I am not an arbiter, but here's what the rules say:
Rule 4.3 (emphasis added)
if the player having the move touches on the chessboard, with the intention of moving or capturing
I think it should be clear to any reasonable person that picking up a piece that was knocked down by a spectator does not imply intent to move.
Perhaps the arbiter went with an ...
I took the following data from the September 2013 Golden Database1 and "active" players are players with a USCF membership expiration date later than January 1, 20132. All ratings are regular ratings. Note that players have an established rating after completing 25 games.
USCF Active Players
1315.99 Mean Rating
There are actually three different distinctions in the USCF system that have to do with a 2200 rating.
First is the National Master title. It is awarded to anyone who has ever had an established (not provisional) rating of over 2200. Once a player is a National Master, they have the title for life no matter what happens to their rating. The NM title has no ...
When FIDE tournament rules apply: If you displace one or more pieces – knocking off the board, intentionally or unintentionally, is a displacement – you have to re-establish the correct position on your own time (Art. 7.4.1). While it is not specifically mentioned, I would say that you have to do this at once; if you wait, that could be regarded as an ...
According to the Laws of Chess:
7.4.1 If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall re-establish the correct position in his own time.
Of course, in this situation, it is not the player who displaced one or more pieces. I believe that another rule would therefore be in effect:
7.6 If, during a game it is found that any piece has been displaced ...
When did this happen? Because there is no reasonable interpretation of the current rules by which a TD should have upheld the touch-move claim.
I went back and looked at the 3rd Edition rulebook, and it doesn't say that a piece has to be "on the chessboard" to count for touch-move. So in 1987, a TD who was being a "strict constructionist" about the rules ...
Per FIDE rules 6.10a and 6.10b (I am including the latter since it is so closely related in that it can require the arbiter to adjust the times based on judgment):
6.10 a. Every indication given by the clocks is considered to be conclusive in the absence of any evident defect. A chess clock
with an evident defect shall be replaced. The ...
The FIDE rules say this:
7.5 If during a game it is found that an illegal move has been completed, the position immediately before the irregularity shall be
reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot
be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable
position prior to the irregularity. Articles 4.3 and ...
The USCF has two independent systems for naming players' levels:
1) Rating-based: Senior Master (2400+), National Master (2200-2399), Expert (2000-2199), Class A (1800-1999), Class B (1600-1799), etc. This describes your current rating; you can be Class A today and Class B next week. The one exception is that once your rating gets to 2200, you are a master ...
The correct decision here is to send the players back to finish their game. There's a very good rule of thumb that TD's use in situations like this - if the two players don't agree on the result of the game (there's no "meeting of the minds" between the players), they should go back to the board and continue the game.
It's up to the TD to set the clock ...
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 ...
A "real" rating is gained by joining the USCF and playing rated tournaments. You can get a rating from any USCF sanctioned tournament. They don't have to be all-weekend tournamants; I've played in several G30 tournaments that had 3 rounds in one evening. In addition, you and an opponent can play a rated match if a USCF tournament director approves it.
Is it OK per the rules to adjust your opponent's pieces?
The rules are clear:
4.2.1 Only the player having the move may adjust one or more pieces on their squares, provided that he first expresses his intention (for
example by saying “j’adoube” or “I adjust”).
4.2.2 Any other physical contact with a piece, except for clearly accidental ...
This was more of a problem with the earlier generation (early 2000's) of digital clocks. One of them had a fault which meant that if you gave it a bit of a smack then the battery might jiggle inside, momentarily interrupting the electricity supply and it would reset.
The post 2010 clocks don't have this problem, probably they just fitted a small capacitor ...
According to my copy of US Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess (5th Edition), rule 14B2 states:
If a player offers a draw while the opponent's clock is running, the
opponent may accept or reject the offer. A player who offers a draw
in this manner may be warned or penalized for annoying the opponent (20G).
Note that it says "may", not "must". ...
I suspect it's a result of you not really knowing the rating of the player you're playing. Posted rating for a player in a tournament is typically already out of date. You can see it in more detail by checking the actual rating report of the event you played in (http://www.uschess.org/datapage/event-search.php) and you can see what the real rating of the ...
