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Rating in Rapid vs Blitz

SandeepGainda
Hi, I started playing on here last year in October and consistently improved ~100 a month in Rapid. However, I’ve only improved ~50 a month in Blitz, and even now there is a 250-300 difference in my Rapid rating vs Blitz (~1450 vs ~1200).

Why are opponents in Blitz so much harder than in Rapid? I play my 10 minute rapid games at the same pace as my 5|5 games, so I blunder at the same rate I think. What gives??
Sred

10+0 and 5+5 are not that different considering the total amount of time, but you might have to play under time pressure more often in 5+5, when you have play on the increment alone. Maybe you have a weakness there? The rating distributions in Blitz and Rapid are actually quite similar.

Devansh2903

Hey you should play rapid in 15l15

Kraig
I’ve always found this myself. Rapid ratings are inflated compared to blitz. I believe the blitz rating is closer to your OTB rating - but the rapid rating is still useful to measure progress within that pool of players.

At 1950, it says I’m in the top 0.4% of rapid players, whereas 1950 would barely make the top 40% on the FIDE distribution. So many players dilute the pool, I think it messes with the ratings. Also - not enough strong people play rapid, almost every top titled player is playing blitz and bullet almost exclusively. That must have an impact on rapid ratings too.
Paleobotanical
Kraig wrote:
At 1950, it says I’m in the top 0.4% of rapid players, whereas 1950 would barely make the top 40% on the FIDE distribution. So many players dilute the pool, I think it messes with the ratings. 

 

So 1000 Rapid is about 70th percentile on chess.com, but FIDE simply will not bother rating people below 1000.  Of course 1950 is 60th percentile for FIDE!  If they determine that you're below 1000, you won't even count as part of the population.

Anyway, those who actually keep track say that Rapid on chess.com is not that far off from FIDE, at least above 1450. 

https://chessgoals.com/rating-comparison/#Chesscom_Rating_vs_FIDE_and_USCF

As for rapid vs. blitz, shorter time controls can have a huge impact on performance, particularly for newer players who just benefit from more time to think.

kinkajouthedragon

do not play rapid.i play blitz and bullet all the time. rapid is a timewaster because people stall and I end up losing points. i just focus on bullet and blitz.

kinkajouthedragon
Devansh2903 wrote:

Hey you should play rapid in 15l15

too long.

isaabelamor

É foda, sei nem jogar e nem falar inglês.

kinkajouthedragon
isaabelamor wrote:

É foda, sei nem jogar e nem falar inglês.

can not understand

nTzT

Rapid ratings are easier than Blitz and Bullet at the lower levels, sometimes quite a bit. As you get above 1850 or so it changes and gets harder according to  chessgoals.com/rating-comparison/ 

kinkajouthedragon

rapid 600 and bullet 1000

nTzT
isaacw13467 wrote:

rapid 600 and bullet 1000

Rare to see that, you probably play really fast.

kinkajouthedragon

yep. in rapid, people stall

Shaka_4_life

blitz is the best 

kinkajouthedragon

yeah

RealJeekyll

My problem is I am just starting to play, and playing rapid. I'm getting matched with players with a low rapid rating, like 1-400, but they have high Blitz and Bullet 1200+, so I am getting stomped pretty badly.

kinkajouthedragon

yeah rapid is the worst game. 1000 blitz somehow have 1400 rapid.i will never play rapid in my life of playing chess

Shaka_4_life

better play blitz than rapid in blitz i have 2108 points and rapid only 1677

kinkajouthedragon

you joined a week ago and have such a high rating and beat a FM ?!?

Shaka_4_life

i dont play chess only 1 week