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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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This sort of thing is what the Preface of the Laws of Chess is for: 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 ...


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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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I am not an arbiter, but here's what the rules say: Rule 4.3 (emphasis added) if the player having the move touches on the chessboard, with the intention of moving or capturing I think it should be clear to any reasonable person that picking up a piece that was knocked down by a spectator does not imply intent to move. Perhaps the arbiter went with an ...


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It would certainly allow for more attacks due to kings being stuck in the center, but fundamentally changing the game, which in a way dumbs it down, is not good. It would be less complex. I also do not want to think that I spent 40 years of my life studying something only to have it changed. I do not want the rug pulled out from under me like that.


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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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Was playing with both hands ever allowed in chess? Yes, before 1997. Hence in 1995 Kasparov was not breaking the rules. The key article in the the FIDE Laws of Chess is: Article 4: The act of moving the pieces 4.1 Each move must be made with one hand only. This first appeared in the 1997 edition of the FIDE Laws of Chess. The previous edition, ...


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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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When FIDE tournament rules apply: If you displace one or more pieces – knocking off the board, intentionally or unintentionally, is a displacement – you have to re-establish the correct position on your own time (Art. 7.4.1). While it is not specifically mentioned, I would say that you have to do this at once; if you wait, that could be regarded as an ...


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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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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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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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According to the Laws of Chess: 7.4.1 If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall re-establish the correct position in his own time. Of course, in this situation, it is not the player who displaced one or more pieces. I believe that another rule would therefore be in effect: 7.6 If, during a game it is found that any piece has been displaced ...


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There is no loophole. Rules 3.7.1 to 3.7.4 allow pawns to move forwards along the same file, or diagonally forwards onto an adjacent file. The only argument here seems to be that "forwards" is not explicitly defined but it is implicitly defined by 3.7.5.1 which beings with the following quote: "When a player, having the move, plays a pawn to the rank ...


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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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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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This is a good question, as much as some may be instinctively frustrated by it, because finding room for improvement in rulesets is useful and can prevent future issues where arbitration is required. My understanding is that "front" is defined by the piece's colour, not it's rotational orientation. This is consistent with the definition of "last rank" in ...


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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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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 have no real preference either way, but I'll point out that Kramnik based his argument on AlphaZero playing against itself. Because of AlphaZero's style, it might not be the case that these no-castling games end up in complicated positions more often. Here're two more games to add using the no-castling rule, played in the TCEC viewer-submitted opening ...


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When did this happen? Because there is no reasonable interpretation of the current rules by which a TD should have upheld the touch-move claim. I went back and looked at the 3rd Edition rulebook, and it doesn't say that a piece has to be "on the chessboard" to count for touch-move. So in 1987, a TD who was being a "strict constructionist" about the rules ...


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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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