You are close, but not quite right.
I just spoke with a friend of mine, who has been a tournament director for over 40 years, USCF Senior TD Henry L. Terrie III (Hal Terrie). He told me that when you post a USCF tournament, you need to specify the delay, or it is assumed to be 5 seconds.
So, while you cannot demand G/25 d5, you can demand G/30 d5 since it ...
EDIT: As I reconsider the question, I believe that adjournments played a role in the abandonment of this rule, as detailed in my comment below. I understand that this still is not an exact answer to the question and I suppose only the USCF committee would have the answer to that :)
Also, there is the problem of neither player invoking the fifty-move rule, ...
An updated rating distribution graph:
The data is from the Golden Database. It uses data from just current members with established (non provisional) ratings. Note that only "regular" ratings are shown, not Quick ratings or blitz ratings.
The overall shape of the graph, of course, is almost identical to the first one, with data from 2013.
You do not get moved out of your bracket. If you're a B-player in the Expert section, expect to finish at the bottom. I'm not even sure if you're allowed to 'play up' unless you play in the open section.
I don't know about USCF rules, but according to FIDE Laws of Chess, article 9.1.b.1:
A player wishing to offer a draw shall do so after having made a move on the chessboard and before pressing his clock. An offer at any other time during play is still valid but Article 11.5 must be considered.
Where article 11.5 is about distracting the opponent and ...
If the tournament advance publicity specifies G/30 with no delay, then that is the time control. There is nothing in the USCF rulebook that would give you or your opponent either grounds to request a different time control, nor discretion to agree to a different time control. Per USCF rule 5B1c and 5B2, the time control really should appear in the ...
Per Chris Bird, the USCF's "FIDE Events Manager", the USCF only pays for GM, IM, WGM, and WIM titles. FM(WFM) and CM(WCM) are the responsibility of the player. The USCF still applies on your behalf, but you pay the fee.
The fees are currently as follows:
Grandmaster/WGM: 330 Euro
International Master/WIM: 165 Euro
FIDE Master/WFM: 70 Euro
Is there any rule regarding having a lot of mistakes? Furthermore,
what if you deliberately make mistakes such as writing in a random
move every turn?
There is no obvious rule against this. The obvious place to start for FIDE is article 8.1.1:
Article 8: The recording of the moves
8.1.1 In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves ...
First of all, the vast majority of people are not cheating. If they were, 1200 would be a master rating, and it's not.
Second, in a USCF rated game, you're not anonymous. The games are connected to your real name and your USCF membership. There might be some people willing to cheat anonymously who would be less willing if it could be traced back to them ...
If I were a TD at this tournament, here is how I would rule in this situation after speaking with both opponents separately and getting their account of what happened (assuming what both said lines up with what's given in the question), and why I would rule that way:
Telling an opponent during a rated game that they should resign is at best rude, and at ...
There is no way to directly compare ratings from distinct populations.
However, it's not true that online chess and OTB populations are really distinct. There are players who have ratings in both OTB and online chess.
So, you can compare your rating this way: Find players in Chesscube who has also OTB ratings, select two of them, both have ratings close ...
As can be verified by looking at player information on http://uschess.org, RSUPP_YR and RSUPP_NUM are the year and month of the latest supplement with a rating for that player (which is in the R_LPB_RAT columns). If you looked up a sample player who has a P in R_PLR_TYP, it wouldn't be hard to confirm whether that means that the rating is provisional.
How much rating you lose or gain depend (besides your and your opponents rating) on the K-factor. If your opponent has a different K-factor than you do, the gain/loss of rating can be asymmetrical.
In the Fide Elo system the K-factor depends on rating and age. Apparently the USCF has a K-factor that is dependent on the number of games played overall and in ...
K-factor is used for each player individually. So, if one of them got 30 K-factor, his rating will change on the basis of that K-factor, while another player with 10 K-factor, for instance, will get rating on the basis of his own K-factor.
There are Chess Rating Calculators on FIDE's official website. You can have a look: FIDE Rating Change Calculators