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Anand leads April 1st 2008 FIDE ratings, Carlsen fifth

4/2/2008 – The World Champion gained four points to cross the 2800 mark and top the rankings alone. Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov shed points to move to second and fourth; Alexander Morozevich gained points to move to third place. But the sensation is of course Magnus Carlsen, who at 17 years and four months is in place five, just 38 points below the leader. Is this a record?
 

Top 100 Players April 2008

World Champion Viswanathan Anand has gained four points to cross the magic 2800 line and top the April 2008 alone (in the previous list he was equal first with Kramnik). Vladimir Kramnik shed eleven points to move to second place at 2788. Third is Alexander Morozevich who gained nine to reach 2774; fourth Veselin Topalov who lost 13 to sink to 2767.

The sensation of the list, of course, is the Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen (above), who at the age of 17 years and four months has climbed to place five in the world rankings, having gained a resounding 32 points to bring his Elo rating to 2765. Statisticians and historians need to get to work: is it the first time ever for a 17-year-old? Has anyone at that age ever approached the top rating by 38 points? Is there anything to stop this lad from becoming world champion? We for our part can only say: congrats Magus, keep it up! You are one of the most intriguing personalities in current-day chess.

Going down the list a bit we find that Levon Aronian has gained 24 points to install himself firmly in place six. It is interesting to note that the Armenian is just two points behind Carlsen and four shy of Topalov. Other notables in the April 2008 list:

  • 21-year-old Teimour Radjabov has gained 16 points to move from place 12 to place eight.
  • Peter Svidler lost 17 points to drop from place five to nine (but hey, he's still in the top ten).
  • Peter Leko, who is having a bad spell, dropped 12 points and two ranks to end at tenth and 2741.
  • Vassily Ivanchuk, who in October 2007 was second in the world, is now number 11 at 2740.
  • Alexei Shirov lost fifteen points to drop from seventh to 12th at 2740.
  • Big winners are Chinese GMs Bu Xiangzhi and Ni Hua, who gained 17 and 23 points respectively to come in at 21st and 23rd in the world. GM Wang Hao gained 19 points to move from 48th to 34th.
  • There are no women in the top 100 list – Judit Polgar has dropped out, perhaps due to inactivity (but see women's list below)?!

Addendum: On April 3rd FIDE has corrected the list to include Judit Polgar in place 21.

