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Secrets of the January 2016 FIDE Rating List

by Boris Schipkov

There are 231238 chess players in the January 2016 Standard FIDE Rating List. The average rating of the January 2016 Standard FIDE Rating List is 1802,14.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Russia - 23566. There are 20676 players with international standard ratings in Germany.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      January 2015 January 2015 January 2016 January 2016
1 Russia RUS 19396 9,8 23566 10,2
2 Germany GER 18871 9,6 20676 8,9
3 India IND 16726 8,5 20164 8,7
4 Spain ESP 15788 8,0 17381 7,5
5 France FRA 14072 7,1 16359 7,1
6 Poland POL 7192 3,6 7999 3,5
7 Italy ITA 6330 3,2 7203 3,1
8 Czech Republic CZE 5327 2,7 6081 2,6
9 Hungary HUN 5012 2,5 5419 2,3
10 Iran IRI 3416 1,7 4512 2,0
11 United States USA 3713 1,9 4257 1,8
12 Serbia SRB 3737 1,9 4103 1,8
13 Greece GRE 3482 1,8 4007 1,7
14 Turkey TUR 2937 1,5 4002 1,7
15 Brazil BRA 2861 1,4 3560 1,5
16 Ukraine UKR 2921 1,5 3200 1,4
17 Netherlands NED 2726 1,4 3128 1,4
18 Argentina ARG 2548 1,3 3079 1,3
19 Romania ROU 2665 1,3 3078 1,3
20 Austria AUT 2510 1,3 2862 1,2
    All 197590 100,0 231238 100,0

The greatest increase for the year in number of players was in Russia, + 4170 new rated players. There are 180 countries in the January 2016 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased by 4.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N January 2015 January 2016 Increase Percent
1 Russia RUS 19396 23566 4170 21,50
2 India IND 16726 20164 3438 20,55
3 France FRA 14072 16359 2287 16,25
4 Germany GER 18871 20676 1805 9,56
5 Spain ESP 15788 17381 1593 10,09
6 Iran IRI 3416 4512 1096 32,08
7 Turkey TUR 2937 4002 1065 36,26
8 Italy ITA 6330 7203 873 13,79
9 Poland POL 7192 7999 807 11,22
10 Czech Republic CZE 5327 6081 754 14,15
11 Brazil BRA 2861 3560 699 24,43
12 United States USA 3713 4257 544 14,65
13 Sri Lanka SRI 1478 2012 534 36,13
14 Argentina ARG 2548 3079 531 20,84
15 Greece GRE 3482 4007 525 15,08
16 Denmark DEN 2369 2831 462 19,50
17 Sweden SWE 1660 2116 456 27,47
18 Norway NOR 1261 1715 454 36,00
19 Romania ROU 2665 3078 413 15,50
20 Hungary HUN 5012 5419 407 8,12
    All 197590 231238 33648 17,03

Players from Indonesia have now the highest average rating - 2055,31. Players from Cuba have the second average rating - 2044,36. I took into consideration only countries with more than 100 players with ratings.

Average Rating

P Country N Players January 2015 January 2016 Change
1 Indonesia INA 386 2114,52 2055,31 -59,21
2 Cuba CUB 1696 2062,58 2044,36 -18,22
3 China CHN 777 2107,53 2042,02 -65,51
4 Macedonia MKD 263 2068,38 2031,63 -36,75
5 Myanma MYA 263 2046,50 2020,30 -26,19
6 United States USA 4257 2049,79 2015,64 -34,15
7 Ukraine UKR 3200 2048,89 2014,98 -33,91
8 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 673 2037,64 2003,79 -33,86
9 Nigeria NGR 155 2028,74 2003,52 -25,22
10 Montenegro MNE 337 2027,54 1999,85 -27,69
11 Turkmenistan TKM 190 2019,93 1996,80 -23,13
12 Israel ISR 1363 2058,09 1996,40 -61,68
13 Philippines PHI 612 2077,00 1994,81 -82,18
14 Serbia SRB 4103 2021,25 1994,35 -26,89
15 Netherlands NED 3128 2011,81 1988,86 -22,95
16 Canada CAN 1034 2030,89 1988,16 -42,73
17 Finland FIN 818 2006,72 1981,75 -24,97
18 Albania ALB 122 1979,53 1974,25 -5,29
19 Uzbekistan UZB 462 2018,02 1969,15 -48,88
20 Syria SYR 217 1999,29 1968,82 -30,47
    All 197590 1851,45 1802,14 -49,31

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