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Countries where chess are most popular?


  • 8 months ago · Quote · #61

    2mooroo

    ekorbdal wrote:

    It has to be the Vatican City. Chess comes as second nature,  as scheming, plotting, tactics and manoeuvreing is a way of life there.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #62

    macer75

    fla2lens wrote:
    Lou-for-you wrote:

    Interesting list. The 10 best players of Macau have an average elo below 1700. I could become the best player of a country by moving there. But where is it??

    what's more amazing is that there are 6 titled players.  so with another 4 players the average is 1671?  FIDE title should be a CM which is 2200+ (at some point) unless they were kids who got their FM (w/o the rating) via the olympiads or something.

    Technically it's not a country. It's located on the Southern coast of China, and is a part of China.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #63

    woodworker1

    There are more chess.com members from india and the USA

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #64

    watcha

    This is the improved toplist of countries having more than 1000 registered players. The country names were resolved with the help of chess.com member Scottrf.

    Rank Country Code Country Name Registered Players
    1 IND India 35396
    2 FRA France 35364
    3 ESP Spain 31947
    4 RUS Russia 28599
    5 GER Germany 27287
    6 TUR Turkey 13217
    7 POL Poland 12187
    8 GRE Greece 11958
    9 ITA Italy 11919
    10 IRI Iran 10459
    11 USA United States 10074
    12 CZE Czech Republic 8390
    13 HUN Hungary 8115
    14 BRA Brazil 7533
    15 SRB Serbia 6217
    16 UKR Ukraine 5725
    17 SVK Slovakia 5026
    18 SRI Sri Lanka 4940
    19 COL Colombia 4926
    20 NED Kingdom of the Netherlands 4886
    21 BEL Belgium 4619
    22 ARG Argentina 4603
    23 DEN Denmark 4565
    24 CRO Croatia 4547
    25 AUT Austria 4541
    26 ROU Romania 4506
    27 ENG United Kingdom 3950
    28 POR Portugal 3922
    29 SUI Switzerland 3177
    30 SLO Slovenia 3133
    31 PER Peru 2988
    32 ECU Ecuador 2742
    33 VEN Venezuela 2725
    34 SWE Sweden 2711
    35 MEX Mexico 2571
    36 EGY Egypt 2551
    37 BUL Bulgaria 2401
    38 AUS Australia 2380
    39 CHI Chile 2343
    40 NOR Norway 2207
    41 CAN Canada 2091
    42 CUB Cuba 2062
    43 PHI Philippines 1834
    44 LTU Lithuania 1804
    45 MAS Malaysia 1773
    46 RSA South Africa 1746
    47 SIN Singapore 1722
    48 ISR Israel 1627
    49 GEO Georgia 1470
    50 AZE Azerbaijan 1457
    51 BAN Bangladesh 1437
    52 CHN China 1414
    53 DOM Dominican Republic 1367
    54 KAZ Kazakhstan 1361
    55 UAE United Arab Emirates 1344
    56 VIE Vietnam 1257
    57 FIN Finland 1223
    58 ISL Iceland 1212
    59 NEP Nepal 1130
    60 BLR Belarus 1042
    61 BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina 1041
  • 8 months ago · Quote · #65

    Irontiger

    watcha wrote:

    This is the improved toplist of countries having more than 1000 registered players. The country names were resolved with the help of chess.com member Scottrf.

    Rank Country Code Country Name Registered Players 1 IND India 35396 2 FRA France 35364 (...snip...)

    I wish to warn that the list might have some glitches depending on the practices of the federations. For instance, in France, there is no distinction between your national rating and your FIDE rating, which makes that all players with a national ratings have a FIDE rating. I'm not sure this is the case in the US, GB, etc. and might affect the interpretation.

    EDIT : What ringed a bell is that France appears second while Great Britain isn't even mentioned, when the population is similar and the cultural proximity should make for similar numbers.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #66

    watcha

    Irontiger wrote:
    watcha wrote:

    This is the improved toplist of countries having more than 1000 registered players. The country names were resolved with the help of chess.com member Scottrf.

    Rank Country Code Country Name Registered Players 1 IND India 35396 2 FRA France 35364 (...snip...)

