In my first post on Africa, Chess in Africa - FIDE Members, I listed 54 African countries and indicated whether they were currently FIDE members or had been members a few years ago (2005). Of those 54 countries, the 24 with rated players on the January 2009 rating list are listed in the following table, along with a count of the rated players. The estimated current population is given for comparison.
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The 30 countries without rated players are noted in the following list, sorted by descending population. The data in parentheses shows the FIDE federation code (if known), whether the federation was listed as a member in 2005 and/or 2009, and the population: Democratic Republic of the Congo (2009 : 66.5m), Tanzania (TAN - 2005 : 40.2m), Cote d'Ivoire (CIV - 2005 : 20.2m), Cameroon (CAM - 2005/09 : 18.5m), Burkina Faso (15.3m), Malawi (MAW - 2005/09 : 13.9m), Niger (13.3m), Senegal (SEN - 2005 : 12.9m), Mali (MLI - 2005 : 12.3m), Chad (CHD - 2005 : 10.1m), Guinea (9.8m), Burundi (BUR - 2005/09 : 8.7m), Benin (BEN - 2005 : 8.5m), Sierra Leone (2009 : 6.3m), Togo (TOG - 2005 : 5.9m), Eritrea (5.5m), Central African Republic (4.4m), Republic of the Congo (3.9m), Mauritania (MTN - 2005 : 3.4m), Liberia (3.3m), Lesotho (2.1m), Gambia (GAM - 2005 : 1.7m), Gabon (2009 : 1.5m), Guinea-Bissau (1.5m), Swaziland (1.1m), Comoros (0.7m), Equitorial Guinea (0.6m), Djibouti (DJI - 2005 : 0.5m), Cape Verde (0.4m), Western Sahara (0.4m).
- Populations: CIA - The World Factbook