# Times of different live chess games.

**Bullet rating** - For games under 3 minutes.

**Blitz rating** - For games of 3 minutes to 14 minutes.

**Standard rating** - For games 15 minutes and longer.

It took me a long time to find this on http://support.chess.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/94/0/why-are-there-three-different-ratings-in-live-chess so I posted it here for quick reference. Note that the per-move bonus time IS significant here - not just the base minutes. The system assumes an average game-length of 40 moves to estimate the total length of time available to each player; the result is what determines which rating is affected by a given time control: A time control of 2 | 12 therefore results in a Blitz (not Bullet) game like so:

*2 minutes + (12 seconds x 40 moves = 480 seconds) = 10 minutes*

(Exactly the same logic determines where a game appears on the time-line of the Seek graph.) As a reference, here are the basic pre-sets available in Live:

Time Control |
Estimated Length |
Game/rating type |

5 | 0 | 5 minutes | Blitz |

10 | 0 | 10 minutes | Blitz |

2 | 12 | 10 minutes | Blitz |

3 | 0 | 3 minutes | Blitz |

4 | 4 | 6.5 minutes | Blitz |

15 | 10 | 22 minutes | Standard |

1 | 5 | 4.5 minutes | Blitz |

1 | 0 | 1 minute | Bullet |