Sunday, October 7

New Cut-off Date for Official Ratings

Starting with November 2012, the USCF monthly rating supplements will be tabulated during the night following the 3rd Friday of the previous month.  In the past, these official ratings were fixed two weeks sooner, after the 1st Friday.  Thus, readers will have to wait until Saturday, October 20 to find out their rating for tournaments in November.

This change addresses complaints about the lag time between when an event is held and when the results contribute to the players' official ratings.  The delay drops from a maximum of 8 weeks to 6 weeks.  The immediate availability of ratings online at the MSA website makes this change feasible.  Tournament directors should be able to download the monthly rating databases promptly during the subsequent week.