Originally posted by 1992
As I spend more time on this site I start to take pride in my rating--as I think we all do. Then the other day I started to wonder how a given rating on this site compares to an over-the-board rating? Is a 1500 on this site as good as a 1500 USCF/FIDE (everything else being equal--assuming the player is equally good at correspondence chess as h ...[text shortened]... ey are pretty consistent, but I dont have an over-the-board rating so it's hard for me to say.
Ratings depend on the player pool,I don't think you can compare them.For example,official Belgian ratings are +-100 points higher than Dutch ratings (a Belgian 1700 = a Dutch 1600) because overall the dutch players are stronger.
Online ratings are rubbish anyway.Some play real correspondence chess using all the legal resources,others use some of the resources some of the time and still others play as they would OTB.Some people use online chess to experiment with lines they don't dare use OTB and then,once in a while,you'll be playing an engine.How can you compare that with a real life tournament setting?
Having said all that there are people whose OTB rating matches their various online ratings.I think that's just a coincedence though.