When you play chess in tournaments you start gaining a rating. Each country has their own rating database, in Australia this is maintained by the Australian Chess Federation (ACF) and once you have played internationally you will also obtain a FIDE (World Chess Organisation) rating.
There are 2 types of ratings available:
Rapid Rating; which you obtain for playing in tournaments with games that are less than 60 minutes per player.
Classic Rating; which you obtain for playing in tournaments with games that are more than 60 minutes per player.
Australian ratings are registered and monitored by the Australian Chess Federation and will start approximately at 500. Your rating will move up or down depending on your wins and losses and of course whether you have been playing a higher or lower rated player.
To compare ratings with the Step-by-Step method; if a students has completed Step one, they would have a comparab le FIDE rating of 500. Step two will be a rating of 1000, Step 3 – 1300, Step 4 – 1500, Step 5 – 1800 and Step 6 – 2000+
If a student wanted to develop using the Step-by-Step method, the workbooks relate as follows; C Grade – Step 1, B Grade – Step 2, A Grade – Step 3, Secondary Division – Step 4 and National and International – Step 5 and 6.
Check out the latest Australian Chess Federation’s Ratings HERE