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Secrets of the January 2007 FIDE Rating List

By Boris Schipkov

There are 77144 players in the January 2007 FIDE Rating List. Average rating of the January FIDE Rating List is 2100,09.
The greatest number of chessplayers live in Germany - 9987. There are 8977 players with rating in Russia.

Players

P Country N Players Percent Players Percent
      July 2006 July 2006 January 2007 January 2007
1 Germany GER 9419 13,1 9987 12,9
2 Russia RUS 8495 11,8 8977 11,6
3 Spain ESP 5091 7,1 5663 7,3
4 France FRA 4610 6,4 4871 6,3
5 Poland POL 2932 4,1 3134 4,1
6 India IND 2383 3,3 2741 3,6
7 Hungary HUN 2431 3,4 2566 3,3
8 Serbia SRB     2278 3,0
9 Czech Republic CZE 2106 2,9 2273 2,9
10 Italy ITA 1748 2,4 1990 2,6
11 United States USA 1632 2,3 1695 2,2
12 Ukraine UKR 1483 2,1 1539 2,0
13 Austria NED 1270 1,8 1379 1,8
14 Netherlands AUT 1305 1,8 1368 1,8
15 Croatia CRO 1093 1,5 1178 1,5
16 England ENG 1080 1,5 1115 1,4
17 Greece GRE 929 1,3 1043 1,4
18 Slovakia SVK 990 1,4 1039 1,3
    Other 23100 32,0 22308 28,9
    All 72097 100,0 77144 100,0

The greatest increase in number of players was in Spain, + 572. There are 154 countries in January 2007 FIDE Rating List. A number of countries increased on 2.

Leading Countries in Increase of Number of Players

P Country N July 2006 January 2007 Increase Percent
1 Spain ESP 5091 5663 572 11,24
2 Germany GER 9419 9987 568 6,03
3 Russia RUS 8495 8977 482 5,67
4 India IND 2383 2741 358 15,02
5 France FRA 4610 4871 261 5,66
6 Italy ITA 1748 1990 242 13,84
7 Poland POL 2932 3134 202 6,89
8 Czech Republic CZE 2106 2273 167 7,93
9 Hungary HUN 2431 2566 135 5,55
10 Greece GRE 929 1043 114 12,27
11 Netherlands NED 1270 1379 109 8,58
12 Brazil BRA 776 866 90 11,60
13 Croatia CRO 1093 1178 85 7,78
14 Cuba CUB 754 831 77 10,21
15 Switzerland SUI 802 875 73 9,10
16 Austria AUT 1305 1368 63 4,83
17 United States USA 1632 1695 63 3,86
18 Romania ROM 906 968 62 6,84
19 Iran IRI 355 415 60 16,90
    All 72097 77144 5047 7,00

Players from Philippines have now the highest average rating - 2252,41. Players from China have the second average rating - 2245,17. I took in the consideration only countries with more than 100 players with rating.

Average Rating

P Country N Players July 2006 January 2007 Change
1 Philippines PHI 153 2251,54 2252,41 0,87
2 China CHN 329 2247,81 2245,17 -2,64
3 Indonesia INA 152 2224,63 2222,78 -1,85
4 Armenia ARM 232 2220,13 2210,89 -9,24
5 United States USA 1695 2213,42 2207,56 -5,86
6 Vietnam VIE 108 2215,24 2203,49 -11,74
7 Kazakhstan KAZ 307 2201,12 2196,81 -4,31
8 Ukraine UKR 1539 2202,64 2194,14 -8,49
9 Israel ISR 689 2191,87 2186,71 -5,17
10 Myanma MYA 234 2185,23 2185,04 -0,18
11 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 238 2193,42 2184,74 -8,68
12 Macedonia MKD 182 2189,09 2182,69 -6,40
13 Uzbekistan UZB 157 2189,79 2178,78 -11,01
14 Azerbaijan AZE 226 2192,35 2175,99 -16,37
15 Estonia EST 148 2185,01 2175,33 -9,68
16 Canada CAN 419 2166,43 2164,10 -2,33
17 Georgia GEO 311 2172,83 2163,82 -9,00
18 Montenegro MNE 170   2162,73  
19 Russia RUS 8977 2171,45 2162,07 -9,38
20 Bulgaria BUL 576 2174,30 2160,96 -13,35
    All 77144 2113,43 2100,09 -13,34

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

Titles

P Country N GM July 2006 GM January 2007 Ch AvR IM FM WGM WIM
1 Russia RUS 154 157 3 2534,82 437 725 31 76
2 Germany GER 60 61 1 2510,93 189 628 11 31
3 United States USA 60 60 0 2523,42 102 246 11 24
4 Ukraine UKR 54 56 2 2548,80 168 49 20 28
5 Serbia SRB   42   2480,93 94 279 11 13
6 Hungary HUN 37 37 0 2503,22 102 173 7 16
7 England ENG 33 33 0 2519,97 54 73 2 10
8 Israel ISR 33 33 0 2534,21 40 44 5 7
9 France FRA 29 29 0 2536,93 71 124 3 13
10 Spain ESP 25 25 0 2503,96 76 174 2 7
11 Poland POL 20 24 4 2544,54 79 100 7 24
12 Croatia CRO 22 24 2 2497,88 54 100 1 8
13 Bulgaria BUL 24 24 0 2493,88 48 6 3 9
14 Georgia GEO 22 22 0 2528,09 28 10 10 11
15 Netherlands NED 21 21 0 2544,43 56 112 2 11
16 Czech Republic CZE 20 20 0 2511,65 62 78 3 9
17 Armenia ARM 18 19 1 2558,79 21 9 2 6
18 China CHN 19 19 0 2564,11 12 19 14 8
19 Romania ROM 16 16 0 2522,94 66 65 8 13
20 India IND 14 15 1 2550,33 44 25 7 14
21 Sweden SWE 15 15 0 2522,13 32 48   6
    Other 315 277 -38 2511,71 863 1647 52 166
    All 1011 1029 18 2521,61 2698 4734 212 510

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