all played within the USSR. Many strong Soviet players never got the chance to play outside the Soviet Union, and Shmit does not seem to have ever been awarded a FIDE title, although he was undoubtedly a very strong player, having beaten a number of ...


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The rule makes total sense to me as statistics for rating is not so accurate when the difference in playing strength is too much. Capping to 400 minimises the statistical damage. No GM would risk a hefty rating penalty by playing only weak tournaments. Too much risk for very little gains. A single tactical oversight (GM is human too!!) could be deadly.


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It is not proven that Glicko is more accurate. Glicko just solves the problem a different way, with a different emphasis. Consider that all these systems abstract a human mind to a 4 digit number. There's a lot of politics in ratings; it's a touchy subject. If FIDE were to adopt it, they'd produce a new top-100 list, and a lot of GMs would likely be ...


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USCF has regular chess tournaments listed in different states each month and you can find tournaments such as Chicago Open, Philadelphia Open, etc, in-which, you can play at any levels (Under 2200, Under 2000, etc). You have to be a USCF member to play these tournaments which is an easy process and you can register and pay it online at the USCF website. ...


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Erythropoietin (EPO) is a banned substance that does not specifically makes you look like Žydrūnas Savickas, it is a glycoprotein hormone that controls the production of red blood cells, which are responsible for delivering oxygen to the entire body, more oxygen = better overall, not hulk. EPO is produced endogenous (meaning inside our bodies) and it is the ...


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Article 4.3 of the FIDE rules states: Except as provided in Article 4.2, if the player having the move touches on the chessboard, with the intention of moving or capturing: So, if it is clear that my intention is merely to adjust the position of one of the pieces then touch-move does not apply. Of course it must be done on my turn otherwise I am liable ...


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There is one (and so far only one) place where you can get the official FIDE rating - the FIDE Online Arena. It however needs a client. A quick introduction is here and the arena is at http://arena.fide.com I have not tried it so I cannot comment on how good the interface is but I assume it is good. The killer feature is that it calculates official FIDE ...


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According to Agon (who owns the rights), it will take place from March 8 to March 29, 2018. I don't think anything else is known at this point in time.


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