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GM-s per capita worldwide, 1. Iceland !


  • 9 months ago · Quote · #1

    watcha

    rank country average rating GM-s IM-s total titled population GM-s per capita ppm
    1 Iceland 2521 12 13 52 325010 36,92
    2 Monaco 2235 1 1 10 36136 27,67
    3 Andorra 2286 2 1 7 76246 26,23
    4 Armenia 2659 36 23 98 3024100 11,90
    5 Montenegro 2453 6 15 61 620029 9,68
    6 Serbia 2583 53 108 562 7181505 7,38
    7 Croatia 2581 31 61 243 4290612 7,23
    8 Slovenia 2554 13 21 101 2061149 6,31
    9 Latvia 2521 12 11 52 2014000 5,96
    10 Georgia 2592 26 38 115 4483800 5,80
    11 Hungary 2653 52 111 428 9906000 5,25
    12 Israel 2631 39 49 161 8081000 4,83
    13 Bulgaria 2612 35 55 138 7282041 4,81
    14 Macedonia 2471 9 10 47 2062294 4,36
    15 Estonia 2460 5 12 41 1286540 3,89
    16 Lithuania 2476 9 15 52 2950684 3,05
    17 Czech Republic 2579 30 74 272 10512900 2,85
    18 Azerbaijan 2614 20 21 86 9235100 2,17
    19 Bosnia & Herzegovina 2509 8 25 91 3839737 2,08
    20 Sweden 2537 19 36 141 9616429 1,98
    21 Norway 2554 10 29 104 5077798 1,97
    22 Denmark 2533 11 34 119 5608784 1,96
    23 Cuba 2589 21 43 288 11163934 1,88
    24 Slovakia 2509 10 27 103 5410728 1,85
    25 Belarus 2571 17 25 94 9464400 1,80
    26 Netherlands 2639 30 79 297 16803500 1,79
    27 Ukraine 2704 81 196 502 45469812 1,78
    28 Moldova 2489 6 23 66 3559500 1,69
    29 Qatar 2068 3 1 11 1864817 1,61
    30 Russia 2740 220 502 2216 143500000 1,53
    31 Mongolia 2416 4 7 48 2754685 1,45
    32 Greece 2551 12 23 109 10815197 1,11
    33 Romania 2582 21 82 273 20121641 1,04
    34 Germany 2622 80 236 1216 80523700 0,99
    35 Switzerland 2507 8 35 133 8085300 0,99
    36 Poland 2628 38 99 339 38533299 0,99
    37 Spain 2598 43 108 502 46704314 0,92
    38 Finland 2439 5 20 109 5442322 0,92
    39 Kazakhstan 2497 15 28 124 17076000 0,88
    40 Austria 2497 7 46 210 8464554 0,83
    41 Turkmenistan 2374 4 8 45 5240000 0,76
    42 France 2663 47 100 371 65776000 0,71
    43 Paraguay 2356 4 3 23 6600284 0,61
    44 Singapore 2329 3 13 61 5399200 0,56
    45 England 2623 35 56 249 63705000 0,55
    46 Argentina 2538 20 72 246 40117096 0,50
    47 Uzbekistan 2526 11 10 51 30183400 0,36
    48 Belgium 2488 4 20 86 11162121 0,36
    49 Albania 2323 1 6 18 2821977 0,35
    50 Uruguay 2297 1 4 29 3286314 0,30
    51 Canada 2511 10 34 147 35158304 0,28
    52 Portugal 2410 3 13 40 10562178 0,28
    53 United States of America 2653 79 123 613 316889000 0,25
    54 United Arab Emirates 2305 2 5 40 8264070 0,24
    55 Chile 2468 4 11 61 16634603 0,24
    56 New Zealand 2308 1 6 37 4476800 0,22
    57 Ireland 2386 1 7 28 4585400 0,22
    58 Peru 2513 6 11 58 30475144 0,20
    59 Tunisia 2311 2 4 23 10777500 0,19
    60 Kyrgyzstan 2286 1 5 12 5551900 0,18
    61 Australia 2443 4 25 110 23219582 0,17
    62 Italy 2562 10 41 201 59772978 0,17
    63 Philippines 2544 15 24 76 98522000 0,15
    64 Tajikistan 2271 1 4 7 8000000 0,13
    65 Iran 2494 9 12 70 76987000 0,12
    66 Dominican Republic 2323 1 6 24 9445281 0,11
    67 Turkey 2534 8 18 79 75627384 0,11
    68 Bolivia 2246 1 2 23 10027254 0,10
    69 Colombia 2438 4 31 111 47283000 0,08
    70 Vietnam 2499 7 12 106 88780000 0,08
    71 Brazil 2545 11 29 172 201032714 0,05
    72 Mexico 2450 5 27 152 118395054 0,04
    73 Egypt 2471 3 27 56 83661000 0,04
    74 Venezuela 2418 1 18 56 28946101 0,03
    75 Bangladesh 2401 5 3 31 152518015 0,03
    76 India 2644 34 76 230 1235320000 0,03
    77 Algeria 2319 1 10 36 37900000 0,03
    78 Indonesia 2420 6 14 80 237641326 0,03
    79 China 2671 34 25 127 1360570000 0,02
    80 South Korea 2084 1 1 12 50219669 0,02
  • 9 months ago · Quote · #2

    norbertedert

    Very interesting list, just a little adjustment needed: Iceland's population is actually pretty exactly 10 times larger than stated (about 320k). It doesn't take them out of first place, just makes them look slightly more human :)

