PeakRating.US by Continental Chess

 Using peak rating to "play up" in Continental Chess tournaments

Most of our tournaments have at least one section that requires a minimum rating to enter. "Major Sections" require 1800, "Premier Sections" at least 1900. "Class" tournaments allow all players to play one class above rating, but no more.

We have been allowing the use of unofficial ratings, more current than the current official rating, to play up. Now we are adding another way that you may play up: by using the highest post-tournament USCF rating you achieved during the 90 days prior to the tournament.

For example, the 2019 Kings Island Open, Nov 15-17, has a Major Section requiring an official November rating of at least 1800. If your November rating is under 1800, you can now still qualify if you had a post-tournament rating of 1800 or over Aug 17 (90 days before Nov 15) or later. 

The 2020 Southern Class Championships, Mar 27-29, has 7 sections: Master, Expert, A, B, C, D, E. You can play up one class only, but if you wish to go higher, you can use your peak post-tournament rating from the past 90 days. So a 1990 player with 90 day peak 2000 12/28 or after can enter Master, a 1590 player with 90 day peak 1600 can enter Class A for Under 2000, etc.

We also have major tournaments such as the World Open in which the top section is open to all, but the entry fee is $100 more if not rated 2200/over. Here too, you can use 90 day peak to avoid the higher fee. The shopping cart cannot handle this, so you may need to pay the higher fee and email DirectorAtChess.US to ask for a $100 refund.

The peak rating rule is not used for FIDE ratings.

By using peak rating, we hope to encourage activity, as players wishing to play up, once achieving a necessary rating, will have at least 90 days of eligibility. 

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