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: 12/16/2021

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 around 1400-1750. Chess.com ratings become slightly higher again as one’s rating increases above 1750. FIDE ratings follow a similar distribution to the USCF ratings. Fewer OTB events in 2020-2021, have not had much impact on the Chess.com to over-the-board comparisons.

Typical bullet ratings on Chess.com are slightly lower than blitz ratings. Rapid ratings start higher than blitz ratings with a breakeven point around 1900 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. Chess.com to chess.com ratings have about 7000 data points, USCF 1500 data points, and FIDE 1900 data points. 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
(+/- 220)
FIDE
(+/- 135)
500455660365
600540770465
700660890525
800755995655
9008401080770
10009301170895
1100102512601025
1150107513051090
1200112513451145
1250117013901205
13001230143512701420
13501280148013351450
14001330152013951470
14501385156014551505
15001425160015001525
15501470163015401545
16001520166015901610
16501575170516501665
17001630174016951690
17501680178517401720
18001735181517751760
18501800186018201810
19001845189018551835
19501905192519001890
20001950195519401930
21002060202520302015
22002160209021152105
23002280215022002195
24002400222022352275
25002500229023302340
26002605237524352400
27002705245024902455
28002815255525852530

Lichess Rating vs Chess.com

Last Updated: 12/16/2021

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’s across the board and lichess ratings have seen inflation in 2021. Lichess blitz and rapid have around 750 data points, rapid has 512 data points, and classical has 219 data points.

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
(+/- 130)
Lichess Bullet
(+/- 140)
Lichess Rapid
(+/- 155)
Lichess Classical
(+/- 140)
5008809251120
6009859401265
7001045103512951320
8001175108013801385
9001265119515201550
10001345123015751585
11001450132016401655
11501490135016801705
12001525138517101715
12501560141017451740
13001630149018001765
13501680154518351795
14001720158018551810
14501775164018851845
15001805166519201860
15501820168019351875
16001865171519601910
16501900177520051940
17001930182020201960
17501970185020552005
18002010189520802005
18502040193521102010
19002065196521302025
19502110201021602040
20002140206021802060
21002210214522152105
22002265222522702170
23002320229523102230
24002410239523852250
25002495247024502305
2600255525552515
2700263026952555
2800274028152685

Lichess Rating vs FIDE and USCF

Last update: 12/16/2021

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. Lichess.org ratings are generally quite a bit higher than OTB ratings, and the separation has increased in 2021. If you have a lichess rapid rating of 1800, don’t expect to score an 1800 performance at your first FIDE event. Your rating will map to roughly 1420 FIDE or 1270 USCF. The full data set is below, which maps all lichess ratings to their OTB averages across our survey results.

Lichess BlitzLichess BulletLichess RapidLichess ClassicalUSCFFIDE
8809251120
9859401265
1045103512951320525
1175108013801385655
1265119515201550770
1345123015751585895
14501320164016551025
14901350168017051090
15251385171017151145
15601410174517401205
163014901800176512701420
168015451835179513351450
172015801855181013951470
177516401885184514551505
180516651920186015001525
182016801935187515401545
186517151960191015901610
190017752005194016501665
193018202020196016951690
197018502055200517401720
201018952080200517751760
204019352110201018201810
206519652130202518551835
211020102160204019001890
214020602180206019401930
221021452215210520302015
226522252270217021152105
232022952310223022002195
241023952385225022352275
249524702450230523302340
25552555251524352400
26302695255524902455
27402815268525852530

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