* Provisional Ratings
Instead of tracking my ratings by specific numbers, where I could get worried about winning/losing a few points here and there, I thought it would be better to just track my ratings by wide groups. I decided to do this using the USCF Class definitions (see below). This gives me a general sense of where I am. It also gives me some targets for the next short-term goal I want to achieve in different categories.
Here are the “classes” as defined by US Chess, which is my national chess federation. At least, I think they are. I have not been able to find any reference to these on the USChess Website so I am trusting Wikipedia. Even if these are not “official”, they are still good buckets I can use.
|Senior Master||2400 and up|
USChess also has a norm-based rating system, which you can read about here. I will worry about that when I am playing higher rated opponents and it becomes something I want to think about