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Secrets of the January 2004 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 50458 players in the January 2004 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the January FIDE Rating List is 2169,51.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 6721. There are 6253 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      October 2003 October 2003 January 2004 January 2004
1 Germany GER 6520 13,3 6721 13,3
2 Russia RUS 6094 12,4 6253 12,4
3 Spain ESP 2859 5,8 3045 6,0
4 France FRA 2528 5,1 2573 5,1
5 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2017 4,1 2069 4,1
6 Poland POL 2002 4,1 2049 4,1
7 Hungary HUN 1892 3,8 1929 3,8
8 India IND 1350 2,7 1507 3,0
9 Czech Republic CZE 1450 2,9 1468 2,9
10 United States USA 1341 2,7 1366 2,7
11 Ukraine UKR 1126 2,3 1166 2,3
12 Austria AUT 998 2,0 1017 2,0
13 Italy ITA 934 1,9 1010 2,0
14 England ENG 924 1,9 932 1,8
15 Netherlands NED 783 1,6 793 1,6
16 Croatia CRO 749 1,5 773 1,5
    Other 15637 31,8 15787 31,3
    All 49204 100,0 50458 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Germany, + 201. There are 146 countries in January 2004 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 3.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N October 2003 January 2004 Increase Percent
1 Germany GER 6520 6721 201 3,08
2 Spain ESP 2859 3045 186 6,51
3 Russia RUS 6094 6253 159 2,61
4 India IND 1350 1507 157 11,63
5 Italy ITA 934 1010 76 8,14
6 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2017 2069 52 2,58
7 Poland POL 2002 2049 47 2,35
8 France FRA 2528 2573 45 1,78
9 Ukraine UKR 1126 1166 40 3,55
10 Hungary HUN 1892 1929 37 1,96
11 Portugal POR 222 252 30 13,51
12 Argentina ARG 218 247 29 13,30
13 Romania ROM 615 640 25 4,07
14 United States USA 1341 1366 25 1,86
15 Croatia CRO 749 773 24 3,20
16 Switzerland SUI 550 574 24 4,36
    All 49204 50458 1254 2,55

Players from Philippines have now the highest average rating - 2269,91. Players from Armenia have the second average rating - 2261,45. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players October 2003 January 2004 Change
1 Philippines PHI 112 2277,63 2269,91 -7,72
2 Armenia ARM 159 2264,60 2261,45 -3,15
3 China CHN 300 2257,62 2254,23 -3,38
4 Georgia GEO 206 2248,21 2246,60 -1,61
5 Argentina ARG 247 2240,20 2242,90 2,70
6 Ukraine UKR 1166 2245,92 2240,28 -5,64
7 Indonesia INA 137 2233,04 2233,12 0,09
8 Belarus BLR 214 2240,57 2232,93 -7,63
9 United States USA 1366 2234,93 2232,82 -2,11
10 Azerbaijan AZE 162 2235,46 2232,75 -2,72
11 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 158 2235,86 2231,90 -3,96
12 Israel ISR 541 2223,92 2222,24 -1,69
13 Russia RUS 6253 2222,46 2219,45 -3,01
14 Bulgaria BUL 450 2221,72 2218,53 -3,20
15 Kazakhstan KAZ 249 2213,36 2213,21 -0,16
16 Estonia EST 124 2210,64 2209,85 -0,79
17 Macedonia MKD 178 2209,37 2207,75 -1,61
18 Iceland ISL 153 2215,99 2205,78 -10,21
19 Netherlands NED 793 2205,00 2204,48 -0,52
    All 50458 2173,51 2169,51 -3,99

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 July03 GM January 2004 Ch AvR IM FM WGM WIM
1 Russia RUS 126 140 14 2543,04 387 514 35 63
2 Germany GER 53 58 5 2510,66 165 560 11 28
3 United States USA 55 55 0 2520,95 95 238 10 24
4 Ukraine UKR 46 48 2 2541,31 155 32 18 27
5 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 43 44 1 2473,82 100 302 11 12
6 Hungary HUN 33 35 2 2491,00 91 156 13 12
7 England ENG 32 33 1 2525,70 45 66 5 10
8 Israel ISR 31 33 2 2526,24 34 43 6 6
9 France FRA 26 26 0 2532,38 57 73 5 13
10 Spain ESP 18 21 3 2500,29 61 112 1 7
11 Bulgaria BUL 20 19 -1 2470,05 45 5 5 9
12 Czech Republic CZE 16 18 2 2509,44 58 62 5 8
13 Poland POL 15 17 2 2530,24 73 75 8 21
14 Croatia CRO 16 16 0 2482,50 51 89 1 6
15 Georgia GEO 16 16 0 2523,31 17 6 15 10
16 Romania ROM 14 14 0 2518,86 61 58 7 11
17 Netherlands NED 14 14 0 2550,43 54 94 4 10
18 Armenia ARM 13 14 1 2557,43 18 5 2 6
19 Argentina ARG 12 12 0 2483,17 49 27 1 5
20 Sweden SWE 12 12 0 2515,00 33 41 1 4
21 China CHN 11 12 1 2565,33 14 20 15 6
22 Azerbaijan AZE 11 11 0 2558,91 17 6 4 4
    Other 193 208 15 2516,01 731 1190 40 139
    All 826 876 50 2520,09 2411 3774 223 441

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