This looks like a rip-off of Reassembler’s By the Book post. But it’s something I’ve been thinking about for weeks. How do you explain chess ratings to someone who is familiar with basketball?
Magnus Carlsen: LeBron James (the best player on the planet, but hasn’t won a championship yet)
Super GM: Kobe, Wade, Howard, etc.
GM: Gets non-garbage time minutes in an NBA game
Jacob Aagaard: Shawn Bradley
IM: D-league, or maybe Dorell Wright
Master: Division I college squad
Expert: Transfered to a Division II squad to get playing time
Class A: Varsity high school squad (ie, can get a cheerleader)
Class B: J.V. high school squad (ie, cannot get a cheerleader)
Class C: Middle school squad
Feel free to fill in the rest (the USCF goes all the way down to Class J.)