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Secrets of the April 2004 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 51907 players in the April 2004 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the April FIDE Rating List is 2165,6.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 6888. There are 6460 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      January 2004 January 2004 April 2004 April 2004
1 Germany GER 6721 13,3 6888 13,3
2 Russia RUS 6253 12,4 6460 12,4
3 Spain ESP 3045 6,0 3173 6,1
4 France FRA 2573 5,1 2644 5,1
5 Poland POL 2049 4,1 2106 4,1
6 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2069 4,1 2087 4,0
7 Hungary HUN 1929 3,8 1949 3,8
8 India IND 1507 3,0 1555 3,0
9 Czech Republic CZE 1468 2,9 1513 2,9
10 United States USA 1366 2,7 1383 2,7
11 Ukraine UKR 1166 2,3 1194 2,3
12 Italy ITA 1010 2,0 1052 2,0
13 Austria AUT 1017 2,0 1025 2,0
14 England ENG 932 1,8 938 1,8
15 Netherlands NED 793 1,6 844 1,6
16 Croatia CRO 773 1,5 806 1,6
    Other 15787 31,3 16290 31,4
    All 50458 100,0 51907 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Russia, + 207. There are 146 countries in April 2004 FIDE Rating List.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N January 2004 April 2004 Increase Percent
1 Russia RUS 6253 6460 207 3,31
2 Germany GER 6721 6888 167 2,48
3 Spain ESP 3045 3173 128 4,20
4 France FRA 2573 2644 71 2,76
5 Poland POL 2049 2106 57 2,78
6 Netherlands NED 793 844 51 6,43
7 India IND 1507 1555 48 3,19
8 Czech Republic CZE 1468 1513 45 3,07
9 Italy ITA 1010 1052 42 4,16
10 Greece GRE 585 620 35 5,98
11 Croatia CRO 773 806 33 4,27
12 Ukraine UKR 1166 1194 28 2,40
13 Portugal POR 252 278 26 10,32
14 Bangladesh BAN 183 206 23 12,57
15 Cuba CUB 552 573 21 3,80
16 Hungary HUN 1929 1949 20 1,04
    All 50458 51907 1449 2,87

Players from Philippines have now the highest average rating - 2268,97. Players from Armenia have the second average rating - 2263,58. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players January 2004 April 2004 Change
1 Philippines PHI 113 2269,91 2268,97 -0,94
2 Armenia ARM 162 2261,45 2263,58 2,13
3 China CHN 300 2254,23 2254,63 0,40
4 Georgia GEO 214 2246,60 2238,30 -8,30
5 Ukraine UKR 1194 2240,28 2236,77 -3,51
6 Argentina ARG 260 2242,90 2234,43 -8,46
7 Indonesia INA 137 2233,12 2233,09 -0,03
8 Belarus BLR 215 2232,93 2232,92 -0,02
9 United States USA 1383 2232,82 2231,45 -1,36
10 Azerbaijan AZE 167 2232,75 2228,56 -4,18
11 Israel ISR 552 2222,24 2219,97 -2,26
12 Bulgaria BUL 458 2218,53 2215,67 -2,86
13 Russia RUS 6460 2219,45 2215,47 -3,98
14 Kazakhstan KAZ 250 2213,21 2214,03 0,82
15 Estonia EST 124 2209,85 2210,26 0,40
16 Iceland ISL 155 2205,78 2203,87 -1,91
    All 51907 2169,51 2165,60 -3,92

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