The only problem I see with the rating system is that the odds you get when playing against newly registered users (with 1200) when you have like 1600. Since they haven't played any games, you could easilly run into a player who's real elo is 2000. And against an opponent like that, you should get much better point "odds" - but when you loose your rating will drop like 200, and if you win it will only go up like 20... Even when he's a lot better than you. On the other hand, if that player has already played 10 games instead of 0, his chess.com rating will probably be around 2000 - and then you can play against him with good odds. Anyone get my point here?

A necessary evil? I don't think there is any other way around this problem. You will just have to win those points back from someone else.

Prad, welcome. If they don't have chess tourneys locally for you, this might be your best option. Go to the tournament section and just join one. If you are a talkative person, tell your opponents and maybe you can make new friends and learn from them too.

I've only played 3 games so far on line and noted I have a rating that changes with each win/loss - but - the "today's rank" is blank - does that change after I have played so many games?

After a few games (around 10) or a certain amount of time, the ranking box fills out.

I've always wondered about this, since joining the site. For those who do have USCF/FIDE/Elo ratings, do you find that there is a significant discrepancy between those and chess.com ratings? I'm suspecting so, but without an OTB ranking of my own, I've got no way of telling.

You know what's really sad? I visited that link and understood every single bit of it. Heck, I even know how to write the Excel formulas to emulate it. That's just sad... sad, sad, sad. Man, I need a social life. ROFL.

You know what's really sad? I visited that link and understood every single bit of it. Heck, I even know how to write the Excel formulas to emulate it. That's just sad... sad, sad, sad. Man, I need a social life. ROFL.

I visited that site, took one look at that formula .........and ran !!

no.the reason kasparov is better than you is because hed beat you in less than twenty moves.:P

hahahahahahaha

The only problem I see with the rating system is that the odds you get when playing against newly registered users (with 1200) when you have like 1600. Since they haven't played any games, you could easilly run into a player who's real elo is 2000. And against an opponent like that, you should get much better point "odds" - but when you loose your rating will drop like 200, and if you win it will only go up like 20... Even when he's a lot better than you. On the other hand, if that player has already played 10 games instead of 0, his chess.com rating will probably be around 2000 - and then you can play against him with good odds. Anyone get my point here?

A necessary evil? I don't think there is any other way around this problem. You will just have to win those points back from someone else.

i want to play chess in tournaments.....how it possible..... please help me

Prad, welcome. If they don't have chess tourneys locally for you, this might be your best option. Go to the tournament section and just join one. If you are a talkative person, tell your opponents and maybe you can make new friends and learn from them too.

Good luck

so if your opponents score affects oyur score?

After a few games (around 10) or a certain amount of time, the ranking box fills out.

I've always wondered about this, since joining the site. For those who do have USCF/FIDE/Elo ratings, do you find that there is a significant discrepancy between those and chess.com ratings? I'm suspecting so, but without an OTB ranking of my own, I've got no way of telling.

Thanks.

everyone starts at 1200. then as you play you get a new rating. it is all based on the Glicko ratings system :) check it out - it's a fun read!

http://math.bu.edu/people/mg/glicko/glicko.doc/glicko.html

You know what's really sad? I visited that link and understood every single bit of it. Heck, I even know how to write the Excel formulas to emulate it. That's just sad... sad, sad, sad. Man, I need a social life. ROFL.

I guess for now I will choose not to visit the site and put the formula into excel - and just stick to my social life

everyone starts at 1200. then as you play you get a new rating. it is all based on the Glicko ratings system :) check it out - it's a fun read!

http://math.bu.edu/people/mg/glicko/glicko.doc/glicko.html

You know what's really sad? I visited that link and understood every single bit of it. Heck, I even know how to write the Excel formulas to emulate it. That's just sad... sad, sad, sad. Man, I need a social life. ROFL.

I visited that site, took one look at that formula .........and ran !!