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Secrets of the October 2003 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 49204 players in the October 2003 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the October FIDE Rating List is 2173,51.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 6520. There are 6094 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      July 2003 July 2003 October 2003 October 2003
1 Germany GER 6185 13,2 6520 13,3
2 Russia RUS 5919 12,6 6094 12,4
3 Spain ESP 2695 5,8 2859 5,8
4 France FRA 2343 5,0 2528 5,1
5 Yugoslavia SCG 1982 4,2 2017 4,1
6 Poland POL 1903 4,1 2002 4,1
7 Hungary HUN 1830 3,9 1892 3,8
8 Czech Republic CZE 1367 2,9 1450 2,9
9 India IND 1262 2,7 1350 2,7
10 United States USA 1315 2,8 1341 2,7
11 Ukraine UKR 1099 2,3 1126 2,3
12 Austria AUT 953 2,0 998 2,0
13 Italy ITA 895 1,9 934 1,9
14 England ENG 896 1,9 924 1,9
15 Netherlands NED 736 1,6 783 1,6
16 Croatia CRO 740 1,6 749 1,5
    Other 14691 31,4 15637 31,8
    All 46811 100,0 49204 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Germany, + 335. There are 143 countries in October 2003 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 5.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N July 2003 October 2003 Increase Percent
1 Germany GER 6185 6520 335 5,42
2 France FRA 2343 2528 185 7,90
3 Russia RUS 5919 6094 175 2,96
4 Spain ESP 2695 2859 164 6,09
5 Poland POL 1903 2002 99 5,20
6 India IND 1262 1350 88 6,97
7 Czech Republic CZE 1367 1450 83 6,07
8 Hungary HUN 1830 1892 62 3,39
9 Netherlands NED 736 783 47 6,39
10 Austria AUT 953 998 45 4,72
11 Romania ROM 572 615 43 7,52
12 Italy ITA 895 934 39 4,36
13 Yugoslavia SCG 1982 2017 35 1,77
14 Greece GRE 530 565 35 6,60
15 Switzerland SUI 515 550 35 6,80
16 England ENG 896 924 28 3,13
    All 46811 49204 2393 5,11

Players from Philippines have now the highest average rating - 2277,63. Players from Armenia have the second average rating - 2264,6. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players July 2003 October 2003 Change
1 Philippines PHI 101   2277,63  
2 Armenia ARM 153 2266,37 2264,60 -1,77
3 China CHN 281 2256,96 2257,62 0,65
4 Georgia GEO 204 2256,67 2248,21 -8,46
5 Ukraine UKR 1126 2247,57 2245,92 -1,65
6 Belarus BLR 214 2240,43 2240,57 0,13
7 Argentina ARG 218 2243,57 2240,20 -3,38
8 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 153 2249,00 2235,86 -13,14
9 Azerbaijan AZE 157 2245,60 2235,46 -10,13
10 United States USA 1341 2235,95 2234,93 -1,02
11 Indonesia INA 137 2232,90 2233,04 0,14
12 Israel ISR 529 2226,75 2223,92 -2,83
13 Russia RUS 6094 2225,79 2222,46 -3,33
14 Bulgaria BUL 442 2225,50 2221,72 -3,77
15 Iceland ISL 146 2219,96 2215,99 -3,97
16 Kazakhstan KAZ 244 2214,99 2213,36 -1,62
17 Estonia EST 121   2210,64  
18 Macedonia MKD 177 2209,34 2209,37 0,02
19 Myanma MYA 204 2207,13 2207,13 0,00
20 Netherlands NED 783 2211,68 2205,00 -6,67
    All 49204 2179,17 2173,51 -5,67

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