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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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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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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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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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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 bit problematic. Say you scored 100% against a group of 1500 players, what kind of player would have expected to score that? Well, a 1900 player probably, but ...


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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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In this case, is it allowed to warn your opponent of the potential danger of flagging? Yes. The rule which limits talking to your opponent is the one which forbids annoying the opponent, article 11.5 - 11.5 It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims, unreasonable offers of a draw or ...


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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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"Tournament performance rating". An approximate measure of the strength that a player performed/played at in the tournament. The calculation of such a performance rating varies, but one method is as follows: If you beat someone at rating X, your performance for that game is X + 400. If you lose to this person, your performance for that game is X - 400. If ...


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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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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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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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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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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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When and where is the next world championship? It will take place in 2020 at the end of the year. The exact date and location have not been revealed nor decided yet. When is the Candidates? In 2020, the same year as the world championship match. It usually takes place in March, but no official information about it has been released yet. Where can I ...


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OK, so the tournament was the Rattenberger Schnellschach-Open 2019 Tiroler Einzelmeisterschaft im Schnellschach It was a Swiss tournament. Here are your results from the tournament. One of your opponents, Karl-Heinz Staudacher, has no rating. You should exclude your result against him altogether. One of your opponents, Manuel Keßler, has a standard rating ...


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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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In Tim Krabbe’s chess records, Krabbe gives a game where the Black player promoted four of their pawns, the most one player has ever gotten, and only game where it has happened. It is also notable for being one of few games with 6 promotions. The game can also be viewed here at ChessDB.com. [Title "Alena Kubikova-Vaclav Novy, 9th Open, Czech Republic, 2003"...


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It's better to let them play it out a bit and ideally only draw once reaching 50 moves. But if one of them is low on time (and their opponent is clearly just trying to flag them) then you should claim the draw.


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Lodging an appeal also came to mind that time. However, can the result actually be changed? No. Only in extreme cases such as cheating can the result be changed. Or should the game be replayed? No. There is no reason why the game should be replayed. In addition, as I am not an arbiter, is there an option in Swiss Manager (the pairing program ...


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You don't have grounds to demand the time control you like. In practice I suppose that if your opponent agrees, you could get away with using whatever time control you both want as long as the game finishes on time, which is the main point the organizers care about. One thing that the USCF rules do cover is what to do if the stipulated time control has a ...


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You can do this For free at https://lichess.org. Go to the "Play" tab, and select "Tournaments." Assuming that you have a lichess account, (all they need for that is your e-mail, and they do not spam it) you will see an option to create a tournament. Once you select that option, you will be able to specify the start position in the tournament (this ...


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Some people are a bit self conscious if they are lower rated - better to look it up on the tournament list or ask a teammate. That said, if it's a team game and I don't recognise the opponent or their name on the team sheet then I might ask - I do feel it is important to have a ballpark idea of your opponent's strength. You could also try google if most of ...


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