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A number that approximates a player's skill. The actual meaning of the number depends upon the issuing organization. FIDE ratings are used as the international standard for over-the-board chess.

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Estimating the "final" strength of a kid

The short answer is of course "You can't". There are too many variables (e.g. the amount of special training). Also, ratings are not reliable, if even existent (looking at the current kid ...
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I did not get Fide rating although I met all the requirements why?

I scored 0.5 in a FIDE tournament against 5 rated players and my performance rating was 1284. Why did I not get FIDE rating? Do I need to play another tournament in order to get a rating?
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How did you get over 2000 FIDE?

A little bit of background: I started playing chess when I was almost 20 years of age, my first FIDE tournament was when I was 25 and my first FIDE rating was in the low 1900's. At first, I thought, I ...
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What do the flags 'i', 'ie', 'in', 'n', 'w', 'wi', 'win', 'wn' mean in old FIDE rating lists?

I'm going through some old rating lists https://ratings.fide.com/download.phtml?period=2001-01-01 to be precise and came across these flags 'i', 'ie', 'in', 'n', 'w', 'wi', 'win', 'wn' I know that i = ...
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Skill degradation

I am 27 years old and have been playing chess since December 2020. I won a semi-rapid (25+5) tournament under 1500 FQE (chess federation in Quebec) 6 months ago. I took a break from November 2023 to ...
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Has anyone looked at the percent of brilliant, best, book, etc moves in chess.com by rating?

After a game, chess.com lists moves as "brilliant", "best" etc down to "blunder". I'm wondering about the % of each for random selections of players at different levels ...
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Describing skill level

I have a USCF rating of just over 1600 and in any given tournament that rating is usually just a bit short of the median rating of all players in the tournament. However, the USCF website shows me as ...
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How to calculate FIDE's Perfect Tournament Performance (PTP)?

How to calculate FIDE's PTP? The PTP is defined in https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/TieBreakRegulations042024 as: This is a whole number corresponding to the lowest rating that a participant should ...
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Difficulty of problems for different rating levels

For club players, it is pretty well-known that certain types of problems are harder than others. Of course, mate in 4 is usually harder than mate in 1, but I am talking more about things like the ...
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Which FIDE ratings correspond to the different Stockfish levels at 5+3?

Lichess has a Play With The Computer option on its main site, which offers Stockfish levels 1 through 8. What would their FIDE ELOs be with time control set to 5+3? (Some people on Lichess have FIDE ...
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USCF rating floor exploitation

If I understand the Elo system correctly, the outcome of a game produces a zero-sum change in ratings between the two players. But in the case of when the losing player is at his floor, new rating ...
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What Distinguishes Supergrandmasters from Grandmasters in Chess?

I have been following professional chess for a while and often come across terms like "grandmaster" and "super grandmaster." While I understand that both are titles indicating a ...
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Consequences of Missing a Single Game in a Rated Chess Tournament

I am participating in a rated chess tournament that spans multiple rounds, and I have a specific query regarding attendance. Suppose I have played the first 9 rounds of the tournament, but due to ...
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Can Winning a Game in a First Rated Tournament Result in a Lower Rating than Not Playing?

I'm curious about a specific scenario in chess rating systems, particularly for a player attending their first rated tournament. Is it possible that for an unrated player, winning a game in their ...
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Is There a Limit on the Number of Rated Tournaments a Chess Player Can Attend in a Month?

I'm an enthusiastic chess player looking to participate in more rated tournaments to improve my ranking and gain experience. However, I'm curious if there's any sort of limitation on the number of ...
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How to Correct Incorrect Birth Year in My FIDE Profile?

I recently discovered that my FIDE (International Chess Federation) profile lists an incorrect birth year. My actual rating from years ago was 1450, but the birth year on the site is wrong. Here's my ...
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Returning to Chess Tournaments: Does My Old FIDE Rating Still Apply?

