How good is 1700 chess rating? Can you get it?

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How good is 1700 chess rating? It’s good but it also depends on where you play, your talent and your ambition. Let me explain what I mean in this article. And I’ll also tell you how to get to 1700 chess rating if that’s what you want.

How good is a 1700 chess rating?

A chess rating of 1700 on Chess.com is an advanced rating. It means that you know many openings, you have good end game technique and you spot tactics in the mid game. At 1700 it’s impossible to lose to chess beginners.

Chess rating (elo)LevelHow you play
< 800NoviceYou hang your queen 4 times per game
800 – 1099BeginnerYou play pretty well and then you blunder your queen. You know only 2 openings.
1100 – 1399IntermediateYou can play all the common openings, but you blunder forks when you get tired.
1400 – 1699Advanced intermediateYou don’t blunder pieces away anymore. If you lose it’s because you played inaccurately and you lost a pawn.
1700 – 1999AdvancedPeople need to come at you with very challenging positions if they want you to make an inaccuracy.
2000 – 2299ExpertYou hold your own in almost any position. Your biggest enemies are stress and fatigue.
Table: what your chess elo rating really means (based on ratings on Chess.com)

Is 1700 elo a good chess rating?

1700 chess rating is very good, assuming that you play on Chess.com. It’s a rating that most casual players will never achieve. So you can be proud of yourself! (If you play on Lichess your rating is inflated by a few hundred points, so it’s less impressive.)

Also read: Chess rating converter: Chess.com to Lichess to FIDE

What does a 1700 elo chess rating mean?

The math behind the elo rating system works out in such a way that every difference of 100 elo points corresponds to a 65% chance to win. So for example if a 1700 elo player plays against a 1600 elo player, the 1700 elo player has a 65% chance to win.

You can read what this means for you if you’re a 1700 elo rated player.

Elo player 1 vs elo player 2Win chance for the 900 rated player
1700 vs 140085%
1700 vs 150075%
1700 vs 160065%
1700 vs 170050%
1700 vs 180035%
1700 vs 190025%
1700 vs 200015%
Table: What the math behind your elo chess rating says about how good you are at 1700

How many people have a 1700 chess rating?

Approximately 6 millions people in the world have a chess rating of 1700 or more on Chess.com. That’s about 10% of all chess players, and about 0.1% of all people on earth.

And about 2.5 million people have a chess rating between 1700 and 1799.

In the table below you can read what percentile of people have 1700 elo on Chess.com, Lichess, FIDE and USFC.

Chess rating (elo)Chess.com percentileFIDE percentileLichess percentileUSFC percentile
2000 to 209998%90%99%96%
1900 to 199996%84%99%94%
1800 to 189994%77%98%91%
1700 to 179990%70%96%87%
1600 to 169984%61%94%82%
1500 to 159977%52%90%77%
1400 to 149970%47%84%72%
1300 to 139961%42%77%67%
1200 to 129952%37%70%62%
1100 to 119947%25%61%57%
1000 to 109942%15%52%52%
900 to 99937%7%47%48%
800 to 89930%3%42%43%
700 to 79922%1%37%37%
600 to 69915%1%25%31%
Table: Chess rating percentiles distribution shows what’s a good chess rating on Chess.com, Lichess, FIDE and USFC

Also read: What is a Good Chess Rating? (with Percentile Calculator)

How long does it take to get to 1700 chess rating?

It takes between 3 and 6 months to reach 1700 chess rating if you study hard and smart. What I mean with that is that you get some relevant chess courses and you use a Chess.com Diamond membership. If you just play casually without studying you probably won’t reach 1700 chess rating (ever).

Chess ratingHow long to get this rating (with Chess.com Diamond)How long to get this rating (without learning resources)
10001 week2 months
11002 weeks3 months
12004 weeks6 months
13006 weeks9 months
14002 months1 year
15002.5 months2 years
16003 monthsProbably never
Table: How long it takes to get to 1000 – 1600 chess rating with and without learning resources

Also read: Chess.com Diamond Review: Is Chess.com Diamond worth it?

How to get to 1700 chess rating quickly

To get to 1700 chess rating you have to put in the work. That means that you need to study hard. But more importantly, you need to study SMART. And the smartest way to study is to use the resources you get with a Chess.com Diamond membership.

No matter how experienced you are, you can gain 300 rating points within 2 weeks if this is the first time you’re using a Chess.com Diamond membership.

Chess.com membershipRating increase (within 2 weeks)
Basic (free)+0
Gold+50
Platinum+100
Diamond+300
Table: How many elo points you will gain in 1 or 2 weeks with which chess.com membership

Why can you improve so much when you join the Diamond club?

Because you get a bunch of great study tools: game reviews, coach explanations, insights, lessons and puzzles.

Chess study toolRating increase (within 2 weeks)
Playing games like normal+0
Chess puzzles+25
Chess lessons+25
Game review+50
Coach explanations+100
Insights+100
Table: How many elo points you can gain when you use the different features of Chess.com

These tools use artificial intelligence to analyze your chess games. They tell you for every move how good it was and what the best move would have been. And they even recommend lessons based on your common mistakes and playing patterns.

10 years ago only guys like Magnus Carlsen had access to this kind of technology. Now you can get it too. I’m confident this will have a huge impact on you and your chess rating. And you can even try it out for free for 7 days with the link below.

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