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Anand crosses 2800 and leads the October 2007 FIDE ratings

10/2/2007 – FIDE didn't make the mistake of not including the world championship in their latest rating list, and must be commended for publishing it just hours after the tournament had ended. The result was that Anand gained nine points and crossed the magic 2800 mark. But guess who is now in place two, overtaking Kramnik and Topalov with a whopping 25 point increase. None other than Vassily Ivanchuk!
 

Top 100 Players October 2007

The Indian Super-GM and newly-crowned World Champion Viswanathan Anand remains the rating leader, but has now crossed the 2800 mark with a rating of 2801. This is the second time that Anand has exceeded 2800 – in April 2006 he was rated 2803, a point behind Topalov. Apart from Garry Kasparov, who was for a long time permanently entrenched above the 2800 line (with an all-time peak of 2851 in July 1999), the only other player to exceed this magic number was Vladimir Kramnik, who hit 2802 in July 2001, peaked at 2811 in January 2002 and only dropped below 2800 in April 2003. That makes four players in all: Kasparov, Kramnik, Topalov and Anand.

Anand has gained nine points since the July 2007 ratings list. The big winner is of course Vassily Ivanchuk, who gained 25 points (in 20 games) – an almost impossible task at these rarefied Elo heights. At 38 Ivanchuk is nine months younger than Boris Gelfand, who is number 11 on the current list and tied for second in the world championship tournament in Mexico, and nine months older than Anand, who won the tournament. So when they approach forty world-class grandmasters seem to often reach their peak – which would confirm what Alekhine once said, that the best age for a chess player is 37.

Other notables in the October 2007 list are:

  • Evgeny Alekseev, who gained 27 point to move from 24th to 15th;
  • Dmitry Jakovenko, who lost 25 points to move from 10th to 19th;
  • 17-year-old Sergey Karjakin, who gained 16 points to move from 35th to 24th;
  • Sergey's main rival, 16-year-old Magnus Carlsen, who has remained at 17th place by gaining four points from 25 games.

We also note that Nigel Short has lost 34 points to move from 28th to 59th. Nigel is 42, so the three so successful players mentioned above need to watch out for what happens when you cross 40. The biggest drop came to Ni Hua, 24, who lost 40 points in 29 games and moved from 31st to 79th.

