Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Fide Grades

How do I get a FIDE grade?

Sep 2014 update: FIDE, the world chess federation, will allocate a player an international FIDE grade once the player has at least 5 results and a new grade at least as high as the minimum level at which FIDE grades are published. (For many years it was 2200 – to expand the list this has been progressively reduced to 1000). Players do not need to get 5 games all in the one event – they can achieve “partial” grades which can be summed over several grading periods and which will result in a new grade once the minimum number of games and minimum grade level requirements are satisfied.

For an unrated player’s first performance to count, they must score at least half a point.

The Scottish Championship, the SNCL, The Richardson and Spens Cups, East of Scotland Championship, Grangemouth and Edinburgh Congresses have previously submitted data for FIDE grading. Events need to meet certain requirements before their data is eligible to be submitted. The event must register with FIDE at least one month before it starts. To register you send the CS grader the data required in the registration form displayed at the bottom of this page.

The latest Scottish FIDE ratings are published here.

FIDE page indicating registered and rated events in Scotland (please inform us immediately if any errors).

FIDE rated games played outside Scotland will be included in the domestic record of CS members. These will be imported every month when FIDE supply a spreadsheet of results from the preceding period. See more details.

If you are about to play outside Scotland in a FIDE rated event either as an individual or a member of a team and you are currently FIDE unrated it is worth contacting the CS Grader beforehand. The CS Grader can login to the FIDE database and generate a FIDE pnum. You can then give this pnum to the organiser which should mean the correct results go to the correct player. This procedure should avoid the many problems which can occur with player identities. Give your full name including any initials and date of birth and email grading@chessscotland.com

Fide Rating Archives

For archives of the Fide ratings of Scottish players, please click here.