Why are there three different ratings in Live Chess?
Live Chess has three different ratings based on different time controls:
Bullet rating - For games under 3 minutes.
Blitz rating - For games of 3 minutes to 14 minutes.
Standard rating - For games 15 minutes and longer.
Note that the per-move bonus time IS significant here - not just the base minutes. The system assumes an average game-length of 40 moves to estimate the total length of time available to each player; the result is what determines which rating is affected by a given time control:
A time control of 2 | 12 therefore results in a Blitz (not Bullet) game like so:
2 minutes + (12 seconds x 40 moves = 480 seconds) = 10 minutes
(Exactly the same logic determines where a game appears on the time-line of the Seek graph.)
As a reference, here are the basic pre-sets available in Live:
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