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Study of the April 2001 FIDE Rating List. Part II

By Boris Schipkov

The greatest number of the chessplayers with rating bear the name Vladimir - 422. In Russian Vladimir means "master of the world".
However, if we sum up all variants of spelling the name Alexander, then Alexanders take first place. Alexander is one of the most popular names maybe because of the glory of Alexander the Great. There was prince Aleksandr Nevsky in Russia also.
1133 names occur at least 5 times.

Popular Names

P Name People Games Average rating
1 Vladimir 422 1527 2255,51
2 Alexander 362 1003 2266,71
3 Peter 357 444 2193,66
4 Michael 264 200 2198,73
5 Thomas 255 211 2196,90
6 Martin 238 181 2185,50
7 Sergey 207 770 2266,06
8 Daniel 203 399 2188,77
9 David 203 335 2190,76
10 Robert 202 266 2203,71
11 Igor 189 567 2272,67
12 Jan 189 251 2190,85
13 Stefan 158 190 2191,91
14 Andreas 156 109 2193,41
15 Pavel 148 285 2213,46
16 Boris 145 477 2249,91
17 Ivan 145 404 2224,17
18 Christian 144 115 2190,80
19 Carlos 139 238 2196,96
20 Viktor 133 436 2240,83
21 Oleg 121 439 2278,38
22 Mikhail 120 411 2274,63
23 Laszlo 119 143 2183,88
24 Antonio 115 179 2187,79
25 Frank 114 111 2203,62
26 Roman 108 180 2233,53
27 Wolfgang 106 56 2186,04
28 Andrey 105 348 2256,43
29 Petr 105 197 2205,31
30 Milan 105 126 2211,46
31 Jose 104 226 2181,12
32 Manuel 102 206 2166,69

Alexander Platz

N Name People N Name People
1 Alexander 362 2 Alexandr 72
3 Alejandro 53 4 Aleksandar 52
5 Alexandre 42 6 Aleksandr 27
7 Aleksander 26 8 Alexandru 19
9 Alessandro 13 10 Alexandros 8
11 Alexandar 5   Other 30
  Total 709      

Vadims have the highest average rating among the popular names (more than 40 people) - 2297,13.

Average Rating of the Popular Names

P Name Average rating People Games
1 Vadim 2297,13 56 158
2 Andrei 2296,89 66 255
3 Yuri 2291,04 52 170
4 Sergei 2281,07 99 519
5 Oleg 2278,38 121 439
6 Mikhail 2274,63 120 411
7 Evgeny 2274,08 86 266
8 Igor 2272,67 189 567
9 Alexey 2271,82 97 404
10 Leonid 2271,55 76 300
11 Konstantin 2267,43 58 184
12 Valentin 2267,28 40 112
13 Alexander 2266,71 362 1003
14 Sergey 2266,06 207 770
15 Aleksandar 2263,54 52 126
16 Eduard 2261,19 52 119
17 Nikolai 2260,02 49 192
18 Vitaly 2257,76 41 223
19 Andrey 2256,43 105 348
20 Vladimir 2255,51 422 1527

If we take in consideration names are bearing more than 10 people in the April FIDE Rating List, then in this case Giorgis lead with average rating 2329,17.
A good names for career and success in chess are Giorgi, Gennadij, Aleksandr (and also Vladimir and Viswanathan, Anatoly and Garry). Not so good names for career are Ludovic (2098,2), Felipe (2104,7), Evangelos (2111,7).
A good women's names for success in chess are Ekaterina (2192,9), Svetlana (2182,1) and Irina (2181,2). Not so good women's names for success are Malgorzata (2089,7), Magdalena (2090,8) and Galina (2107,6).

Average Rating of the Names

P Name Average rating People Games
1 Giorgi 2329,17 12 128
2 Gennadij 2313,80 10 53
3 Aleksandr 2311,59 27 118
4 Aleksei 2308,36 11 48
5 Alexei 2305,78 36 229
6 Evgeni 2304,21 19 104
7 Mladen 2302,89 19 62
8 Jeroen 2299,90 10 31
9 Marat 2297,67 12 50
10 Sergej 2297,64 28 87
11 Vadim 2297,13 56 158
12 Andrei 2296,89 66 255
13 Ruslan 2295,17 24 105
14 Vlastimil 2293,54 13 8
15 Jurij 2292,46 13 34
16 Yuri 2291,04 52 170
17 Ilia 2290,00 17 64
18 Valeri 2286,67 12 39
19 Grigory 2286,17 12 76
20 Maxim 2285,34 35 136

Muellers, Schmidts, Ivanovs and Horvaths like chess very much.

Popular Surnames

Place Surname People Games Average rating
1 Mueller 48 26 2197,73
2 Schmidt 45 30 2171,24
3 Ivanov 44 174 2302,75
4 Horvath 41 61 2208,98
5 Kovacs 37 12 2150,38
6 Rodriguez 35 72 2222,60
7 Garcia 35 68 2210,89
8 Martinez 34 4 2176,71
9 Hernandez 33 51 2247,15
10 Gonzalez 33 108 2185,36
11 Nielsen 33 72 2168,12
12 Toth 33 16 2154,27
13 Jovanovic 31 55 2182,97
14 Popov 30 56 2223,87
15 Fernandez 29 34 2219,48
16 Meyer 29 16 2216,31
17 Nagy 28 18 2137,57
18 Nikolic 27 28 2230,48
19 Hansen 27 38 2221,67
20 Petrovic 27 36 2183,59
21 Wang 25 89 2297,48
22 Fischer 25 5 2215,00
23 Schneider 25 47 2195,24
24 Lopez 25 60 2163,32
25 Singh 25 42 2140,44
26 Markovic 24 24 2235,71
27 Perez 24 118 2218,83
28 Petrov 23 86 2210,83
29 Kiss 23 8 2179,78
30 Li 22 96 2276,50
31 Pedersen 22 15 2243,14
32 Bauer 21 11 2204,57
33 Diaz 21 57 2168,81
34 Sanchez 21 54 2157,29

Zhangs have the highest average rating. Georgievs take second place, Sokolovs are third.

Average Rating of the Surnames

Place Surname Average rating People Games
1 Zhang 2337,88 8 21
2 Georgiev 2327,11 9 47
3 Sokolov 2313,67 12 52
4 Kozlov 2305,27 11 34
5 Novikov 2303,92 13 65
6 Ivanov 2302,75 44 174
7 Wang 2297,48 25 89
8 Kalinin 2296,22 9 54
9 Dimitrov 2290,33 9 17
10 Wu 2288,56 9 18
11 Graf 2288,00 8 0
12 Orlov 2285,17 12 48
13 Xu 2284,45 11 49
14 Zakharov 2280,91 11 38
15 Liu 2279,86 14 26
16 Sergeev 2279,80 10 38
17 Li 2276,50 22 96
18 Kovacevic 2272,36 14 79
19 Chernov 2272,13 8 26
20 Gross 2268,73 11 20
21 Marinkovic 2264,88 8 0
22 Vasiliev 2256,50 8 53
23 Jovic 2256,25 8 0
24 Pavlovic 2255,17 12 60
25 Smirnov 2250,94 18 95
26 Ramos 2250,00 8 4

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