Chess Ratings and Chess Titles : The Chess Rating System Explained

★In this video, you will learn about chess titles and chess ratings, and the requirements that each one requires chess players to meet.

➥Here is an informational page where it outlines a similar ranking of ratings and status names:

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0:00 – Intro
0:05 – Novices
0:15 – Class D
0:25 – Class C
0:40 – Class B
0:59 – Class A
1:15 – Expert
1: 28 – NM and CM
1:46 – FM
1:59 – IM
2:27 – GM
2:58 – Super GM
3:25 – Beyond Super GM


  1. This is one of the first videos created on my channel and look at the videos below for more information on chess ratings in regards to over the board ratings and not online ratings like or lichess. Only FIDE arena ratings to that extent:

    The Chess Rating System Explained:
    Chess Ratings Explained | Animated Short Film:
    What Is a Good Chess Rating?:
    FIDE Arena Titles Explained:

  2. come on, at 600 you already know how to play chess better than most humans and have actually put some effort into it. It seems to me that people shit on lower levels way too much online. Also the low level bots are rated totally wrong. I've found a 300 rated human is way harder to beat than a 1600 bot

  3. Person with 1200 Elo still don’t know how to play chess?

  4. does rating for FM and CM need to be in classical or can it be in rapid or blitz?

  5. i started playing chess from complete basics exactly an year ago and now im at 1800. Is that a good progress or a normal one? I mean should i invest my time to work for the titles

  6. Brother, are you drunk?

    Great explaining regardless…

  7. There was a game where Hikaru saw a whole line that won him the game, he put it on stock fish and stockfish did not see the winning line and I think stockfish at the time is rated like 3700? So for a moment Hikaru was rated 3700+ that’s pretty cool. Then I think there is a famous endgame with Milael Tal that stock fish favors and prefers the position for white but mikael tal wins that position for black even though stockfish says it’s winning for white. That one is pretty cool to considering he played the winning sequence years before stockfish was created and stockfish lost to his sequence from decades ago. I guess they didn’t add that a endgame to the database

  8. I haven’t played in a while, my highest rating was 1710, I’m currently at 1531.

    I hope to get above my highest rating.

  9. * Okay but you didn't tell us the difference between chees com rating, various tournament ratings, ELO, and FIDE ratings. How are all these numbers computed? What do the scores mean other than the titles you told us about?

  10. For those wondering about the highest FIDE ratings of all time (in all time formats) then here it isClassical: Magnus Carlsen (2882 FIDE) in 2014 and 2019Rapid: Magnus Carlsen (2919 FIDE) in 2017Blitz: Magnus Carlsen (2986 FIDE) in 2017

  11. Quick cheat tip: host one kickass D&D game for your friends. Boom. Instant GM

  12. Thanks for this breakdown.I play the chess royale app online. It's pretty crazy, has awesome tutorials, an after match analyze system to see every best and worst move you made that match and it is a legit world-wide connected app. I've already faced off with and been swiftly and elegantly destroyed by several world champions.I'm only a 2nd category right now. Chess Royale's system…Novice – 50 🏆Amateur – 100 🏆4th category – 150 🏆3rd category – 250🏆2nd category – 350 🏆1st category – 500 🏆Candidate Master – 750 🏆National Master – 1000 🏆National Grandmaster – 1300 🏆International Master – 1600 🏆International Grandmaster – 2000 🏆World Champion – 2400 🏆Based on all of this I consider myself maybe a class C.

  13. I was hoping this would explain what the numbers are based on.

  14. How to display it in my profile im 2200 rated in rapids rapid and 2300 in bullet's

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