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Is Légal’s reported “psychological trick” considered fair play or unacceptable conduct under FIDE rules?

Is Légal’s reported “psychological trick” considered fair play or unacceptable conduct under FIDE rules? Everything Légal did was legal (pun intended) and acceptable conduct under FIDE rules, both ...
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How do arbiters handle touch move complains where players deny?

How do arbiters handle touch move complains where players deny? There is a very simple principle arbiters follow: "Claims must be supported by evidence" So, for instance, if you claim a ...
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"Premove" in OTB game

What should the arbiter do when a player not having the move touches a piece with the intention of counter blitzing? Working out somebody else's intentions when they do something is only possible for ...
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Is it ethical to take a draw in a winning position, if a draw is good enough?

1. Is opponent's draw offer unethical? Offering a draw in positions that are much worse is frequently regarded as bad etiquette. However, bad etiquette does not always equate to unethical behaviour. ...
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How are some FIDE rated tournaments organizing 3 classical games per day?

How are some tournaments organizing 3 rounds a day also being FIDE-rated simultaneously? The simple answer is "because it's not against the rules for FIDE rated tournaments". What you have ...
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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?

The arbiter must intervene In a Fide event, the arbiter is supposed to intervene and make sure that the rules are respected. From FIDE Handbook : Article 12: The Role of the Arbiter (see Preface) 12....
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Does Fide/Elo rating fade over time?

The current FIDE rules for calculating ratings are given here for standard play and here for rapid and blitz. As you can see your rating only changes when you play. If you stop playing your elo ...
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Can the game end in multiple ways at the same time?

Can a player make two claims simultaneously? No. When you make a draw claim your are asking the arbiter to perform the task of investigating / verifying your claim. One arbiter can only investigate ...
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Can the game end in multiple ways at the same time?

You could try to complete your second illegal move in a position your opponent cannot win while simultaneously agreeing to a draw at exactly at the same time that your flag falls, but closer ...
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Is there a Fairy Chess Piece that Combines the Gnurider and Queen?

ANSWER TO MAIN QUESTION The question can be answered quickly: as far as I can see, there is no flavourful name today for the piece termed "gnurider-queen". UNDERLYING QUESTION So: should ...
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When was the last time a chess rule was modified?

The rules get reworded & shuffled around every few years but it’s rare there’s substantive changes. As far as I know, the last three significant changes that affected things were all presided over ...
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Is Légal’s reported “psychological trick” considered fair play or unacceptable conduct under FIDE rules?

The British player Gerald Abrahams in 1959 wrote of a similar situation. (Taken from "Chess Treasury of the Air", 1966, Editor: Terence Tiller) [minor edits made to match Abraham's "Not ...
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How early can you resign a game?

Can you resign the game before it even starts, or can you resign after the first move of the game is played? Strictly speaking you can resign at any time the game is in progress. The practical ...
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Is wearing headphones during chess games against the rules in FIDE and Chess.com?

According to https://handbook.fide.com/files/handbook/OnlineChessRegulations.pdf Rule 9.7 states that "Players are not allowed to have headphones in or over their ears during play." I think ...
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"Premove" in OTB game

There is a clear difference in the FIDE rules between a move being made and being completed. It's made once you let go of the piece, completed when you have pressed the clock. There are various ...
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Who has the edge in "gg chess"?

Solution for the helpmate: Nice idea.
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When has the FIDE rule against bringing the game into disrepute been invoked (if ever)?

This has now happened in a world championship event, thereby setting a precedent that arbiters at lower levels are likely to follow. The chief arbiter in the 2023 World Blitz championship has decided ...
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How many illegal moves are allowed in Classical, Rapid & Blitz?

You are referencing a very old version of the FIDE Laws of Chess. The latest version, FIDE Laws of Chess taking effect from 1 January 2023, says this for the classical format: 7.5.5 After the ...
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When was the last time a chess rule was modified?

When was the last time a chess rule was modified? The last time was in January 2023. You can see the latest version here. In general FIDE aims to update the rules every 3 or 4 years, usually after ...
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FIDE and USCF: What do the rules say when a player insults an arbiter?

He taught us that FIDE rules do not want to cover all possible situations. Like 100% of laws anywhere in the world, there are always edge-cases and trying to cover all edge cases may introduce ...
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Minimum break between rounds

I couldn't find anything in the FIDE handbook either. The USCF has rule 17A: All games must be played in the tournament rooms at the times designated by the organizers unless the director specifies ...
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What is the result if a player has insufficient material and the opponent plays two illegal moves?

Draw by §7.5.5. (Analog is fallen flag, draw by §6.9.) 7.5.5 ...However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of ...
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Handling Illegal Moves by Both Players in a Blitz Game: Rules and Arbiter's Role

In a blitz game, what is the ruling when both players make illegal moves, but the error is only called out after both moves have been played? According to the FIDE Laws of Chess, illegal moves in ...
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Can Winning a Game in a First Rated Tournament Result in a Lower Rating than Not Playing?

To gain first FIDE rating you need at least 5 games in 26 months against FIDE rated opponents. Tournaments where you scored 0 aren't counted, and you only get rating if your first rating is at least ...
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How is this a draw?

Three-fold repetition. The position facing Black for their 61st, 63rd, and 65th moves was exactly the same.
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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?

An explicit example of what the OP asked for. White has only K and B, and has a forced smothered mate in 2. [Title "White to play and mate in 2"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "kb6/...
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What would cause FIDE to refuse to rate a tournament which had been correctly registered for rating?

I think the relevant detail to keep in mind when comparing the situation with Ding and the one with Alireza is that Ding already had the rating he needed: if I remember correctly, he was the clear ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

Is it known whether GMs' accuracy would improve? It depends on the GM. Peter Svidler, for instance, has said that he sometimes shuts his eyes or looks away from the board during long calculations ...
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Why don't Hikaru, Fabi & Nepo buy out Liren so the 3 of them have a playoff to face Gukesh?

FIDE has regulations that say what happens if the World Champion declines to play in the match: the #2 of the Candidates plays instead. That is what let Ding play in the previous match, after all. So ...
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Is Légal’s reported “psychological trick” considered fair play or unacceptable conduct under FIDE rules?

No, the use of such a trick would not be considered unacceptable conduct.  This type of stratagem has a long history in chess and is seen over and over again. For example: Source: Glasgow Herald, 13 ...
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