    I wish to warn that the list might have some glitches depending on the practices of the federations. For instance, in France, there is no distinction between your national rating and your FIDE rating, which makes that all players with a national ratings have a FIDE rating. I'm not sure this is the case in the US, GB, etc. and might affect the interpretation.

    Thanks for your remark. I don't know what methodology Fide uses to compile the players list. For example it seems that the list contains more players with ratings than the official rating distribution chart would suggest ( this may be due to distinction between active / non active players, or to the factors you mentioned, I have no clue ).

    Nevertheless this is the best publicly available data I'm aware of for estimating the level of chess activity in worldwide comparison on a popular level rather than an elite level.

    If anyone has sources which provide objectively measurable data related to chess activity ( rather than anecdotal evidence ) please come forward.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #67

    watcha

    This is the per capita top list of registered players of countries with more than 50 players. It is interesting that Iceland is first on this list too and Monaco has a high rank meaning that there is something going on in this country about chess apart from that single grandmaster they have.

     

    Per capita registered players of countries with more than 50 players
    Rank Country Population Registered Players Registered players per capita ppm
    1 Iceland 321.9 k 1212 3765.6
    2 Palau 21.0 k 74 3531.2
    3 Monaco 36.4 k 62 1704.7
    4 Slovenia 2.1 M 3133 1524.2
    5 Greece 10.8 M 11958 1105.7
    6 Barbados 274.2 k 302 1101.4
    7 Andorra 85.1 k 92 1081.3
    8 Croatia 4.3 M 4547 1061.2
    9 Montenegro 625.3 k 592 946.8
    10 Slovakia 5.4 M 5026 928.9
    11 Brunei 415.7 k 368 885.2
    12 Serbia 7.2 M 6217 865.1
    13 Hungary 9.9 M 8115 816.2
    14 Denmark 5.6 M 4565 814.8
    15 Czech Republic 10.5 M 8390 798.0
    16 Luxembourg 537.9 k 420 780.9
    17 Spain 46.7 M 31947 684.0
    18 Lithuania 3.0 M 1804 610.3
    19 Austria 8.4 M 4541 539.7
    20 France 66.0 M 35364 536.2
    21 Botswana 2.0 M 980 482.9
    22 Estonia 1.3 M 612 475.7
    23 Sao Tome and Principe 183.2 k 84 458.6
    24 Norway 5.1 M 2207 433.1
    25 Belgium 11.0 M 4619 418.5
    26 Latvia 2.0 M 836 415.3
    27 Switzerland 8.0 M 3177 396.4
    28 Malta 452.5 k 172 380.1
    29 Portugal 10.5 M 3922 374.0
    30 Germany 80.5 M 27287 338.9
    31 Bulgaria 7.4 M 2401 326.0
    32 Georgia 4.6 M 1470 322.7
    33 Poland 38.2 M 12187 319.1
    34 Singapore 5.4 M 1722 318.9
    35 Kingdom of the Netherlands 17.0 M 4886 286.8
    36 Armenia 3.3 M 929 284.8
    37 Sweden 9.6 M 2711 283.7
    38 Cyprus 1.1 M 312 279.3
    39 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.8 M 1041 274.6
    40 Trinidad and Tobago 1.3 M 366 271.8
