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The Secrets of the January 2003 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 45016 players in the January 2003 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the January FIDE Rating List is 2186,5.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 5773. There are 5382 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      Oct 2002 Oct 2002 Jan 2003 Jan 2003
1 Germany GER 5613 13,2 5773 12,8
2 Russia RUS 5193 12,2 5382 12,0
3 Spain ESP 2395 5,6 2537 5,6
4 France FRA 1932 4,5 2150 4,8
5 Yugoslavia YUG 1891 4,4 1928 4,3
6 Poland POL 1778 4,2 1806 4,0
7 Hungary HUN 1725 4,0 1746 3,9
8 Czech Republic CZE 1265 3,0 1282 2,8
9 United States USA 1251 2,9 1267 2,8
10 India IND 1051 2,5 1119 2,5
11 Ukraine UKR 1025 2,4 1046 2,3
12 Austria AUT 888 2,1 897 2,0
13 England ENG 860 2,0 861 1,9
14 Argentina ARG   0,0 839 1,9
15 Italy ITA 820 1,9 827 1,8
16 Romania ROM 799 1,9 813 1,8
    Other 14133 33,2 14743 32,8
    All 42619 100,0 45016 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players sensationally was in France, + 218. There are 144 countries in January 2003 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 12.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N Oct 2002 Jan 2003 Increase Percent
1 France FRA 1932 2150 218 11,28
2 Russia RUS 5193 5382 189 3,64
3 Germany GER 5613 5773 160 2,85
4 Spain ESP 2395 2537 142 5,93
5 India IND 1051 1119 68 6,47
6 Yugoslavia YUG 1891 1928 37 1,96
7 Greece GRE 480 514 34 7,08
8 Poland POL 1778 1806 28 1,57
9 Paraguay PAR 37 59 22 59,46
10 Macedonia MDA 140 162 22 15,71
11 Slovakia SVK 577 599 22 3,81
12 Ukraine UKR 1025 1046 21 2,05
13 Hungary HUN 1725 1746 21 1,22
14 Croatia CRO 651 670 19 2,92
    All 42619 45016 2397 5,62

Players from Georgia have now the highest average rating - 2280,47. Players from Philippines have the second average rating - 2275,63. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players Oct 2002 Jan 2003 Change
1 Georgia GEO 166 2283,40 2280,47 -2,93
2 Philippines PHI 101 2277,01 2275,63 -1,38
3 Armenia ARM 146 2271,57 2270,09 -1,48
4 China CHN 271 2269,46 2263,65 -5,81
5 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 132 2259,20 2254,79 -4,41
6 Ukraine UKR 1046 2257,30 2253,87 -3,43
7 Indonesia INA 119 2251,19 2251,31 0,12
8 Azerbaijan AZE 144 2250,49 2251,22 0,73
9 Belarus BLR 220 2249,33 2240,33 -9,00
10 United States USA 1267 2240,29 2239,00 -1,29
11 Iceland ISL 130 2237,01 2235,42 -1,59
12 Russia RUS 5382 2237,82 2233,81 -4,02
13 Bulgaria BUL 435 2235,26 2231,63 -3,64
14 Israel ISR 506 2229,93 2228,22 -1,71
15 Colombia COL 147 2220,66 2219,42 -1,23
16 Kazakhstan KAZ 225 2223,78 2218,01 -5,77
17 Netherlands NED 695 2219,50 2217,08 -2,42
18 Estonia EST 121   2210,95  
19 Macedonia MKD 175 2210,29 2210,01 -0,28
20 Myanma MYA 204 2207,58 2207,13 -0,45
    All 45016 2190,61 2186,50 -4,12

The greatest number of grandmasters and international masters live in Russia. However, the greatest number of FIDE masters live in Germany.

Titles

P Country N GM Jul02 GM Jan03 Ch AvR IM FM WGM WIM
1 Russia RUS 121 125 4 2548,61 345 398 32 64
2 United States USA 52 54 2 2516,24 91 228 9 24
3 Germany GER 51 52 1 2507,73 164 531 11 23
4 Ukraine UKR 41 45 4 2540,29 142 26 15 26
5 Yugoslavia YUG 42 43 1 2473,33 97 285 11 12
6 Hungary HUN 31 32 1 2493,94 92 145 12 13
7 England ENG 31 32 1 2523,66 45 62 5 10
8 Israel ISR 30 31 1 2530,03 35 40 6 6
9 France FRA 24 26 2 2530,00 47 70 4 12
10 Bulgaria BUL 18 20 2 2473,50 47 5 4 8
11 Spain ESP 18 19 1 2493,68 54 84   6
12 Czech Republic CZE 16 16 0 2510,44 54 58 5 7
13 Croatia CRO 16 16 0 2494,13 41 92 1 5
14 Georgia GEO 14 16 2 2521,63 16 3 13 12
15 Poland POL 15 15 0 2528,27 67 63 8 17
16 Romania ROM 12 14 2 2518,50 63 78 9 17
17 Netherlands NED 14 14 0 2556,21 48 87 4 10
18 Argentina ARG   13   2494,23 47 79 1 6
19 Armenia ARM   13   2571,38 19 4 2 5
20 Sweden SWE 12 12 0 2519,08 31 41 1 4
    Other 173 209 36 2520,40 741 1130 47 141
    All 731 817 86 2520,66 2286 3509 200 428

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