Q: I would like to play chess in a club. What should I do?
A: There are chess clubs everywhere in Finland. New players are warmly welcome! For details, check up the list of the Finnish chess clubs: www.shakkiliitto.fi/shakkiliitto/jasenseurat
Q: How much does it cost to join a chess club?
A: It depends on the club. The average annual fee is about 30 euros.
Q: Do you organize activities for children and junior players?
A: There are youth activities at many clubs. For more information, see our School Chess website: www.koulushakki.fi/koulukerhot
Q: Where can I find the rules of chess?
A: The rules are available at the FIDE (The International Chess Federation) webpage: https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/E012018
Q: Are there any other kind of rules that are used in Finland?
A: The chess rules are universal. In blitz chess, however, we have here in Finland established rules which are to some extent different from the FIDE blitz chess rules. It should also be mentioned that due to the fact that chess is a sport Finland, the Finnish Chess Federation is committed to the FIDE anti-doping regulations: https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/B12
Q: How can I participate in a chess tournament?
A: The tournaments are mostly open to everyone. For invitations, see the tournament calendar of the year 2024.
Q: What does it cost to play in a tournament?
A: The average fee is about 20–35 euros and normally young players are charged half of that price.
Q: Should I have a player’s license to play in tournaments?
A: Normally, yes. For more information, see: www.shakkiliitto.fi/membership-fees-and-other-payments
Q: How do I know that my license is valid?
A: You can check it on the SELO list: www.shakki.net/cgi-bin/selo “L” in the last column indicates that the license is valid. You can purchase a licence at Suomisport. The license registration website is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Q: What is that “SELO list”?
A: The SELO list is the Finnish rating list that is calculated much in the same way as the ELO ratings by FIDE. For our SELO service with lots of information by player and by tournament, see: www.shakki.net/cgi-bin/selo
Q: Is it possible to buy chess pieces, chessboards and chess clocks from you?
A: Yes, it is possible to buy plastic chess pieces and boards from us. Please contact us: email@example.com
Q: I have heard about “Chess Arena”. Could you tell more about it?
A: Shakkiareena (Chess Arena) is located at Hiomotie 10 in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki. The arena hosts events every week, including tournaments, youth activities and lessons. For more information about chess events at the Shakkiareena, see the webpage of Helsinki Chess Federation: www.shakki.net/liitot/HSL