FIDE October 2007 Rating List

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2801  21  1969
 2  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2787  20  1969
 3  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2785  21  1975
 4  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2769  0  1975
 5  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2755  21  1979
 6  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2755  19  1977
 7  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2752  11  1985
 8  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2742  9  1987
 9  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2741  14  1982
 10  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2739  11  1972
 11  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2736  21  1968
 12  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2732  25  1976
 13  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2729  16  1971
 14  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2724  9  1974
 15  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2716  17  1985
 16  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2715  23  1983
 17  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2714  25  1990
 18  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2713  5  1971
 19  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2710  23  1983
 20  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2708  9  1976
 21  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2705  5  1983
 22  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2703  27  1987
 23  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2695  7  1983
 24  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2694  11  1990
 25  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2692  38  1985
 26  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2691  14  1976
 27  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2690  15  1980
 28  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2690  14  1979
 29  Dominguez Perez, Lenier  g  CUB  2683  11  1983
 30  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2681  20  1983
 31  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2680  42  1972
 32  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2680  40  1972
 33  Landa, Konstantin  g  RUS  2678  15  1972
 34  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2678  5  1986
 35  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2676  11  1974
 36  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2674  20  1975
 37  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2674  15  1985
 38  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2674  8  1976
 39  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2673  31  1968
 40  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2673  24  1983
 41  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2670  20  1978
 42  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2670  17  1986
 43  Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2670  9  1951
 44  Krasenkow, Michal  g  POL  2668  33  1963
 45  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2668  24  1986
 46  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2668  11  1976
 47  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2663  23  1986
 48  Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2661  19  1973
 49  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2661  11  1981
 50  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2660  5  1982
 51  Nikolic, Predrag  g  BIH  2657  18  1960
 52  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2657  4  1971
 53  Lautier, Joel  g  FRA  2657  4  1973
 54  Navara, David  g  CZE  2656  0  1985
 55  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2655  18  1977
 56  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2654  26  1981
 57  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2653  0  1966
 58  Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2651  40  1978
 59  Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2649  36  1965
 60  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2649  21  1965
 61  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2648  21  1987
 62  Volkov, Sergey  g  RUS  2648  11  1974
 63  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2647  20  1985
 64  Socko, Bartosz  g  POL  2646  34  1978
 65  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2646  19  1987
 66  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2646  18  1980
 67  Afromeev, Vladimir  f  RUS  2646  12  1954
 68  Beliavsky, Alexander G  g  SLO  2646  10  1953
 69  Fedorchuk, Sergey A.  g  UKR  2645  59  1981
 70  Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2645  18  1987
 71  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2645  14  1979
 72  Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2644  38  1980
 73  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2644  24  1983
 74  Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2644  20  1983
 75  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2643  53  1973
 76  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2643  47  1989
 77  Khalifman, Alexander  g  RUS  2643  10  1966
 78  Izoria, Zviad  g  GEO  2643  9  1984
 79  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2641  29  1983
 80  Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2641  15  1978
 81  Baklan, Vladimir  g  UKR  2639  42  1978
 82  Stellwagen, Daniel  g  NED  2639  19  1987
 83  Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2639  17  1968
 84  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2638  5  1986
 85  Amonatov, Farrukh  g  TJK  2637  46  1978
 86  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2637  10  1985
 87  Smirnov, Pavel  g  RUS  2636  0  1982
 88  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2635  11  1987
 89  Najer, Evgeniy  g  RUS  2635  9  1977
 90  Bauer, Christian  g  FRA  2634  30  1977
 91  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2634  24  1990
 92  Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2634  0  1974
 93  Zhang, Zhong  g  CHN  2634  0  1978
 94  Lputian, Smbat G  g  ARM  2633  0  1958
 95  Ye, Jiangchuan  g  CHN  2632  0  1960
 96  Istratescu, Andrei  g  ROU  2631  9  1975
 97  Mchedlishvili, Mikheil  g  GEO  2631  9  1979
 98  Kobalia, Mikhail  g  RUS  2631  4  1978
 99  Miton, Kamil  g  POL  2628  28  1984
 100  Gurevich, Mikhail  g  TUR  2627  14  1959
 101  Vladimirov, Evgeny  g  KAZ  2627  0  1957

Top 50 Women October 2007

In the women's section Judit Polgar as usual leads, for the 29th time in a row. But Koneru Humpy his gaining on her, having gained 34 points to become the second female player in history to cross the 2600 mark. Pia Cramling's highest rating was 2535 in the April 2007 list. Zhu Chen reached a high of 2539 in July 2000, and Alexandra Kosteniuk hit 2540 in April 2006. The legendary former world champion Maia Chiburdanidze peaked at 2550 in October 2000.

