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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 part of the current position. Your opponent has a right to a full view of the current position on the board at all times except the second or two it takes you to ...


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Grandmasters are financially incentivized to play in GM-norm invitational tournaments. The incentive can take different forms depending on the organisers' choice. Most often, GM are invited (travel, hotel and meals paid, with no fee asked for playing) and they compete for the money prizes in the tournament (usually the top 3 out of 10 players get money ...


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From FIDE's arbiter manual: "11.5 It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever." I think picking up a piece and keeping it out of the board for a long time is quite disturbing. As far as I know there's no problem on picking up a piece and placing it back on its original square as long as it's the piece you finally move....


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A tangential point related to what I think is a misconception behind the question: This assumes that the player will never let go of the piece throughout the entire process until it's placed in its new position. It looks like the motivation for the question is the idea that once you grab a piece you can't let go of it until you make your move. What the ...


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FIDE operated tournaments are more likely to process the data and results more promptly as it doesn't require a significant amount of correspondence. I have played FIDE tournaments and had updates reflected within hours, I have played FIDE tournaments and the results weren't updated till about 24 hours after the last game. National tournaments that have take ...


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converting comment to answer: I figure because they are more likely to win against non-GMs as opposed to other GMs. so it's a win-win: the non-GMs have a chance to prove themselves to get their norms, and the GMs have a good chance to win.


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