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As you said, Alireza Firouzja lost on time while he was trying to restore a piece he dropped. He appealed, but the appeal was denied. It was denied for several reasons. First, he appealed about Magnus uttering one frustrating word earlier in the game. That was denied because had he wanted to appeal that, he had to do it right then and there, but he did ...


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It may depend on your location, but such tournaments do exist. For example, the 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship had some low-rated players. The 2019 Wisconsin Junior Open had a females-only section, with any female juniors from Wisconsin eligible to play in it, regardless of rating. Upcoming, the U.S. Women’s Open will be in June in Las Vegas, and ...


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If you've never played OTB tournaments, don't be misguided by your online rating. I had about 1700 online rating when I entered my first tournament: I was crushed losing to 1300 and even to 1100's. Tournament play is a different beast, with more time think expect a lot better quality play from the opposition than what you are used to seeing. Money or not, ...


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I was 18, and never played in a tournament so was unrated. As a new player I could have played in a low division and won a prize. I played in the open division and got to play against local champions. Seeing how I did against the best was one of my primary goals. I learned a lot. What I didn't expect was an introduction to chess culture. They way ...


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Ask them before the match if they prefer to draw the classical games, and if either of them say no, let the match go ahead. But if they say yes, just save everyone the disappointment (not to mention the $$$) and play Rapid/Blitz. If one of those players who said "no" makes it to the final, they'd be at a disadvantage: having played more and longer games, ...


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Elite players are unwilling to take risks to give themselves the best chances to qualify for the Candidates, so they play short draws. Okay (I'd even say it's quite logical). Not quite. As it stands, aiming for short draws with white is a costly strategy: you may then fail to equalize as black if your opponent does not return the favour. Ironically, this is ...


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First of all, don't trust the online ratings. I've been rated by various digital arenas as much as 600 points more than my "real" rating. There's an inherent variability in rating systems, such that even two systems based on the exact same equations can come up with divergent ratings for the same player. (Elo, the man the international rating system is named ...


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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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