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 provisional rating is Rp. I am playing in another FIDE-rated tournament next weekend and I seem to recall it may take as few as 9 games against FIDE-rated opponents to obtain an official (non provisional) rating, though I'm having a hard time authenticating this.

This is important to me as it's a 5-round tournament coming up and I want to know whether taking a bye may mean I have to play in yet another FIDE-rated tournament after this one to reach the plateau of 9, if that is indeed the correct figure.

Thanks in advance


According to this site the answer is 9.

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    Welcome to the site mschultz! Generally speaking, answers that just have links are discouraged, it would be great if you could summarize some of the key points here and expand on some of the more interesting details.
    – Andrew
    Dec 17 '12 at 20:52
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    In this case I think answering with a link was perfect
    – user76
    Dec 19 '12 at 3:42
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    The question asked for a number. The answer provides the number, as well as a reference. Jan 3 '17 at 2:39

I want to add two details. First, FIDE does not have provisional ratings. The "Rp" you see on that page is your performance rating for that tournament. It is based on the rating of your opponents and your score in the tournament.

Second, only games against FIDE rated players count. You've probably figure that out as only 3 of your games were rated while you were thinking of playing 4 or 5.

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    If you looked at my most recent tourney results you are correct: only 3 of my 5 opponents were FIDE rated; in my previous (first) FIDE-rated tourney all 4 were. So now I have 7 FIDE rated games and am just 2 away from an established FIDE rating!
    – user76
    Jan 8 '13 at 15:43

5 games against rated opponents played in a rated tournament.

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    Welcome to Chess SE! This might be the correct answer, but it would be nice to have an official reference confirming this. Could you please provide that?
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 1 '17 at 12:02
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    Reference can be article 7 in fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=172&view=article From july 2014 5 games are needed to get a rating.
    – sharcashmo
    Jan 2 '17 at 7:48

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