Is 2000 chess rating possible for you? How good is 2000?

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How good is 2000 chess rating? It’s really good, if you play against strong competition! Let me tell you what you need to know about having 2000 chess rating on different chess websites. And let me tell you how you can get 2000 chess rating yourself, if you want that.

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How good is a 2000 chess rating?

A chess rating of 2000 is very good. 2000 rating is the mark of a true chess expert. Of course, even if you’re 2000, there are plenty of grand masters that can demolish you easily. But for non professional chess players, 2000 elo is extremely impressive.

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 2000 elo a good chess rating?

2000 is an extremely good chess rating on But it’s less impressive on other websites, such as Lichess, where you start with a higher rating. If you are rated 2000 on, you achieved a major milestone and can truely say that you’re great at chess.

Also read: Chess rating converter: to Lichess to FIDE

What does a 2000 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 2000 elo player plays against a 1900 elo player, the 2000 elo player has a 65% chance to win.

You can read what this means for you if you’re an 2000 elo rated player.

Elo player 1 vs elo player 2Win chance for the 2000 rated player
2000 vs 170085%
2000 vs 180075%
2000 vs 190065%
2000 vs 200050%
2000 vs 210035%
2000 vs 220025%
2000 vs 230015%
Table: What the math behind your elo chess rating says about how good you are at 2000

How many people have a 2000 chess rating?

Approximately 1 million people in the world have a chess rating of 2000 or more on That’s about 2% of all chess players, and about 0.01% of all people on earth.

And about 1 million people have a chess rating between 2000 and 2099.

In the table below you can read what percentile of people have 2000 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 2000 chess rating?

It takes most people at least 1 year to get to 2000 chess rating. And that’s if they study chess seriously. If you only play casual games now and then, I can guarantee you that you’ll never get to 2000 rating in chess. But if you get chess courses and a Diamond membership you have a real chance to become a 2000.

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 2000 chess rating (even if you’re a noob)

To get to 2000 rating in chess you need to work hard. It’s a very high rating and you can’t expect to luck yourself to that level.

You probably need to buy at least 1 or 2 chess courses. And you definitely need a premium membership so that you can analyze your own games. If you do this, you’ll improve very quickly.

In fact, I think you can gain 300 rating in 2 weeks if you sign up for 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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