What the heck is a rating?

Paul Morphy does not have a rating because the rating system was not invented until after his death. However, chess historians have estimated that Paul Morphy's rating would be over 2600.

The Rating system is the same to chess as the belt system is to Karate.

With a rating you know exactly how good you are.

You can easily chart your improvement, and know how you stand with other kids your age in the country. (see top 100 list).

People have been known to study hard in order to increase their rating. To achieve a Chess Master rating (2200) is a significant accomplishment for anyone. Albert Einstein was a chess enthusiast but only made it up to 1800 in rating!

Different Types of Rating Systems:

Academic Chess Rating
This is our own rating system that mimics the USCF system. The difference is that you get your game results back right away and the games are cheaper to rate. We use this rating system at our Friday Night tournament (see tournament section) and view it as good warm up for a USCF rated event.

USCF Rating
The United States Chess Federation. This rating system is used in most of the tournaments in the United States. Click here for a listing of USCF categories.

See the Rating Histogram for a list of how today's players break down according to USCF rating.

FIDE Rating
This is the world rating federation and is used in large International events comprised mostly of professional chess players. FIDE ratings are generally a little lower than USCF. For example, Gary Kasparov is rated 2780 FIDE, which would be about 2880 USCF. (Wow!)



Another great web resource...look up your current rating, past rating, or check out any USCF rated player if you know their name:


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