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Secrets of the January 2018 FIDE Rating List

by Boris Schipkov

There are 296 078 chess players in the January 2018 Standard FIDE Rating List. The average rating of the January 2018 Standard FIDE Rating List is 1722,28.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Russia - 30 448. There are 26 931 players with international standard ratings in India.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      January 2017 January 2017 January 2018 January 2018
1 Russia RUS 27977 10,6 30448 10,3
2 India IND 23619 8,9 26931 9,1
3 Germany GER 22253 8,4 23737 8,0
4 Spain ESP 19312 7,3 21337 7,2
5 France FRA 18515 7,0 20467 6,9
6 Poland POL 8747 3,3 9372 3,2
7 Italy ITA 7978 3,0 8805 3,0
8 Iran IRI 6116 2,3 7720 2,6
9 Czech Republic CZE 6649 2,5 7140 2,4
10 Turkey TUR 5150 1,9 6292 2,1
11 Hungary HUN 5734 2,2 5989 2,0
12 United States USA 4859 1,8 5399 1,8
13 Greece GRE 4529 1,7 4972 1,7
14 Serbia SRB 4428 1,7 4678 1,6
15 Brazil BRA 4034 1,5 4465 1,5
16 Argentina ARG 3579 1,4 4144 1,4
17 Romania ROU 3495 1,3 3853 1,3
18 Ukraine UKR 3452 1,3 3796 1,3
19 Netherlands NED 3480 1,3 3759 1,3
20 Denmark DEN 3238 1,2 3567 1,2
    All 265092 100,0 296078 100,0

The greatest increase for the year in number of players was in India, + 3312 new rated players. There are 186 countries in the January 2018 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased by 1.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N January 2017 January 2018 Increase Percent
1 India IND 23619 26931 3312 14,02
2 Russia RUS 27977 30448 2471 8,83
3 Spain ESP 19312 21337 2025 10,49
4 France FRA 18515 20467 1952 10,54
5 Iran IRI 6116 7720 1604 26,23
6 Germany GER 22253 23737 1484 6,67
7 Turkey TUR 5150 6292 1142 22,17
8 Italy ITA 7978 8805 827 10,37
9 Poland POL 8747 9372 625 7,15
10 Argentina ARG 3579 4144 565 15,79
11 United States USA 4859 5399 540 11,11
12 Norway NOR 2131 2629 498 23,37
13 Czech Republic CZE 6649 7140 491 7,38
14 Sweden SWE 2700 3188 488 18,07
15 Greece GRE 4529 4972 443 9,78
16 Brazil BRA 4034 4465 431 10,68
17 Kazakhstan KAZ 1209 1618 409 33,83
18 Peru PER 1745 2105 360 20,63
19 Romania ROU 3495 3853 358 10,24
20 Sri Lanka SRI 2432 2780 348 14,31
    All 265092 296078 30986 11,69

Players from Cuba have now the highest average rating - 2014,96. Players from Myanma have the second average rating - 1972,4. I took into consideration only countries with more than 100 players with ratings.

Average Rating

P Country N Players January 2017 January 2018 Change
1 Cuba CUB 1911 2027,65 2014,96 -12,68
2 Myanma MYA 455 2001,44 1972,40 -29,04
3 Kosovo KOS 169 1994,48 1969,54 -24,93
4 Indonesia INA 709 2005,80 1965,07 -40,73
5 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 802 1975,96 1956,68 -19,28
6 United States USA 5399 1980,13 1951,12 -29,01
7 Montenegro MNE 387 1982,04 1951,00 -31,04
8 Serbia SRB 4678 1969,25 1949,20 -20,05
9 Ukraine UKR 3796 1983,81 1945,70 -38,12
10 Nigeria NGR 269 1965,67 1942,48 -23,18
11 Netherlands NED 3759 1964,23 1941,71 -22,52
12 Turkmenistan TKM 233 1976,61 1940,83 -35,77
13 Finland FIN 971 1956,15 1933,11 -23,04
14 Philippines PHI 772 1963,78 1932,58 -31,20
15 Canada CAN 1358 1949,60 1912,72 -36,88
16 Scotland SCO 423 1929,83 1908,73 -21,10
17 Macedonia MKD 334 1976,24 1907,64 -68,61
18 China CHN 1168 1986,06 1905,53 -80,53
19 Albania ALB 167 1937,31 1901,26 -36,05
20 Germany GER 23737 1917,75 1899,60 -18,16
    All 296078 1757,41 1722,28 -35,13

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