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Study of the July 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part I

By Boris Schipkov

There are 38609 players in the July FIDE Rating List. They played 155562 games from April to June 2001. Average rating of the July FIDE Rating List is 2200,4.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 4843. There are 4424 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      Apr2001 Apr2001 Jul2001 Jul2001
1 Germany GER 4737 12,6 4843 12,5
2 Russia RUS 4242 11,3 4424 11,5
3 Spain ESP 1870 5,0 1900 4,9
4 Yugoslavia YUG 1798 4,8 1808 4,7
5 France FRA 1628 4,3 1689 4,4
6 Poland POL 1592 4,2 1599 4,1
7 Hungary HUN 1568 4,2 1596 4,1
8 United States USA 1125 3,0 1139 3,0
9 Czech Republic CZE 1051 2,8 1087 2,8
10 Ukraine UKR 837 2,2 891 2,3
11 India IND 804 2,1 826 2,1
12 England ENG 779 2,1 783 2,0
13 Austria AUT 745 2,0 773 2,0
14 Romania ROM 714 1,9 743 1,9
15 Italy ITA 720 1,9 741 1,9
16 Argentina ARG 728 1,9 731 1,9
  Other   12695 33,7 13036 33,8
  Total   37633   38609  

The greatest increase in number of players was in Russia, + 182.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N Apr2001 Jul2001 Increase %
1 Russia RUS 4242 4424 182 4,29
2 Germany GER 4737 4843 106 2,24
3 France FRA 1628 1689 61 3,75
4 Ukraine UKR 837 891 54 6,45
5 Czech Republic CZE 1051 1087 36 3,43
6 Slovakia SVK 472 504 32 6,78
7 Spain ESP 1870 1900 30 1,60
8 Romania ROM 714 743 29 4,06
9 Hungary HUN 1568 1596 28 1,79
10 Austria AUT 745 773 28 3,76
  Other   19769 20159 390 1,97
  Total   37633 38609 976 2,59

Quantity of players from Peru increased by 9,47 %. I took in consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Rate of Increase in Quantity of Players

P Country N Apr2001 Jul2001 Increase %
1 Peru PER 95 104 9 9,47
2 Ecuador ECU 111 120 9 8,11
3 Bangladesh BAN 106 114 8 7,55
4 Egypt EGY 166 178 12 7,23
5 Slovakia SVK 472 504 32 6,78
6 Ukraine UKR 837 891 54 6,45
7 Philippines PHI 96 102 6 6,25
8 Australia AUS 168 178 10 5,95
9 Latvia LAT 106 112 6 5,66
10 Canada CAN 250 262 12 4,80
11 Finland FIN 236 247 11 4,66
12 Chile CHI 408 426 18 4,41
13 Israel ISR 432 451 19 4,40
14 Russia RUS 4242 4424 182 4,29
15 Croatia CRO 565 588 23 4,07
16 Romania ROM 714 743 29 4,06
17 Austria AUT 745 773 28 3,76
18 France FRA 1628 1689 61 3,75
19 Turkey TUR 142 147 5 3,52
20 Switzerland SUI 404 418 14 3,47

The greatest number of games were played by Russians in the period - 20508.

Games

P Country N Games Players Average %
1 Russia RUS 20508 4424 4,64 13,18
2 Germany GER 17361 4843 3,58 11,16
3 France FRA 11995 1689 7,10 7,71
4 Hungary HUN 8235 1596 5,16 5,29
5 Czech Republic CZE 7506 1087 6,91 4,83
6 Ukraine UKR 6183 891 6,94 3,97
7 Spain ESP 5671 1900 2,98 3,65
8 Austria AUT 5342 773 6,91 3,43
9 Yugoslavia YUG 5281 1808 2,92 3,39
10 Slovakia SVK 5055 504 10,03 3,25
11 Romania ROM 4926 743 6,63 3,17
12 Poland POL 4025 1599 2,52 2,59
13 India IND 2958 826 3,58 1,90
14 Italy ITA 2922 741 3,94 1,88
15 Croatia CRO 2862 588 4,87 1,84
16 Israel ISR 2802 451 6,21 1,80
17 Netherlands NED 2474 592 4,18 1,59
18 Bulgaria BUL 2018 412 4,90 1,30
19 Switzerland SUI 1855 418 4,44 1,19
20 Cuba CUB 1757 454 3,87 1,13
  Other   33826 12270 2,76 21,74
  Total   155562 38609 4,03 100,00

