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Secrets of the April 2003 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 45663 players in the April 2003 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the April FIDE Rating List is 2183,72.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 5909. There are 5627 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      Jan 2003 Jan 2003 April 2003 April 2003
1 Germany GER 5773 12,8 5909 12,9
2 Russia RUS 5382 12,0 5627 12,3
3 Spain ESP 2537 5,6 2576 5,6
4 France FRA 2150 4,8 2192 4,8
5 Yugoslavia YUG 1928 4,3 1938 4,2
6 Poland POL 1806 4,0 1864 4,1
7 Hungary HUN 1746 3,9 1752 3,8
8 Czech Republic CZE 1282 2,8 1314 2,9
9 United States USA 1267 2,8 1292 2,8
10 India IND 1119 2,5 1194 2,6
11 Ukraine UKR 1046 2,3 1080 2,4
12 Austria AUT 897 2,0 904 2,0
13 England ENG 861 1,9 878 1,9
14 Italy ITA 827 1,8 863 1,9
15 Romania ROM 813 1,8 840 1,8
    Other 15582 34,6 15440 33,8
    All 45016 100,0 45663 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Russia, + 245. There are 147 countries in April 2003 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 3.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N Jan 2003 April 2003 Increase Percent
1 Russia RUS 5382 5627 245 4,55
2 Germany GER 5773 5909 136 2,36
3 India IND 1119 1194 75 6,70
4 Poland POL 1806 1864 58 3,21
5 France FRA 2150 2192 42 1,95
6 Spain ESP 2537 2576 39 1,54
7 Italy ITA 827 863 36 4,35
8 Ukraine UKR 1046 1080 34 3,25
9 Czech Republic CZE 1282 1314 32 2,50
10 Croatia CRO 670 699 29 4,33
11 Bangladesh BAN 142 170 28 19,72
12 Romania ROM 813 840 27 3,32
13 Brazil BRA 464 490 26 5,60
14 Chile CHI 473 498 25 5,29
15 United States USA 1267 1292 25 1,97
    All 45016 45663 647 1,44

Players from Argentina have now the highest average rating - 2291,18 (but number of Argentineans decreased on 713). Players from Philippines have the second average rating - 2275,92. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players Jan 2003 April 2003 Change
1 Argentina ARG 126 2198,33 2291,18 92,86
2 Philippines PHI 101 2275,63 2275,92 0,29
3 Georgia GEO 176 2280,47 2271,45 -9,02
4 Armenia ARM 146 2270,09 2266,67 -3,42
5 China CHN 271 2263,65 2264,01 0,37
6 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 133 2254,79 2253,76 -1,03
7 Azerbaijan AZE 144 2251,22 2252,90 1,67
8 Ukraine UKR 1080 2253,87 2251,35 -2,52
9 United States USA 1292 2239,00 2237,42 -1,58
10 Belarus BLR 234 2240,33 2237,01 -3,32
11 Indonesia INA 137 2251,31 2232,93 -18,38
12 Bulgaria BUL 440 2231,63 2229,81 -1,81
13 Russia RUS 5627 2233,81 2229,74 -4,07
14 Iceland ISL 135 2235,42 2229,30 -6,12
15 Israel ISR 511 2228,22 2227,30 -0,92
16 Kazakhstan KAZ 236 2218,01 2215,62 -2,39
17 Netherlands NED 716 2217,08 2212,82 -4,26
18 Latvia LAT 139   2211,96  
19 Estonia EST 121 2210,95 2210,60 -0,35
20 Macedonia MKD 175 2210,01 2210,41 0,40
    All 45663 2186,50 2183,72 -2,77

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