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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

According to the 2017 version of the Laws of Chess, rule 11.10 says: Unless the regulations of an event specify otherwise, a player may appeal against any decision of the arbiter, even if the ...
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Why is chess failing to attract big name sponsors?

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,...
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Anti-cheating: should there be a limit to a number of toilet breaks per game per player?

No, there shouldn't and if you live to be 80 you will probably understand why. A few years ago in a tournament where I was one of the arbiters a 16 year old boy was playing an old guy in his 80's in ...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I will write from the perspective of my home country, USA. If you are in a different country, you can likely find parallels. Is it too late for me to be ambitious? It is never too late to learn ...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

It depends what you mean by 'professional'. If you want to support yourself solely by playing tournaments, the answer is definitely no. At the very least that would require being in the top 50 in the ...
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Why is chess failing to attract big name sponsors?

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 ...
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Chess Tournaments Without Studying Theory?

There is nothing wrong in entering a tournament if you have the time and if you can afford the entry fee. However, I think you should really consider your first tournament as a discovery experience ...
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Why was move-sealing introduced in adjournment?

However, it is not obvious to me that this avoids inequity: there is a clear advantage for the sealing player, as they will know the starting gamestate the next day and the opponent will not. But the ...
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Why do players in the past play much longer tournaments than today's top players?

There is nothing in principle preventing players from long tournaments. Or maybe yes if they are way too long, like the first Karpov - Kasparov match (had to be postponed for health reasons), but ...
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Can I hover my finger over a chess piece without touching it in a major chess tournament?

Hovering your hand over the pieces does not violate the touch-move rule, but it is bad etiquette and arguably violates the rule against annoying your opponent ("It is forbidden to distract or ...
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I was playing a tournament and some kids were talking about the game in a foreign language

First, you should inform the tournament director, and let that person handle it. There is a parental instinct that makes me want to just take the kid aside, and say something privately first, but ...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I think there is only one reasonable answer: You're too old. Learning chess is like learning a language. And that's not a metaphor. You learn "chunks" of piece constellations, just like you would ...
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Am I allowed to call the arbiter on my opponent's turn?

You are absolutely allowed to call the arbiter when it is your opponent's turn. There are any number of reasons why this would be necessary. To start with the most prosaic, you have filled your ...
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Is it legal to take a piece to the bathroom during a tournament?

There are a number of serious things wrong with what you describe: While they are thinking and holding the piece You may hold a captured piece while you think but you may not hold a piece that is ...
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Is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?

Yesterday, I played a tournament match, and at the table next to me the guy asked his opponent for his rating. “I don’t really know...” was the reply, “about 1580, I think. And yours?” “Euhm... about ...
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Is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?

I don't think this would be a breach in etiquette - but I think it is a somewhat dangerous thing to do for you. Chess is as much about mental fortitude as it is about "playing skill" and regardless ...
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Should an arbiter claim draw at a K+R vs K+R endgame?

You can declare a draw and in fact you are required to declare a draw but only after you have counted 75 moves by each side without a capture or a pawn move. This is according to the FIDE Laws of ...
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Is acceptable to consult with your team during a match break?

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....
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What does "TPR" mean in chess tournament reports?

It means Tournament Performance Rating. Very roughly a TPR of 2551 means that the results this player has achieved in this tournament would have been expected of a player rated 2551. That's always a ...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I think aiming for GM is really unrealistic. Aiming for the GM title is something that players do who are IM, have improved since, and feel they want to push further. I think that amount of ...
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Pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces

The numbers refer to rules in the FIDE laws of chess. 6.2. A player must press his clock with the same hand with which he made his move. It is forbidden for a player to keep his finger on the clock ...
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Tournaments for adults only?

There are definitely some, but they are, clearly, not the norm as most organizers want to get the most players they can, and thus, make the most money they can. Here are a few links of places that ...
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Do I have the right to resign on my first move or within 10 moves?

FIDE Handbook's Laws of Chess (Section 5.1.2) states The game is won by the player whose opponent declares he resigns. This immediately ends the game. (source) Players may resign at any time, ...
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Why is chess failing to attract big name sponsors?

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 ...
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How to be a better tournament player?

If you are this Janjic, Slobodan P, I would say that you need to do tactics, tactics, and more tactics. Try to do 50 per day, spending no more than 2 minutes per tactic. At the lower mid-levels, it ...
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How to play against higher rated (much stronger) players

Unless you have gotten much stronger than your 1542 FIDE rating, you have to realize that your odds of winning are not very good. It is fine to be realistic, but just do not let that overwhelm your ...
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Do I have the right to resign on my first move or within 10 moves?

I am curious if I can resign immediately on my first move You may but the game will not be rated. Both players must make at least one move for the game to be FIDE rated. If the arbiter thought your ...
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Why are there separate tournaments for men and women?

Chess as an activity is not appealing to many women. Because there are so few women in open tournaments, it can be quite intimidating for a girl or woman to start playing the game. Imagine being one ...
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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

Writing to FIDE will make you feel better but is otherwise a waste of your time. Let's step through and see why. First, getting up and walking around is perfectly acceptable behaviour. Here's what ...
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What should the arbiter and what should have I done in this case?

First, we cannot tell you what the arbiter should have done because we were not there and certainly don't have all the facts. We only have your version of events. What you say was very disturbing may ...
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