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Anand tops the July 2007 FIDE ratings

7/3/2007 – For the second time in succession India's greatest ever chess player, Viswanathan Anand, is listed as the strongest player on the planet. Anand gained six points to reach 2792 and open a hefty 23-point gap to the next-strongest players, Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik, who are once again dead equal at 2769 points. Here are ratings and statistics from the corrected FIDE list.
 

Top 100 Players July 2007

A first version of the July 2007 list appeared on June 30, but obviously contains some obvious errors. For instance two players named Michael Adams appeared in the top 30, which led one wag in the Dortmund tournament to speculate whether Micky had been allowed to deposit his losses in an off-shore account ("But even his losses are enough to get the account a 25th place in the ratings!"). As expected it took less than 48 hours for FIDE to correct everything and provide a new list, which we now proudly present.

In the corrected list Topalov has gained one more point to precisely equal Vladimir Kramnik – both were 2772 on the previous list and have shed three points. Topalov did this in ten games he played in the interim period, Kramnik in one game, a Dutch league draw against the lower-rated Jan Smeets. As in the previous list Topalov appears on place two, probably because the larger number of games breaks the tie. Of course Kramnik has just won a bunch of points in Dortmund and will narrow the gap to Anand by about 11 points in the next list. Anand has gained six points and is now in a Kasparov-like position of being 23 points ahead of the field.

The really big winner in this list is Vassily Ivanchuk, who gained 33 Elo points in 22 games to make number four in the world, just seven points shy of the Topalov/Kramnik duo. Previously the Ukrainian was number twelve on the list. He demoted Alexander Morozevich to place five. Peter Leko is working his way back up the list, having gained 13 points, which moved him a notch higher to place seven. Levon Aronian lost nine points to drop from place five to place eight.

Another big winner in the July list is Dmitry Jakovenko, who tained 27 points to appear for the first time ever in the top-ten slot. Alexei Shirov gained 36 to jump from his dismal place 21 to a more appropriate place eleven. Peter Svidler slid further down the list, from nine to twelve, by losing a single point from seven games. We find the Mexico candidates Gelfand and Grischuk on places 13 and 14 on the July list.

A remarkable appearance on place 17 is Magnus Carlsen, who has broken the 2700 barrier at the age of 16 – almost certainly an all-time record. China's Wang Yue has gained 40 points in the last three months to climb from place 50 to 22.

