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ELO Rater

Version 2.0

ELO Rater is a Club Rating Utility Program, designed to automate implementing a USCF style, or Harkness style Rating system for small chess clubs or groups.

If you have any questions regarding this program or the source, contact the author through e-mail at: james_k_garner@yahoo.com, listing ELO Rater in the subject text or through regular mail at 2625 Burkelaun Dr. Montgomery, Alabmam (U.S.A)


Pentium class machine, 100 MHz or higher MS Windows 95 or Higher


If you are reading this, then chances are you have already extracted the ELORater.zip file to your directory of choice. If not, extract the contents of the ELORater.zip tile to your machine.

The program may be run directly from the ELORater directory as extracted from the zip file, or you may move the ELORater structure to a more convenient location. Program help is located in the help directory, and the source code is found in the source.zip file.

After you have read over the distribution license and read over the program help, simply double click the program icon to execute the program.

Release Notes

The major enhancement to this version of the software is the addition of a native data file format. This introduction removes the dependance of the program on MS ACCESS. Sorting and usability items have also been added.

The rating algorithms implemented by the program are dependant on correct data entry. This program does not provide a user safety net against errors. The safest way to use the program is to create and use frequent backups. This can be done using the file system and the data files. It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the data files.

Future Releases

I am thinking about setting the number of games for direct USCF rating entry. Currently, the direct USCF entry will assume no games played, yielding a period of high volatility on the rated player. I am also thinking about changing the data format to make the data file more human readable. I expect better recovery from stupid entry errors would make the program more friendly, along with a simple backup/recovery mechanism as well.

Don't count on these things any time soon. It took 5 years to get the original program off the shelf and remove the dependancy on MS Access. When I am not working, and doing what the wife requires around the house, I am busy with my children, both playing and teaching to them and their friends.