Top 2 Women and Men Chess Players in the World!
Top 2 Women Chess Players in the World
China's Yifan Hou
#1 Rated Woman in the World
China's Ju Wenjun
Women's World Chess Champion
#2 Rated Woman in the World
Top 2 Chess Players in the World
Norway's Magnus Carlsen
The World Chess Champion
#1 Rated Chess Player in the World
USA's Fabiano Caruana
#2 Rated Chess Player in the World
1,629 Grandmasters Rated 2500+
415,468 FIDE Registered Players!
How many chess players are in the world, we don't know! We do know 415,468 chess players are registered with FIDE* worldwide: 320,066 are men; 95,402 are women. 1,627 of them are rated 2500+ and hold the Grandmaster title.
Of the men, 1,616 (.5%) of 320,066 are Grandmasters rated 2500+!
Of the women, only 11 (.015%) of 95,402 are Grandmasters rated 2500+!
*FIDE, Fédération Internationale des Échecs--is a French acronym for the World Chess Federation who provided the data, valid for January 2019.
FIDE awards titles to players based on complex rules, but the most important is their rating. A 2200 rating is required for a Candidate Master, 2300 for FIDE Master and so on. Once achieved, titles are for life.
In addition--and somewhat controversial--FIDE awards women separate titles--Woman Candidate Master, Woman FIDE Master, Woman International Master and Woman Grandmaster. The women's rating requirement for each title is 200 points lower than the general counterpart. Some women hold both titles!