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Study of the October 2002 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 42619 players in the October FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the October FIDE Rating List is 2190,61.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 5613. There are 5193 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      Jul2002 Jul2002 Oct2002 Oct2002
1 Germany GER 5413 13,4 5613 13,2
2 Russia RUS 5049 12,5 5193 12,2
3 Spain ESP 2259 5,6 2395 5,6
4 France FRA 1927 4,8 1932 4,5
5 Yugoslavia YUG 1878 4,6 1891 4,4
6 Poland POL 1698 4,2 1778 4,2
7 Hungary HUN 1654 4,1 1725 4,0
8 Czech Republic CZE 1215 3,0 1265 3,0
9 United States USA 1226 3,0 1251 2,9
10 India IND 975 2,4 1051 2,5
11 Ukraine UKR 961 2,4 1025 2,4
12 Austria AUT 867 2,1 888 2,1
13 England ENG 833 2,1 860 2,0
14 Italy ITA 786 1,9 820 1,9
15 Romania ROM 789 1,9 799 1,9
    Other 12934 32,0 14133 33,2
    All 40464 100,0 42619 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Germany, + 200. Germany outran Russia in the first time for two years.
There are 132 countries in the October 2002 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 8.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N Jul2002 Oct2002 Increase Percent
1 Germany GER 5413 5613 200 3,69
2 Russia RUS 5049 5193 144 2,85
3 Spain ESP 2259 2395 136 6,02
4 Poland POL 1698 1778 80 4,71
5 India IND 975 1051 76 7,79
6 Hungary HUN 1654 1725 71 4,29
7 Ukraine UKR 961 1025 64 6,66
8 Czech Republic CZE 1215 1265 50 4,12
9 Italy ITA 786 820 34 4,33
10 Chile CHI 441 471 30 6,80
11 England ENG 833 860 27 3,24
12 United States USA 1226 1251 25 2,04
13 Turkey TUR 170 194 24 14,12
14 Switzerland SUI 462 485 23 4,98
15 Netherlands NED 658 680 22 3,34
16 Finland FIN 259 280 21 8,11
17 Austria AUT 867 888 21 2,42
18 Greece GRE 460 480 20 4,35
    All 40464 42619 2155 5,33

Players from Georgia have the highest average rating - 2283,4. Now Armenians have the second average rating - 2271,57. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players Jul2002 Oct2002 Change
1 Georgia GEO 162 2257,40 2283,40 25,99
2 Armenia ARM 142   2271,57  
3 China CHN 258 2272,00 2269,46 -2,54
4 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 128   2259,20  
5 Ukraine UKR 1025 2262,97 2257,30 -5,67
6 Indonesia INA 119 2250,65 2251,19 0,55
7 Azerbaijan AZE 143   2250,49  
8 Belarus BLR 225   2249,33  
9 United States USA 1251 2241,32 2240,29 -1,03
10 Russia RUS 5193 2241,39 2237,82 -3,56
11 Iceland ISL 129 2240,69 2237,01 -3,68
12 Bulgaria BUL 425 2234,89 2235,26 0,37
13 Israel ISR 501 2234,67 2229,93 -4,74
14 Kazakhstan KAZ 217 2224,06 2223,78 -0,28
15 Colombia COL 145 2221,21 2220,66 -0,56
16 Netherlands NED 680 2222,60 2219,50 -3,11
17 Latvia LAT 140 2219,80 2213,32 -6,48
18 Macedonia MKD 175   2210,29  
19 Peru PER 116 2210,77 2209,66 -1,12
20 Iran IRI 152 2211,90 2209,37 -2,53
    All 42619 2193,60 2190,61 -2,99

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