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I did not get Fide rating although I met all the requirements why?

Since last rating change you need to get at least 1400 to get rated.
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If your opponent is sick, can you refuse to play (without forfeiting)?

Can you refuse to play them (to protect your own health) without forfeiting? No. If you have concerns about the possible contagious risk of another player then the correct course of action is to ...
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Returning to Chess Tournaments: Does My Old FIDE Rating Still Apply?

My question is, will my previous rating be retained or reset due to my prolonged absence? 6 years is not that long for FIDE. They still have their rating records for you and when you resume it will ...
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Can Nepo and Ding receive computer analysis from teammates between tiebreak rounds?

Very likely no, notwithstanding any fairness issues of allowing communication after the round starts, the regulations of the 2023 FIDE World Championship state: 4. 10. 2. Except with the permission ...
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Why is a win better than 2 draws in the tiebreaks

The criteria used for tiebreaks is indicated prior to the tournament and figures in the tournament's reglementation that is supposed to be available to all participants. There are many systems used ...
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Why do boys become better than girls?

Hou Yifan did an interview with Chess.com where she answered some questions about why there has been such a persistent gap between men and women when it comes to top-level chess. Chess.com - Hou Yifan ...
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Selection Criteria for Top Tier Participants in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Chessbase has an interesting article which gives some details: Anyone who wins a tournament below the Masters can move up a division the following year. This is how Alexander Donchenko slipped into ...
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Tournaments for adults only?

Yes, playing kids can be quite annoying, and I've suffered through some such games. Fortunately, I can say it isn't always that way, as some younger players know courteous tournament behavior. OTOH, ...
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Why do boys become better than girls?

There was a study on this a few years ago, where researchers concluded that the number of women that were represented in the top players correlated with the number of women that participated at a ...
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Is There an Official World Championship for Bullet Chess?

If you mean in the sense of a FIDE-sanctioned event, no. OTB bullet is an awkward affair to manage given the chaos at the board it inevitably creates and thus most competitions are held online. ...
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Minimum break between rounds

I couldn't find anything in the FIDE handbook either. The USCF has rule 17A: All games must be played in the tournament rooms at the times designated by the organizers unless the director specifies ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

Is it known whether GMs' accuracy would improve? It depends on the GM. Peter Svidler, for instance, has said that he sometimes shuts his eyes or looks away from the board during long calculations ...
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When and Where is the Next World Classic Chess Championship?

The date and venue for the Chess World Championship(Classical) are still not out. It's usually decided after the Candidates tournament is over. Candidates will happen from 2-25 April 2024 in Toronto, ...
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Can Winning a Game in a First Rated Tournament Result in a Lower Rating than Not Playing?

To gain first FIDE rating you need at least 5 games in 26 months against FIDE rated opponents. Tournaments where you scored 0 aren't counted, and you only get rating if your first rating is at least ...
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Opportunities to Play Online Chess with Grandmasters for a 2000 Elo Player

There are some ways where you can get a match vs GMs. I've played a bunch of them in the following ways: Many GMs like Minh Le, Benjamin Bok, Eric Hansen, and Hikaru stream on Twitch. Sometimes, they ...
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How Did Alireza Firouzja Qualify Over Wesley So for the 2024 Candidates Tournament?

This is described in some detail on Wikipedia. The brief version is that Firouzja played some matches against rather-inactive, arguably-overrated GMs in a bid to gain elo. FIDE intervened and ruled ...
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Which federation would a cruise ship FIDE rated tournament be rated under?

Because this is "legalese" it can be somewhat tricky to pin down an answer because with all things legal the magical phrase "It depends" will arise a lot. Generally speaking though....
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Where can I find past Titled Tuesday data

I have started on the dataset https://github.com/cmgchess/Titled-Tuesday-Data With the help of Wayback Machine, I managed to access the tournaments up until March 1, 2016. Beyond that, I have no clue ...
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Noisy opponent -- your responsibility?

Noisy opponent -- your responsibility? Of course not! You may be deaf and totally unaware. You may also be playing somebody with mental health issues and you choose to show some understanding and ...
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How are the quads divided up in a quad tournament?

Is this sort of grouping for a quad tournament allowed? The quad tournament format is not subject to governing body legislation in the same way as Swiss and, to a certain extent, all-play-all. So, ...
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What do the -0 and -1 scores in the FIDE Grand Swiss mean?

Trying to read cross tables with odd symbols such as these can be frustrating. Searching online has not produced much explicitly explaining the symbols you've asked about. However, my search did ...
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Consequences of Missing a Single Game in a Rated Chess Tournament

If you are unable, for any reason, to play in one of the rounds then you must at the earliest opportunity tell the arbiter so that can be taken into account for the pairings for that round. Otherwise ...
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What do the USCF crosstable result letters mean?

The result codes are defined in the USCF website FAQ, under Member Services Area. What do all the result codes in a crosstable mean? Here's a list of the result codes currently in use: W A win for ...
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free alternatives to SwissSys?

Our chess club, Media Chess Club, uses Chess Nut for club management and pairing. It is free and user friendly. The automatic Swiss pairing works as well as SwissSys (which is what we were using ...
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Has there ever been a consultation chess match?

2024 Update: There's an inaugural chess.com tournament in 2024 called 'Team Chess' won by C-squared podcast: Fabiano Caruana & Cristian Chirila.
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Weekly pairings in a non repetitive way?

The effect you are seeing is a result of the initial ranking which is done automatically on ratings. When you set up the new tournament you can choose either to have the players sorted by rating or to ...
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How to calculate USCF's Modified Median (with or without byes)?

It would be nice to see an example where this rule is applied. Just to be sure. Here's a small 5 round Swiss. Pair | Player Name |Total|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round| Num | ...
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How to calculate USCF's Modified Median (with or without byes)?

What is unclear to me is the term: the least significant opponents’ scores As described in the text: If the tied players have a plus score then for each tied player their lowest scoring opponent is ...
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What are "Jamboree chess pairings"?

From what I can gather, a Jamboree tournament is a team tournament with fixed pairings (that is, they will not change based on results like a Swiss.) Unlike a typical team tournament, there is no one ...
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How to Correct Incorrect Birth Year in My FIDE Profile?

You can contact them on email, here are their contacts: https://fide.com/contacts
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