It's official: get FIDE ratings online
For the very first time chess lovers around the world can compete in FIDE events with official FIDE ratings online. FIDE has also announced planned single blitz & rapid ratings regardless of whether you play on FIDE online arena or over the board.
Pride of place: online ELO’s are now listed on the FIDE ratings page. Online ratings are displayed on the FIDE ratings page (http://ratings.fide.com/).
The Ace-Guard anti-cheating system is central to FIDE online arena’s player protection, and the fruit of many years of painstaking research, as well as significant technical development and financial investment. It offers a totally unprecedented level of protection and security. It has been approved by national chess federations and FIDE. Furthermore, the system is rigorously checked and tested over an extended period of time and has a proven track record of success.
The work done by the anti-cheating system is complemented by FIDE’s procedures and a team of experts, making it particularly difficult for anyone to cheat for an extended period of time. All members of FIDE online arena can be identified by means of their FIDE ID numbers. FIDE is 100% committed to maintaining the high reputation chess enjoys and anyone found to be cheating faces strict sanctions not limited to online chess, further reducing the likelihood of cheating.
It is important to emphasize that the vast majority of players love chess and only a tiny number of people try to cheat. Decisions regarding cheating are never taken lightly and involve evaluating many factors over a period of time so action taken against a player is never immediate. It would be a serious mistake for a cheater to presume that because individual cases of cheating are not punished immediately that their cheating has not been detected.
From January 2015, Arena ratings are calculated to include players' online activity as well as over the board game results. The first day of each month, as soon the traditional FIDE rating lists for rapid and blitz are published, the total over the board rating change is added to (subtracted from) the player's Arena rating. In this way, Arena ratings are upgraded to an official status because they reflect a player's overall activity, online and over the board. Arena ratings shall be used exclusively for online rankings and pairings of official FIDE online tournaments. Calculations of Arena ratings are powered by the advanced PremiumChess technology.
In order to support the players' private online gaming and the active local chess communities, the top players of which have not reached the traditional Master level, FIDE announces the new Arena titles for the average amateur performance between 1100 and 2000 Elo points. These titles can be achieved online by the members of FIDE Online Arena, and obtained by direct paypal payment without any application from the player's National Federation. The titles of Arena Grand Master, Arena International Master, Arena FIDE master and Arena Candidate Master are the same for men and women, they are registered on the player's profile card on FIDE website, and are recognised to be used also for over the board tournament participation. For more information, click here.