How to Get Initial Chess Rating in FIDE

1. Getting the initial chess rating in FIDE may be easy, but the procedures of getting the initial FIDE rating will take some time. First you must participate in any official chess tournament which is recognized by FIDE (World Chess Organization).

2. Not all chess tournaments allow the unrated chess players to participate in. Usually, the allowed tournaments for the unrated chess players are marked as "Open". On this issue, you can contact your local chess club or find a tournament via Internet.

3. After you have finished your 1st chess tournament (event), the tournament organizers will send to FIDE the Tournament Results Table. FIDE recalculates your results and may assign and publish your initial rating or may not, depending on the results.

4. One chess tournament may be enough to get the initial rating. If not, FIDE may "accumulate" the results for 2, 3, or even more tournaments counting them as one long tournament (event) and then assign the initial rating.

5. The following is how FIDE calculates your initial rating:

all games, with rated and unrated opponents, are counted in the round Robin tournament. Example of round Robin tournament: 9 players, 9 tours; you will play with all the players one by one. FIDE requirements for round Robin tournament: at least one-third of the players must be rated; if 10 players, 4 must be rated.

only games with rated opponents are counted in the Swiss or team tournament. Example of Swiss tournament: 100 players, 9 tours; you will play only with 9 players.

• if you score 0 or 0.5 in the first game, it will be disregarded.
• If you, as unrated player, score less than 1 point in your first rated event, or if you play fewer than 3 rated opponents in any event, your score will be disregarded.

• Then FIDE calculates the average rating of your opponents. In round Robin tournament (your games with rated and unrated players are counted) the Opponents' Average is calculated by the special formula. In Swiss or team tournament (only your games with rated players are counted) the Opponents' Average is the average of your rated opponents.

if you score 50%, then your initial rating will be equal to your Opponents' Average.
if you score more than 50%, then your initial rating will be equal to your Opponents' Average plus 12.5 for each half point scored over 50%.
if you score less than 50%, then your initial rating will be equal to your Opponents' Average minus special value which is calculated based on your performance.

6. FIDE will publish your official initial FIDE rating if you meet the following requirements:
• You played minimum 9 games against the rated or unrated opponents in the round Robin tournament events.
• You played minimum 9 games against the rated opponents in the Swiss or team tournament events.
• Your initial rating calculated is 1200 or higher.
Note. 1200 is the FIDE rating floor from 1 July 2009.

7. The procedures of getting and publishing the initial FIDE rating takes at minimum 1 month. It may take 2 months, 4, or even more... But if your chess is good, it shall be not problem for you to get the initial FIDE rating quickly. Back to Top

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