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 they work at it
- 1600-1799 = 'B' player - consistently above average
- 1800-1999 = 'A' player - strong club player, takes the game far too seriously!, has lots of opening knowledge
- 2000-2199 = 'Expert' - extremely strong, consistent player with the possibility of achieving Master rating, may have real talent.
- 2200-2399 = 'Master' - strongest amateur rank, hasn't quite got the hang of things yet but maybe on day he/she will wake up.
International professional players have two ranks:
- 2400-2499 = 'International Master' - weakest professional rank; strong, experienced international player, eats Masters for breakfast
- 2500+ = 'Grandmaster' - eats IMs for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a star in the firmament of Caissa, a chess genius who thinks nothing of playing 20 and 30 board simuls against Experts and Masters and is disappointed if he/she doesn't win every game, capable of playing 10-20 blindfold games at the same time, and winning, etc. etc, in short, an all around bricks and mortar, brass bound b*st*rd of a player, but they do lose on occasion, sometimes to players with a much lower rating and computers are better than that these days.
Note that these ratings are for "USCF". When I see these kinds of "levels" of player on this site, is this the common and correct definition of what they refer too? If not, what is the correct definition?