The October Ratings have been released and as expected there were some significant changes as a result of the participation of many African federations in the Chess Olympiad in Baku.

The biggest climber was Somalia who rose 14 places in the world rankings while Mozambique and Ethiopia fell 17 and 13 places respectively.

New entrants to the rating list include both Gambia and Cabo Verde who were granted full membership during the General Assembly meeting in Baku. In addition, Tanzania became the 25th African country to register a female rated player with Fena Gwamwamba securing the honor of becoming the countries first rated female.

In terms of number of rated players, Sao Tome & Principe were the biggest gainers this month and the Island Federation has now risen to 30th in the list of countries with most rated players.

The fact that less than 20 African federations have in excess of 20 FIDE rated players remains a major concern and there is still a lot of work to do to improve this situation moving forward. Only Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco and Kenya currently have more than 200 rated players and these 5 countries account for more than 56% of all FIDE rated players on the African continent.

Changes to the individual lists were somewhat less dramatic then expected with most of the top players remaining fairly unchanged this month. GM Hicham Hamdouchi did made a welcome return to the rating list however and has returned to the number one ranked player in zone 4.1.

Full analysis for October is now published as usual at