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Chess Ranking

Chess Ranking

Are you curious to know how players compare to each other? Or maybe you want to know who is the best chess player among your friends? The chess ranking system can help you.

What Are Chess Rankings?

The chess ranking system is designed to make it easy for people to compare the performance of several players. The system is based on each player's Elo rating. It is also dependent on the type of time control being measured, so a player is often ranked differently in blitz and bullet, for example.

Alireza Firouzja's World Ranking in chess.
GM Alireza Firouzja's world ranking.

After each rated chess game, the players' Elo is updated. Their scores are then compared to the other players in a database, and their rankings are adjusted accordingly.

In, each time you play a rated match, all of this is done instantly and automatically, so you do not have to wait to know how well you are doing!

World Chess Rankings

FIDE maintains an official world ranking for chess players based on their ratings, which, in turn, is affected by the results of their official games. makes it easy for you to see who the top players in the world are. If you go to our Live Chess Ratings page, you can find the world ranking for the top chess players in the globe. This ranking is updated automatically after each official game, making it easy for you to keep updated on your favorite players.

Live chess ranking.
You can see the live ranking of the world's top chess players on Rankings

Do you know that has its own ranking? It is updated instantly every time you play a rated game on our website, making it simple for you to check your performance.

Personal chess ranking.
You can find your ranking on your Stats page.

Our Leaderboard page shows the live ranking for every active player on in each time control. As you can see in the image below, you can compare your performance to many different groups of players. You can also compare yourself to the people in your country, in specific chess clubs you are a member of, and even among your friends.

Filter your ranking.
You can filter your ranking to compare yourself to different groups of players.

How To Check Your Ranking On

Checking your ranking on is very straightforward. If you move your cursor on top of "Home" menu and then select "Stats," you are redirected to your personal statistics page. There you can see your rating and your global ranking with your performance in comparison to your friends. Bullet chess ranking.

On your Stats page, you can find your ranking for every time control. 
If you want to see more detailed information about your ranking, you can click on either the "Friends" or the "Global" link and be redirected to each specific leaderboard.
Friend's chess ranking.
After clicking "Friends," you are redirected to a page where you and your friends are ranked according to your ratings.


You now know what a chess ranking is, how it works, and how you can use it to compare yourself and other players with each other. Head over to the Leaderboard page and check your ranking now!

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