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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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Does my online chess rating reflect my ELO rating?

I play a fair amount of chess online, on a chess site that updates my chess rating based on my performance using, I believe, the ELO system. I do not play in rated, "real" tournaments that often, and ...
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How strong is each level of Atari 2600's Video Chess?

I used to play Video Chess on Atari with my dad when I was a kid. What is the approximate FIDE rating of each level?
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How much worse do GMs play in their blitz and bullet games?

How much of a skill drop is there when a GM plays a blitz game or a bullet game versus rapid and classical? What I mean is, imagine if Carlsen was given 1 minute to play in, and he played against ...
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How are online tactic exercises ratings calculated?

There are several sites that give you a tactics rating changing while you solve or fail the exercises. How do they calculate the problems rating? Do they use engines to calculate the difficulty or ...
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Equation for Handicap

Are there any sort of equations for how much of a handicap one should receive to make a game between two players with differing Elo ratings as balanced as possible? There might be a time equation to ...
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Elo rating and fide rating

I am an amatuer chess player and I want to know the difference between Elo rating and FIDE rating (for example, a 2500 Elo rating is needed for GM title).
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Advice for breaking Lichess's 2000 rating mark

Although I have known the rules of chess since I was little, I only actually started playing it in May or June 2019, so about 6 or 7 months ago. When I started I had a Lichess classical rating of ...
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Can you objectively determine who was the best chess player of all time?

There have been a number of statistical attempts (e.g., chessmetrics and edo) or computerized attempts to determine who was the best chess player of all time. The statistical approaches attempt to ...
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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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Are USCF regular ratings more accurate than quick or blitz ratings in regards to quick or blitz games?

I recently went to a USCF tournament. Although it was quick/blitz rated, regular ratings were used for the purposes of pairings and prizes. This led me to wonder: are regular ratings actually better ...
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What are some good tactical opening moves?

I have been playing chess for about an year now. But, I am unable to get past 1300 USCF rating. There are three phases in a chess game: opening phase, middle-game phase and end-game phase. When I get ...
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Difficulty of attaining USCF rating in different states.

USCF is the chess federation for all of the United States. My question is if there is difference in a rating given in one state and another. For example, is a 1900 rated player in California on ...
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Why are USCF quick ratings lower than USCF regular ratings?

I noticed that my USCF quick rating is lower than my USCF regular rating. At first I thought maybe it was because I was relatively weaker at faster time controls, but it seemed like the difference ...
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How long does it take for Elo rating to reflect changes in player's strength?

Suppose a player with ELO rating X has improved (for simplicity, without playing in tournaments) and she is now actually playing at the level X+N. How many games will it typically take for her rating ...
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Is there any software or web service for club-level Elo ratings?

Is there any software (or web-based service) that allows you to keep track of local, club-level Elo ratings? These ratings would not have any connection with official Elo ratings, it would be just ...
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Chess Hustlers in the Park/Street: Where do they place in terms of skill?

Assuming the species still exists, has anyone researched this enough to provide insight into their approximate rating class/skill level (exclusively at blitz time controls)? How do they typically get ...
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How was the FIDE rating system introduced?

I am looking for a historical summary on how the first Elo ratings came about. Apparently in the first official rating list from 1971 there are already ratings in the range of 2200 to 2760. What are ...
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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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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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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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Why have engines not increased top rated chess players' Elo?

The arrival of strong chess engines as Stockfish, Houdini or Rybka allow top players to deeply prepare lines in openings or to study better endgames. I would expect a rating increase of top players. ...
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Team Tournament Rating Strategy

In high school I played on a chess team, but that was fairly straightforward because there were no rating restrictions for teams. Every team just grabbed the 5 strongest players and then ordered them ...
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Are the best engines better than the best humans?

I think the title asks it all. Under match conditions, would the best chess engines routinely beat the best grandmasters? If you say yes, have there been enough matches played under tournament ...
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Creating program for finding top players with respect to elo and age

I want to create a program for personal use but also maybe for publishing it on the web, in order to detect the top players with respect to elo and age. There will be two cases: A) In this case, ...
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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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How has the frequency of FIDE rating lists changed over the years?

Today FIDE publishes a new rating list once a month. When FIDE first started publishing official lists in 1971 they came out once a year. How has the frequency changed over the years? When did the ...
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Are engine ratings directly comparable to human-level play?