Years ago, I was an active chess player with a rating of 1450. I plan to return to the scene by participating in an official tournament. My question is, will my previous rating be retained or reset ...
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Which federation would a cruise ship FIDE rated tournament be rated under?

I know bridge tournaments are a big thing on cruise ships. I think I've seen adverts for a chess tournament on a cruise ship several years ago but can't remember the details or find anything online. ...
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What would cause FIDE to refuse to rate a tournament which had been correctly registered for rating?

According to this statement from FIDE today: Today, on December 18, the mini-matches featuring GM Alireza Firouzja (Elo 2750) began in Chartres, France - his hometown. This seven-game tournament pits ...
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How does Chess.com calculate puzzle rating?

How does chess.com calculate puzzle rating? I am curious because today, I managed to gain rating while incorrectly solving a puzzle. Could someone help me out? (Also on puzzles that are already rated, ...
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Does Fide/Elo rating fade over time?

Let's imagine I am a super genius, and I get a ELO ranking of 3000. And then suddenly I stop playing chess, what happens to my rating then over time? Does it slowly decrease by NOT playing? This is ...
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For daily games, will the order of resignation affect the rating?

Say a player with a daily rating of 1500 is playing three daily games at chess.com. His opponents' ratings are 1300, 1500 and 1700 respectively. This player has losing positions in all three games but ...
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Rating decreased suddenly without reason, FIDE rating displayed wrongly in the website can anyone have such Problems

My son's rating opened when he played international match during August 2023. The rating was displayed in FIDE website on the last date of August, and it was 1156. Later on September he played another ...
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My FIDE Initial Rating Calculation Problem

I’m working on path to get my initial FIDE rating. I joined 8 local FIDE rated tournaments with result as follow. Rating = Result Rapid Ratings November 2022 1083 = 0 Rapid Ratings March 2023 1142 =...
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Question on FIDE Rating List Submission

I am playing in a tournament on the 19th-20th of this month and I have a question regarding FIDE rating change for the end of the month when the new list is published. I have done very well in some ...
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Why is Leela Chess Zero rated low on CCRL leaderboards?

Lc0 routinely makes it far in the Top Chess Engine Championship (TCEC). Latest, it defeated Komodo Dragon and nearly tied Stockfish: Yet, we see on CCRL 40/15, Lc0 is ranked #32, 159 ELO behind ...
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Wrong ELO calculation

My daughter is a chess player. My concern is about her FIDE rating calculation in the August 2023 rating list. My daughter is Huseynova Lala Fide İD 13431781. She played in 2 tournaments, the Paracin ...
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What is the exact difference between <1500 and >1500?

I just finished a video series on imbalances, and I was wondering, why doesn't anyone talk about this? I'm 1440 blitz on lichess and 1373 on chess.com(peak 1391). Based on the video I just watched ...
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What are FIDE really hoping to achieve by the proposed rating changes from January 2024?

FIDE have published a new article: FIDE seeks public discussion about proposed rating changes. They say: In the past decade, certain innovations have caused rating deflation, a concern that has been ...
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Fastest from a complete beginner to FIDE 2200?

There are pictures of Reshevsky playing simuls at a very young age -- I think there is some controversy over his exact age since the younger he was supposed to be, the more interesting. He also, even ...
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I can play the London system exclusively up to what rating?

There are many GMs who sometimes play the London system, but none of them play it exclusively. By "exclusively" I mean play it in over 99% of my games when I'm White, I mean adopting the ...
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What does FIDE rating 1800 entail?

I have a classical rating of around 2000 on Lichess. I’m aware that FIDE Classical time control is much longer than Lichess classical, so I just made it as some kind of reference point. I’m mainly ...
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How does a player's fide rating change calculated for previous month's rating even in the next month

This is a follow-up question to this asked some time back to which I didn't quite understand the given answer. I'll take an example A certain player had rating 2422 on Sep 2022 according to the chart ...
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How are FIDE rating changes calculated for a tournament across rating periods?