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #3

    rooperi

    Wow, what happened to Netherlands? Last time I saw suxh a list they were right near the top, now @27

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #4

    watcha

    Sorry if I have made mistakes but I have compiled the list by hand ( from two sources: the FIDE list of countries by strength http://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtml and the Wikipedia list of country populations http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population ). I had to exclude some countries since for example FIDE believes that Scotland is a country while Wikipedia lists no such country.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #5

    watcha

    I have corrected the population figure for Iceland but it still comes first with over 36 GM-s per million inhabitants. ( At least the title of the topic is still correct... ) Thanks norbertedert for correcting me.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #6

    watcha

    The reason I started this thread is that once I have bumped into a figure that in my country for a population of cca. ten million we have 52 grandmasters while in the United States for a population of cca. three hundred million there are 79 grandmasters. This gave me the idea that my country could have a top place (I hoped first...) if we measure the strength of chess in a country by the number of GM-s per capita. I thought that Armenia (think of Aronian) or Israel (think of Gelfand) with their relatively small population may be in the race for the first place. So I decided to complie a comprehensive list and the result is somewhat of a surprise. For true mini states (like Monaco and Andorra with the population of a small rural city) can have one or two grandmasters (and therefore high per capita GM figure) is believable but for Iceland to have that ridicoulosly many ( 12 ) GM-s for its population of cca. three houndred thousand is really a surprise. In fact my country comes only 11th, worse than its average rating would suggest. It is also apparent that chess play strength was distributed uniformly in the former Yugoslavia, since its former member republics (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia) are in the top 10. Also small member states of the former Soviet Union have high ranking (like Latvia, Georgia etc.). Among the countries of more than a million inhabitants still Armenia is the leader.

    There is an intersting connection between the average rating of a country's top ten players and the number of GM-s in that country.

    The best fit for this connection is an exponential regression which means that with the average rating of the top ten players in a country the number of GM-s grows exponentially. Even with this exponential growth Russia (the lonely dot in the top right corner of the diagream) is 'pathetic' having an incredible number of 220 GM-s. This diagram is a graphic illustration of how much Russia really stands out in the row of chess playing nations.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #7

    RomyGer

    Watcha : thanks for all this !

    Some time ago I started to make a list of the number of members of Chess.com per 10.000 inhabitants of a country.        I did not finish this, yet ( too busy ... ) but the idea is clear and the outcome is not such a surprise, compared with your list...

    Perhaps you or me should finish it, because this can be interesting.  I give you a few figures from my list :

    China 0,133   /   Russia 3,02   /   India 4,46   /   USA 9,00   /   Czech 12,5   /   Bosnia & Herzegowina 47,3   /   Croatia 52,9   /   Iceland 295  !

    I just checked Hungary, 13.600 members on 9.906.000 makes 13,7 per 10.000 ; the Netherlands 62.200 on 16.803.000 is even 36,9 ...

    Look forward to your reaction, please !  Will be continued, I hope ! Ger.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #9

    Roeczak

    what about basketball?

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #11

    TBentley

    He mixed it up with Dominica.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #12

    watcha

    Thanks IM pfren for the remark. I have already corrected it.

    You are right TBentley Dominica and the Dominican Republic are two separate countries. Sorry about that.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #13

    TBentley

    The "average rating" refers to the average of the top 10 players of the country.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #14

    watcha

    TBentley írta:

    The "average rating" refers to the average of the top 10 players of the country.

    Corrected.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #15

    RomyGer

    Apart from clear mistakes, I see more "problems", as e.g. Groenland-Denmark, Spain-Catalonia-Galicia-Grenada, and what about England-UK-Scotland-Wales-Ireland-Guernsey-Gibraltar-Jersey-IsleOfMan... and the small ones as Vatican, Monaco, Lichtenstein have to be counted in a separate section, like the big ones, China, India etc.

    But when we select in a correct way, yes, the great lines can be seen, in another forum here on Chess.Com someone mentioned the former Yugoslav countries and the former USSR countries, each with now a lot of fine chess players !!  And on the other hand, we see countries or regio's that have to be helped, like our Max Euwe once tried to do  ! 

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #16

    zborg

    "Research" with dozens of errors.  Great thinking Brainiac.  Much indebted.  

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #17

    pelly13

    I am missing one country , the one with the biggest chesspieces : Easter Island.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #18

    pelly13

    zborg schreef:

    "Research" with dozens of errors.  Great thinking Brainiac.  Much indebted.  

    Entirely too much time on your hands.  Get over it.

    I didn't think of this one-liner myself , you can read it in all the threads where zborg is responding.

    This one I just copied and paste. Don't believe he understands he is referring to himself, he LIVES in the forums.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #19

    LoekBergman

    Interesting list, thanks for the work.


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