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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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Most effective way to achieve a 2000+ rating in one year, starting as a 1600?

I currently play at around a 1600 level, and have stagnated in terms of rating improvements for quite some time. I have always played chess recreationally, occasionally doing tactics puzzles here ...
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Are contemporary chess players now stronger than players in the 90's or 80's?

For example, take a Class A today and Class A from the 90's. Would the contemporary Class A be stronger because of the updates of opening theory or contemporary changes in chess play?
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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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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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Why is there a minimum rating gain when you win?

Fide has a rule saying that if one player is rated more than 400 points higher than his opponent, their difference should be set to 400 when calculating rating gain/loss. That means no matter how weak ...
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How do FIDE rated players perform on lichess?

I have been playing on lichess for a while and it strikes me how low ratings are compared to other rating systems. This is not to say that players are weaker, I have quite the opposite feeling, but ...
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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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What's the correlation between FIDE rating and online rating?

I'm wondering if there's any way to get an approximation of my FIDE rating by using one of my online ratings, say ICC or chess.com rating? If not, is there, at least, a correlation between how well ...
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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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What does ELO stand for?

What does the acronym ELO stand for in the context of chess, as in the ELO rating system?
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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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Elo loss for resign vs checkmate

Is there a difference in the amount of ELO a player loses from resigning versus being checkmated? If so - What is the difference in the calculation?
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What software can I use to self-assess my own Elo rating?

What software (preferably free) can I use to do a self assessment to determine my own Elo rating?
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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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What's the average Elo rating? What's the average USCF rating?

Not sure if there exists an average, but what could be considered an average rating range in these systems?
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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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Going from Expert to Master

What is the difference in mindset or technique that really makes the difference between an expert and a master? I am trying to decide whether or not to start playing again and try to make that leap.
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Free chess match database

I'm working on a rating/ranking algorithm and I'm finally at a point where I can test some hypothesis but in order to do so I need real data. To be honest almost any board game could be used for this ...
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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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Is it theoretically possible for Carlsen to reach Elo 3000?

Magnus Carlsen just reached a rating of 2889.2 today. Considering the way that Elo works, inflation and deflation and relative strength of Carlsen, I was wondering whether it is theoretically possible ...
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Glicko-2 Rating System: Bug or exploit?

I originally had this posted on StackOverflow as it could be a bug in the implementations, but some suggested I post to math. I just found this stackexchange, and I thought who better? Some of you may ...
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In the USA, if you achieve a USCF rating of 2200 and gain the National Master title, what happens if your rating then goes below 2200?

Is the "National Master" title awarded for your entire life? Or do you lose the title if your rating goes below 2200? I've heard that to get the title of National Master for your entire life you have ...
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The number of levels in chess

Consider a weak chess player who has just learned how the pieces move and who will lose to a Scholar's Mate. (We can say that he's male and call him "Mr. Newcomer".) Let's define Mr. Newcomer's level ...
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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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Why does FIDE still use Elo?

I've been impressed with the way the Glicko rating system works. In particular: more games played recently cause your rating to stabilize fewer games played recently cause your rating to fluctuate ...
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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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Is 80 points FIDE equivalent to twice as good a player?

I read somewhere that if you're around 80 points better than another player, statistically you should get around twice as many points against the same opposition. This impressed me because it's not ...
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Does elo rating have a limit?

The highest Elo rating to date is 2882, which belongs to Carlsen, while the last Elo rating of Kasparov is 2851. Could I have an Elo rating of 2950 or maybe 3000? Does the Elo rating have a limit?
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Does it make sense to use an online ELO-rating-test for a beginner as a monthly test tool in order to see my progress?

I'm almost a beginner in the chess world who at the moment only plays online and watch various chess lectures on youtube. I'm thinking about using http://www.elometer.net/ on a monthly basis in ...
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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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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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The Historical Comparison of Players

Arpad Elo described (chess life 1962) his ratings as "the measurement of the position of a cork bobbing up and down on the surface of agitated water with a yard stick tied to a rope and which ...
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How many FIDE-rated games must be played to obtain a *non* provisional rating?

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 ...
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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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Is FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov a good chess player? What's his Elo rating?

On this page it says he is not rated: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=34123811 I could only find one game featuring Ilyumzhinov, in which he played a 2300 Elo player and lost: http://www....
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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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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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How to automatically evaluate a player's performance in a game?

Suppose I have a completed game. I don't have Elo ratings of the players. My purpose is to evaluate a player's performance in the game based solely on his moves. Can this can be done automatically ...
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Probability of making a game-losing move as a function of Elo?

BlindKungFuMaster and I are having a debate (http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/34484/discussion-between-blindkungfumaster-and-jeff-y) and it got me wondering: Given any position that can be agreed ...
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Is there chess software to play against that rates your skill through actual games?

Is there chess software out there that will try and rate your play? I vaguely recall an old Chessmaster software that did something similar, though by having you play through puzzles. I was looking ...
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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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What would be the Elo rating of a computer which plays all optimal moves?

What would be the Elo rating of a computer which plays all optimal moves? By playing all optimal moves, I mean that it always wins if possible, or else draws if that is the best result possible.
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How to update Elo rating?

I'm building a chess app which will have a Elo rating system. Would it be more appropriate to update player's rating based on their rating at the beginning of the game, or their rating at the end of ...
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What is the Elo of a player who is half as good as another player?

You often hear players refer to others as half as good as me, while they have the same Elo. Is there a formula to measure this? It must take in account that being half as good as Carlsen, for example, ...
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Why has Carlsen's Elo not changed?

Just looking up Carlsen's Elo and it is still 2870. I know his next goal is to reach 2900. Did the 3 wins in the world chess championship simply not give him any rating points, or does FIDE take a ...
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At what point does this mental trick stop working?

Sometimes, I'll be in a position where my opponent is threathening to do something and I cannot stop it. So, in response, I play a move that looks pretty dangerous and clever, but which I in fact have ...
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Rating calculations for Anand-Carlsen world championship

I have some interesting questions that have to do with the rating changes and calculations for the Anand-Carlsen world championship. First, some preliminary information: Carlsen's live rating: 2870,...
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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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What type of tournament is needed to get a true chess rating?

I'm at the point I'd like to throw my hat in the ring and see what happens. What is the most basic and affordable tournament I should be looking at that still counts for a rating? Would that be FIDE? ...
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How can I get Elo ratings?

How do I get Elo rating done for myself officially? Do I contact a FIDE area representative? Many of the users of this site mention their Elo ratings, how did you get these?