When does your Chess Rating Starts ?

Very good question raised by most of our chess aspirants . So, it’s  better to understand first the different types of games in chess before we dwell into the rating.

The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is the organization that governs international chess competition for rated games now over the board (OTB) which is played face to face and now recently Online which is called Online Fide Arena.

The following type of games are played Over the board (OTB) and Online FIDE Arena

You will be able to find your rating and rating of all the famous players by clicking the following link :

For example the world leader Magnus Carlsen rating profile is given below by searching in the rating link


Standard Rating : 2838   Rapid Rating : 2896    Blitz Rating : 2914

FIDE Rating Regulations effective from 1 July 2014

Effective from 1 July 2014

Approved by the 1982 General Assembly and amended by the General Assemblies of 1984 through 2012


For your rating to start you should play in a FIDE rated tournament. We will look into how the game will be classified as FIDE rated tournament in another article.

If you are unrated player and did not win any game in your first FIDE rated tournament, your score and that of your opponent are disregarded.

If you played round-robin tournament, at least one-third of the players must be rated. Subject to this requirement,

  • If the tournament has less than 10 players, atleast 4 must be rated players.
  • In a double round-robin tournament with unrated players, there must be at least 6 players, 4 of whom must be rated.
  • National Championships played as round-robins shall be rated if at least 3 players (or 2 women in competitions exclusively for women) players had official FIDE Ratings before the start of the tournament.

If you played Swiss or Team tournament,

  • For your rating to start you should atleast make a draw with a rated player i.e. you should score atleast ½ point.

Official FIDE Rating List

On the first day of each month, the QC shall prepare a list which incorporates the rated play during the rating period into the previous list. This shall be done using the rating system formula.

Your rating will be published and you will be able to see the rating reflected under your name only if

  1. If you have played minimum 5 games in round-robin tournament.
  2. If you have played minimum 5 games in Swiss or Team tournament against rated players.

Note: The condition of a minimum of 5 games need not be met in one tournament. Results from other tournaments played within consecutive rating periods totalling not more than 26 months, are pooled to obtain the initial rating and the Rating is minimum 1000.





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