    41 Suriname 566.8 k 143 252.3
    42 Sri Lanka 20.3 M 4940 243.6
    43 Finland 5.4 M 1223 225.6
    44 Romania 20.1 M 4506 223.9
    45 Macedonia 2.1 M 432 209.9
    46 Uruguay 3.3 M 677 204.0
    47 Israel 8.1 M 1627 202.1
    48 Italy 59.7 M 11919 199.7
    49 Russia 143.6 M 28599 199.2
    50 Cuba 11.2 M 2062 184.6
    51 Ireland 4.6 M 845 184.0
    52 Ecuador 15.2 M 2742 180.1
    53 Moldova 3.6 M 625 175.6
    54 Costa Rica 4.6 M 805 175.5
    55 Turkey 75.6 M 13217 174.8
    56 Maldives 328.5 k 56 170.5
    57 United Arab Emirates 8.3 M 1344 162.6
    58 Azerbaijan 9.4 M 1457 155.7
    59 Dominican Republic 9.4 M 1367 144.7
    60 Iran 77.2 M 10459 135.5
    61 Chile 17.4 M 2343 134.6
    62 Ukraine 44.9 M 5725 127.6
    63 Colombia 42.1 M 4926 117.1
    64 Jordan 6.5 M 728 111.8
    65 Argentina 41.7 M 4603 110.5
    66 Belarus 9.5 M 1042 110.2
    67 Australia 23.3 M 2380 102.3
    68 New Zealand 4.5 M 449 100.5
    69 Peru 30.5 M 2988 98.0
    70 Mongolia 2.9 M 276 94.5
    71 Venezuela 28.9 M 2725 94.1
    72 Lybia 5.7 M 520 91.7
    73 Bolivia 10.5 M 938 89.7
    74 Kazakhstan 17.0 M 1361 80.2
    75 Liberia 4.1 M 329 79.7
    76 Turkmenistan 5.1 M 370 72.2
    77 Nicaragua 6.1 M 425 70.0
    78 Jamaica 2.9 M 199 68.9
    79 Albania 2.8 M 191 67.7
    80 Fiji 858.0 k 55 64.1
    81 Paraguay 6.8 M 432 63.5
    82 Panama 3.7 M 232 63.4
    83 Malaysia 28.3 M 1773 62.6
    84 United Kingdom 63.2 M 3950 62.5
    85 Canada 35.2 M 2091 59.5
    86 Quatar 2.0 M 107 52.6
    87 Tunisia 10.8 M 527 48.9
    88 State of Palestine 4.3 M 204 47.9
    89 Kyrgyzstan 5.6 M 264 47.6
    90 Zambia 14.3 M 631 44.1
    91 Bahrain 1.2 M 54 43.7
    92 Nepal 26.5 M 1130 42.7
    93 Brazil 201.0 M 7533 37.5
    94 Mauritania 3.4 M 124 36.9
    95 South Africa 53.0 M 1746 33.0
    96 United States 317.2 M 10074 31.8
    97 Kuwait 2.7 M 84 31.2
    98 Iraq 31.1 M 958 30.8
    99 Egypt 84.5 M 2551 30.2
    100 India 1210.2 M 35396 29.2
    101 Namibia 2.1 M 59 28.1
    102 Algeria 37.9 M 866 22.8
    103 Syria 22.5 M 503 22.3
    104 Honduras 8.2 M 184 22.3
    105 Mexico 118.4 M 2571 21.7
    106 Uzbekistan 30.2 M 647 21.4
    107 Philippines 98.7 M 1834 18.6
    108 Angola 18.5 M 344 18.6
    109 Vietnam 90.4 M 1257 13.9
    110 Zimbabwe 13.0 M 154 11.9
    111 Tajikistan 8.0 M 95 11.9
    112 Yemen 23.8 M 240 10.1
    113 Bangladesh 150.0 M 1437 9.6
    114 Guatemala 15.4 M 136 8.8
    115 Morocco 32.9 M 265 8.1
    116 South Korea 50.2 M 391 7.8
    117 Thailand 66.7 M 386 5.8
    118 Uganda 35.9 M 195 5.4
    119 Sudan 30.9 M 129 4.2
    120 Madagascar 22.0 M 83 3.8
    121 Kenya 44.0 M 143 3.2
    122 Afghanistan 31.1 M 91 2.9
    123 Nigeria 174.5 M 414 2.4
    124 Indonesia 237.4 M 533 2.2
    125 Japan 126.7 M 198 1.6
    126 China 1350.7 M 1414 1.0
    127 Pakistan 182.5 M 102 0.6
    128 Ethiopia 91.2 M 55 0.6
  • 8 months ago · Quote · #68

    watcha

    The same list for countries with more than 1000 players:

