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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Chess.com Rating vs FIDE and USCF

Last Updated: 3/28/2021

The Chess.com ratings map pretty closely to USCF and FIDE 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 a bit under 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 2020-2021, Chess.com ratings may be drifting a bit higher. We also expect some changes in OTB ratings when the number of events picks back up in the future.

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 the predicted rating. About 68% of players fall within this range.
BlitzBullet
(+/- 180)
Rapid
(+/- 150)
USCF
(+/- 245)
FIDE
(+/- 130)
500495685285
600590790285
700670890300
800755985575
9008351075700
10009301165835
1100104012451010
1150109512951070
1200113013301115
1250118513751155
13001235142012351440
13501285146012901450
14001330150513401500
14501380154513951505
15001425158014701535
15501485161515051600
16001535164515501630
16501595168516051645
17001640172016401680
17501700176017051720
18001755179017501770
18501815182518051835
19001860186018501870
19501915190018801920
20001965193019151965
21002070200520102035
22002180206021052125
23002290213022002205
24002405221022552280
25002505229022952345
26002615239524252405
27002720249025352460
28002815260525652535

Lichess Rating vs Chess.com

Last Updated: 3/28/2021

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 relatively active players (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 the predicted rating. About 68% of players fall within this range.
Chess.com BlitzLichess Blitz
(+/- 120)
Lichess Bullet
(+/- 160)
Lichess Rapid
(+/- 140)
Lichess Classical
(+/- 160)
5008458109851065
60092088511251120
700100094011851255
8001090101012851355
9001195106013801445
10001275113514801530
11001365123515501590
11501420129516001620
12001480133516251660
12501530140016701705
13001585145017051730
13501625149517351755
14001665152517851785
14501700159018151805
15001735163018401825
15501780167018651855
16001815170518951890
16501860175019301925
17001885178519551940
17501910181019951960
18001950185020101990
18501995190020402020
19002015194520602040
19502050200020852055
20002075202021102070
21002145210521702090
22002215218022052165
23002290226522402195
24002390236523002285
25002450245523952310
26002530254024552375
270026052625
280026802735

Lichess Rating vs FIDE and USCF

Last update: 3/28/2021

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
8458109851065285
92088511251120285
100094011851255300
1090101012851355575
1195106013801445700
1275113514801530835
13651235155015901010
14201295160016201070
14801335162516601115
15301400167017051155
158514501705173012351440
162514951735175512901450
166515251785178513401500
170015901815180513951505
173516301840182514701535
178016701865185515051600
181517051895189015501630
186017501930192516051645
188517851955194016401680
191018101995196017051720
195018502010199017501770
199519002040202018051835
201519452060204018501870
205020002085205518801920
207520202110207019151965
214521052170209020102035
221521802205216521052125
229022652240219522002205
239023652300228522552280
245024552395231022952345
253025402455237524252405
2605262525352460
2680273525652535

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