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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Women Chess FIDE Statistics

Thanks to Vladimir Kukaev for the following statistics about women chess players:

In 2009:

99,876 players in April 2009 FIDE rating list in total (men and women)
18,521 female players registered in FIDE database of chess players
7,826 female players have FIDE rating

So women account now for about 8% of all FIDE rated players.

5 years ago, in April 2004 there were:

51,909 players in FIDE Rating list total
3,592 female players on the FIDE list

So women represented about 7% of all FIDE rated players.

So we see there has been an improvement from 7% to 8% in 5 years, which is not bad, but we need to go much further.

What is more surprising is the doubling of FIDE rated chess players as a whole in 5 years, from about 50,000 to about 100,000 and that's very good for chess! The more rated players, the better!

And that means women players on the FIDE list more than doubled from 3,592 to 7,826, we're on the right track!

Please feel free to comment!

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion



  • At May 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM , Anonymous Helmut said...

    Well 8,000 rated women players seems to be very few, compared 100,000 rated men.

    I've checked statistics for technical videos like youTube and it seems there are closer to 12%-15% women who are interested in "geeky" themes.

    So that means there is something making it unattractive to women and girls to play tournaments, we've got to do something about that.

    Good luck Alexandra to bring women participation up relative men!


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