FIDE April 2008 Rating List

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2803  27  1969
 2  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2788  13  1975
 3  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2774  11  1977
 4  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2767  27  1975
 5  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2765  27  1990
 6  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2763  27  1982
 7  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2752  13  1985
 8  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2751  27  1987
 9  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2746  11  1976
 10  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2741  27  1979
 11  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2740  35  1969
 12  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2740  14  1972
 13  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2732  0  1990
 14  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2729  13  1971
 15  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2726  0  1974
 16  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2723  13  1968
 17  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2719  0  1983
 18  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2716  11  1983
 19  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2711  11  1983
 20  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2711  0  1985
 21  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2709  13  1976
 22  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2708  16  1985
 23  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2705  13  1983
 24  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2703  28  1983
 25  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2695  29  1978
 26  Dominguez Perez, Lenier  g  CUB  2695  15  1983
 27  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2695  13  1986
 28  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2695  0  1974
 29  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2690  1  1968
 30  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2690  0  1972
 31  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2689  33  1987
 32  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2689  5  1980
 33  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2687  13  1983
 34  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2686  17  1987
 35  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2684  25  1989
 36  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2684  20  1985
 37  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2684  16  1986
 38  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2684  7  1982
 39  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2684  0  1976
 40  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2681  0  1979
 41  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2679  30  1986
 42  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2679  18  1986
 43  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2679  5  1981
 44  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2677  0  1966
 45  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2676  15  1972
 46  Nikolic, Predrag  g  BIH  2674  17  1960
 47  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2674  9  1976
 48  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2674  9  1976
 49  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2673  17  1971
 50  Navara, David  g  CZE  2672  9  1985
 51  Fedorchuk, Sergey A.  g  UKR  2671  24  1981
 52  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2666  18  1979
 53  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2665  19  1971
 54  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2665  10  1965
 55  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2664  29  1985
 56  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2664  0  1975
 57  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2660  19  1985
 58  Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2660  13  1965
 59  Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2659  9  1983
 60  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2658  25  1983
 61  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2658  11  1987
 62  Dreev, Alexey  g  RUS  2657  20  1969
 63  Lautier, Joel  g  FRA  2657  0  1973
 64  Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2657  0  1973
 65  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2656  0  1981
 66  Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2655  0  1951
 67  Korneev, Oleg  g  RUS  2651  44  1969
 68  Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2651  27  1987
 69  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2650  27  1980
 70  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2650  19  1986
 71  Postny, Evgeny  g  ISR  2649  16  1981
 72  Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2649  11  1974
 73  Ivanisevic, Ivan  g  SRB  2649  0  1977
 74  Baklan, Vladimir  g  UKR  2647  0  1978
 75  Afromeev, Vladimir  f  RUS  2646  0  1954
 76  Socko, Bartosz  g  POL  2644  26  1978
 77  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2643  20  1983
 78  Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2642  18  1978
 79  Beliavsky, Alexander G  g  SLO  2641  26  1953
 80  Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2640  10  1976
 81  Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2640  0  1980
 82  Delchev, Aleksander  g  BUL  2639  9  1971
 83  Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2638  18  1985
 84  Mchedlishvili, Mikheil  g  GEO  2635  0  1979
 85  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2634  26  1973
 86  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2634  22  1990
 87  Shabalov, Alexander  g  USA  2633  22  1967
 88  Landa, Konstantin  g  RUS  2633  19  1972
 89  Volkov, Sergey  g  RUS  2633  18  1974
 90  Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2632  9  1978
 91  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2632  9  1990
 92  Asrian, Karen  g  ARM  2630  29  1980
 93  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2630  16  1977
 94  Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2630  14  1968
 95  Solak, Dragan  g  SRB  2630  9  1980
 96  Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2630  1  1960
 97  Tregubov, Pavel V.  g  RUS  2629  16  1971
 98  Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2629  5  1973
 99  Sadvakasov, Darmen  g  KAZ  2629  3  1979
 100  Khalifman, Alexander  g  RUS  2628  9  1966
 101  Istratescu, Andrei  g  ROU  2628  7  1975

Top 53 Women April 2008

Here is where we find Judit Polgar, at the top of the Women's list. She has gained two points from 13 games played in the rating period, so we really do not understand why she is not in the main list. Probably just a glitch in the generation of the list.

In second place is the second female player in history to cross the 2600 mark, Koneru Humpy. In third, snapping at her heels, is the Chinese chess phenomenon Hou Yifan, who turned 14 just a month ago. Like Carlsen all we can say is: who is to stop this lass from becoming world champion?