Yesterday, I play a game against Stockfish 7, and it has 2200 rating points. I drew 2 games, and lost 1. The point is that if I play against a human-rated 2200 player, I would probably have a ...
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What is the process for becoming a FIDE rated chess player?

I am new to chess. I read about FIDE so my question is: How can I can play in a FIDE tournament or become a FIDE-rated player? Is there any online process for that, or something else? Right now I ...
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Can I become a 2100+ rated player in 2 years if I train for 15 hours a day?

I’m 15 years old, and my FIDE rating is 1674. I’ve been playing chess since I was one and half years old. If I train, say, something like 15 hours a day and play in 20 tournaments, is it possbile for ...
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How to get to 2000 ELO rating

I'm a 1800 chess player. I know pretty much all the basics in every fields of the game. I know the main lines of openings, I know tactics, I know end game. Average in all of it (=1800 player). I ...
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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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FIDE rating in blitz

I played in a blitz tournament. It was an official FIDE tournament, so ratings should be calculated. I wasn't rated before that tournament. It was played over 11 rounds with a rematch so you could ...
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Why does the FIDE ID change 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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How large can a rating difference become before either player realizes it's not worth engaging in a game?

I think the relationship changes as rankings increase. For example, players with ratings lower than 1000 might be able to play all other players in that range and still enjoy themselves, but if a sub-...
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Database of chess results

I'm looking for a database or a collection of the chess results of all FIDE-rated games (standard time control). The data I'm interested in is: the white player, the black player, the result and the ...
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How do age and initial rating correlate to decline in playing strength with age?

The current Rausis phone cheating scandal saw a player with an initial rating of about 2500 in his 50's improve by about 200 rating points in 6 years. This improvement was remarkable because older ...
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Unknown old FIDE players

I am interested in the History of chess and looking at old FIDE ranking lists I am a bit puzzled by the lack of information about some very good players. For instance, in the list of July 1972: ...
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What are some examples of wins by a much weaker player?

I'd like to study examples where a much weaker player succeeded against an IM or GM.
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What are the records for highest 1 year span performance rating?

I've heard that Bobby Fischer had a 2892 performance in 1971. If this is true, it's probably the highest performance, but I don't know if this is true. Does anyone have any information about this?
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Why did I get only 5 points even though I won?

I'm learning chess and I practice in the chess.com app. I don't understand how the winning points are calculated in every match.
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Weighted adjustment for relative Elo

I was looking at my biggest upsets the other day and realized that the result was unsatisfying. Most of them were 500-600 point upsets when I was still really low rated (i.e. 800 beating a 1300), ...
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Should FIDE introduce a minimum rating for arbiters?

As it stands right now, FIDE does not have any minimum Elo rating requirement for arbiters. In fact, there's no test to check whether one can play chess or not before being awarded a FIDE arbiter-...
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I played my first (rapid) tournament recently and I wanted to calculate my ELO

According to FIDE regulations I should calculate the average of my opponents and just plug it here: https://ratings.fide.com/calculator_rp.phtml. I scored 5/9 but a couple of players didn't have ...
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Calculation of national rating

In order to calculate effect on national rating, should it be enough to choose the relevant k coefficient (assuming this is what makes for the discrepancy between national rating and FIDE rating) and ...
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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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Based on Elo rating, what percentile am I in?

How do Elo ratings compare with percentiles, and is there a chart breaking percentiles down by Elo rating ranges?
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How many chess players are over 2500 Elo?

They say that there are currently about 1500 grandmasters. I was wondering how many chess players currently have "grandmaster strength".
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How do you calculate error bars on elo rating? [closed]

In season 14 of TCEC, Stockfish defeated Leela 50.5-49.5 in a 100-game match (the closest possible winning margin). Using an elo calculator such as this one, we can see that the elo difference between ...
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Has there been much research on rating inflation?

Magnus Carlsen's draw in yesterday's round of the 2012 London Chess Classic assured that his rating in the next published FIDE rating list will surpass Kasparov's previous record of 2851. I've seen/...
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Could playing in chess tournaments make you really good at chess?

This is essentially the same as my question https://psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/23207/could-being-given-unlimited-tries-to-correctly-answer-an-open-ended-question-be except that it's ...