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  • Swiss system in chess

    Jul 21, 2017

    The Swiss system has been used for a long time in chess and it is widespread in tournaments with more players (such as the Chess Olympics). It was first used in 1895 at the chess tournament in Switzerland, which is how it earned its name. It is a system of pairing opponents during the tournament with a clear goal - to get together opponents with the same number of points in each round, so the matches are balanced (theoretically).

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  • Chess Tie breaks – helpful decisive criteria

    Jul 20, 2017

    Chess tournaments are played according to different tournament systems. However, almost in every system happens, that some of the players have the same amount of points at the end of the tournament. In the past, the players were placed on shared places or they played an additional game to decide their ranking. A majority of chess tournaments played today have some additional criteria to decide the final ranking of players. Tie breaks are not unified – there is a whole range of them and every single tournament has clearly stated what happens if there is an equality of points among players. The most common system is that one criterion is used to evaluate the players. If the value is the same for both players, the another criterion is used, etc. Sometimes, an additional game between players is required to determine the final ranking.

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  • The 5 best chess players of all time

    Jul 20, 2017

    The selection of the best chess players of all time is not entirely objective and it is not possible to compare players from different eras. For example, in football, there are still some controversies about whether Pelé, Maradona, Zidane or Messi was a better player. We have chosen 5 chess players who were (or are) dominant, original and incredibly powerful in chess.

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  • Organization of the chess tournament

    Jul 15, 2017

    The game of chess is quite undemanding. Organizing a chess tournament does not have to be too hard. The difficulty of organization depends on the type of tournament, the number of players, the size of tournament, etc. Organizing the chess Olymipcs is of course a very challenging task for a professional team of organizers. On the other hand, organizing a smaller chess tournament for players with ELO rating above 1800 points is not that hard. This article tries to pinpoint things, which are important for tournament organization and preparation.

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  • Curiosities in chess

    Jul 15, 2017

    The game of chess can be funny, sad, serious and joyful. There are stories told between chess players about how to score a draw from obviously lost the game. This situation happened several times in the history of chess. An older man with the white chess pieces is losing and he is in clear disadvantage; the clock is ticking. He seems to be asleep, but he actually died. What will happen in the chess game? The opponent of course offers a draw. It is a bit of a black humor, however, let´s see other chess curiosities and interesting things not only from the chess history.

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  • Most famous chess tournaments

    Jul 14, 2017

    Chess tournaments are played around the world. For example, the first official tournament took place in London in 1851, other major tournaments are played in Baden Baden, in Paris or New York. We will introduce you to other famous tournaments that formed and still form a chess history.

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