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Subject: Chess Online – How big is the audience?
Category: Computers > Games
Asked by: thorstenrauser-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 23 Feb 2006 21:06 PST
Expires: 25 Mar 2006 21:06 PST
Question ID: 700236
I want to create an online chess game, providing casual and advanced
chess players a good product to play online.

In advance however, I would like to know how big our audience really
is. Since we want to provide a global platform, we are interested in
European, American and players beyond.

A look at games.yahoo.com shows that chess is quite popular but this
is probably only a fraction of the audience willing to play.

My questions are:

? How many people play chess online? Preferably by countries/continents

? What percentage of people can play chess at all?



Thanks for your answer. Greetings from Shanghai.

Raus

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 25 Feb 2006 14:34 PST
Thorstenrauser,

I found the following statistics:

- The number of people worldwide that know how to play chess.

- The number of ONLINE chess players worldwide.

- The number of chess players in the United States.

- The number of chess players in India.

- The number of people that play chess in the UK.


Please let me know via the ?CLARIFICATION? feature if this data would
be of your interest.

Thank you, 
Bobbie7

Clarification of Question by thorstenrauser-ga on 27 Feb 2006 04:28 PST
Bobbie7

This sounds exactly like what I was looking for. Please post your answer.

This is not a requirement: It would be nice, if you come across some
data about Germany.

Thanks 


Raus

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 27 Feb 2006 04:38 PST
Thank you for your clarification. I will post my answer shortly.
--Bobbie7
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Subject: Re: Chess Online – How big is the audience?
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 27 Feb 2006 05:32 PST
 
Hello again Raus,

Thank you for your positive response to my clarification request.

- The number of people worldwide that know how to play chess
An estimated 600  to 700 million people worldwide know how to play chess

- The number of ONLINE chess players worldwide
285 million people play chess online


Excerpts:

?Today more than 285 million people play chess with other chess
players from all over the world, via the internet. It is estimated 605
million people worldwide know how to play chess. Of these 7.5 million
are registered players, covering 160 countries worldwide. Making chess
one of the most popular sports around the world.?

Official Worldwide Chess Campaign 2006
http://www.turowski.com/chess/world2005.html

According to Grandmaster Susan Polgar, four-time women?s world chess
champion, there are now over 700 million chess players worldwide,
making chess one of the most popular sports around the world.

Monroi
http://www.monroi.com/products/letterFOR.php


 ?The World Chess Federation (FIDE) estimates that there are 600
million chess players in the world.?
Off the Wall Chess Quiz by Bill Wall (Jan 13, 2005)
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/7378/quiz.txt


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- The number of chess players in the United States

According to Susan Polgar, there are 45 million chess players in the United States.

?Some 45 million people in the United States spend time moving black
and white kings and queens from square to square on chessboards and
some 200,000 children in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have
learned to cheerfully declare ?Checkmate,? but only a few schools
teach it. ?In Europe, there are over 30 countries that use it in the
school curriculum,? Polgar says. ?I'm trying to get U.S. schools to
use chess as a tool nationwide?

LifeStyle Magazine: 2005
http://lifestylesmagazine.com/Lifestyle_02-2005_003.html


There are about 45 million people who play chess in the United States
and about 700 million worldwide
http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2005_10_16_susanpolgar_archive.html

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- The number of chess players in India
10 million

?All over India there are almost ten million players.?

Source: World Chess Federation
http://www.fide.com/news.asp?id=511


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- The number of people that play chess in the UK

4 million people play chess


?Despite chess being played by more than 4 million people regardless
of social, cultural and physical backgrounds in this country, the
sport is run on a shoestring budget based on a grant of barely
50,000.?

The Official UK Chess as a Sport Campaign 2006
http://www.turowski.com/chess/uk2005.html


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German data from the World Chess Federation:


General ratings statistics for Germany
Total (inactive inclusive): 8973
Total : 7129

Below statistics is valid for active players only:
Grand Master : 55
Woman Grand Master : 8
International Master : 160
Woman International Master : 25
FIDE Master : 470
Woman FIDE Master number : 29
http://www.fide.com/ratings/avgtoplist.phtml?country=GER


German top 100 player list
http://www.fide.com/ratings/topfed.phtml?ina=1&country=GER


The Official Site of European Chess provides detailed information
about the German Chess Association and other European Federations
http://www.eurochess.org/205/2050023.html
(I sent off an email asking for the number of chess players in
Germany. If they reply I will post the figure here)


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Here is a Top Chess Player list by country
http://www.fide.com/ratings/topfed.phtml


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Search criteria:
million people play chess
million people know how to play chess
million people play chess online 
million online chess players
chess statistics players worldwide countries
chess players in Germany
German chess playing statistics 
German chess players


I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
Bobbie7

Request for Answer Clarification by thorstenrauser-ga on 01 Mar 2006 03:20 PST
Dear bobbie7

My question has not been answered. Please clarify or withdraw your answer.

Your quoted source for the number of online chess players is not
reliable and obviously wrong. The conclusion would not only mean, that
half of all people (!) that play chess (many in 3rd world contries)
are online, but also actively play chess online. Impossible. 7,3m
registered players? Where?

The UK number of 4 million comes from the same
http://www.turowski.com/chess/ source and is (compared to the 600
Million/FIDE) worldwide absolutely unlikely and far too low.


With all respect - for $100 this is far from a proper answer or
respectable research.


