How good is 900 chess rating and how to get more rating now?

900 chess rating monkey

How good is 900 chess rating? It’s not bad! Depending on a few factors such as your experience, your goals and where you play, you can be a proud 900 rated player! Now let me answer all your questions about 900 elo in chess.

How good is a 900 chess rating?

An elo rating of 900 in chess means that you’re a decent beginner. You know the rules of chess, a few openings and… how to lose your queen in 1 move. Yeah, that still happens to you. But not as much as it used to! And you can definitely beat complete chess newbies.

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 900 elo a good chess rating?

It depends! If you’re a total beginner playing rapid on Chess.com, 900 is not a bad rating. But you can definitely increase your rating with some study and practice. And if you’re a 900 on Lichess, well, that’s less impressive than being 900 on Chess.com!

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

What does a 900 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 900 elo player plays against a 800 elo player, the 900 elo player has a 65% chance to win.

You can read what this means for you if you’re a 900 elo rated player.

Elo player 1 vs elo player 2Win chance for the 900 rated player
900 vs 60085%
900 vs 70075%
900 vs 80065%
900 vs 90050%
900 vs 100035%
900 vs 110025%
900 vs 120015%
Table: What the math behind your elo chess rating says about how good you are at 900

How many people have a 900 chess rating?

Approximately 38 millions people in the world have a chess rating of 900 or more on Chess.com. That’s about 63% of all chess players, and about 0.4% of all people on earth.

And about 6 million people have a chess rating between 900 and 999.

In the table below you can read what percentile of people have 900 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 900 chess rating?

How long it takes to get to 900 chess rating depends on your talent and how you practice. Some people are so talented that they’re 900 when they start playing. But most people need to practice for 1 or 2 months to get a 900 rating on Chess.com.

Of course, you can make this a lot quicker by practicing smarter. If you study with all the premium tools of a Chess.com Diamond membership, you get better much faster. With these resources you can become 900 within a week, without them it might take 2 months.

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 easily get to 900 chess rating (and blow past it)

You can get to 900 rating in chess very easily. All you have to do is join the Chess.com Diamond club.

In fact, I think 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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