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2709  13  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2603  13  1987
 3  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2549  22  1994
 4  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2539  38  1963
 5  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2538  35  1979
 6  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2523  17  1985
 7  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2523  0  1984
 8  Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2521  13  1986
 9  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2521  10  1976
 10  Socko, Monika  m  POL  2505  33  1978
 11  Xu, Yuhua  g  CHN  2500  0  1976
 12  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2497  11  1986
 13  Ruan, Lufei  wg  CHN  2495  0  1987
 14  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2489  0  1961
 15  Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2486  34  1990
 16  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2479  34  1983
 17  Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2479  18  1978
 18  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2479  18  1989
 19  Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2477  10  1980
 20  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2474  39  1985
 21  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2470  38  1985
 22  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2468  11  1985
 23  Korbut, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2467  11  1985
 24  Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2466  21  1983
 25  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2466  18  1984
 26  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2464  0  1979
 27  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2461  48  1991
 28  Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2460  0  1972
 29  Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2458  0  1978
 30  Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2455  15  1968
 31  Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2454  7  1978
 32  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  SCO  2452  19  1968
 33  Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2450  9  1979
 34  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2449  25  1985
 35  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2443  32  1987
 36  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2443  0  1976
 37  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2442  18  1976
 38  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2439  17  1989
 39  Huang, Qian  wg  CHN  2438  14  1986
 40  Ovod, Evgenija  m  RUS  2437  30  1982
 41  Bojkovic, Natasa  m  SRB  2434  9  1971
 42  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2429  18  1983
 43  Tania, Sachdev  m  IND  2423  35  1986
 44  Li, Ruofan  wg  SIN  2423  25  1978
 45  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2421  20  1974
 46  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2420  29  1969
 47  Shadrina, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2418  11  1974
 48  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROU  2415  9  1978
 49  Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2415  0  1974
 50  Melia, Salome  wg  GEO  2413  30  1987
 51  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2413  21  1975
 52  Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2413  9  1982
 53  Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2413  2  1979

Top 20 Juniors April 2008

Guess who is the strongest junior in the world. Right, Magnus Carlsen, who is fifth overall in the world. He is being pursued, as always, by Sergey Karjakin, who is eleven months Carlsen's senior. Sergey won international renown when in 2002 he earned his final grandmaster norm at the age of 12 years and seven months, setting an alltime record for child prodigies. We are also watching the progress of fabulous Fabiano Caruana, whom we used to hoodwink our readers in a Who-is-this-GM quiz.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2765  27  1990
 2  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2732  0  1990
 3  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2684  25  1989
 4  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2634  22  1990
 5  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2632  9  1990
 6  Rodshtein, Maxim  g  ISR  2626  35  1989
 7  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2620  42  1992
 8  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2617  27  1988
 9  Kuzubov, Yuriy  g  UKR  2603  18  1990
 10  Popov, Ivan  g  RUS  2594  11  1990
 11  Lenic, Luka  g  SLO  2584  18  1988
 12  Baramidze, David  g  GER  2583  9  1988
 13  Li, Chao b  g  CHN  2581  28  1989
 14  Zhou, Jianchao  g  CHN  2580  23  1988
 15  Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2580  18  1990
 16  Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son  g  VIE  2579  25  1990
 17  Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2568  24  1991
 18  Zhigalko, Sergei  g  BLR  2568  22  1989
 19  Geetha Narayanan Gopal  g  IND  2562  27  1989
 20  Amin, Bassem  g  EGY  2558  10  1988

Top 20 Girls April 2008

We can only repeat ourselves: guess who is the strongest girl in the world. Yifan, the chess marvel, who is 63 points ahead of Anna Muzychuk in second. Our friend Katya Lahno is closing in in third, with another favourite, Harika, in fourth place.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2549  22  1994
 2  Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2486  34  1990
 3  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2479  18  1989
 4  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2461  48  1991
 5  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2439  17  1989
 6  Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2412  29  1991
 7  Muzychuk, Mariya  wg  UKR  2387  18  1992
 8  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  wg  ROU  2375  39  1989
 9  Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2374  9  1991
 10  Vasilkova, Svetlana  wm  RUS  2373  16  1988
 11  Charochkina, Daria  wm  RUS  2361  44  1990
 12  Girya, Olga  wf  RUS  2361  20  1991
 13  Zhang, Xiaowen  wm  CHN  2361  18  1989
 14  Tan, Zhongyi    CHN  2353  0  1991
 15  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  wf  RUS  2347  36  1992
 16  Paikidze, Nazi  wf  GEO  2347  25  1993
 17  Stock, Lara  wm  CRO  2346  0  1992
 18  Nebolsina, Vera  wg  RUS  2345  8  1989
 19  Nemcova, Katerina  wm  CZE  2344  23  1990
 20  Majdan, Joanna  wm  POL  2338  22  1988

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