Originally posted by bobbyald
Can anyone please tell me how good different ratings are?
How good is 1600, 1700, 1800 etc.
What rating is a grand master?
The FIDE ratings for titled players are
I believe players have to stay above these ratings for a minimum number of games (30 comes to mind) and achieve norms in appropriate tournaments plus pay a fee to FIDE.
FIDE ratings are not directly comparable to RHP although there should be a rough correlation.
As a rough guide below these elevated heights
2000-2300 are strong county / club players;
1800-2000 are good club players;
1600-1800 are average club players;
1400-1600 are improving players;
1200-1400 are social players only;
below 1200 are beginners.