The Top 5 Countries With the Most Grandmaster Chess Players

  Country Grand Masters Chess Average
1 Russia 223 2744
2 United States 83 2649
3 Ukraine / Germany 81 2702 / 2620
4 Serbia 54 2582
5 Hungary 52 2657
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 Facts
  1. In order to qualify for the title of Grandmaster of chess, a title awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, one must achieve three grandmaster norms totaling a minimum of 24 games. There have been many changes to the rules, but in most cases a grandmaster norm is achieved by playing in a tournament of nine rounds or more. In this tournament, at least three of those players must be from different countries and at least three of those players must already have the grandmaster title.
  2. The chess player (both sexes) ranked #1 in the world the most times is Magnus Carlsen (Grandmaster) from Norway (33 times). (a.)
  3. The female chess player ranked #1 in the world the most times is Judit Polgar (Grandmaster) from Hungary (74 times). (a.)
  4. Founded in Paris on 20 July 1924, the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym) was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an International Sports Federation in 1999. (a.)
  5. Prior to the founding of FIDE, Chess had existed as a sport played at competitive level for centuries. In its over 2000 years history from its origins in India and outlying countries in Asia, the game had undergone a series of changes and metamorphosed into its present day form by the 15th century. In those days, there was no common code governing the Laws of Chess or uniform regulations for International Competitions. The only binding force was that it was a gentleman's sport in which the players were expected to act with decorum plus the enduring beauty of the game to its practitioners. (a.)
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. FIDE, World Chess Federation. (2014). Retrieved March, 2014.
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Sources:  World Chess Federation (FIDE). 2014. Please visit the source of the data here.

List Notes: Data is the top 5 countries with the most grand masters in chess. Chess averages for countries are based on the average rating of their top 10 players. Data was last updated March, 2014. The title Grandmaster is awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE and apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain. Once achieved, the title ·Grandmaster" is held for life.
Countries With the Most Grandmaster Chess Players

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