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Secrets of the January 2017 FIDE Rating List

by Boris Schipkov

There are 265092 chess players in the January 2017 Standard FIDE Rating List. The average rating of the January 2017 Standard FIDE Rating List is 1757,41.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Russia - 27977. There are 23619 players with international standard ratings in India.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      January 2016 January 2016 January 2017 January 2017
1 Russia RUS 23566 10,2 27977 10,6
2 India IND 20164 8,7 23619 8,9
3 Germany GER 20676 8,9 22253 8,4
4 Spain ESP 17381 7,5 19312 7,3
5 France FRA 16359 7,1 18515 7,0
6 Poland POL 7999 3,5 8747 3,3
7 Italy ITA 7203 3,1 7978 3,0
8 Czech Republic CZE 6081 2,6 6649 2,5
9 Iran IRI 4512 2,0 6116 2,3
10 Hungary HUN 5419 2,3 5734 2,2
11 Turkey TUR 4002 1,7 5150 1,9
12 United States USA 4257 1,8 4859 1,8
13 Greece GRE 4007 1,7 4529 1,7
14 Serbia SRB 4103 1,8 4428 1,7
15 Brazil BRA 3560 1,5 4034 1,5
16 Argentina ARG 3079 1,3 3579 1,4
17 Romania ROU 3078 1,3 3495 1,3
18 Netherlands NED 3128 1,4 3480 1,3
19 Ukraine UKR 3200 1,4 3452 1,3
20 Denmark DEN 2831 1,2 3238 1,2
    All 231238 100,0 265092 100,0

The greatest increase for the year in number of players was in Russia, + 4411 new rated players. There are 186 countries in the January 2017 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased by 6.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N January 2016 January 2017 Increase Percent
1 Russia RUS 23566 27977 4411 18,72
2 India IND 20164 23619 3455 17,13
3 France FRA 16359 18515 2156 13,18
4 Spain ESP 17381 19312 1931 11,11
5 Iran IRI 4512 6116 1604 35,55
6 Germany GER 20676 22253 1577 7,63
7 Turkey TUR 4002 5150 1148 28,69
8 Italy ITA 7203 7978 775 10,76
9 Poland POL 7999 8747 748 9,35
10 United States USA 4257 4859 602 14,14
11 Sweden SWE 2116 2700 584 27,60
12 Czech Republic CZE 6081 6649 568 9,34
13 Greece GRE 4007 4529 522 13,03
14 Argentina ARG 3079 3579 500 16,24
15 Brazil BRA 3560 4034 474 13,31
16 Sri Lanka SRI 2012 2432 420 20,87
17 Romania ROU 3078 3495 417 13,55
18 Norway NOR 1715 2131 416 24,26
19 Denmark DEN 2831 3238 407 14,38
20 Slovakia SVK 2849 3203 354 12,43
    All 231238 265092 33854 14,64

Players from Cuba have now the highest average rating - 2027,65. Players from Indonesia have the second average rating - 2005,8. I took into consideration only countries with more than 100 players with ratings.

Average Rating

P Country N Players January 2016 January 2017 Change
1 Cuba CUB 1813 2044,36 2027,65 -16,71
2 Indonesia INA 549 2055,31 2005,80 -49,51
3 Myanma MYA 339 2020,30 2001,44 -18,86
4 Kosovo KOS 141 2018,22 1994,48 -23,75
5 China CHN 930 2042,02 1986,06 -55,96
6 Ukraine UKR 3452 2014,98 1983,81 -31,17
7 Montenegro MNE 364 1999,85 1982,04 -17,81
8 United States USA 4859 2015,64 1980,13 -35,51
9 Turkmenistan TKM 200 1996,80 1976,61 -20,20
10 Macedonia MKD 292 2031,63 1976,24 -55,39
11 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 744 2003,79 1975,96 -27,83
12 Serbia SRB 4428 1994,35 1969,25 -25,10
13 Nigeria NGR 216 2003,52 1965,67 -37,86
14 Netherlands NED 3480 1988,86 1964,23 -24,63
15 Philippines PHI 679 1994,81 1963,78 -31,04
16 Finland FIN 905 1981,75 1956,15 -25,60
17 Canada CAN 1180 1988,16 1949,60 -38,56
18 Albania ALB 134 1974,25 1937,31 -36,94
19 Scotland SCO 389 1947,12 1929,83 -17,29
20 Syria SYR 258 1968,82 1921,16 -47,66
    All 265092 1802,14 1757,41 -44,73

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