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Secrets of the January 2014 FIDE Rating List

by Boris Schipkov

There are 171117 chess players in the January 2014 FIDE Rating List. The average rating of the January 2014 FIDE Rating List is 1897,06.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 17536. There are 16804 players with international ratings in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      January 2013 January 2013 January 2014 January 2014
1 Germany GER 16430 11,0 17536 10,2
2 Russia RUS 15649 10,4 16804 9,8
3 Spain ESP 13292 8,9 14524 8,5
4 France FRA 11200 7,5 12511 7,3
5 India IND 9368 6,2 12096 7,1
6 Poland POL 5920 3,9 6465 3,8
7 Italy ITA 5195 3,5 5687 3,3
8 Czech Republic CZE 4442 3,0 4854 2,8
9 Hungary HUN 4494 3,0 4779 2,8
10 Serbia SRB 3239 2,2 3457 2,0
11 United States USA 2997 2,0 3314 1,9
12 Greece GRE 2650 1,8 3052 1,8
13 Ukraine UKR 2551 1,7 2746 1,6
14 Iran IRI 2150 1,4 2674 1,6
15 Netherlands NED 2362 1,6 2529 1,5
16 Brazil BRA 2187 1,5 2464 1,4
17 Romania ROU 2112 1,4 2348 1,4
18 Austria AUT 2139 1,4 2316 1,4
19 Argentina ARG     2238 1,3
20 Slovakia SVK 2016 1,3 2227 1,3
    All 149897   171117  

The greatest increase for the year in number of players was again in India, + 2728 new rated players. There are 167 countries in the January 2014 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased by 38.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N January 2013 January 2014 Increase Percent
1 India IND 9368 12096 2728 29,12
2 France FRA 11200 12511 1311 11,71
3 Spain ESP 13292 14524 1232 9,27
4 Russia RUS 15649 16804 1155 7,38
5 Germany GER 16430 17536 1106 6,73
6 Poland POL 5920 6465 545 9,21
7 Iran IRI 2150 2674 524 24,37
8 Italy ITA 5195 5687 492 9,47
9 Turkey TUR 1747 2215 468 26,79
10 Czech Republic CZE 4442 4854 412 9,28
11 Greece GRE 2650 3052 402 15,17
12 United States USA 2997 3314 317 10,58
13 Sri Lanka SRI 695 982 287 41,29
14 Hungary HUN 4494 4779 285 6,34
15 Brazil BRA 2187 2464 277 12,67
16 Belgium BEL 1384 1636 252 18,21
17 Romania ROU 2112 2348 236 11,17
18 Denmark DEN 1849 2075 226 12,22
19 Serbia SRB 3239 3457 218 6,73
20 Slovakia SVK 2016 2227 211 10,47
    All 149897 171117 21220 14,16

Players from China have now the highest average rating - 2147,16. Players from Indonesia have the second average rating - 2121,59. I took into consideration only countries with more than 100 players with ratings.

Average Rating

P Country N Players January 2013 January 2014 Change
1 China CHN 569 2169,85 2147,16 -22,68
2 Indonesia INA 258 2144,37 2121,59 -22,79
3 Philippines PHI 420   2105,55  
4 Macedonia MKD 233 2115,15 2087,81 -27,34
5 Israel ISR 1052 2104,44 2081,69 -22,75
6 United States USA 3314 2098,29 2078,37 -19,92
7 Estonia EST 211 2097,30 2077,34 -19,96
8 Cuba CUB 1437 2088,44 2073,06 -15,38
9 Ukraine UKR 2746 2083,56 2069,03 -14,53
10 Canada CAN 779 2081,43 2057,29 -24,13
11 Kazakhstan KAZ 619 2090,99 2051,97 -39,02
12 Myanma MYA 198   2049,22  
13 Uzbekistan UZB 349 2064,43 2045,67 -18,76
14 Serbia SRB 3457 2060,77 2042,34 -18,44
15 Montenegro MNE 300   2039,91  
16 Turkmenistan TKM 168 2050,94 2039,20 -11,74
17 Armenia ARM 504 2052,67 2031,69 -20,98
18 Netherlands NED 2529 2041,02 2029,50 -11,52
19 Syria SYR 163 2053,55 2029,39 -24,17
20 Finland FIN 696 2039,16 2023,35 -15,81
    All 171117 1928,50 1897,06 -31,44

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