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Secrets of the July 2005 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 63238 players in the July 2005 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the July FIDE Rating List is 2134,23.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 8464. There are 7598 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      July 2004 July 2004 July 2005 July 2005
1 Germany GER 7176 13,4 8464 13,4
2 Russia RUS 6654 12,4 7598 12,0
3 Spain ESP 3332 6,2 4139 6,5
4 France FRA 2886 5,4 3666 5,8
5 Poland POL 2192 4,1 2529 4,0
6 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2102 3,9 2248 3,6
7 Hungary HUN 2001 3,7 2247 3,6
8 India IND 1625 3,0 2038 3,2
9 Czech Republic CZE 1590 3,0 1841 2,9
10 United States USA 1399 2,6 1498 2,4
11 Italy ITA 1096 2,1 1388 2,2
12 Ukraine UKR 1209 2,3 1368 2,2
13 Austria AUT 1067 2,0 1214 1,9
14 Netherlands NED 880 1,6 1063 1,7
15 England ENG 949 1,8 1029 1,6
16 Croatia CRO 827 1,5 951 1,5
17 Slovakia SVK 767 1,4 883 1,4
    Other 15699 29,4 19074 30,2
    All 53451 100,0 63238 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Germany, + 1288. There are 145 countries in July 2005 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 8.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N July 2004 July 2005 Increase Percent
1 Germany GER 7176 8464 1288 17,95
2 Russia RUS 6654 7598 944 14,19
3 Spain ESP 3332 4139 807 24,22
4 France FRA 2886 3666 780 27,03
5 India IND 1625 2038 413 25,42
6 Poland POL 2192 2529 337 15,37
7 Italy ITA 1096 1388 292 26,64
8 Czech Republic CZE 1590 1841 251 15,79
9 Hungary HUN 2001 2247 246 12,29
10 Netherlands NED 880 1063 183 20,80
11 Ukraine UKR 1209 1368 159 13,15
12 Austria AUT 1067 1214 147 13,78
13 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2102 2248 146 6,95
14 Greece GRE 635 779 144 22,68
15 Croatia CRO 827 951 124 14,99
16 Slovakia SVK 767 883 116 15,12
17 Romania ROM 693 803 110 15,87
18 Switzerland SUI 614 718 104 16,94
19 Denmark DEN 671 771 100 14,90
20 United States USA 1399 1498 99 7,08
21 Portugal POR 307 403 96 31,27
    All 53451 63238 9787 18,31

Players from China have now the highest average rating - 2246,77. Players from Philippines have the second average rating - 2227,69. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players July 2004 July 2005 Change
1 China CHN 313 2253,92 2246,77 -7,15
2 Philippines PHI 126   2227,69  
3 Armenia ARM 201 2266,94 2224,17 -42,77
4 Azerbaijan AZE 178 2228,37 2223,61 -4,75
5 United States USA 1498 2230,32 2222,89 -7,43
6 Ukraine UKR 1368 2234,32 2214,52 -19,80
7 Indonesia INA 145 2231,69 2213,63 -18,06
8 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 181   2207,95  
9 Kazakhstan KAZ 274 2213,31 2203,70 -9,61
10 Israel ISR 622 2218,37 2202,02 -16,36
11 Macedonia MKD 174   2197,95  
12 Argentina ARG 324 2250,11 2196,84 -53,27
13 Bulgaria BUL 503 2211,47 2196,40 -15,08
14 Belarus BLR 246 2227,34 2192,48 -34,86
15 Russia RUS 7598 2211,14 2192,00 -19,14
16 Estonia EST 138 2210,08 2189,25 -20,83
17 Uzbekistan UZB 137 2228,24 2188,74 -39,51
18 Myanma MYA 233 2196,76 2187,33 -9,42
19 Latvia LAT 177 2194,91 2186,95 -7,96
    All 63238 2160,51 2134,23 -26,28

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

Titles

P Country N GM July 2004 GM July 2005 Ch AvR IM FM WGM WIM
1 Russia RUS 142 149 7 2539,09 414 628 28 77
2 Germany GER 57 60 3 2502,77 174 604 9 32
3 United States USA 56 60 4 2520,32 96 239 8 24
4 Ukraine UKR 48 50 2 2548,34 165 45 18 26
5 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 45 47 2 2477,68 103 306 11 12
6 Hungary HUN 36 36 0 2506,83 97 162 8 15
7 England ENG 33 33 0 2521,67 49 70 2 10
8 Israel ISR 33 33 0 2531,67 37 45 6 7
9 France FRA 26 27 1 2537,85 68 101 3 13
10 Spain ESP 21 24 3 2494,08 67 147 2 6
11 Bulgaria BUL 20 23 3 2491,91 47 6 3 9
12 Poland POL 17 19 2 2536,11 78 85 6 22
13 Czech Republic CZE 18 19 1 2515,74 58 69 3 9
14 Netherlands NED 14 18 4 2540,17 54 102 2 12
15 Georgia GEO 18 18 0 2508,61 26 11 7 12
16 China CHN 14 18 4 2555,28 12 19 13 7
17 Croatia CRO 16 17 1 2485,82 53 93 1 7
18 Armenia ARM 16 17 1 2561,06 22 7   7
19 Sweden SWE 13 15 2 2517,67 31 47   5
20 Romania ROM 14 14 0 2526,43 64 62 5 12
21 Argentina ARG 12 13 1 2497,77 48 40 2 5
22 Azerbaijan AZE 11 12 1 2552,67 16 6 4 4
    Other 198 233 35 2515,52 793 1421 43 165
    All 878 955 77 2520,72 2572 4315 184 498

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