We continue to keep our eye on China's wonder girl Hou Yifan, who is thirteen. Hou was number four in the world in the previous list, but has shed 21 points and dropped to place eight in the current list. Watch her bounce back soon and chase after Humpy's second place.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2708  9  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2606  27  1987
 3  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2531  20  1963
 4  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2531  9  1976
 5  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2530  36  1985
 6  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2515  0  1984
 7  Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2509  12  1986
 8  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2502  19  1994
 9  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2500  10  1961
 10  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2492  10  1986
 11  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2486  19  1985
 12  Harika, Dronavalli  wg  IND  2480  28  1991
 13  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2475  22  1983
 14  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2474  16  1984
 15  Socko, Monika  m  POL  2473  27  1978
 16  Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2469  19  1990
 17  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2469  10  1985
 18  Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2466  0  1980
 19  Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2464  10  1983
 20  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2464  0  1979
 21  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2463  29  1979
 22  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2462  27  1985
 23  Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2460  9  1972
 24  Lahno, Kateryna  m  UKR  2459  9  1989
 25  Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2458  18  1978
 26  Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2458  11  1978
 27  Ruan, Lufei    CHN  2453  19  1987
 28  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2452  18  1985
 29  Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2452  0  1979
 30  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2450  21  1989
 31  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2450  0  1975
 32  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2448  19  1974
 33  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2448  18  1983
 34  Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2448  0  1978
 35  Korbut, Ekaterina  wg  RUS  2443  10  1985
 36  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2440  55  1976
 37  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2438  5  1976
 38  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2433  20  1969
 39  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  GEO  2432  26  1968
 40  Bojkovic, Natasa  wg  SRB  2428  17  1971
 41  Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2419  10  1968
 42  Li, Ruofan  wg  CHN  2417  0  1978
 43  Mohota, Nisha  wg  IND  2416  57  1980
 44  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2416  27  1987
 45  Huang, Qian  wm  CHN  2416  19  1986
 46  Tania, Sachdev  wg  IND  2413  43  1986
 47  Moser, Eva  m  AUT  2412  28  1982
 48  Rajlich, Iweta  m  POL  2411  17  1981
 49  Ciuksyte, Dagne  m  LTU  2411  11  1977
 50  Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2410  0  1974

Top 20 Juniors October 2007

The first four remain the same as in the previous list, with Magnus Carlsen slowly closing the gap to Teimour Radjabov, who at 20 is three and a half years older than the Norwegian super-talent. Note that Koneru Humpy is the only female player in this top-twenty list.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2742  9  1987
 2  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2714  25  1990
 3  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2703  27  1987
 4  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2694  11  1990
 5  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2648  21  1987
 6  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2646  19  1987
 7  Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2645  18  1987
 8  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2643  47  1989
 9  Stellwagen, Daniel  g  NED  2639  19  1987
 10  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2635  11  1987
 11  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2634  24  1990
 12  Rodshtein, Maxim  m  ISR  2615  20  1989
 13  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  m  RUS  2611  11  1990
 14  Laznicka, Viktor  g  CZE  2610  18  1988
 15  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2606  27  1987
 16  Caruana, Fabiano  m  ITA  2594  35  1992
 17  Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2594  20  1987
 18  Lysyj, Igor  m  RUS  2591  18  1987
 19  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2586  18  1988
 20  Kuzubov, Yuriy  g  UKR  2582  27  1990

Top 20 Girls October 2007

Naturally Humpy tops this one as well, for the 22nd time, and once againe it is Hou Yifan, who is panting at her heels. The third in the group is India's Harika Dronavalli, who has gained two points and is creeping up on the leading two.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2606  27  1987
 2  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2502  19  1994
 3  Harika, Dronavalli  wg  IND  2480  28  1991
 4  Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2469  19  1990
 5  Lahno, Kateryna  m  UKR  2459  9  1989
 6  Ruan, Lufei    CHN  2453  19  1987
 7  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2450  21  1989
 8  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2416  27  1987
 9  Charochkina, Daria  wm  RUS  2403  9  1990
 10  Tairova, Elena  wg  RUS  2391  19  1991
 11  Mongontuul, Bathuyag  wg  MGL  2389  9  1987
 12  Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2371  20  1987
 13  Melia, Salome  wg  GEO  2365  35  1987
 14  Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2359  35  1989
 15  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  wm  ROU  2359  32  1989
 16  Muzychuk, Mariya  wm  UKR  2357  19  1992
 17  Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2354  18  1991
 18  Nebolsina, Vera  wm  RUS  2349  18  1989
 19  Kovanova, Baira  wm  RUS  2346  19  1987
 20  Vasilkova, Svetlana  wm  RUS  2343  28  1988

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