chess.com ratings - how do they compare with USCF?

  • #1

    Just wondering because I'm getting back into chess after a long time.  My rating was once in the 1750 range - that's USCF.  On this site I'm rated 1250 now - can I really be that bad now??  I'm wondering if chess.com's rating are a few hundred points lower than - on average - than USCF's.  Any idea?  Any way to find out the average user rating on this site?

  • #2

    they're both numbers

    outside of this i think comparision is pointless 

  • #3

    is like comparing an apple to an orange.

  • #4

    Philidor2000 wrote:

    Just wondering because I'm getting back into chess after a long time.  My rating was once in the 1750 range - that's USCF.  On this site I'm rated 1250 now - can I really be that bad now??  I'm wondering if chess.com's rating are a few hundred points lower than - on average - than USCF's.  Any idea?  Any way to find out the average user rating on this site?

    Maybe the environment and maybe you don't spend as much time usually

  • #5

    Personally I'm in the 2000 range but I am 1826 in online due to an overload of games

  • #6

    Katie: Okay, thanks.  That's about what I thought.

  • #7

    In my opinion if you were 1750 once you won't ever be too much below that. 

  • #8

    Philidor2000 wrote:

    (((Just wondering because I'm getting back into chess after a long time.  My rating was once in the 1750 range - that's USCF.  On this site I'm rated 1250 now - can I really be that bad now??  I'm wondering if chess.com's rating are a few hundred points lower than - on average - than USCF's.  Any idea?  Any way to find out the average user rating on this site?)))

    I think the average person's rating is between 1100 and 1200.

    Was your USCF rating OTB or a Blitz rating? Right now you have a Blitz rating on this site. That can makes all the difference in the world.

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  • #10

    iMacChess:  hmm... that was an OTB rating - didn't realize there was a difference.  I think I saw Elo mentioned - does that mean chess.com uses a formula similar to FIDE's?

  • #11

    btw, I see Carlsen's rating has gone up to 2881 now.

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  • #13

    KCO:  great, thanks for the link.

  • #14

    @Philidor2000

    kco has the right link.

    OTB is a lot different from Blitz. The time controls are totally different. You have a heck of a lot more time to think with OTB. (((OTB up to five hours a game vs Blitz five minutes or less))) So your ratings are going to be totally different...

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