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Secrets of the January 2013 FIDE Rating List

by Boris Schipkov

There are 149897 players in the January 2013 FIDE Rating List. The average rating of the January FIDE Rating List is 1928,5.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 16430. There are 15649 players with international ratings in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      January 2012 January 2012 January 2013 January 2013
1 Germany GER 15442 11,6 16430 11,0
2 Russia RUS 14422 10,8 15649 10,4
3 Spain ESP 12054 9,0 13292 8,9
4 France FRA 10099 7,6 11200 7,5
5 India IND 7954 6,0 9368 6,2
6 Poland POL 5416 4,1 5920 3,9
7 Italy ITA 4670 3,5 5195 3,5
8 Hungary HUN 4216 3,2 4494 3,0
9 Czech Republic CZE 4054 3,0 4442 3,0
10 Serbia SRB 3043 2,3 3239 2,2
11 United States USA 2691 2,0 2997 2,0
12 Greece GRE 2375 1,8 2650 1,8
13 Ukraine UKR 2355 1,8 2551 1,7
14 Netherlands NED 2190 1,6 2362 1,6
15 Brazil BRA 1885 1,4 2187 1,5
16 Iran IRI 1638 1,2 2150 1,4
17 Austria AUT 1987 1,5 2139 1,4
18 Romania ROU 1894 1,4 2112 1,4
19 Slovakia SVK 1810 1,4 2016 1,3
20 Croatia CRO 1884 1,4 2007 1,3
    All 133549   149897  

Players with international ratings: Top 10 Countries
FIDE rating

The greatest increase for the year in number of players was in India, + 1414 new rated players. There are 129 countries in the January 2013 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 6.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N January 2012 January 2013 Increase Percent
1 India IND 7954 9368 1414 17,78
2 Spain ESP 12054 13292 1238 10,27
3 Russia RUS 14422 15649 1227 8,51
4 France FRA 10099 11200 1101 10,90
5 Germany GER 15442 16430 988 6,40
6 Italy ITA 4670 5195 525 11,24
7 Iran IRI 1638 2150 512 31,26
8 Poland POL 5416 5920 504 9,31
9 Czech Republic CZE 4054 4442 388 9,57
10 United States USA 2691 2997 306 11,37
11 Brazil BRA 1885 2187 302 16,02
12 Turkey TUR 1466 1747 281 19,17
13 Hungary HUN 4216 4494 278 6,59
14 Greece GRE 2375 2650 275 11,58
15 Romania ROU 1894 2112 218 11,51
16 Slovakia SVK 1810 2016 206 11,38
17 Serbia SRB 3043 3239 196 6,44
18 Ukraine UKR 2355 2551 196 8,32
19 England ENG 1640 1831 191 11,65
20 Denmark DEN 1664 1849 185 11,12
    All 133549 149897 16348 12,24

Players from China have now the highest average rating - 2169,85. Players from Indonesia have the second average rating - 2144,37. I took into consideration only countries with more than 100 players with ratings.

Average Rating

P Country N Players January 2012 January 2013 Change
1 China CHN 526 2193,39 2169,85 -23,54
2 Indonesia INA 229 2163,53 2144,37 -19,16
3 Macedonia MKD 226 2120,93 2115,15 -5,78
4 Israel ISR 974 2124,01 2104,44 -19,57
5 United States USA 2997 2119,83 2098,29 -21,54
6 Estonia EST 200 2104,19 2097,30 -6,89
7 Kazakhstan KAZ 541 2126,43 2090,99 -35,44
8 Cuba CUB 1414 2097,57 2088,44 -9,14
9 Ukraine UKR 2551 2101,77 2083,56 -18,21
10 Canada CAN 709 2106,21 2081,43 -24,78
11 Uzbekistan UZB 319 2085,40 2064,43 -20,97
12 Serbia SRB 3239 2080,95 2060,77 -20,17
13 Sweden SWE 1236 2081,57 2055,34 -26,23
14 Syria SYR 152   2053,55 -
15 Armenia ARM 466 2081,91 2052,67 -29,24
16 Turkmenistan TKM 163 2056,55 2050,94 -5,61
17 Netherlands NED 2362 2056,00 2041,02 -14,98
18 Finland FIN 639 2059,97 2039,16 -20,81
19 Russia RUS 15649 2059,80 2038,63 -21,17
20 Tunisia TUN 109 2052,30 2031,86 -20,43
    All 149897 1953,70 1928,50 -25,20

The greatest number of grandmasters, international masters and FIDE masters live in Russia: 205 GMs, 485 IMs and 968 FMs. Grandmasters, top 11 countries: Russia - 205, Germany - 78, Ukraine - 77, USA - 73, Serbia - 51, Hungary - 49, France - 45, Israel - 39, Spain - 39, England - 35, Poland - 35.

Titles

P   COUNTRY GM January 2012 GM January 2013 Ch AvR GMs f m wg wm
1 Russia RUS 206 205 -1 2538,40 968 485 45 90
2 Germany GER 75 78 3 2508,17 726 233 16 35
3 Ukraine UKR 76 77 1 2555,17 124 191 20 30
4 United States USA 69 73 4 2514,34 293 114 10 21
5 Serbia SRB 52 51 -1 2481,02 306 100 12 16
6 Hungary HUN 49 49 0 2521,47 205 105 9 15
7 France FRA 45 45 0 2533,49 169 94 5 17
8 Spain ESP 36 39 3 2500,38 272 106 3 11
9 Israel ISR 39 39 0 2521,87 52 46 4 8
10 Poland POL 32 35 3 2544,71 116 95 11 24
11 England ENG 35 35 0 2524,20 90 57 3 11
12 Bulgaria BUL 33 34 1 2495,03 19 49 5 12
13 Armenia ARM 32 33 1 2535,06 18 25 4 7
14 Netherlands NED 28 30 2 2541,27 135 74 4 13
15 Croatia CRO 30 30 0 2513,13 124 56 3 9
16 China CHN 29 30 1 2568,33 24 23 18 10
17 India IND 25 29 4 2538,41 45 76 8 18
18 Czech Republic CZE 27 27 0 2506,07 124 70 5 12
19 Georgia GEO 24 25 1 2541,68 11 39 10 12
20 Cuba CUB 19 21 2 2513,52 136 31 8 11
21 Romania ROU 20 20 0 2529,70 86 70 12 13
22 Azerbaijan AZE 20 20 0 2571,60 14 17 6 7
      283 306 23 2509,71 1848 866 52 206
    All 1284 1331 47 2523,25 5905 3022 273 608

Chess Grandmasters: Top 11 Countries
Grandmasters

These statistics are based on data from the official FIDE January 2013 FRL(TXT) (Updated: 02 Jan 2013, Size: 3 476 471 bytes).
It is strange, but according to the FIDE "Country rank by average rating of top 10 players" Russia has 215 grandmasters (Germany 79, France 47) January 7th 2013, according to the January 2013 FRL (and FIDE Advanced Search too) Russia has 205 grandmasters (Germany 78, France 45 etc.).
The number of chess grandmasters on Earth in reality is somewhat more than 1331, precisely 1389 GMs, because some countries and grandmasters are absent in the January 2013 FIDE Rating List: 19 GMs of Argentina, 15 GMs of Philippines, 8 GMs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6 GMs of Montenegro, 3 GMs of Qatar, 1 GM of Ecuador, 1 GM of South Korea, 1 GM of Myanmar, 1 GM of Zambia and 3 GMs of Mongolia.
According to the FIDE Advanced Search there are 1389 chess grandmasters in the World now.
It is truth, because 1331+19+15+8+6+3+1+1+1+1+3=1389.

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