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I haven't seen the series, but this was a quite common practice known as adjournment. It is indeed legal to ask for outside help, in the form of teammates and even computer programs during adjournment. However, they rarely happen anymore: With the advent of strong chess playing computer programs, which can be used to analyze adjourned positions, most ...


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Officially most of it depends on the team competition, it will have regulations. But I think these questions will have pretty much the same answers everywhere. Yes, you're sitting right next to them, and you can walk around as usual, so you can see their boards. Usually teams have a team leader also, whose role is to advise you about offering or accepting ...


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Just from my experience playing in a lowly ECF English county league: Does not seem to be a problem. No problem - just check with your captain that he got your score and ask if he wants you to do anything else (perhaps he needs help with cleaning up the venue or such). Does not seem to be a problem in the county leagues, but I believe FIDE is now quite ...


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First, from a pure chess standpoint, you are probably as close to prepared as you will be since there is only so much you can learn between now and Friday. The most important things will be to get a good night's sleep, and the cardinal rule in a team tournament is "don't lose". I know that sounds funny, since it seem obvious, but if you have a four-board ...


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How about this benefit? It is probably well known that Magnus Carlsen is sponsored by Arctic Securities. Being well known is the benefit. One minute ago I had not even heard about arctic securities. And now I know, as well as may be thousand of other people watching/reading about the game. Why Vodaphone or whatever is sponsoring football? Do they care, ...


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Well, in short, nothing. This (a tactical lineup) is actually quite common in team matches. There are basically two problems, the second of which is not a problem in the Olympiad because of the fixed board order. Chess isn't an exact science; a weaker player can beat a stronger player (the odds that this happens are just lower). Given the ratings, you can ...


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In a low contest regional type tournament, I'm assuming you don't have to abide by FIDE or USCF rules. Given this, I would suggest the following: Warn them the first time you see this happening. Say that the next time you see this anytime in the rest of the tournament, their team loses whatever current match they're playing. So not only does one player lose ...


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I think a team of GMs are not significantly stronger than a single GM. My reasoning is: Thinking is fast while communicating is slow and error-prone. It takes dramatically more time to explain an assessment to another GM and while trying to explain some things will be omitted/forgetted. In the end a team of GMs will spend considerably more time to produce a ...


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There are two levels of team captain powers, official powers / rights and powers that his/her national federation confers. Examples of these would be that a team player may ask his team captain if he may accept a draw offer. The captain's advice is non-binding. This is an official power. Normally players are not allowed to discuss their games with anybody ...


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A lot of questions with many different answers depending on the type of competition. Leagues can be either Swiss or round robin. I suspect most leagues are round robins but by no means all are. Perhaps the most interesting league from the viewpoint of pairings is the the UK's 4NCL (originally 4 Nations Chess League). There 4 main divisions with subdivisions ...


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The tie-break rules are listed on the FIDE website, D.II.02 paragraph G.14: The position of teams that finish with the same number of match points shall be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence ... (a) the sum of Sonneborn-Berger points, which are calculated as follows: match points of each opponent, ...


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My answer is based on my experience with the Dutch competition, both for chess and (where relevant) other sports. Is it deterministic once team gets its starting number? If for example two teams must play in early rounds (e.g. A, B from same club), is it always done by giving them appropriate starting numbers or are some leagues where rounds are done ...


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copying from question post. lol. Q: Could a team of us [British GMs] beat Magnus? A: We stand a much better chance. I mean just in terms of spotting tactics or spotting ideas. But somebody would need to be the boss somehow with good clear idea of what needs to be done because obviously if you've got completely different people it could get confusing. But I ...


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There was a public exhibition with a very similar scenario to what you describe. It was called "Carlsen vs The World" and took place in 2010. The world was represented by internet viewers, who could vote on moves proposed by Nakamura, Polgar and Vachier-Lagrave. In that scenario having three top GMs provide moves proved a handicap, as there was no ...


