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
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 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.
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.
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