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Secrets of the January 2006 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 67364 players in the January 2006 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the January FIDE Rating List is 2124,49.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 8978. There are 8039 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      July 2005 July 2005 January 2006 January 2006
1 Germany GER 8464 13,4 8978 13,3
2 Russia RUS 7598 12,0 8039 11,9
3 Spain ESP 4139 6,5 4666 6,9
4 France FRA 3666 5,8 4040 6,0
5 Poland POL 2529 4,0 2765 4,1
6 Hungary HUN 2247 3,6 2344 3,5
7 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2248 3,6 2333 3,5
8 India IND 2038 3,2 2207 3,3
9 Czech Republic CZE 1841 2,9 1993 3,0
10 United States USA 1498 2,4 1587 2,4
11 Italy ITA 1388 2,2 1587 2,4
12 Ukraine UKR 1368 2,2 1447 2,1
13 Austria AUT 1214 1,9 1282 1,9
14 Netherlands NED 1063 1,7 1129 1,7
15 England ENG 1029 1,6 1046 1,6
16 Croatia CRO 951 1,5 1018 1,5
17 Slovakia SVK 883 1,4 934 1,4
    Other 19074 30,2 19969 29,6
    All 63238 100,0 67364 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Spain, + 527. There are 148 countries in January 2006 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 3.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N July 2005 January 2006 Increase Percent  
1 Spain ESP 4139 4666 527 12,73  
2 Germany GER 8464 8978 514 6,07  
3 Russia RUS 7598 8039 441 5,80  
4 France FRA 3666 4040 374 10,20  
5 Poland POL 2529 2765 236 9,33  
6 Italy ITA 1388 1587 199 14,34  
7 India IND 2038 2207 169 8,29  
8 Czech Republic CZE 1841 1993 152 8,26  
9 Hungary HUN 2247 2344 97 4,32  
10 Brazil BRA 658 752 94 14,29  
11 Greece GRE 779 870 91 11,68  
12 United States USA 1498 1587 89 5,94  
13 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2248 2333 85 3,78  
14 Ukraine UKR 1368 1447 79 5,77  
15 Austria AUT 1214 1282 68 5,60  
16 Croatia CRO 951 1018 67 7,05  
17 Netherlands NED 1063 1129 66 6,21  
18 Turkey TUR 307 370 63 20,52  
19 Romania ROM 803 864 61 7,60  
20 Switzerland SUI 718 779 61 8,50  
    All 63238 67364 4126 6,52  

Players from China have now the highest average rating - 2248,4. Players from Indonesia have the second average rating - 2227,93. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players July 2005 January 2006 Change
1 China CHN 323 2246,77 2248,40 1,63
2 Indonesia INA 151 2213,63 2227,93 14,31
3 Armenia ARM 213 2224,17 2227,67 3,50
4 Argentina ARG 228 2196,84 2219,74 22,90
5 United States USA 1587 2222,89 2217,53 -5,37
6 Azerbaijan AZE 187 2223,61 2216,88 -6,73
7 Ukraine UKR 1447 2214,52 2206,04 -8,49
8 Kazakhstan KAZ 290 2203,70 2202,39 -1,31
9 Israel ISR 643 2202,02 2199,13 -2,89
10 Uzbekistan UZB 144 2188,74 2197,49 8,75
11 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 192 2207,95 2193,02 -14,93
12 Macedonia MKD 180 2197,95 2190,24 -7,70
13 Bulgaria BUL 522 2196,40 2187,15 -9,24
14 Myanma MYA 233 2187,33 2186,36 -0,98
15 Estonia EST 142 2189,25 2185,69 -3,56
16 Georgia GEO 289 2178,30 2183,11 4,81
17 Russia RUS 8039 2192,00 2182,56 -9,44
18 Colombia COL 207 2170,38 2177,87 7,49
19 Belarus BLR 294 2192,48 2172,94 -19,54
20 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2333 2178,68 2172,47 -6,21
    All 67364 2134,23 2124,49 -9,74

The greatest number of grandmasters, international masters and FIDE masters live in Russia.

Titles

P Country N GM July 2005 GM January 2006 Ch AvR IM FM WGM WIM
1 Russia RUS 149 155 6 2535,12 416 659 29 75
2 Germany GER 60 61 1 2505,28 186 600 10 31
3 United States USA 60 60 0 2519,77 99 243 10 23
4 Ukraine UKR 50 53 3 2548,34 169 43 18 29
5 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 47 50 3 2479,58 104 306 11 12
6 Hungary HUN 36 36 0 2506,08 99 167 7 15
7 England ENG 33 33 0 2519,00 51 72 2 10
8 Israel ISR 33 33 0 2529,58 41 44 5 7
9 France FRA 27 29 2 2531,28 67 109 3 13
10 Spain ESP 24 24 0 2498,38 70 156 2 6
11 Bulgaria BUL 23 23 0 2494,26 47 6 3 9
12 Poland POL 19 20 1 2533,15 81 86 6 23
13 Czech Republic CZE 19 19 0 2511,00 60 73 3 9
14 Netherlands NED 18 19 1 2543,32 55 105 2 12
15 Georgia GEO 18 19 1 2527,00 29 9 10 10
16 China CHN 18 19 1 2560,47 12 19 13 7
17 Croatia CRO 17 18 1 2485,50 55 93 1 7
18 Armenia ARM 17 17 0 2564,18 22 8 1 7
19 Sweden SWE 15 15 0 2524,33 32 46   5
20 Romania ROM 14 14 0 2523,71 65 63 6 13
21 Azerbaijan AZE 12 14 2 2559,50 15 6 4 4
    Other 246 248 2 2512,54 826 1451 49 164
    All 955 979 24 2520,30 2601 4364 195 491

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