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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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How can I know my rating in chess

I play chess sometimes. I don't know any chess strategy. I just know the direction of each piece. How can I know my rating?
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Fide Rating result

In JUly, 2015 I got 1.5 points against rated player and faced 6 players and again in January, 2016 I faced three more fide rated players . Totally, I faced 9 fide rated players, Shall I eligible for ...
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Which chess website with the most correct online rating?

I recently switched from chess.com to lichess.org. This was because I enjoy live chess more and it seems like can find more live chess on Lichess while it chess.com keeps you waiting. Chess.com ...
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How does Chesscube.com rating compare to USCF and FIDE ratings?

My Chesscube is 1800. I would like to have the strength of 2100 or 1900 USCF and FIDE. What Chesscube rating do I need?
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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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Are contemporary chess players now stronger than players in the 90's or 80's?

For example, take a Class A (a player with a USCF rating of between 1800 and 1999 inclusive) today and Class A from the 90's. Would the contemporary Class A be stronger because of the updates of ...
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Is any rating information available for human/computer hybrid players?

So we know that the right computer can beat the best human. And computer players are rated as well as human players. Is there any rating information available for hybrid players? (Humans moving ...
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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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Rating based off play level?

Is there a program that can tell your rating based off how well you play in the game? (NOT based on result). Thanks.
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Would the Elo rating system remain useful if different tournament formats were used?

More or less what is asked in the title. I am familiar with how the system itself works, but I am wondering if there would be any issues if most chess tournaments didn't follow the Swiss format and to ...
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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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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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Why does it seem that one drops more rating points when losing than gaining when winning?

It seems that when one loses a game against a compatibly rated opponent, the (USCF) rating point decrease is more significant than when one scores a win. For example, between two 'C' players, losing ...
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In online correspondence chess, are the ratings adjustments based on the pre- or post-game ratings?

When playing rated online correspondence chess, it's quite possible that the players' ratings change during the game. When the game is over, which rating will be used for rating adjustments? The ...
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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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Starting Elo in FIDE system for new chess game

I'm developing a chess game and for the Elo system I want to know recommendations for the starting Elo level for the users.
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Why was a rating system instituted?

I personally find there are more negatives than positives in playing rated games and in fact have stopped playing them for that reason. I feel they detract from the enjoyment of the game, making the ...
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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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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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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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Expert vs. Candidate Master?

What is the difference? I mildly understand that Candidate Master is a 2000-2100 FIDE Title, but I've seen several USCF players with that under their "Norms" section, in conjunction with 1st Category,...
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Could you estimate Napoleon's (or other historic persons) Elo on the base of his known games?

I wonder if there is a possibility to calculate/estimate the Elo rating Napoleon would have today by analysing his known games? Is it possible at all to calculate an Elo rating only with some ...
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What does "half-K" mean in the USCF tournament rating system?

The USCF rating system as described by Professor Glickman includes a factor called K: If m < 3, or if the player competes against any opponent more than twice, the "standard" rating formula that ...
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What would approximately be the ICCF rating of a GM with no external help and of a computer with no human judgment?

I need some players who play at the ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) to answer this question. What would approximately be the ICCF Elo rating of the two following players? Player ...
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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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Clarification on changed rules of getting rating from FIDE

As of July 2014 FIDE states 7.14c The condition of a minimum of 5 games need not be met in one tournament. Results from other tournaments played within consecutive rating periods totalling not more ...
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Starting elo rating at chess.com

I am confused about the starting elo rating of new members at chess.com. Most of them start at 1200 but some of them have 800, 1000, 1400, 1600 or even 1800. How is it decided what is the initial ...
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Elo rating of the best player from the 19th century, if he played today?

Take the best player from the 19th century, at his prime, and imagine he started playing tournaments today. He can't learn new stuff. What Elo would he achieve?
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What is approximately the Elo rating of an engine which selects its moves randomly? [duplicate]

An engine which, in a given position, finds all the possible legal moves, and then selects one of them randomly (each move has the same probability of being chosen) and plays it on the board. Its ...
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Expected score in my first FIDE tournament

Going to play my first international tournament next week. As this is my first I do not have a FIDE ELO (I have national rating however). How will my games be rated and how is my expected score for ...
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Million dollar Question for me! [closed]

I am from India,passionate about chess.What is the actual procedure to become a professional player.Recently my parents are planning to send me to USA for graduation,If that happens will I able to ...
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Chess Heroz (Android)

As far as chess training applications go the Chess Heroz application is excellent. My question though is can anyone explain the mathematics behind the ratings system? I am new to chess ratings and ...
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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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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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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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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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Does memorizing chess games improve chess ability?

It is common for strong chess players to have chess games in memory. Is this because it helps to memorize chess games?
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Why the ratings used for different time controls are different?

The FIDE assigns a player not one but three different ratings: For classical games featuring long time controls, that is, 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 ...
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What is the Elo rating of a chess computer that can only look 1, 2, 3, ... moves ahead

Has anyone calculated the average Elo rating of a chess computer as a function of the number of half moves or plys ahead it can look. I realise that the Elo is also a function of the choice of move ...
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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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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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Chess engine with an ELO of less than 1800

I am looking for an UCI compatible engine with an ELO of less than 1800. Not a version of Houdini or Stockfish with an ELO of 1800. I want a engine with a real ELO rating of 1800 or less. If you can ...
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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 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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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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For long OTB games, what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is below X FIDE Elo?

I am looking for statistics on the FIDE Elo of chess players. I would like to know what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is: Below 1000 Elo Below 800 Elo Below 600 Elo Below 400 ...
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How to get a license to have an Elo rating in USA [duplicate]

Which link should I follow to get a license in order to have an Elo rating in the USA?
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Is it possible to improve the Elo rating system like this?

Since all chess player’s ratings are between 800 and 2900, why don’t we make a new rating defined like this: New rating = (Old rating – 800) / 2.2 So that all chess player’s ratings would be between ...
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Is it theoretically possible for Carlsen to reach Elo 3000? [closed]

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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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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