What is the number next to my name? What does it mean?

This number is your chess rating! 

If you are a beginner to chess, it probably started at 800 or 1000, depending on what you selected for your experience level when you created your account. 

This number will go up and down as you win and lose games. We use this number when matching you with other players, so that we can be sure you are playing someone of similar skill. That way, both players can have an even, fun game! 

To learn more about how ratings work on Chess.com, read here! 

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