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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, it might appear that chess is dynamic and fast-paced, but this is not so for the common viewer. Let's be honest, would you really want to watch a chess game ...


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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 round 2, both of them were rated about 1950. There had recently been the case of the Bulgarian phone cheat who had consulted a phone hidden behind one of the ...


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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 purchase Sony or Redbull products since the players are using them. In your example, I don't see what Google AlphaZero has to gain from casual enthusiasts by ...


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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 and enjoy the pleasure of chess and the atmosphere of the tournament rather than worry at once about winning prize money. Whether you can win something depends ...


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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 these cases are far from the norm. If we stick to the elite games, I would say that the main reasons why tournaments have become shorter is that there are many ...


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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 1400”, the guy mumbles in reply. If you don’t want to give out your exact rating in reply or you don’t know it yourself, I would not ask the question to begin ...


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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 Chess article 9.6.2: 9.6 If one or both of the following occur(s) then the game is drawn: 9.6.1 the same position has appeared, as in 9.2.2 at least five ...


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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 what your opponents answer is - it can get into your head and affect your play. If your opponent is a lot lower rated than you are, it tempts you to play these "...


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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 really comes down to who loses a piece first most of the time. I want to suggest that as you do the tactics, REALLY try to concentrate as you do them, and do not ...


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Perhaps another factor is that transport and communications were so much more limited in the 19th century, that a short tournament would not have justified lengthy travel, particularly for transatlantic professionals visiting Europe. At an amateur level in Britain, the burgeoning train network allowed evening visits from one provincial town to a neighbouring ...


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According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 12.9 Options available to the arbiter concerning penalties: 12.9.1 warning, 12.9.2 increasing the remaining time of the opponent, 12.9.3 reducing the remaining time of the offending player, 12.9.4 increasing the points scored in the game by the opponent to the maximum available for that game, ...


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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 least spectators don’t waste half a day watching no one win. Back in the 19th century Steinitz had match rules that required players to reset the pieces and ...


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It is not a drawn position according to the rules, since there is sufficient mating material. It may be a draw from the point of view of endgame theory, but given players who make lots of mistakes, it wouldn't be all that surprising for one to lose to a tactic. I would let them play until the player who wanted a draw can claim it based on the 50-move rule ...


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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 not have been perceived as so disturbing to others there at the time. We weren't there, so we just don't know. We can't judge. As to what you should have done, ...


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Today we get tournaments such as: Chess World Cup 2005 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2007 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2009 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2011 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2013 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2015 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2017 - 128 players Chess World Cup 2019 - 128 players Of course these tournaments only last ...


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Would it be a good idea for me to enter a tournament with an entry fee? Absolutely! Playing over-the-board chess tournaments is a lot of fun. There is social interaction which is almost completely absent in online play and it will be good for you to compare your level of play with other players in "real" chess. You can also learn a lot in post-game ...


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The Soviet Union used to dominate chess because it had state-sponsored schools that provided high-quality trainers. After the Soviet Union broke up, funding dried up, and many of these trainers emigrated. Naturally the competitors caught up. Vladimir Kramnik discusses some of this in an interview he gave with chess.com. Chess.com: Much has been written ...


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Best guess: the mistake occured before, on move 15 Entry errors are frequent when games are entered into a software, especially if they are not entered by one of the players. Here the operator must have made an error before move 19, reached an anomaly, and couldn't solve the mystery (or didn't have time to try, there are other games to be saved). In such ...


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The earliest Armageddon games I can find go back to the Women's World Chess Championship 2001, and the FIDE World Championship in 2002, which GM Ruslan Ponomariov won. This is probably a fairly complete list since Armageddon really only lends itself to knock-out tournaments or matches, and the question did ask primarily about GMs and Armageddon. There might ...


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I don't know how it was done back then. He'd probably had lost the game. Nowadays, time penalties are always applied by adding time to the opponent, rather than taking it from the penalized player


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According to Article 12.2.3 of the FIDE Laws of Chess it is one of the roles of the arbiter to - 12.2.3 ensure that a good playing environment is maintained Your first course of action should be to bring the matter to the attention of the arbiter. It is not a pleasant thing for him or her to deal with but it is part of the (usually unpaid) job of the ...


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I see a couple of reasons not to do this: It's a lot harder to distinguish the pieces. For example, bishops and pawns look really similar, and the black queen and king look similar too. When you watch a game as an on-site spectator, you don't view it top-down either. Even better: the players themselves don't view the board top-down, but from an angle. Video ...


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As a beginner, you should focus on the basics of chess to help improve your overall chess. I'm amazed at the number of hanging queens at the lower level. As you improve, the tactics become harder and the strategy deeper. It's often suggested that the purpose of an opening is to get you to a playable middlegame. Once you become 2000+ (USCF), you can study ...


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An oft neglected aspect of tournament play is time management. Have a plan for time management and practice it. You should be using most of your time available most of your games. There are many other things to consider like honing your thought process but I find that time management is often forgotten. Here is an article on time management


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It isn't a beach of etiquette and is quite common in tournaments. Many scoresheets have a place to write the opponent's rating, so a lot of players ask while filling it out at the beginning of the match. There's no shame in being low-rated anyway. With the exception of top players, we're all novices compared to someone.


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At this point you should report the Arbiter to FIDE and if applicable the USCF. You could even try to get the result of the game changed. They should have implemented Article 12.9 penalties followed by loss of game if it continued. Now that you have read the articles, you probably see that you could have pressured the Arbiter to implement the rules. [...


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Fide World Cup Are qualified for the World Cup: The Women's World Champion The last two World Junior Champions Players from Continental Championships


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Despite all the efforts that chess professionals put to the game the majority of them cannot make a living out of chess. Only 4 or 5 super grandmasters across the world have been able to make a few million dollars from chess. This is mainly because there are no good brands/sponsors associating themselves with chess. How many javelin, discus, or hammer ...


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You should play because you want to play, not for the money. At 1900, you might win some money here or there, but it will not be a lot, and will likely only offset your costs just a little as you are much more likely to spend more on entry fees, books, online subscriptions, etc. There is a lot of competition at any level, so you may win some money sometimes,...


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Most tournaments in the U.S. are not FIDE-rated, but there are some. Your best best are the more-common USCF-rated tournaments. You would have to join the USCF as part of that. They have a list of tournaments here. Just pick the state you want, in this case, New York.


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