How do Elo ratings compare with percentiles, and is there a chart breaking percentiles down by Elo rating ranges?


Dated 2004, but probably not far off: USCF Regular Rating Distribution Chart:

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The graphics on this blog post were interesting:

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    Second link appears to have no content
    – Michael
    Sep 30 '14 at 4:11
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    Both links are dead, please remove.
    – Danijel
    Jun 7 '17 at 7:04
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    ... and this is the perfect example of why link-only answers are highly discouraged.
    – walen
    May 29 '19 at 13:41

If you have FIDE Elo, you can calculate your percentile as follows:

  1. Locate your FIDE Card at http://ratings.fide.com/
  2. Look at your card your position in the word, your continent or your country.
  3. Look up the FIDE Card of the player you consider their play deserves your appreciation of percentile 0%.
  4. With the positions obtained with both look ups, you can find your percentile in the world, your continent or your country on the basis of FIDE Elo by simply dividing the numbers in their category and multiplying them by 100.
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    May I add that 0% should probably be any player with rating of 1000 or a bit higher. I found a player with 1010 points ranked around 150.000.
    – Danijel
    Sep 21 '16 at 14:26
  • This is the best answer to the question because despite not having beautiful graphs, it talks about real ELO, not that American thing they invented to feel well about themselves
    – David
    May 29 '19 at 21:16
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    @David: Arpad Elo invented his rating system for the USCF, which started using it 10 years before FIDE: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system
    – GreenMatt
    Jun 10 '19 at 20:23
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    @David: Presumably you're trying to say that FIDE improved upon Elo. The fact is that USCF created ELO and was using it before FIDE; while your first comment above implies that USCF created its ELO rating system after FIDE created theirs.
    – GreenMatt
    Jun 10 '19 at 22:09
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    @David: Since you choose to continue: It seemed weird to me that someone would say that USCF created their rating system AFTER FIDE, when the fact is that FIDE copied the USCF rating system. Even more, your continued, arrogant dismissal of US Chess is offensive.
    – GreenMatt
    Jun 11 '19 at 13:11

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