How good is a 1800 chess rating? Is it possible for you?

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How good is 1800 chess rating? I mean wow, that’s a good rating! But to really know what we’re talking about I need to clarify some things. So let me first tell you exactly what 1800 elo means. And then let me tell you how to get to 1800 chess rating efficiently, if that’s what you want.

How good is a 1800 chess rating?

1800 is an advanced chess rating. You cannot get to 1800 rating without studying chess seriously and playing hundreds or thousands of games. It’s a very high percentile of chess players that have 1800 rating or higher.

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

Is 1800 elo a good chess rating?

Yes 1800 is a good chess rating, but don’t forget that ratings differ a lot across different websites. An 1800 rated player on is very advanced, whereas an 1800 on Lichess is merely a good beginner.

Also read: Chess rating converter: to Lichess to FIDE

What does a 1800 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 1800 elo player plays against a 1700 elo player, the 1800 elo player has a 65% chance to win.

You can read what this means for you if you’re a 1800 elo rated player.

Elo player 1 vs elo player 2Win chance for the 900 rated player
1800 vs 150085%
1800 vs 160075%
1800 vs 170065%
1800 vs 180050%
1800 vs 190035%
1800 vs 200025%
1800 vs 210015%
Table: What the math behind your elo chess rating says about how good you are at 1800

How many people have a 1800 chess rating?

Approximately 3.6 millions people in the world have a chess rating of 1800 or more on That’s about 6% of all chess players, and about 0.05% of all people on earth.

And about 2.4 million people have a chess rating between 1800 and 1899.

In the table below you can read what percentile of people have 1800 elo on, Lichess, FIDE and USFC.

Chess rating (elo) 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, Lichess, FIDE and USFC

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

How long does it take to get to 1800 chess rating?

You can get to 1800 chess rating within 6 months if you’re talented, you use a Diamond membership and you study chess books or courses. But if you just play casual chess games online without studying, you will never get to 1800 chess rating.

Chess ratingHow long to get this rating (with 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: Diamond Review: Is Diamond worth it?

How to get to 1800 chess rating (and blow past it)

To get to 1800 chess rating you need to study chess seriously. It’s a big ambition, and you won’t get there by just grinding many games. You need a smarter approach.

The first thing you need to do is get a Diamond membership to This gives you the most important tools for you to improve quickly in chess.

In fact, I think you can gain 300 rating points within 2 weeks if this is the first time you’re using a Diamond membership. membershipRating increase (within 2 weeks)
Basic (free)+0
Table: How many elo points you will gain in 1 or 2 weeks with which 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
Table: How many elo points you can gain when you use the different features of

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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