A number that approximates a player's skill. The actual meaning of the number depends upon the issuing organization. Common issuers include the USCF and FIDE.

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Starting elo rating at chess.com

I am confused about the starting elo rating of new members at chess.com. Most of them start at 1200 but some of them have 800, 1000, 1400, 1600 or even 1800. How is it decided what is the initial ...
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Elo rating of the best player from the 19th century, if he played today?

Take the best player from the 19th century, at his prime, and imagine he started playing tournaments today. He can't learn new stuff. What Elo would he achieve?
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What is approximately the Elo rating of an engine which selects its moves randomly? [duplicate]

An engine which, in a given position, finds all the possible legal moves, and then selects one of them randomly (each move has the same probability of being chosen) and plays it on the board. Its ...
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Expected score in my first FIDE tournement

Going to play my first internatioval tournament next week. As this is my first I do not have a FIDE ELO (I have national rating however). How will my games be rated and how is my expected score for ...
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Million dollar Question for me!

I am from India,passionate about chess.What is the actual procedure to become a professional player.Recently my parents are planning to send me to USA for graduation,If that happens will I able to ...
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Chess Heroz (Android)

As far as chess training applications go the Chess Heroz application is excellent. My question though is can anyone explain the mathematics behind the ratings system? I am new to chess ratings and ...
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Worrying inconsistency in playing strength

I recently found time to make a study plan and improve my playing strength. Using this plan, I was able to achieve a 1900 average rating on online chess sites. Since a couple of days, I have in a ...
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Illegal swiss pairings?

There is a series of USCF scholastic tournaments run by a certain group of schools that accepts outside players as well. I've suspected for some time that they intentionally manipulate their swiss ...
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How do FIDE rated players perform on lichess?

I have been playing on lichess for a while and it strikes me how low ratings are compared to other rating systems. This is not to say that players are weaker, I have quite the opposite feeling, but ...
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How does the chess24 rating compare to other server ratings?

My question is how the chess24 blitz-rating compares to the rating of other servers, like ICC or the chessbase server. And whether the chess24-rating inflated over the last few month. The reason for ...
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Does memorizing chess games improve chess ability?

It is common for strong chess players to have chess games in memory. Is this because it helps to memorize chess games?
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Why the ratings used for different time controls are different?

The FIDE assigns a player not one but three different ratings: For classical games featuring long time controls, that is, 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 ...
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What is the Elo rating of a chess computer that can only look 1, 2, 3, … moves ahead

Has anyone calculated the average Elo rating of a chess computer as a function of the number of half moves or plys ahead it can look. I realise that the Elo is also a function of the choice of move ...
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What is the Elo of a player who is half as good as another player?

You often hear players refer to others as half as good as me, while they have the same Elo. Is there a formula to measure this? It must take in account that being half as good as Carlsen, for example, ...
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How to update Elo rating?

I'm building a chess app which will have a Elo rating system. Would it be more appropriate to update player's rating based on their rating at the beginning of the game, or their rating at the end of ...
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Chess engine with an ELO of less than 1800

I am looking for an UCI compatible engine with an ELO of less than 1800. Not a version of Houdini or Stockfish with an ELO of 1800. I want a engine with a real ELO rating of 1800 or less. If you can ...
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Is FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov a good chess player? What's his Elo rating?

On this page it says he is not rated: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=34123811 I could only find one game featuring Ilyumzhinov, in which he played a 2300 Elo player and lost: ...
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how large can a rating difference become before either player realizes it's not worth engaging in a game?

I think the relationship changes as rankings increase (i.e., players with ratings lower than 1000 might be able to play all other players in that range and still enjoy themselves, but if a sub-1000 ...
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In the USA, if you achieve a USCF rating of 2200 and gain the National Master title, what happens if your rating then goes below 2200?

Is the "National Master" title awarded for your entire life? Or do you lose the title if your rating goes below 2200? I've heard that to get the title of National Master for your entire life you have ...
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For long OTB games, what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is below X FIDE Elo?

I am looking for statistics on the FIDE Elo of chess players. I would like to know what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is: Below 1000 Elo Below 800 Elo Below 600 Elo Below 400 ...
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How to get a license to have an Elo rating in USA

Which link should I follow to get a license in order to have an Elo rating in the USA?
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Is it possible to improve the Elo rating system like this?

Since all chess player’s ratings are between 800 and 2900, why don’t we make a new rating defined like this: New rating = (Old rating – 800) / 2.2 So that all chess player’s ratings would be between ...
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Is it theoretically possible for Carlsen to reach Elo 3000?

Magnus Carlsen just reached a rating of 2889.2 today. Considering the way that Elo works, inflation and deflation and relative strength of Carlsen, I was wondering whether it is theoretically possible ...
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What would be the Elo rating of a computer which plays all optimal moves?

What would be the Elo rating of a computer which plays all optimal moves? By playing all optimal moves, I mean that it always wins if possible, or else draws if that is the best result possible.
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Rate the difficulty of this computer?

I've just been playing for fun online a little bit, and was wondering how hard the computer I've been playing against is. NOTE: This was made for a javascript competition, and doesn't include ...
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How well does Elo rating estimate a player's strength?

