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Study of the April 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part I

By Boris Schipkov

There are 37633 players in the April FIDE Rating List. They played 67568 games from January to March 2001. Average rating of the April FIDE Rating List is 2201,7.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 4737. There are 4242 players with rating in Russia.

Players

  Country   Players Percentage
1 Germany GER 4737 12,59
2 Russia RUS 4242 11,27
3 Spain ESP 1870 4,97
4 Yugoslavia YUG 1798 4,78
5 France FRA 1628 4,33
6 Poland POL 1592 4,23
7 Hungary HUN 1568 4,17
8 United States USA 1125 2,99
9 Czech Republic CZE 1051 2,79
10 Ukraine UKR 837 2,22
11 India IND 804 2,14
12 England ENG 779 2,07
13 Austria AUT 745 1,98
14 Argentina ARG 728 1,93
15 Italy ITA 720 1,91
16 Romania ROM 714 1,90
  Other   12695 33,73
  Total   37633 100,00

The greatest number of games were played by Russians for the period - 14633.

Games

P Country N Games Percentage
1 Russia RUS 14633 21,66
2 Germany GER 3953 5,85
3 Yugoslavia YUG 3411 5,05
4 Spain ESP 3221 4,77
5 Poland POL 3149 4,66
6 Ukraine UKR 2927 4,33
7 Argentina ARG 2579 3,82
8 Hungary HUN 2021 2,99
9 Croatia CRO 2015 2,98
10 India IND 1372 2,03
11 Romania ROM 1326 1,96
12 Chile CHI 1258 1,86
13 Cuba CUB 1217 1,80
14 England ENG 1144 1,69
15 Sweden SWE 1130 1,67
16 Belarus BLR 1118 1,65
17 France FRA 1109 1,64
18 China CHN 1095 1,62
19 United States USA 1079 1,60
20 Bulgaria BUL 1049 1,55
  Other   16762 24,81
  Total   67568 100,00

The most active players were from Tadjikistan. Only 8 chessplayers from Tadjikistan have international rating, they played 112 games, in average - 14 games each (maybe Tadjikistan Championship?). 51 Bolivians played 500 games, in average - 9,8 games each. 34 Sri Lanka's players played 209 games, in average - 6,15 games each. 191 Belarusians played 1118 games, in average - 5,85 games each.

Tajiks have the highest average rating - 2293,88. Players from Philippines have the second average rating - 2285,69.

Average Rating

P Country   Players Games Average rating
1 Tadjikistan TJK 8 112 2293,88
2 Philippines PHI 96 66 2285,69
3 China CHN 233 1095 2276,59
4 Armenia ARM 131 469 2276,08
5 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 119 272 2275,30
6 Ukraine UKR 837 2927 2272,81

If we take in consideration only countries with more than 1000 players with rating, then in this case Russians lead with average rating 2248,52, followed by Americans with 2244,01.

The greatest number of women with FIDE rating live in Russia.

Women

  Country   Women Percentage
1 Russia RUS 515 19,52
2 Germany GER 180 6,82
3 Poland POL 153 5,80
4 Yugoslavia YUG 135 5,12
5 Romania ROM 134 5,08
6 Ukraine UKR 91 3,45
7 Hungary HUN 86 3,26
8 China CHN 66 2,50
9 United States USA 57 2,16
10 Czech Republic CZE 56 2,12
11 Bulgaria BUL 55 2,08
12 France FRA 52 1,97
13 India IND 49 1,86
14 Georgia GEO 48 1,82
15 England ENG 45 1,71
16 Netherlands NED 45 1,71
  Other   871 33,02
  Total   2638 100,00

There are 747 grandmasters on the Earth. The greatest number of grandmasters and international masters live in Russia. However, the greatest number of FIDE masters live in Germany.
Iceland takes first place on grandmasters per 1 million of population (9 grandmasters and 0,28 million of people) - 32. India - 0,005 (5 GMs, 1000 million) and China - 0,007 (9 GMs, 1300 million) are not so successful. Japan (125 million) has no grandmasters at all.
It is interesting that Vietnam has 3 GMs, but no one IMs. Uzbekistan has 7 GMs and 8 IMs, but no one FMs.

Titles

Titles Country   GM Average rating gm IM Average rating im FM
1 Russia RUS 119 2545,28 304 2415,07 276
2 Germany GER 49 2509,14 146 2401,75 491
3 United States USA 48 2507,50 79 2408,19 206
4 Yugoslavia YUG 41 2479,46 94 2383,39 271
5 Ukraine UKR 37 2545,30 116 2422,35 20
6 England ENG 33 2523,91 42 2381,86 57
7 Israel ISR 32 2535,63 31 2404,19 31
8 Hungary HUN 28 2491,89 91 2372,02 135
9 France FRA 22 2539,36 43 2386,12 63
10 Bulgaria BUL 20 2499,35 44 2366,89 5
11 Spain ESP 18 2486,28 46 2406,15 78
  Other   300   1054   1526
  Total   747   2090   3159

Grandmasters from China have the highest average rating.

Average Rating of Grandmasters

  Country   Average rating gm GM Average rating im IM FM
1 China CHN 2591,11 9 2477,93 15 20
2 Ireland IRL 2588,00 1 2389,50 4 7
3 Moldova MDA 2586,00 3 2385,93 14 3
4 India IND 2584,00 5 2379,81 27 11
5 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 2583,20 5 2395,77 13 26
6 Estonia EST 2577,50 2 2421,20 10 6
7 Belgium BEL 2577,00 4 2382,88 8 33
8 Brazil BRA 2571,17 6 2379,75 16 24
9 Armenia ARM 2558,08 12 2411,21 19 4
10 Netherlands NED 2556,33 12 2400,56 43 76
11 Philippines PHI 2551,33 3 2393,25 16 5
12 Denmark DEN 2550,86 7 2388,17 29 18

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