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bunta 24 ( +1 | -1 )
ELO and FIDE ratings hey guys, can someone please tell me the difference between ELO and FIDE ratings? or are they all the same? and can someone tell me my FIDE rating? and how to convert ELO to FIDE rating/ACF rating, my ELO rating is 1502, i want to find out my FIDE and ACF ratings
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fmgaijin 53 ( +1 | -1 )
Elo Is a Rating System . . . . . . invented by Arpad Elo. FIDE, GK, and many national federations use Elo's system to rate players. Since the ratings are comparative between players WITHIN a particular group, you cannot necessarily convert one rating to another, though sometimes they are similar. The only way to get an accurate rating in any group is to play in THAT group's events and get the rating. Moreover, correspondence or turn-based ratings (like GK's) do not necessarily match the OTB (over-the-board) ratings for the same player, so any approximation might be inaccurate for a particular player.
jjw109 53 ( +1 | -1 )
ditto fmgaijin comments. Also, big differences can exist with blitz versus longer-play. I've played some really good blitzer's that have comparatively low ratings (surprisingly low in some cases) at turn-based, and conversely really bad blitzer's (hanging major pieces, etc.) that are very strong players with more time to think. Check out ICC for example, where some GMs have relatively low blitz ratings, and non-GMs that have really high blitz ratings.
jjw109 68 ( +1 | -1 )
another point about turn-based ratings. Unlike FIDE rating for example, GK doesn't have the rigid time control. At GK, you can play two different persons that have effectively the same rating, but spend vastly different times per move. Some players spend only a few minutes max per move (or less), whereas others (myself included) may spend significantly longer time on a move or moves. Also, some use databases and some don't. So two people may have the same rating here on GK but may have very different skill levels. Much like comparing blitz play versus classical time control.
wulebgr 35 ( +1 | -1 )
I recommend for information on ELO ratings.

BTW, if your ELO is 1500, you are ineligible for a FIDE rating. You must play in FIDE events to receive a FIDE rating, and such events are rarely open to players below expert (ELO > 2000).