According to FIDE there are about 605 million adults who play chess on regular basis (FIDE defines ‘regular’ as weekly, monthly or during past year). It is estimated that 35 million of the world’s chess players are from US, 6 million from UK, 16 million from Germany, 50 million from Russia and 80 million from India. The average rating for chess players registered officially (either in FIDE or a National Chess Federation) is about 1200; while 2000 being in the top 3% and 2200 being in the top 1%.
What prevents chess players all over the globe from reaching this magical 2000 or 2200 ELO? Let’s take a closer look.