Rating Comparisons

One of the most common questions in the chess world is how your rating compares to other measurements. For example: how does your rating on chess.com compare with your rating on lichess.org? Others wonder how their online rating would compare to an over the board (OTB) rating. How does chess.com blitz rating map to the USCF rating system? How does your lichess.org rapid rating compare to FIDE ratings?

We had these same questions. We ran a survey of over 350 chess players to gather their ratings across online sites and OTB ratings.  The results are updated regularly, so make sure to subscribe to get site updates.

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Chess.com Rating Comparison

Last Updated: 5/7/2020   |  Rating comparison blog post has details on the methods used for the comparisons.

The chess.com ratings map pretty closely to USCF ratings overall. You can use it generally as a quick mapping to your USCF rating. At lower ratings, USCF ratings are a bit higher than chess.com blitz. The breakeven point is in the 1700 range, where blitz ratings are a bit higher than the corresponding USCF rating. USCF ratings are higher than FIDE across the board. At the lower rating levels USCF ratings are 100-150 points higher. At the upper end of the spectrum, USCF ratings are 70-80 points higher.

Typical bullet ratings on chess.com are lower than blitz ratings. Rapid ratings start considerably higher than blitz ratings with a breakeven point around 1500, when blitz ratings begin to be higher. See the full data below.

Chess.com
Blitz
Chess.com
Bullet
Chess.com
Rapid
USCFFIDE*
600550870740595
700625945830690
8007001020920785
90078010901010885
100086011601100980
1100945123011901075
1150985126512351120
12001030130012751165
12501075133013201215
13001120136513651260
13501165139514051305
14001210143014501350
14501260146014951400
15001305149515351440
15501355152515801490
16001405155516201530
16501450159016601575
17001500162017051620
17501555165017451665
18001605168017851705
18501655171018251750
19001710174018701800
19501760177019101840
20001815179519501885
21001925185520301970
22002035191021102050
23002150196521902125
24002270201522652200
2500239023452280
2600251024202355
2700263524952425
rating comparison for chess.com and USCF

Chess.com and Lichess.org Rating Comparison

Last Updated: 6/18/2020

How does your chess.com rating compare to your lichess.org rating? The data we have is of active players on both sites. Each section consists of anywhere from 55 to 130 players. For this chart we use your chess.com blitz rating as the base and map it to typical ratings on lichess.org. As you can see, lichess.org ratings are a couple of hundred points higher across the board.

Interestingly, the lichess.org ratings follow a similar pattern to chess.com ratings. Blitz is higher than bullet, and rapid is higher than blitz. On lichess, however, the breakeven point of blitz ratings taking over rapid is much higher at roughly 2000.

CHESS.COM
BLITZ
LICHESS
BLITZ
(+/- 135)
LICHESS
BULLET
(+/- 165)
LICHESS
RAPID
(+/- 135)
LICHESS
CLASSICAL
(+/- 130)
80011501260
90012251365
10001300122513651460
11001380130514551550
11501415134015001590
12001455138015401630
12501495142015801670
13001530146016201710
13501570149516601745
14001610153517001780
14501645157517351810
15001685161517701845
15501725165018051870
16001760169018401900
16501800173018701925
17001840177019051950
17501875180519351975
18001915184519601995
18501955188519902015
19001990192520152035
19502030196020402050
20002070200020652065
21002145208021102090
22002220215521502110
2300230022352190
2400237523102220

Lichess Rating Comparison

Last update: 6/30/2020

We have also analyzed how lichess.org ratings map to OTB ratings. Lichess.org ratings are generally quite a bit higher. If you have a lichess rapid rating of 1500, don’t expect to score a 1500 performance at your first FIDE event. Your rating will map to roughly 1100 FIDE or 1200 USCF. The full data set is below, which maps all lichess ratings to their OTB averages across our survey result.

LICHESS
BLITZ
LICHESS
BULLET
LICHESS
RAPID
LICHESS
CLASSICAL
USCFFIDE
11501260920785
122513651010885
13001225136514601100980
138013051455155011901075
141513401500159012351120
145513801540163012751165
149514201580167013201215
153014601620171013651260
157014951660174514051305
161015351700178014501350
164515751735181014951400
168516151770184515351440
172516501805187015801490
176016901840190016201530
180017301870192516601575
184017701905195017051620
187518051935197517451665
191518451960199517851705
195518851990201518251750
199019252015203518701800
203019602040205019101840
207020002065206519501885
214520802110209020301970
222021552150211021102050
23002235219021902125
23752310222022652200

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