Rnk  Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2792  4  1969
 2  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2769  10  1975
 3  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2769  1  1975
 4  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2762  22  1969
 5  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2758  18  1977
 6  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2757  14  1985
 7  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2751  9  1979
 8  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2750  15  1982
 9  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2746  7  1987
 10  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2735  29  1983
 11  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2735  28  1972
 12  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2735  6  1976
 13  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2733  21  1968
 14  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2726  18  1983
 15  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2724  18  1971
 16  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2718  28  1974
 17  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2710  19  1990
 18  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2708  5  1971
 19  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2707  10  1976
 20  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2706  16  1983
 21  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2701  24  1983
 22  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2696  25  1987
 23  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2695  20  1983
 24  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2689  26  1985
 25  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2685  27  1985
 26  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROM  2683  33  1976
 27  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2683  17  1979
 28  Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2683  10  1965
 29  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2682  17  1976
 30  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2681  30  1986
 31  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2681  24  1983
 32  Dominguez Perez, Lenier  g  CUB  2680  9  1983
 33  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2679  29  1974
 34  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2679  26  1972
 35  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2678  19  1990
 36  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2676  24  1980
 37  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2676  17  1981
 38  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2675  0  1972
 39  Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2671  50  1978
 40  Landa, Konstantin  g  RUS  2669  51  1972
 41  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2667  45  1978
 42  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2667  29  1983
 43  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2666  24  1982
 44  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2666  19  1968
 45  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2664  17  1986
 46  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2663  21  1965
 47  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2663  7  1985
 48  Krasenkow, Michal  g  POL  2660  26  1963
 49  Socko, Bartosz  g  POL  2660  26  1978
 50  Volkov, Sergey  g  RUS  2659  19  1974
 51  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2658  8  1976
 52  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2657  11  1986
 53  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2656  28  1977
 54  Navara, David  g  CZE  2656  26  1985
 55  Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2655  30  1973
 56  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2655  29  1986
 57  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2654  18  1987
 58  Lautier, Joel  g  FRA  2654  4  1973
 59  Beliavsky, Alexander G  g  SLO  2653  22  1953
 60  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2653  19  1966
 61  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2650  33  1975
 62  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2650  30  1971
 63  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2650  30  1985
 64  Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2649  10  1968
 65  Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2649  9  1980
 66  Baklan, Vladimir  g  UKR  2648  34  1978
 67  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2648  33  1973
 68  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2648  26  1979
 69  Miton, Kamil  g  POL  2648  19  1984
 70  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2647  16  1987
 71  Nikolic, Predrag  g  BIH  2646  17  1960
 72  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2646  14  1981
 73  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2645  29  1986
 74  Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2645  22  1978
 75  Izoria, Zviad  g  GEO  2645  11  1984
 76  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2644  31  1983
 77  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2644  31  1985
 78  Afromeev, Vladimir  f  RUS  2642  14  1954
 79  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2641  23  1980
 80  Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2638  31  1973
 81  Shabalov, Alexander  g  USA  2637  30  1967
 82  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2637  28  1987
 83  Smirnov, Pavel  g  RUS  2636  19  1982
 84  Sadvakasov, Darmen  g  KAZ  2635  30  1979
 85  Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2634  30  1974
 86  Kobalia, Mikhail  g  RUS  2634  23  1978
 87  Zhang, Zhong  g  CHN  2634  9  1978
 88  Gurevich, Mikhail  g  TUR  2633  19  1959
 89  Lputian, Smbat G  g  ARM  2633  11  1958
 90  Khalifman, Alexander  g  RUS  2632  18  1966
 91  Ye, Jiangchuan  g  CHN  2632  0  1960
 92  Stellwagen, Daniel  g  NED  2631  16  1987
 93  Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2630  28  1983
 94  Ehlvest, Jaan  g  USA  2629  44  1962
 95  Istratescu, Andrei  g  ROM  2629  24  1975
 96  Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2628  32  1987
 97  Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2628  18  1976
 98  Vladimirov, Evgeny  g  KAZ  2627  0  1957
 99  Bauer, Christian  g  FRA  2626  27  1977
 100  Mchedlishvili, Mikheil  g  GEO  2624  41  1979
 101  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2624  28  1985
 102  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2624  24  1989

Garry Kasparov still holds the record for topping the list 23 times. He had the highest Elo rating in the world continuously from 1986 to 2005, the only exception being when Kramnik equalled him in the January 1996 FIDE ratings list. Kasparov was still ranked no. 1 in the world at the time of his retirement from competitive chess in March 2005. His highest rating ever was in 2851 in the July 1999 list. This has never been achieved by any other player.

Top 50 Women July 2007

In the women's section we see Judit Polgar, as always, way ahead of the field. Talking about Kasparov's record, Judit has been the top female player 28 times in a row now. Meanwhile India's Koneru Humpy is slowly working her was up. In the current list she is "only2 135 points behind Judit, in the previous list it was 152 points. China's wonder girl Hou Yifan, who turned 13 at the end of February, is already number four in the world. Note that there are seven Chinese players in the top 50, nine Russians, four Ukraines and Georgians, and three Indians.