Germans played 13408 more games in comparison with April Rating List.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Games

P Country N Apr2001 Jul2001 Increase Times
1 Germany GER 3953 17361 13408 4,39
2 France FRA 1109 11995 10886 10,82
3 Czech Republic CZE 814 7506 6692 9,22
4 Hungary HUN 2021 8235 6214 4,07
5 Russia RUS 14633 20508 5875 1,40
6 Austria AUT 350 5342 4992 15,26
7 Slovakia SVK 144 5055 4911 35,10
8 Romania ROM 1326 4926 3600 3,71
9 Ukraine UKR 2927 6183 3256 2,11
10 Italy ITA 139 2922 2783 21,02
11 Spain ESP 3221 5671 2450 1,76
12 Israel ISR 448 2802 2354 6,25
13 Yugoslavia YUG 3411 5281 1870 1,55
14 India IND 1372 2958 1586 2,16
15 Switzerland SUI 364 1855 1491 5,10
16 Netherlands NED 998 2474 1476 2,48
17 Greece GRE 100 1457 1357 14,57
18 Ecuador ECU 17 1179 1162 69,35
19 Bulgaria BUL 1049 2018 969 1,92
20 Denmark DEN 775 1691 916 2,18

Players from Bangladesh played 79,78 times more than previous 3 months. I took in consideration only countries with more than 500 games.

Rate of Increase in Number of Games

P Country N Apr2001 Jul2001 Increase Times
1 Bangladesh BAN 9 718 709 79,78
2 Ecuador ECU 17 1179 1162 69,35
3 Slovakia SVK 144 5055 4911 35,10
4 Peru PER 24 518 494 21,58
5 Italy ITA 139 2922 2783 21,02
6 Austria AUT 350 5342 4992 15,26
7 Greece GRE 100 1457 1357 14,57
8 France FRA 1109 11995 10886 10,82
9 Czech Republic CZE 814 7506 6692 9,22
10 Philippines PHI 66 567 501 8,59
11 Portugal POR 82 575 493 7,01
12 Israel ISR 448 2802 2354 6,25
13 Turkmenistan TKM 86 520 434 6,05
14 Switzerland SUI 364 1855 1491 5,10
15 Germany GER 3953 17361 13408 4,39
16 Hungary HUN 2021 8235 6214 4,07
17 Latvia LAT 200 804 604 4,02
18 Romania ROM 1326 4926 3600 3,71
19 Belgium BEL 201 596 395 2,97
20 Netherlands NED 998 2474 1476 2,48

The most active players were from Moldova. They played 1407 games, in average - 11,7 games each. Slovaks played 5055 games, in average - 10,1 games each. Players from Ecuador played 1179 games, in average - 9,8 games each.

Players from Philippines have the highest average rating - 2279. Armenians have the second average rating - 2276,7. I took in consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players Apr2001 Jul2001 Change
1 Philippines PHI 102 2285,69 2279,00 -6,69
2 Armenia ARM 134 2276,08 2276,66 0,58
3 China CHN 238 2276,59 2275,92 -0,66
4 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 122 2275,30 2274,11 -1,20
5 Ukraine UKR 891 2272,81 2267,90 -4,92
6 Belarus BLR 197 2257,60 2258,84 1,25
7 Azerbaijan AZE 130 2256,48 2256,59 0,11
8 Georgia GEO 185 2259,44 2256,16 -3,28
9 Iceland ISL 118 2250,07 2249,36 -0,71
10 Indonesia INA 118 2248,74 2249,06 0,32
11 Russia RUS 4424 2248,52 2246,77 -1,75
12 United States USA 1139 2244,01 2244,19 0,18
13 Bulgaria BUL 412 2240,02 2239,06 -0,96
14 Israel ISR 451 2244,01 2238,23 -5,78
15 Kazakhstan KAZ 170 2241,15 2235,64 -5,52
16 Netherlands NED 592 2231,00 2229,90 -1,10
17 Latvia LAT 112 2229,92 2226,42 -3,50
18 Estonia EST 114 2220,93 2220,07 -0,86
19 Colombia COL 127 2219,49 2218,78 -0,71
20 Iran IRI 116 2218,34 2217,90 -0,45

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