Raus

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 01 Mar 2006 06:25 PST
Dear Raus,

Thank you for your clarification.  I will try to locate for more
reliable figures today and if I don't find anything I will withdraw my
answer.

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely, 
Bobbie7

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 01 Mar 2006 10:38 PST
Dear Raus,

Regarding your last clarification: ?My question has not been answered.
Please clarify or withdraw your answer.?

I will clarify my answer.


Regarding the UK number of 4 million chess players:

I located other sources stating there are an estimated 4 to 5 million
chess players in the UK

From the Scotsman International:
?According to figures released by the British Chess Federation, five
million Britons now play chess regularly.?
The Scotsman - International
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=349192002
From the United Kingdom Parliament, Hansard House of Commons Daily Debates:

? In this country, 4 million people play chess, and in England alone
50,000 children in some 3,000 clubs play it.?
?The Minister for Sport (Mr. Tony Banks): I congratulate the hon.
Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) on securing this
debate, but he chose a wretchedly inconvenient evening. For me, it
completes a day between the Scylla of dodgy boxing results and the
Charybdis of chess recognition. I have total sympathy with his case,
and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Staffordshire, Moorlands
(Charlotte Atkins).?
?Chess is a sport in which there are no barriers of physical ability
or between the sexes. Both counts commend it to me. I have received
many representations from hon. Members, to some of which the hon.
Gentleman referred. I have publicly expressed my support for chess to
be recognised as a sport, and I gladly reaffirm that. The question of
what is or is not a support is vexed. It is not a matter of semantics,
but a crucial decision. Once recognition is given, sports can receive
funding from the Sports Councils and the lottery and certain tax
advantages, especially in respect of VAT. Regrettably, as he noted,
recognition is not in the gift of the Government.?
?we are the second nation in the world after Russia in terms of chess
success. In this country, 4 million people play chess, and in England
alone 50,000 children in some 3,000 clubs play it. As my hon. Friend
said, we have some spectacular young chess players; she mentioned
11-year-old Jessie Gilbert from Croydon, who became the youngest
winner of an adult world title by winning the women's gold medal at
the world amateur chess championships in January. We are extremely
proud of what Jessie Gilbert has achieved for chess and for this
country.?

The United Kingdom Parliament
Hansard House of Commons Daily Debates
1999
 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199899/cmhansrd/vo990315/debtext/90315-42.htm

An estimated 4 Million people now play chess within the UK

?The Redbus Knockout Tournament has yet again become a date to
remember for all chess enthusiasts. Redbus Investments have announced
that they will be sponsoring the event for the third year running,
held in Southend over the Easter weekend between the 13th ? 16th April
2001. The tournament proves to be more and more popular as an
estimated 4 Million people now play chess within the UK. ?

Harvard: Redbus
http://www.harvard.co.uk/home/article_details.asp?id=2284


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The figure 7 million registered chess players refers to chess players
that are members of the FIDE (International Chess Federation).


On page 78 of the book ?Internet-Linked Complete Book of Chess
(Internet-linked Reference)
by Liz Dalby? it says:
?Today, FIDE is still the main chess governing body, with 156 member
federations from different countries, and over five million individual
members worldwide.?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/0746052979/202-1955108-0511027?_encoding=&v=search-inside&keywords=million%20chess%20players


From the Chicago Sun-Times,  Aug 12, 2001:

?FIDE says chess has Olympic-scale appeal, with 156 member federations
and 5 million registered players.?
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20010812/ai_n13920841


FIDE History by Bill Wall
?In June, 1999, FIDE was recognized by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) as an International Sports Federation.
In 2004 there are 159 national chess federations, with over 5 million
registered chess players, that are members of FIDE.?
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/7378/fide.htm


The benefits of chess in education.
A Collection of Studies and Papers on Chess and Education

?In June 1999 the International Olympic Committee officially
recognized chess as a sport. This is welcome news for the world?s six
million registered chess players as well as countless more
unregistered players. With such recognition hopefully even more of our
children will turn to
chess, striving for sporting dreams that will leave them smarter, and
ultimately able to cope
better in the real world of perpetual problems.?

About the Author

?Peter Dauvergne is a Canadian chess master (FIDE rating 2250) and
Senior Lecturer in the
Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney,
Australia. He is the editor of the
journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press) and the author of
numerous books and
articles on environmental management in the Asia-Pacific. He can be reached at
peterd@econ.usyd.edu.au  ?

Download here:

The benefits of chess in education
http://www.psmcd.net/otherfiles/BenefitsOfChessInEdScreen2.pdf


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Chess and the Internet 
?It is estimated that 600 million people worldwide know how to play
chess. Of these 600 million approximately 7 million are registered
chess players, covering 159 countries worldwide, making chess one of
the most popular sports around the world. Being this widespread, chess
players were among the first to discover the boundless possibilities
of computers and the Internet. Today, more than 283 million people
play chess with others from all over the globe via the Internet. The
Online World Chess Foundation has the objective of bringing this truly
international community of chess players together in the biggest
online chess event ever: the Online World Chess Event 2002.?

CONTACT:  Online World Chess, Amsterdam
          Online World Chess Press Office:
          Jeroen Hellenberg/Jeroen van Seeters
          Tel: +31-20-646 63 84
          Fax: +31-20-644 97 36
          press@onlineworldchess.com

PrimeZone Media Network, Inc
http://www.primezone.com/newsroom/news.html?d=21032


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I hope the above information clear things up.

Sincerely, 
Bobbie7
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