A chess tournament is one where you play against other chess players based on something called a rating. The more games you win, the higher your rating becomes. The governing body for chess tournaments in the US is the US Chess Federation. There are a lot of principles relating to the psychology behind the operations of chess tournament that are rather numerous but will keep it brief:
In a strictly general sense, a tournament according to thefreedictionary.com is “A series of contests in which a number of contestantscompeteandtheonethatprevailsthroughthefinalround or thatfinisheswiththebestrecord is declaredthewinner”. Most chess tournaments now these days give cash prizes. An example would be at the 2018 US Open, the 1st place winner in the Class B section (as my rating online is 1780) would get a cash prize of $2,500. When I played chess tournaments many years ago, I would get a very nice trophy. Trophies are very common when chess tournaments are designed for elementary school-high school students and once you get into tournaments for adults, will cash be prevalent
An example of a chess tournament trophy. No copyright infringement is intended
The Big Question; Should You Participate?
Ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference. What do you want to gain out of playing in a chess tournament? If you are in it for the money, it is probably not a good idea as the prize money would barely cover your travel costs. Unless you were to compete in the highest levels of play where as a grand master(rating 2700 and above), you would get millions of dollars in prize money.
I suppose getting several hundred dollars in prize money is alluring but from a time based perspective, it isn’t worth my time. If you want to play in chess tournaments in order to strengthen your play as a chess enthusiast, then it would definitely be worth it to participate. Playing against many different chess players of varying strengths proves that chess is art when the types of positions reached from a simple starting position becomes limitless.
I hope you found this post to be inspiring, educational, and motivating and if you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to answer!
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I have been playing chess for over 16 years. For the last year or so, I decided to try something different. I noticed that when playing chess games online, I was winning a lot of games involving openings that one might not be accustomed to. I would analyze my games afterwards and notice how much more complex and beautiful they were compared to the “traditional openings” many grandmasters and tournament players would play.