1. What is Live Rating?
Live Rating is the most recent official FIDE rating plus all tournament games that a player has participated in since the last official FIDE rating list was published.
2. My favorite player has a rating of 2700+ FIDE, but I don't see him. Why?
Your favorite player has an official FIDE rating of 2700+. Since the publication of the FIDE rating list, that player has participated in further chess tournaments that are yet to be rated by FIDE. We have counted those additional tournament games. After the inclusion of those additional tournament games your favorite player has fallen below a rating of 2700, and hence has been removed from our 2700 list. Your favorite player shall reappear when his live rating equals 2700 (or higher) again.
3. Can you tell me about Chess Leagues?
Chess Leagues are Team events. They are usually played over many months with one round per month, and take place on a weekend. A player is not obligated to participate in the entire tournament, unlike tournaments that are held within a 90 day period.
4. Why has FIDE chosen to rate some Chess League games but not in other Chess Leagues?
This has to do with the organiser of the Chess League. Prior to Round 1, the organiser has a choice to submit a tournament report within each rating period, or at the end of the chess league tournament. This explains why you see results from many months ago, or even from last year.
5. How do I figure out the official FIDE rating using Live Rating?
Official FIDE rating = Live Rating - (+/-) column
Nakamura (USA) = 2775.0 - (+4.0) = 2771 Official FIDE rating
Vitiugov (RUS) = 2702.5 - (-6.5) = 2709 Official FIDE rating
6. How can I see Game Statistics?
Left click on the Magnifier glass icon with your computer mouse. That operation shall load information regarding Name, Country, Rating, Result, Colour, Rating Change, Tournament, and Tournament Date for you.
7. How can I guess what player was counted after the date changed in Last update?
You may see the progress in the following ways:
1) follow the players who have a live 2700+ rating in our daily pairings table
2) follow the Round Number in the list of Current Events
3) follow the games displayed in Chess Theatre.
8. My favorite 2700+ player won his game. Why wasn't his game rated?
It was because his opponent did not have a FIDE rating.
9. There were some 2700+ players who competed in a recent tournament. Why wasn't this tournament included in your live ratings?
For a game to be rated each player must have the following minimum periods in which to complete all the moves, assuming the game lasts 60 moves. Where at least one of the players in the tournament has a rating 2200 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 120 minutes. Games played with all the moves at a rate faster than the above are excluded from the list.
10.The game started but player 2 did not make a move. Is the game rated?
Whether unplayed games occur because of forfeiture or any other reason, they are not counted. Any game where both players have made at least one move will be rated. The result of the game is recorded as +:- or -:+.
11. I saw the result recorded as 0:0. How is this possible?
The game was played but both players violated tournament policy. One example is where both players agreed a draw prior to a minimum move count for draw agreement. Instead of the game being recorded as 1/2:1/2, the result of the game is invalid, and thus 0:0 is recorded for tournament and for rating purposes.
12.I saw the result recorded as 1/2:0. How is this possible?
It means that Player A has a lone King (insufficient material to checkmate) and player B has enough material to checkmate player A. However, player B's cell phone made a sound and is therefore forfeited. The game is recorded as 1/2:0 for rating purposes.
13. FIDE is going to add rapid and blitz ratings. Will they be counted on your website?
At the current time, yes they will.