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There are no studies I know of on the topic of X GMs vs 1 GM, so I'll answer based off my own reasoning. First, let's assume the chance of a GM making a mistake on any move is 10% (when playing against a fellow GM). With 3 GMs, the chance of them all making a mistake on any move = 10%*10%*10% = never going to happen in one game. The exception to this math ...


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This is, quite obviously, cheating. I'm going to assume that the teammate isn't asking for help, and the guy is just blurting it out. (Otherwise a forfeit would be a given.) But even if the teammate doesn't want the advice and is doing nothing wrong, it's still extremely unfair to his opponent. According to the FIDE Anti-Cheating Guidelines: In a Team ...


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You have stage fright. Experienced actors will tell you that you should have stage fright. Something is missing in you if you don't. They will tell you that this is what gets you excited and lifts you to do your very best. I suggest that you think for a bit about what is good about being nervous. Don't avoid nerves, make use of them!


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You could record your lessons for class consumption. This would be useful for students who miss lessons. Please make sure if it's legal to record group lessons in your school though.


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Assuming that the player in the ongoing game did nothing wrong (did not speak to team members about the game) and a spectator team mate just shouts a move, there is unfortunately not much you can do in the moment, apart from removing the spectator from the room. The player did nothing wrong, and you are only the arbiter of the current match, not of the whole ...


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Relate the moves for chess to the strategy of the sport they play as I am sure a really good analogy can be found like setting picks for basketball or football has endless comparisons for forks skewers and pins It also may help them in there sport to visualize better from chess tactics so win win. If they are weaker players than these concepts will ...


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I can only give one piece of advice that I think is too important not to stress: Demanding too much from yourself never ends well! While it is good to be ambitious and setting goals for oneself, there is always a real danger in letting those goals become demands. It puts you under a huge amount of self-imposed pressure and it will most likely make you panic ...


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I decided that I would break the class into two groups. I will teach the real beginners during the first half of the club's time, and the slightly more advanced players during the second half of the club's time. In addition, I will be printing out materials that I deem relevant, so if kids miss a lesson, they can take it home with them. I simply do not ...


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Chess website at school summarizing lessons along with other school related chess info. Point to chess websites for more that they can use especially if they missed. Advanced kids play while you help newer ones catch up. What do you do with that much time anyway? They want to play not hear lectures. Go to each game and give pointers as appropriate ...


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If I understand the question correctly, you would have to do a swiss style pairing and play by teams. The way our high school leagues organize the chess meets and tournaments is by high school with teams of 8 people (but this can be changed for your convenience of course). The players are put in an order of rank or their skill which determines their board ...


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I think the standard way to treat a team tournament is like a normal tournament, only with teams instead of players. So there is swiss system pairing if there are too many teams for a round robin. A win gives you 1 point, a draw 1/2 and a loss 0. Sometimes that 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss, but that's equivalent. The number of board ...


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Yes there is a chess league in the US, but it does not have the sponsorship you see in Europe. Check the USCF website, and this more specific site http://uschessleague.com/


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I doubt there is any existing theory for four player chess, because it is not widely played or analyzed. I'm not sure if there even exists any serious investigation of the overall strategy or tactics of this variant, as it is mostly a novelty game played casually. It's pointless to analyze openings when even the basic strategies of a game are largely ...


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Late to the party for this question, but there is one more aspect of team chess that is very important that may, or may not, be considered etiquette; but it is definitely a firm guideline for team chess. Don't lose. A draw is always fine, but try not to lose ever. Of course, this is not always possible, but playing on a team has a lot more responsibility ...


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Let's pick a random tournament I found individual board results for - the 2017 US Amateur Team West. The maximum average rating for this tournament was 2200, rather than 2000, but it should still be instructive. For this tournament, the average ratings by board (not including unrated players) were: Board 1: mean 1874.24, median 1949, max 2592, min 1026 ...


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