    Per capita registered players of countries with more than 1000 players
    Rank Country Population Registered Players Registered players per capita ppm
    1 Iceland 321.9 k 1212 3765.6
    2 Slovenia 2.1 M 3133 1524.2
    3 Greece 10.8 M 11958 1105.7
    4 Croatia 4.3 M 4547 1061.2
    5 Slovakia 5.4 M 5026 928.9
    6 Serbia 7.2 M 6217 865.1
    7 Hungary 9.9 M 8115 816.2
    8 Denmark 5.6 M 4565 814.8
    9 Czech Republic 10.5 M 8390 798.0
    10 Spain 46.7 M 31947 684.0
    11 Lithuania 3.0 M 1804 610.3
    12 Austria 8.4 M 4541 539.7
    13 France 66.0 M 35364 536.2
    14 Norway 5.1 M 2207 433.1
    15 Belgium 11.0 M 4619 418.5
    16 Switzerland 8.0 M 3177 396.4
    17 Portugal 10.5 M 3922 374.0
    18 Germany 80.5 M 27287 338.9
    19 Bulgaria 7.4 M 2401 326.0
    20 Georgia 4.6 M 1470 322.7
    21 Poland 38.2 M 12187 319.1
    22 Singapore 5.4 M 1722 318.9
    23 Kingdom of the Netherlands 17.0 M 4886 286.8
    24 Sweden 9.6 M 2711 283.7
    25 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.8 M 1041 274.6
    26 Sri Lanka 20.3 M 4940 243.6
    27 Finland 5.4 M 1223 225.6
    28 Romania 20.1 M 4506 223.9
    29 Israel 8.1 M 1627 202.1
    30 Italy 59.7 M 11919 199.7
    31 Russia 143.6 M 28599 199.2
    32 Cuba 11.2 M 2062 184.6
    33 Ecuador 15.2 M 2742 180.1
    34 Turkey 75.6 M 13217 174.8
    35 United Arab Emirates 8.3 M 1344 162.6
    36 Azerbaijan 9.4 M 1457 155.7
    37 Dominican Republic 9.4 M 1367 144.7
    38 Iran 77.2 M 10459 135.5
    39 Chile 17.4 M 2343 134.6
    40 Ukraine 44.9 M 5725 127.6
    41 Colombia 42.1 M 4926 117.1
    42 Argentina 41.7 M 4603 110.5
    43 Belarus 9.5 M 1042 110.2
    44 Australia 23.3 M 2380 102.3
    45 Peru 30.5 M 2988 98.0
    46 Venezuela 28.9 M 2725 94.1
    47 Kazakhstan 17.0 M 1361 80.2
    48 Malaysia 28.3 M 1773 62.6
    49 United Kingdom 63.2 M 3950 62.5
    50 Canada 35.2 M 2091 59.5
    51 Nepal 26.5 M 1130 42.7
    52 Brazil 201.0 M 7533 37.5
    53 South Africa 53.0 M 1746 33.0
    54 United States 317.2 M 10074 31.8
    55 Egypt 84.5 M 2551 30.2
    56 India 1210.2 M 35396 29.2
    57 Mexico 118.4 M 2571 21.7
    58 Philippines 98.7 M 1834 18.6
    59 Vietnam 90.4 M 1257 13.9
    60 Bangladesh 150.0 M 1437 9.6
    61 China 1350.7 M 1414 1.0
  • 8 months ago · Quote · #69

    Chuckieman

    Great stuff, watcha!

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #70

    Dead_Assassin

    Eastern Europe, India, and perhaps some Slavic nations consider chess as their favored sport.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #71

    Chuckieman

    Dead_Assassin wrote:

    Eastern Europe, India, and perhaps some Slavic nations consider chess as their favored sport.

    I guess Norway is on that short list now too after Carlsen became world champ.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #72

    Jion_Wansu

    You forgot Germany on the short list

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #73

    netzach

    And Scotland. Western Europe is a desert. Surprising since England are historically quite good at the game :)

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #74

    Chuckieman

    netzach wrote:

    And Scotland. Western Europe is a desert. Surprising since England are historically quite good at the game :)

    chess is big in scotland? didnt know that; thought it was same as england and everywhere else in UK

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #75

    netzach

    We prefer football but it gets quite rainy. Then chess, scrabble, monopoly become important.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #76

    nerdsworth

    Chess is not that popular in Philippines IMO. Not many enthusiasts here, contrary to what some of you say, although many Filipinos do play the game, because as a 3rd world country, a big fraction of pinoys don't have cable tv, internet, etc., so chess is one of their cheap alternatives.


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