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Top Chess Country Rankings

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/10/09, 8:49 AM.

News of the recent publication of the 1 January 2009 FIDE rating list prompted some discussion in the comments about the numbers of GMs from particular countries.

Well, for those who like to analyse these things statistically, the official FIDE website provides a list of the top countries based on the average rating of their top 10 players.

And the results are:

 
Av. Rating  No. of GMs

 Russia 2723 
186 

 Ukraine 2691 
69 

 China 2645 
22 

 Israel 2643 
34 

 Azerbaijan 2638 
17 

 USA 2632 
65 

 Hungary 2627 
41 

 India 2625 
18 

 Germany 2624 
73 
10 
 Armenia 2624 
23 
11 
 France 2619 
35 
12 
 Bulgaria 2618 
27 
13 
 Netherlands 2613 
22 
14 
 Georgia 2609 
24 
15 
 Poland 2598 
26 
16 
 Spain 2589 
33 
17 
 Romania 2586 
19 
18 
 Serbia 2584 
49 
19 
 England 2579 
36 
20 
 Cuba 2578 
15 


A full list of the ranking of all countries can be found here.

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  • 9 months ago

    Gazsi

    Best ratio? Hungary, of course. Forget Bulgaria. Hungary is 1GM in 241,678 people. The BEST!

  • 3 years ago

    andreic

    It seems that the best ratio is for Bulgaria : 1gm for 272 761 people.

  • 6 years ago

    amberkimmorales

    I think some countries have grandmasters that defected from other country or changed citizenship you have to consider this also. Although not a powerhouse in the world chess portal, the Philippines will soon create noise with Wesley So around, the current youngest gm, the youngest ever to reached the elo 2600 rating and seventh youngest gm of all time, this chess prodigy will soon turn from a cub to a feisty lion very soon. He had already secured prominent wins and draws against older super gms and gms, and won many accolades over higher rated opponents, i hope his improvement will continue and he could follow the footsteps of Magnus Carlsen the Norwegian wunderkind. Wesley So's rise to greater heights, I hope will help Philippines regained the supremacy in all over Asia in the chess scene or at least could give Asian chess powers like India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan a run for their money. And I hope so that his adept skills and cuttting edge tactics will help him win the Corus Group C tournament.

  • 6 years ago

    staggerlee

    US needs to get on the ball and play some chess.  :'(

  • 6 years ago

    normajeanyates

    the rich-poor divide in India and Pakistan is unimaginable. I researched and found it is greater in India than in Pakistan.

    As arundhati roy said: the upper classes have seceded from india: the only suceeful secession movement in india.

    Not surprisingly, India is *top-heavy* in every field of achievement.

    In cuba - the rich-poor gulf is microsopic compared to india.

    The above explains the GM-per-capita of Cuba vis a vis India -- the GM-per-capita gap is only a symptom of the above.

  • 6 years ago

    vv_zoom

    sad the world champ is from India and we dont have that many guys.... it mainly lack of chess awareness and training support. i remember when i was a kid and was majorly interested in the game at the age of 7-8. Sadly there was no place where i could get pro training. so basically there wud be many guys who could have gone further but missed out. probably similar wud be the case with china.

  • 6 years ago

    jessegoldman

    I'm surprised that countries with enormous populations like China and India only have 22 and 18 GMs respectively.

  • 6 years ago

    normajeanyates

    ¡Venceremos!

    Long live the Cuban revolution!

  • 6 years ago

    Sema82

    Actually, 15 GMs in a country like Cuba is excellent!!! And increasing...!!

  • 6 years ago

    chessmage

    Go usa we need to hold the world title once again!!! Not like we ever will

  • 6 years ago

    neb-c

    not bad at all

  • 6 years ago

    thisgamewastooshort

    25 Brazil 2543 7

    Brazil is 25o thanx to Mecking! He is back! He is ugly, but he plays chess!

  • 6 years ago

    normajeanyates

    Russia Rules! (# of GMs)

    Cuba rules! (# of GMs/population)

  • 6 years ago

    dixaminjia

    And what about Georgia, we have 6 GMs per 1 milion

  • 6 years ago

    alex_nauta

    check out Serbia and Croatia average (per milion citizens) They both have more than 6.5 grandmasters per milion people

  • 6 years ago

    SonofPearl

    danielsun - Grandmasters.

  • 6 years ago

    danielsun

    gm's is grand masters or games?

  • 6 years ago

    Atinau

    fourth. not bad for a country of 7 million people :)

  • 6 years ago

    mandelbrot

    We're not bad either - 6.66 GMs per 1 million citizens (!!)

  • 6 years ago

    ckaspereli

    I'd be curious to learn the age distributions of these GM's...

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