number of players

catheadmoon

Hi does anyone know how many players make up all the national federations? I tried googling this to no avail though. Just trying to get a handle on some statistics mainly how many people are there worldwide who might actually show up at a chess tournament, realistically speaking. Thanks.

artfizz

Country

% who

 play chess (B)

number who

 play chess (B)

Nat. Federation

 membership

UK

12%

6 million

 

US

15%

35 million

80,000 (A)

Germany

23%

16 million

100,000 (C)

Russia

43%

50 million

 

India

70%

85 million

 

A – wikipedia

B – chessbase - http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8392

C - http://www.deutschland.de/en/sports/other-sports/details/article/deutscher-schachbund.htm

catheadmoon

Thanks I saw the chessbase article and it just had me wondering if these are the population percentages then what percentage of the population of the world say knows how to record the moves then? But yeah this is a good start although I saw another source where someone speculated that really only several million people would consider themselves "tournament players" ect...well maybe someone else can expand on this. Perhaps I'm just being lazy, but it might be interesting to put it out there anyway for others also. Thanks though.

catheadmoon

Another way to think of it is say someone writes a chess book that everyone loves...what would be the potential audience for it, even say counting library goers? Don't worry, that definitely doesn't apply to me, of course.   

catheadmoon

Ok found it actually...there are approximately 7 to 7.5 million registered chess players (members of national federations) on Planet Earth.