Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1.What is USCF?

The US Chess Federation (USCF) is the central chess body in the US. Their rating system determines the level of experience of a player. The more games you win in USCF rated tournaments, the higher your rating will go.

2. What is FIDE?

FIDE is the international chess body that connects players worldwide. The FIDE rating system is used for all international tournaments. The World Championship and the World Cup are two examples of common FIDE rated tournaments. FIDE ratings and tournaments are generally for masters and higher-rated players.

3. How can I tell when I’ve reached the beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess playing level?

A beginner chess player should know how the pieces move, what checkmate is, and should be capable of playing a full game of chess. The USCF rating range would be from Unrated to 600.

An intermediate chess player should be able to understand basic openings and be able to calculate tactics. The USCF rating range would be between 600-1200.

An advanced chess player should have an opening repertoire of at least 2 or 3 openings and should be able to calculate at least 2 moves ahead. The USCF rating range would be 1200+.

4. Where do I check my chess rating?

Here is the link for chess rating: http://www.uschess.org/datapage/player-search.php

5. Which are the popular online sites for chess practice?

At present the popular online chess sites are chess.com and lichess.org

6. Do we have a YouTube Channel?

Yes we have several training videos online. Please subscribe to our channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPaxw6L5uYx2KzGurG8lcNA?view_as=subscriber

7. Do we have a Facebook Page?

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