Chess Player Ranking System

Students in various chess programs associated to the Dragon Chess Center are divided into different levels based on their relative playing strength. This unique ranking system is used among students in various chess programs associated to the Dragon Chess Center.

Level 0: Absolute Beginners - Intermediate Beginners:

1. An average chess student from no experience to six-month small group chess study at the Dragon Chess Center.
2. An average chess student from no experience to two-year school chess club experience.
3. An average chess player from no experience to several years of experience in playing chess at home or with friends casually. 

Level 1: Intermediate Beginners - Advanced Beginners

1. The playing strength of a level 1 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 300 - 500.
2. A level 1 player should win most of games against casual chess players with years of experience; a level 1 player is relative competitive in most of local or state scholastic chess tournaments. A level 1 player usually get 2.0 to 3.5 points out of 5.0 in a K-3 or 4-8 unrated section in a local or state scholastic chess tournament.
3. For students in various chess programs associated with the Dragon Chess Center, a level 1 player is qualified through competition among non-ranked players or local chess tournaments.

Level 2: Advanced beginners - Intermediate scholastic players

1. The playing strength of a level 2 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 500 - 700.
2. A level 2 player can usually get 3.0 to 4.5 points out of 5.0 in a K-3 or 4-8 unrated section in a local or state scholastic chess tournament.
3. For students in various chess programs associated with the Dragon Chess Center, a level 2 player is qualified through local or state chess tournaments or internal tournaments for level 1 players.

Level 3: Intermediate Scholastic Players

1. The playing strength of a level 3 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 700 - 900. 2. A level 3 player should get 3.5 to 5.0 points out of 5.0 in a K-3 or 4-8 unrated section in a local or state scholastic chess tournament. A level 3 player should be within the top 15% consistently in an unrated section in any scholastic chess tournaments.
3. For students in various chess programs associated with the Dragon Chess Center, a level 3 player is qualified through local or state chess tournaments or internal tournaments for level 2 players.
4. For students in various chess programs associated with the Dragon Chess Center, a student at or above the level 3 is recommended to get rated under the USCF system.

Level 4: Intermediate - Advanced Scholastic Players

The playing strength of a level 4 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 900 - 1100.

Level 5: Advanced Scholastic Players

The playing strength of a level 5 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 1100 - 1300.

Level 6: Advanced Scholastic Players

The playing strength of a level 6 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 1300 - 1500.

Level 7: Advanced Scholastic Players

The playing strength of a level 7 player is equivalent to USCF rating range 1500 - 1750.

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The USCF rating system is used nationwide, but some difference exists between areas. The USCF ratings used above are based on those in Columbus Ohio area. For chess players in Cincinnati Ohio area, 100 points should be added to a rating. For example, the level 3 in Cincinnati area should be 800 - 1000.
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