This average is higher than the average of all chess players. It comprises both newcomers and grandmasters. Individuals who do not play chess or do not know how to play chess are not included. So an ELO of 850 is below average, perhaps for a beginner. However, many experts believe that an ELO of 1000 is necessary to be considered world-class.
An ELO rating of 850 is very good. It means that you are among the top 8% of all chess players in the world.
The highest rated player is Magnus Carlsen, who has an ELO score of 2830. The lowest rated player is Horia Tecău, who had an ELO score of 680 when he died at age 36 of cancer. Tecau was one of the most successful chess players of all time; he won three World Championships titles.
Chess is a game that can be learned easily but it is difficult to become good at. For example, someone who has never played chess before but who wants to learn how to play it should start with the easy games (children's puzzles or mobile phone apps) and then move on to simpler games on the Internet. Only after some months or years will they be able to play in tournaments.
The first step towards improvement is to learn how to analyze chess positions better.
1200 elo is most clearly a "casual player" level... I'm 12001300 myself and have dabbled with chess... I was stalled at 1100 for three months until my rating was raised to 1600 in a year. My advice is to put in as much practice time as possible. The more you play the better you'll become.
There are no rules against rating yourself, but it's not really recommended because there's so many other factors that go into rating decisions such as opponent quality, how busy your schedule is, etc. That being said, if you want to give it a try then by all means do so!
The main thing is to not let the number stop you from playing. If you're convinced that you won't improve then perhaps it's best to find something else to do with your time.
As for whether or not 1200 is a good rating to be striving for... that depends on you! If you want to be able to compete at the highest levels then you should probably aim higher than that.
A normal chess club player is likely to be around 1600. I disagree, but only somewhat. 1400 is an average club strength in my opinion. What makes a good chess rating?
|Grandmaster||2600 and up|
The finest chess boxers achieve between 1,700 and 2,000 points on the ELO chess rating system, placing them on par with those who excel in the sport at the club level. Strong boxers can beat even highly rated opponents one on one, but they tend to be outnumbered and outmatched by mice.
Chess boxes often have the highest rate of cerebral hemorrhaging of any game played on a board. This is probably due to the fact that many strategies and tactics required in chess involve very sharp changes in direction or angle, which may cause damage to the brain if not done safely. However, most boxers suffer from some form of dementia due to the repeated blows to the head during combat.
There have been cases of people who were not otherwise considered neurotic playing chess in an obsessive manner for hours at a time. This led to the development of chess-playing machines, which are now used by gamers who do not want to spend all day every day playing against humans.
In America, chess is banned at all levels of sports competition because so many players use speed chess techniques that allow them to prepare extensive databases of moves and countermoves. In single-elimination tournaments, this skill makes sure that nobody comes away with anything other than first prize!
Because there are more people, the rating pool is more dispersed. Yes, chess.com appears to be stronger; there are many under-ranked players; you have 1900 elo and 2200 elo low rated in blitz and bullet, making it tough to increase the rating. Chess.com employs the Glicko algorithm, which is quite close to the USCF algorithm. This means that its ranking is fairly accurate.
The rating disparity is also attributable to the fact that the average rating on Liess is 1500 whereas it is 1000 on Chess.com. It's also related to the fact that the first rating you get on lichess is 1500, but on chess.com, it depends on the level you claim when you register (you can start at 800, 1500, 2000, or over). Finally, some people believe that playing on lichess.org instead of chess.com will get you better ratings because they say its server are more stable and don't crash as often.