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 have a combination of multiple sources to create these comparisons. If you’d like to help expand our rating database, we have a rating survey below. The results are updated regularly, so make sure to subscribe to get site updates.

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Details on math: rating comparisons explained.


Chess.com Rating vs FIDE and USCF

Last Updated: 11/18/2020 

The Chess.com ratings map pretty closely to USCF ratings overall. You can use it generally as a quick mapping to your USCF rating. USCF ratings start at 100 and the Chess.com equivalent is around 500. The gap shrinks up until the breakeven range of 1600-1650. Chess.com ratings become slightly higher again as one’s rating increases. FIDE ratings follow a similar distribution to the USCF ratings. In the past, we have seen Chess.com ratings more similar to OTB ratings, and due to fewer OTB events in 2020, it’s possible that Chess.com ratings are drifting a bit higher.

Typical bullet ratings on Chess.com are slightly lower than blitz ratings. The recent +150 increase that Chess.com employed helped bring these ratings closer together. Rapid ratings start higher than blitz ratings with a breakeven point around 1650 when blitz ratings begin to be higher. This table also accounts for the change that Chess.com made to move 10+0 games to the rapid category. See the full data below.

Reading the Table

  • Find Chess.com blitz rating in the first column
  • All other ratings are mapped to Chess.com blitz
  • The (+/-) values represent one standard deviation in predicted rating
Chess.com BlitzChess.com Bullet
(+/- 185)
Chess.com Rapid
(+/- 155)
USCF
(+/- 260)
FIDE
(+/- 150)
500510625105
600575770255
700670840400
800755950495
9008351045635
10009301120800
1100103512109601116
11501095126010401121
12001135130010851135
12501180134511501233
13001230139512251233
13501280143512851264
14001330148013501350
14501380151514001385
15001435155014851421
15501490159015401479
16001545162515951520
16501595165516451553
17001640169016901601
17501695172517301665
18001755176517751730
18501815180518101790
19001860183018651860
19501910187019051902
20001965190019751961
21002075198020452039
22002195204021302132
23002300210022002210
24002410218022552286
25002520225023602350
26002620235524352409
27002720246525002472
28002825259025352537

Lichess Rating vs Chess.com

Last Updated: 11/18/2020

How does your chess.com rating compare to your lichess.org rating? The data we have is of active players on both sites. To keep these comparisons fresh, each section consists of players who are relatively active (RD < 150) on both sites. 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 than Chess.com across the board.

Reading the Table

  • Find Chess.com blitz rating in the first column
  • All other ratings are mapped to Chess.com blitz
  • The (+/-) values represent one standard deviation in predicted rating
Chess.com BlitzLichess Blitz
(+/- 115)
Lichess Bullet
(+/- 175)
Lichess Rapid
(+/- 140)
Lichess Classical
(+/- 120)
9001165
10001185
11001210105513101385
11501280115013451445
12001375135014551575
12501460141015901680
13001500145516551700
13501535146016901755
14001590146017251845
14501645159517701850
15001685166518101880
15501730169518301900
16001795171518651925
16501840174018951955
17001870180019151960
17501880181019651975
18001950183519801995
18501970188520002035
19001990194520252050
19502055202520752060
20002080202520852070
21002130212021952090
22002190219022502210
23002380229522802245
240024202345

Lichess Rating vs FIDE and USCF

Last update: 11/18/2020

We have also analyzed how lichess.org ratings map to OTB ratings. This table is created by combining the first two tables on this page. Similar to the Chess.com comparisons, Lichess.org ratings are generally quite a bit higher than OTB ratings. 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 1200 FIDE or 1200 USCF. The full data set is below, which maps all lichess ratings to their OTB averages across our survey result.

Lichess BlitzLichess BulletLichess RapidLichess ClassicalUSCFFIDE
1165635
1185800
12101055131013859601116
128011501345144510401121
137513501455157510851135
146014101590168011501233
150014551655170012251233
153514601690175512851264
159014601725184513501350
164515951770185014001385
168516651810188014851421
173016951830190015401479
179517151865192515951520
184017401895195516451553
187018001915196016901601
188018101965197517301665
195018351980199517751730
197018852000203518101790
199019452025205018651860
205520252075206019051902
208020252085207019751961
213021202195209020452039
219021902250221021302132
238022952280224522002210
2420234522552286

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