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Secrets of the July 2003 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 46811 players in the July 2003 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the July FIDE Rating List is 2179,17.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 6185. There are 5919 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      April 2003 July 2003 April 2003 July 2003
1 Germany GER 5909 12,9 6185 13,2
2 Russia RUS 5627 12,3 5919 12,6
3 Spain ESP 2576 5,6 2695 5,8
4 France FRA 2192 4,8 2343 5,0
5 Yugoslavia YUG 1938 4,2 1982 4,2
6 Poland POL 1864 4,1 1903 4,1
7 Hungary HUN 1752 3,8 1830 3,9
8 Czech Republic CZE 1314 2,9 1367 2,9
9 United States USA 1292 2,8 1315 2,8
10 India IND 1194 2,6 1262 2,7
11 Ukraine UKR 1080 2,4 1099 2,3
12 Austria AUT 904 2,0 953 2,0
13 England ENG 878 1,9 896 1,9
14 Italy ITA 863 1,9 895 1,9
15 Croatia CRO 699 1,5 740 1,6
16 Netherlands NED 716 1,6 736 1,6
    Other 14865 32,6 14691 31,4
    All 45663 100,0 46811 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Russia, + 292. There are 138 countries in July 2003 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries decreased on 9.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N April 2003 July 2003 Increase Percent
1 Russia RUS 5627 5919 292 5,19
2 Germany GER 5909 6185 276 4,67
3 France FRA 2192 2343 151 6,89
4 Spain ESP 2576 2695 119 4,62
5 Argentina ARG 126 211 85 67,46
6 Hungary HUN 1752 1830 78 4,45
7 India IND 1194 1262 68 5,70
8 Czech Republic CZE 1314 1367 53 4,03
9 Austria AUT 904 953 49 5,42
10 Yugoslavia YUG 1938 1982 44 2,27
11 Croatia CRO 699 740 41 5,87
12 Slovakia SVK 608 648 40 6,58
13 Poland POL 1864 1903 39 2,09
14 Chile CHI 498 533 35 7,03
15 Denmark DEN 537 571 34 6,33
16 Belgium BEL 242 275 33 13,64
17 Italy ITA 863 895 32 3,71
18 Australia AUS 220 252 32 14,55
    All 45663 46811 1148 2,51

Players from Armenia have now the highest average rating - 2266,37. Players from China have the second average rating - 2256,96. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players April 2003 July 2003 Change
1 Armenia ARM 153 2266,67 2266,37 -0,30
2 China CHN 280 2264,01 2256,96 -7,05
3 Georgia GEO 194 2271,45 2256,67 -14,78
4 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 141 2253,76 2249,00 -4,76
5 Ukraine UKR 1099 2251,35 2247,57 -3,78
6 Azerbaijan AZE 149 2252,90 2245,60 -7,30
7 Argentina ARG 211 2291,18 2243,57 -47,61
8 Belarus BLR 210 2237,01 2240,43 3,42
9 United States USA 1315 2237,42 2235,95 -1,47
10 Indonesia INA 137 2232,93 2232,90 -0,04
11 Israel ISR 514 2227,30 2226,75 -0,55
12 Russia RUS 5919 2229,74 2225,79 -3,95
13 Bulgaria BUL 433 2229,81 2225,50 -4,31
14 Iceland ISL 143 2229,30 2219,96 -9,34
15 Kazakhstan KAZ 240 2215,62 2214,99 -0,64
16 Netherlands NED 736 2212,82 2211,68 -1,14
17 Latvia LAT 145 2211,96 2210,00 -1,96
18 Macedonia MKD 177 2210,41 2209,34 -1,07
19 Myanma MYA 204 2207,13 2207,13 0,00
20 Colombia COL 155 2205,15 2205,55 0,40
    All 46811 2183,72 2179,17 -4,55

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 Jan03 GM Jul03 Ch AvR IM FM WGM WIM  
1 Russia RUS 125 126 1 2545,58 354 470 32 63  
2 United States USA 54 55 1 2516,89 92 231 10 24  
3 Germany GER 52 53 1 2507,25 163 544 11 24  
4 Ukraine UKR 45 46 1 2539,24 144 31 15 26  
5 Yugoslavia YUG 43 43 0 2473,33 98 297 11 12  
6 Hungary HUN 32 33 1 2490,82 90 149 12 13  
7 England ENG 32 32 0 2526,59 45 64 5 10  
8 Israel ISR 31 31 0 2521,84 35 40 6 6  
9 France FRA 26 26 0 2531,73 50 70 4 13  
10 Bulgaria BUL 20 20 0 2467,10 44 5 4 9  
11 Spain ESP 19 18 -1 2496,72 53 101   6  
12 Czech Republic CZE 16 16 0 2504,63 54 61 5 7  
13 Croatia CRO 16 16 0 2487,88 41 94 1 5  
14 Georgia GEO 16 16 0 2524,81 16 3 13 12  
15 Poland POL 15 15 0 2526,73 67 76 8 18  
16 Romania ROM 14 14 0 2522,71 58 54 6 12  
17 Netherlands NED 14 14 0 2554,36 49 86 4 10  
18 Armenia ARM 13 13 0 2572,46 18 4 2 5  
19 Argentina ARG 13 12 -1 2487,42 47 18 1 5  
20 Sweden SWE 12 12 0 2516,25 31 41 1 4  
21 Azerbaijan AZE 11 11 0 2550,64 15 6 4 3  
22 China CHN 11 11 0 2573,27 14 20 12 8  
    Other 187 193 6 2517,84 679 1129 37 122  
    All 817 826 9 2520,09 2257 3594 204 417  

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