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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Bullet rating fluctuations

I play on chess.com and I noticed that at some times I am getting beaten by 1700 pretty easily but other times I can beat 1900 with almost no effort. I broke my record and passed 2000 in bullet ...
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Ranking systems that take into account the size of the victory

I run competitions, not in chess, but my question relates to chess Ranking systems, and will give an example of the issue I face. Game 1: Alice scores 5, Bob 4, Chris 3. I use the glicko-2 and elo ...
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FIDE rating: how games are rated if a new list is published while playing a tournament

does anybody knows how games are rated (FIDE rating) when a new list is published while playing a tournament? Let's say I'm playing a tournament starting at April and ending at June. Starting ratings ...
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Is there a way to get FIDE ID without playing in FIDE rated events?

Is there a way to obtain FIDE id also known as FID without actually participating in FIDE rated events? I don't mean obtaining FIDE rating, just the id. The reason why I am asking is simple: this ...
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What is the lowest possible rating you can achieve (if any)?

This question comes from a lack of understanding of how ratings work. What is the lowest rating you can get ( or does it never stop decreasing )?
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How to become a rated player?

Can someone explain to me what are the procedures involvd in getting a chess rating? If different countries have different procedures then how one can get an international chess rating in India?
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How to calculate initial Elo rating?

I completed my first FIDE rated tournament with 0.5/3 points against Elo rated players. This weekend I'm going to another tournament, where I'll probably meet other 2 Elo rated opponents, completing ...
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Top chess books and online software that would help me increase my rating

My current rating is 1200 and I had stopped chess for some time due to school exam pressure. What steps should I take to increase my rating? I do tactics from chess.com everyday. Please suggest some ...
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Convert between different rating systems

Is there a table somewhere that shows how to convert between all the various rating systems? US Chess seems to indicate that ratings would be converted from others to play in their tournaments.
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Lichess vs chess.com blitz ratings [duplicate]

On chess.com I have a blitz rating that hovers around 1000, but on lichess my tournament blitz rating is around 1500 and I can go toe-to-toe with 1600 players. Are they using the same rating systems? ...
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Average ELO of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016?

Wondering what the average ELO of Average ELO of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016 is? And if it falls to any Rating category that Elite tournaments usually have.
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Is playing stronger oppenents useful as a beginner?

I have signed up to a chess websites and there are very few people who are as bad as I am (rating around 800), so I have to resort to playing against people who are much better (1200+) and end up ...
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Probability of making a game-losing move as a function of Elo?

BlindKungFuMaster and I are having a debate (http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/34484/discussion-between-blindkungfumaster-and-jeff-y) and it got me wondering: Given any position that can be agreed ...
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How can I know my rating in chess

I play chess sometimes. I don't know any chess strategy. I just know the direction of each piece. How can I know my rating?
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Fide Rating result

In JUly, 2015 I got 1.5 points against rated player and faced 6 players and again in January, 2016 I faced three more fide rated players . Totally, I faced 9 fide rated players, Shall I eligible for ...
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What's the chess website with the most correct online rating

I recently switched from Chess.com to Lichess.org because I enjoy live chess more and kinda seems that you can find more live chess on lichess, kinda feels like chess.com keeps you waiting for who ...
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How does Chesscube.com rating compare to USCF and FIDE ratings?

My Chesscube is 1800. I would like to have the strength of 2100 or 1900 USCF and FIDE. What Chesscube rating do I need?
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How are the “Classes” - A, B, or C, players defined?

On this website, the following ratings are given: 1200-1399 = 'D' player - usually a beginner 1400-1599 = 'C' player - average club or tournament player, most people can achieve this level if ...
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Are contemporary chess players now stronger than players in the 90's or 80's?

For example, take a Class A today and Class A from the 90's. Would the contemporary Class A be stronger because of the updates of opening theory or contemporary changes in chess play?
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Is any rating information available for human/computer hybrid players?

So we know that the right computer can beat the best human. And computer players are rated as well as human players. Is there any rating information available for hybrid players? (Humans moving ...
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Rating based off play level?

Is there a program that can tell your rating based off how well you play in the game? (NOT based on result). Thanks.
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Would the Elo rating system remain useful if different tournament formats were used?

More or less what is asked in the title. I am familiar with how the system itself works, but I am wondering if there would be any issues if most chess tournaments didn't follow the Swiss format and to ...
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The strength of blind chess players

Before I begin, I'm not asking about people playing "Blindfold chess", but those who are actually blind. Reading through the FIDE rules of chess like any good player should, I've previously noticed ...
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Why does it seem that one drops more rating points when losing than gaining when winning?

It seems that when one loses a game against a compatibly rated opponent, the (USCF) rating point decrease is more significant than when one scores a win. For example, between two 'C' players, losing ...
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In online correspondence chess, are the ratings adjustments based on the pre- or post-game ratings?

When playing rated online correspondence chess, it's quite possible that the players' ratings change during the game. When the game is over, which rating will be used for rating adjustments? The ...
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Determine ELO strength without playing in FIDE tournaments

I don't play club chess or tournaments, how can I determine my ELO strength? I often play on chess.com how well does it compare to the FIDE system? (I am aware that one cannot account for people ...
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Starting Elo in FIDE system for new chess game

I'm developing a chess game and for the Elo system I want to know recommendations for the starting Elo level for the users.
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Why was a rating system instituted?

I personally find there are more negatives than positives in playing rated games and in fact have stopped playing them for that reason. I feel they detract from the enjoyment of the game, making the ...
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Does elo rating have a limit?

The highest Elo rating to date is 2882, which belongs to Carlsen, while the last Elo rating of Kasparov is 2851. Could I have an Elo rating of 2950 or maybe 3000? Does the Elo rating have a limit?
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Why FIDE id changes sometimes?

I noticed that FIDE ID (unique ID used on FIDE rating lists) changes for some players. E.g. Igor Khenkin had 3 different IDs (4659600, 4135814 and 2802350). Sometimes (like for Khenkin) ID changes ...
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Rating rise: luck or actual increase in playing strength?

The FIDE rating of very active chess players can vary a lot: rating fluctuations of 50 rating points are not unusual. Is there a way to distinguish whether a rating rise/drop can be explained by ...
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Expert vs. Candidate Master?

What is the difference? I mildly understand that Candidate Master is a 2000-2100 FIDE Title, but I've seen several USCF players with that under their "Norms" section, in conjunction with 1st ...
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Could you estimate Napoleon's (or other historic persons) Elo on the base of his known games?

I wonder if there is a possibility to calculate/estimate the Elo rating Napoleon would have today by analysing his known games? Is it possible at all to calculate an Elo rating only with some ...
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What does “half-K” mean in the USCF tournament rating system?

The USCF rating system as described by Professor Glickman includes a factor called K: If m < 3, or if the player competes against any opponent more than twice, the "standard" rating formula ...
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What would approximately be the ICCF rating of a GM with no external help and of a computer with no human judgment?

I need some players who play at the ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) to answer this question. What would approximately be the ICCF Elo rating of the two following players? ...
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Can i be a great player rated 2100+ in 2 years if i train 15 hrs daily

Hello I am 15 yrs old and my FIDE rating is 1674. I am playing chess since 1 and half year. And if I train something like 15 hrs a day and almost play 20 tournaments then can I take my rating 2100+ in ...
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Clarification on changed rules of getting rating from FIDE

As of July 2014 FIDE states 7.14c The condition of a minimum of 5 games need not be met in one tournament. Results from other tournaments played within consecutive rating periods totalling not more ...
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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 ...