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June 30th, 2012

FIDE inaugurates new Chess Rapid and Blitz Rating Lists

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk's FIDE rating pageToday June 30, one day early, FIDE published the new chess rating lists. The big novelty is that new Rapid and Blitz rating lists have been inaugurated! So each player who plays all speeds of chess will have 3 ratings. In my case (see Alexandra Kosteniuk’s official FIDE rating page), on July 1, 2012 I will have 2472 ELO for classical chess (that’s +15 vs. last list), and I enter the Rapid list with 2568 ELO, and the Blitz list with 2505 ELO, which gives an average of 2515 ELO. I think that it is a great idea to have different rating lists for different styles of chess (classical, rapid, and blitz), as it is a fact that players have different success in different styles of play. In my case, I am close to 100 ELO stronger in rapid chess, which was obtained in having good success in most recent top level Rapid tournaments. Do you agree it is a good idea to have different chess ratings for classical, rapid and blitz chess? Please write your opinion in the comments or vote on the issue on


Rapid Chess: 15 to 60 minutes per player, sometimes with a small time increment per move (e.g. 10 seconds).

Blitz Chess: 15 minutes or less per side. Usually sudden death (no increment), but may also be played with a small increment. More recently due to the influx of digital clocks, 3 minutes with a 2-second add is also preferred.

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk's Rating Card on July 1, 2012

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk's Rating Card on July 1, 2012

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11 Responses to “FIDE inaugurates new Chess Rapid and Blitz Rating Lists”

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  2. Bernardino says:

    Enhorabuena guapisima!
    (Use spanish google translator…)

  3. adrian kaifn, dubai says:

    wow congratulations chess queen but listen your classical rating is not the reflection of your true strength i am sure it’s going to go up by 50 points at least theminimum this year CONGRATS DO WELL

  4. alexis cochran, nz says:

    congratulations chess queen thats great wishing you lots of elo points in the olympiad season

  5. Jason Bourne, LA says:

    great nice ratings for you chess queen !!!

  6. amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi says:

    Congrats from our club Chess Queen

  7. anonymous says:

    Dear sir, I wish to see Ms Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk’s rapid and blitz rating cross 2600 by year end and her classical rating becoming rapid rating. Such are my wishes to be greeted to the most dynamic lady in chess in today’s worlds of sports of chess. Thank You. Sini Mohd Nafis, Bangladesh

  8. Ron St. Pierre says:

    I agree with Alexandra. As different player have different strengths and weaknesses depending on the speed of their games, it make sense for each to have a rating for the different forms of the game.


  9. Don Gregory says:

    what are the time controls for RAPID and Blitz ?

  10. chessqueen says:

    According to the FIDE site: “Rapidplay”: each player must have at least 15 minutes, but less than 60 minutes thinking time; or the time allotted + 60 times any increment or delay is at least 15 minutes, but less than 60 minutes for each player. “Blitz games”: each player has at least five minutes, but less than 15 minutes, after adjustment for any increment or delay mode. Thus, the time control of 3 minutes plus 2 second increment or all the moves in 5 minutes is acceptable.

  11. [...] everyone!As you can see from the image above, from a post on, with an example of the FIDE Rating card for Alexandra Kosteniuk, FIDE introduced on July 1, 2012 [...]