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Chess.com Rating vs. FIDE and USCF

Last Updated: 1/1/2023

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 slightly under 500. Between 100 and 1750, the 400-point gap shrinks as the rating-level increases. Above 1750 we see Chess.com ratings are higher than OTB on average. FIDE ratings follow a similar distribution to the USCF ratings. Fewer OTB during the pandemic has not impacted 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 2000 when blitz ratings begin to be higher. Chess.com to chess.com ratings include over 9000 players, USCF and FIDE over 1700 players. We split out FIDE ratings in the United States from the rest of the world. Players must be active in both categories to be included in the analysis. See the complete data below.

Reading the Table

  • Find your Chess.com blitz rating in the first column.
  • The Chess.com blitz ratings serve as the index for other rating categories.
  • 50% of players fall within the column estimate plus or minus the (+/-) values.
Chess.com
Blitz
Bullet
(+/- 125)
N=9569
Rapid
(+/- 110)
N=10,517
USCF
(+/- 130)
N=1787
FIDE US
(+/- 85)
N=194
FIDE
(+/- 80)
N=1717
500460710490
600545810605
700640915675
8007451025800
9008301120935
100093012101050
1100103013051155
1150108013451200
1200112513851245
1250117514301290
1300121514701335
1350127515151400
1400132015551430
1450137015951480
150014101630153016001515
155014701665158516101535
160015151700162516351545
165015801745167516351565
170016301785170516601615
175016901820173517201665
180017351850177017601715
185018001895181018151760
190018351925185018351825
195019051965190518751875
200019502000194019451915
210020652055202020002015
220021652105210020452110
230022752175217021052195
240023802235222521702270
250024852300228022502325
260025952360238023802390
270026902430247024252450
280028002485258524552515
290029052590263525752590
300030652720277026302645

Lichess Rating vs. Chess.com

Last Updated: 1/1/2023

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 relatively active players (RD < 150) on both sites. We use your chess.com blitz rating as the base for this chart and map it to typical ratings on lichess.org. As you can see, lichess.org ratings are higher than Chess.com’s, and lichess ratings saw inflation during 2021. Lichess blitz, bullet, and rapid include over 2000 players each. Lichess classical contains almost 800 players.

Reading the Table

  • Find your Chess.com blitz rating in the first column.
  • The Chess.com blitz ratings serve as the index for other rating categories.
  • 50% of players fall within the column estimate plus or minus the (+/-) values.
Chess.com
Blitz
Lichess Blitz
(+/- 75)
N=3105
Lichess Bullet
(+/- 115)
N=2385
Lichess Rapid
(+/- 95)
N=2208
Lichess Classical
(+/- 95)
N=782
50094584011451250
600100589512251310
700109096013251405
8001200106514301510
9001295115015151575
10001395123015951630
11001485131516651675
11501520136017051700
12001560141017351740
12501600146017751750
13001630150518001780
13501685157018401810
14001715160518651830
14501760163519001845
15001800167519401870
15501830171519651890
16001865176019951935
16501905180520151960
17001940184520401985
17501980189020752000
18002005192521002010
18502045198021252040
19002075201521552055
19502105205021802065
20002135208022002080
21002205218522702155
22002280226523202200
23002355234523752250
24002425243524402315
25002510253025102355
26002600261525902460
27002655270526152575
28002725280526652575
29002850290027352580
30002915302028202595

Lichess Rating vs. FIDE and USCF

Last update: 1/1/2023

We have also analyzed how lichess.org ratings map to OTB ratings. We combined the first two tables to create the lichess vs. OTB comparison. Lichess.org ratings are generally higher than OTB ratings, and the separation increased in 2021. If you have a lichess rapid rating of 1800, don’t expect to score an 1800 performance at your first USCF event. Your rating will map to roughly 1335 USCF. The complete data set below maps all lichess ratings to their OTB averages across our survey results.

Lichess BlitzLichess BulletLichess RapidLichess ClassicalUSCFFIDE USFIDE
94584011451250490
100589512251310605
109096013251405675
1200106514301510800
1295115015151575935
13951230159516301050
14851315166516751155
15201360170517001200
15601410173517401245
16001460177517501290
16301505180017801335
16851570184018101400
17151605186518301430
17601635190018451480
1800167519401870153016001515
1830171519651890158516101535
1865176019951935162516351545
1905180520151960167516351565
1940184520401985170516601615
1980189020752000173517201665
2005192521002010177017601715
2045198021252040181018151760
2075201521552055185018351825
2105205021802065190518751875
2135208022002080194019451915
2205218522702155202020002015
2280226523202200210020452110
2355234523752250217021052195
2425243524402315222521702270
2510253025102355228022502325
2600261525902460238023802390
2655270526152575247024252450
2725280526652575258524552515
2850290027352580263525752590
2915302028202595277026302645

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