Edit (3 March 2014): Proposal: strength is the real and rating is the model that estimates it. Question: How well does Elo rating estimate a player's strength? Bonus question: What happens if you ...
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Elo points after game completion

When playing an opponent and winning, are the points taken from the opponent's Elo at the beginning of the game or end of the game? For example, I may play someone who begins at 1900 and is at 1600 ...
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Conversion of Shredder elo rating to FIDE elo rating?

Can anyone provide a simple formula to convert the elo rating provided by the chess program Shredder to actual FIDE rating. I am only looking for an approximate formula, maybe something like: ...
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Can you estimate a player's Elo rating using tests?

So I wonder if there are specific positional/tactical tests for every rating range, so that in the end the general rating of a player can be decided prior to competition.
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FICS rating vs FIDE Elo

I know that is hard to establish an exact equivalent, but I was wondering what is the factor P in this equation: FICS_BLITZ_ELO * P = FIDE_ELO following personal experience. I mean, if you use to play ...
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How can I find the gained points per game?

In another post it was written that for games played during the 2013 World Championship match, Carlsen gained 3.7 points if he wins, Anand gained 6.3 points if he wins, and that in a draw Carlsen lost ...
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Chess Hustlers in the Park/Street: Where do they place in terms of skill?

Assuming the species still exists, has anyone researched this enough to provide insight into their approximate rating class/skill level (exclusively at blitz time controls)? How do they typically get ...
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Why has Carlsen's Elo not changed?

Just looking up Carlsen's Elo and it is still 2870. I know his next goal is to reach 2900. Did the 3 wins in the world chess championship simply not give him any rating points, or does FIDE take a ...
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How to automatically evaluate a player's performance in a game?

Suppose I have a completed game. I don't have Elo ratings of the players. My purpose is to evaluate a player's performance in the game based solely on his moves. Can this can be done automatically ...
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What are some good tactical opening moves?

I have been playing chess for about an year now. But, I am unable to get past 1300 USCF rating. There are three phases in a chess game: opening phase, middle-game phase and end-game phase. When I get ...
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How to check Elo?

I am an amateur player and from time to time I like to play chess. Is it good to start playing against a computer and try to find an Elo setting where the amount of wins and losses I score is roughly ...
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Rating calculations for Anand-Carlsen world championship

I have some interesting questions that have to do with the rating changes and calculations for the Anand-Carlsen world championship. First, some preliminary information: Carlsen's live rating: ...
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Comparing ELO ratings between different countries

I've noticed (empirically) that American players tend to be weaker than Israeli players with comparable non-international ratings. Is there a tool for converting one country's Elo rating to that of ...
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How long to get a 200 rating point increase from serious chess study alone according to this academic paper?

In the academic journal article "The Role of Deliberate Practice in Chess Expertise" from APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Appl. Cognit. Psychol. 19: 151– 165 (2005) At the top of page 162, the authors ...
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Most effective way to achieve a 2000+ rating in one year, starting as a 1600?

I currently play at around a 1600 level, and have stagnated in terms of rating improvements for quite some time. I have always played chess recreationally, occasionally doing tactics puzzles here ...
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Deciding on an n-variable for an Elo rating system

I have recently been looking into the mathematics behind the Elo rating system and its application to areas other than chess. I can understand almost all of it but I'm having a problem finding out the ...
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What's the average Elo rating? What's the average USCF rating?

Not sure if there exists an average, but what could be considered an average rating range in these systems?
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Are there any (free) programs that utilize Chessmetrics or Glicko-2?

I'm looking for a program that is capable of keeping track of player ratings while taking in the game data, and hopefully outputting rankings based upon those ratings in some form. I've found ...
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The number of levels in chess

Consider a weak chess player who has just learned how the pieces move and who will lose to a Scholar's Mate. (We can say that he's male and call him "Mr. Newcomer".) Let's define Mr. Newcomer's level ...
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What type of tournament is needed to get a true chess rating?

I'm at the point I'd like to throw my hat in the ring and see what happens. What is the most basic and affordable tournament I should be looking at that still counts for a rating? Would that be FIDE? ...
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Are the best engines better than the best humans?

I think the title asks it all. Under match conditions, would the best chess engines routinely beat the best grandmasters? If you say yes, have there been enough matches played under tournament ...
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Going from Expert to Master

What is the difference in mindset or technique that really makes the difference between an expert and a master? I am trying to decide whether or not to start playing again and try to make that leap.
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How many FIDE-rated games must be played to obtain a *non* provisional rating?

I have a provisional FIDE rating of 1980 based on my score of 1 (two draws) out of 4 at a FIDE-rated tournament earlier this year; see: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=2059100 where ...
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Has there been much research on rating inflation?

Magnus Carlsen's draw in yesterday's round of the 2012 London Chess Classic assured that his rating in the next published FIDE rating list will surpass Kasparov's previous record of 2851. I've ...
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Free chess match database

I'm working on a rating/ranking algorithm and I'm finally at a point where I can test some hypothesis but in order to do so I need real data. To be honest almost any board game could be used for this ...