Ratings

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The first organization to adopt a numerical rating system was the Correspondence Chess League of America in 1933.  The first USCF rating list appeared in the November 20, 1950 issue of Chess Life.  Ken Harkness rated 2,306 players from events from 1921 to 1950.   The highest rated players were Fine (2817), Reshevsky (2770), Kevitz (2610), Dake (2598), Simonson (2596), Reinfeld (2593), Denker (2575), Kashdan (2574), and Horowitz (2558).  Masters were anyone over 2300, experts anyone over 2100. The first British Grading List was published in 1954 and had 49 players listed.  The first international Elo rating list appeared in 1969.  The highest rated players were Fischer (2720), Spassky (2690), Korchnoi (2680), Botvinnik (2660), Petrosian (2650), Larsen (2630), Smyslov, Portisch, and Geller (2620).  The first official FIDE rating list was published on July 1, 1971.  Fischer’s rating was 2760.  There were 83 grandmasters on the first official FIDE rating list.

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