If I play a FIDE-rated tournament with games from the April 30th to May 2nd, will the ELO changes be calculated using my April rating, my May rating, or April in April and May in May?
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How many games would Magnus Carlsen need to win to get an ELO of 3000?

For the purposes of this question, assume that he wins every game. Go according to his current schedule. Assume the opponents keep their current rating. If you run out of schedule, assume the rating ...
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Who are the top 10 youngest players to reach a FIDE standard rating of 2200?

In age order of achieving the rating, who are the 10 youngest players to reach 2200 standard FIDE rating? Prag and Karjakin obviously feature, but who else?
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Can my K-factor change in the middle of the month?

So, at this point, I have played 25 FIDE-rated games, and I expect to have played the full 30 games by the end of the month. According to the FIDE handbook, this means my K-factor will be reduced from ...
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Two different "accuracies"...why?

Ok, I know it's probably not impressive to most, but I'm on my way to a 1000 rating on chess.com. I'm guessing it's because of different engine strengths or something. I recently played the following ...
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How does the average standard FIDE rating vary by age and sex?

In my answer to this question regarding requirements for female titles I quoted the mean and standard deviation for male and female ratings for standard chess in the then current FIDE rating list. ...
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Chesscom's new policy allows users to choose starting rating - Is this actually harmful to the rating system?

For simplicity, let's focus on just 1 time control. In chess.com: I've previously reached a peak rating of 1360 under a starting rating of 1200. Then I stopped playing chess on chess.com for awhile (e....
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Farming: Is it unethical to gain rating by playing against only weaker players?

I like to win games, and I like to gain rating. I want to do this as much as possible without breaking any of the explicit rules. So a fortiori no engines or external assistance and no creating ...
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Farming: Prevent reaching a certain rating without having beaten/drawn someone of that rating (up to a point of course)?

Context: In other online games like csgo and valorant, it's extremely unlikely to reach a certain rank without having beaten (or drawn with) someone of that rank. I guess this is largely because you ...
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Chesscom's new policy allows users to choose starting rating - Benefits?

For simplicity, let's focus on just 1 time control. In chess.com: I've previously reached a peak rating of 1360 under a starting rating of 1200. Then I stopped playing chess on chess.com for awhile (e....
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Why wouldn't Magnus Carlsen just farm rating points by playing weak tournaments to reach 2900 kinda like what Igors Rausis did? [duplicate]

Edit re close votes for opinion-based: I edited question from don't/didn't to wouldn't. So now it's hypothetical for any player who happens to to have a peak rating of 2800+. Voting this to be ...
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Could you raise your score arbitarily high by only playing against much weaker opponents?

Obviously the community would accept or acknowledge such a hack ... but mathematically would it work, or does the Elo system have something to prevent this? My impression is that, very roughly ...
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Is your actual Elo rank integer-based or decimal-based?

I'm sure that the published rankings are reported rounded to the nearest integer! But for the purposes of the calculation of the next rankings are the Elo ranks of GMs considered to actually be those ...
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Is it safe to read a chess book whose author's rating is 1319?

I was interested in starting to read David Rudel's book Zuke 'Em-The Colle Zukertort Revolutionized but I found that the author's rating is 1319. Should I avoid reading the book since his rating is ...
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Rated Correspondence Chess for a French Federation Member

As a member of the French chess federation, I am somewhat disheartened to see that the only way to play for an official rating is on ICCF. I do not wish to play on ICCF as I dislike the use of engines ...
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What are the + (plus) and - (minus) and ? (question mark) in Lichess near elo?

What does the +58 mean here? How does a player with higher elo get +58 for beating me with white?
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What is going on with FIDE's latest rapid and blitz ratings? Some players are more than 500 points higher in one month!

It's the last day of September and the provisional rating list for October has been released. There are some very strange ratings changes in that ratings list. Sri Lankan IM LMST De Silva played no ...
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