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Study of the October 2001 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 39750 players in the October FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the October FIDE Rating List is 2198,4.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 4996. There are 4578 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      Jul2001 Jul2001 Oct2001 Oct2001
1 Germany GER 4843 12,5 4996 12,6
2 Russia RUS 4424 11,5 4578 11,5
3 Spain ESP 1900 4,9 2027 5,1
4 Yugoslavia YUG 1808 4,7 1831 4,6
5 France FRA 1689 4,4 1783 4,5
6 Hungary HUN 1596 4,1 1625 4,1
7 Poland POL 1599 4,1 1621 4,1
8 United States USA 1139 3,0 1156 2,9
9 Czech Republic CZE 1087 2,8 1154 2,9
10 Ukraine UKR 891 2,3 899 2,3
11 India IND 826 2,1 878 2,2
12 England ENG 783 2,0 806 2,0
13 Austria AUT 773 2,0 799 2,0
14 Italy ITA 741 1,9 763 1,9
15 Argentina ARG 731 1,9 760 1,9
16 Romania ROM 743 1,9 759 1,9
    Other 13036 33,8 13315 33,5
    All 38609 100,0 39750 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Russia, + 154.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N Jul2001 Oct2001 Increase Percent
1 Russia RUS 4424 4578 154 3,48
2 Germany GER 4843 4996 153 3,16
3 Spain ESP 1900 2027 127 6,68
4 France FRA 1689 1783 94 5,57
5 Czech Republic CZE 1087 1154 67 6,16
6 India IND 826 878 52 6,30
7 Argentina ARG 731 760 29 3,97
8 Hungary HUN 1596 1625 29 1,82
9 Austria AUT 773 799 26 3,36
10 England ENG 783 806 23 2,94
11 Yugoslavia YUG 1808 1831 23 1,27
12 Italy ITA 741 763 22 2,97
13 Poland POL 1599 1621 22 1,38
    Other 15809 16129 320 2,02
    All 38609 39750 1141 2,96

Players from Philippines have the highest average rating - 2278,91. Armenians have the second average rating - 2276,92. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players Jul2001 Oct2001 Change
1 Philippines PHI 102 2279,00 2278,91 -0,09
2 Armenia ARM 135 2276,66 2276,92 0,26
3 China CHN 239 2275,92 2275,73 -0,20
4 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 124 2274,11 2272,07 -2,03
5 Ukraine UKR 899 2267,90 2267,53 -0,36
6 Georgia GEO 185 2256,16 2259,19 3,03
7 Azerbaijan AZE 133 2256,59 2256,41 -0,19
8 Belarus BLR 207 2258,84 2254,83 -4,02
9 Indonesia INA 118 2249,06 2249,00 -0,06
10 Russia RUS 4578 2246,77 2244,76 -2,01
11 United States USA 1156 2244,19 2243,48 -0,71
12 Iceland ISL 123 2249,36 2242,87 -6,49
13 Israel ISR 450 2238,23 2238,64 0,41
14 Bulgaria BUL 417 2239,06 2237,77 -1,29
15 Kazakhstan KAZ 176 2235,64 2233,07 -2,56
16 Netherlands NED 608 2229,90 2227,87 -2,03
17 Estonia EST 114 2220,07 2219,98 -0,09
18 Latvia LAT 118 2226,42 2219,53 -6,89
19 Colombia COL 142 2218,78 2219,18 0,40
20 Iran IRI 125 2217,90 2215,94 -1,95
    All 39750 2200,40 2198,40 -2,01

There are 768 grandmasters in the Universe. The greatest number of grandmasters and international masters live in Russia. However, the greatest number of FIDE masters live in Germany.
It is interesting that Spain has 18 GMs, but no one Women GMs. China has 10 GMs and 10 WGMs. Egypt has 22 IMs, but no one GMs.

Titles

P Country N GM Ch Av r GMs IM Ch Av r IMs FM WGM
1 Russia RUS 122 3 2544,18 314 10 2414,82 328 29
2 Germany GER 51 2 2507,84 153 7 2401,41 507 11
3 United States USA 50 2 2509,16 84 5 2411,12 208 5
4 Yugoslavia YUG 42 1 2475,69 97 3 2385,68 279 11
5 Ukraine UKR 38 1 2541,89 130 14 2417,98 19 13
6 England ENG 33 0 2525,85 45 3 2377,76 55 5
7 Israel ISR 30 -2 2532,30 32 1 2406,59 32 5
8 Hungary HUN 29 1 2496,38 92 1 2371,12 136 11
9 France FRA 23 1 2536,83 46 3 2376,80 69 1
10 Bulgaria BUL 20 0 2499,25 46 2 2373,91 5 5
11 Spain ESP 18 0 2493,67 48 2 2406,50 83 0
12 Czech Republic CZE 16 0 2509,13 52 4 2385,46 49 5
13 Croatia CRO 15 0 2498,53 39 1 2398,28 87 1
14 Poland POL 13 0 2529,00 65 2 2376,71 61 8
15 Georgia GEO 13 1 2515,92 16 1 2424,38 4 13
16 Romania ROM 12 1 2529,58 58 3 2378,38 79 9
17 Argentina ARG 12 0 2488,42 49 1 2404,86 77 1
18 Netherlands NED 12 0 2554,17 47 4 2406,28 83 4
19 Sweden SWE 12 2 2510,33 31 0 2409,16 39 1
20 Armenia ARM 12 0 2570,58 21 2 2410,71 3 2
21 Cuba CUB 10 1 2508,60 43 2 2378,49 73 2
22 China CHN 10 1 2581,30 14 -1 2478,07 20 10
    Other 175 6 2515,54 665 27 2379,17 981 36
    All 768 21 2520,07 2187 97 2393,37 3277 188

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