Rnk  Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2707  10  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2572  11  1987
 3  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2533  3  1963
 4  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2523  25  1976
 5  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2522  11  1984
 6  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2515  0  1994
 7  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2502  20  1961
 8  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2502  17  1979
 9  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2500  17  1978
 10  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2496  19  1986
 11  Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2491  20  1972
 12  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2481  35  1985
 13  Socko, Monika  m  POL  2479  40  1985
 14  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2479  36  1990
 15  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2478  12  1980
 16  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2475  19  1983
 17  Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2468  9  1975
 18  Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2467  29  1991
 19  Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2466  40  1989
 20  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2464  42  1985
 21  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2464  11  1983
 22  Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2462  0  1983
 23  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2460  30  1978
 24  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2458  57  1986
 25  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2457  42  1979
 26  Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2456  22  1976
 27  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2454  27  1985
 28  Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2452  0  1989
 29  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2450  30  1968
 30  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2450  29  1978
 31  Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2448  5  1987
 32  Korbut, Ekaterina  wg  RUS  2445  25  1968
 33  Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2439  28  1974
 34  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2439  16  1985
 35  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2435  10  1976
 36  Ruan, Lufei    CHN  2433  17  1977
 37  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2429  20  1984
 38  Ciuksyte, Dagne  m  LTU  2426  0  1979
 39  Moser, Eva  m  AUT  2424  35  1982
 40  Bojkovic, Natasa  wg  SRB  2423  11  1978
 41  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2420  9  1982
 42  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  GEO  2418  29  1978
 43  Li, Ruofan  wg  CHN  2417  0  1985
 44  Milliet, Sophie  wg  FRA  2414  7  1978
 45  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROU  2411  11  1991
 46  Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2410  40  1983
 47  Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2410  21  1974
 48  Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2410  10  1981
 49  Huang, Qian  wm  CHN  2410  3  1971
 50  Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2410  0  1979

Top 20 Juniors July 2007

In the previous list we had noted that FIDE had not included Koneru Humpy's name in the "Top 20 Juniors" list, although she fully satisfied the requirements for designation as a junior (born 19 days after Teimour Radjabov). In the July list FIDE has rectified this omission and Humpy appears on place 19 in the world.

Rnk  Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2746  7  1987
 2  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2710  19  1990
 3  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2696  25  1987
 4  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2678  19  1990
 5  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2654  18  1987
 6  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2647  16  1987
 7  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2637  28  1987
 8  Stellwagen, Daniel  g  NED  2631  16  1987
 9  Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2628  32  1987
 10  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2624  24  1989
 11  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2613  30  1990
 12  Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2608  30  1987
 13  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2595  7  1990
 14  Laznicka, Viktor  g  CZE  2594  41  1988
 15  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2587  11  1988
 16  Rodshtein, Maxim  g  ISR  2586  31  1989
 17  Lysyj, Igor  g  RUS  2578  19  1987
 18  Czarnota, Pawel  g  POL  2575  9  1988
 19  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2572  11  1987
 20  Baramidze, David  g  GER  2569  35  1988
 21  Iljin, Artem  g  RUS  2569  30  1987

Top 20 Girls July 2007

Naturally this list is dominated by Koneru Humpy, who tops it for the 21st time, followed by Hou Yifan, who is destined to give Humpy a run for her money. Note that India also has a word to say in this list, with IM Harika Dronavalli creeping up on the leading two.

Rnk  Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2572  11  1987
 2  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2523  25  1994
 3  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2478  12  1991
 4  Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2456  22  1990
 5  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2450  29  1989
 6  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2439  16  1989
 7  Ruan, Lufei    CHN  2433  17  1987
 8  Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2410  10  1991
 9  Mongontuul, Bathuyag  wg  MGL  2405  29  1987
 10  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2404  22  1987
 11  Charochkina, Daria  wm  RUS  2390  37  1990
 12  Melia, Salome  wg  GEO  2371  22  1987
 13  Karavade, Eesha  wg  IND  2367  9  1987
 14  Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2361  30  1989
 15  Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2354  33  1987
 16  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  wg  ROU  2346  38  1989
 17  Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2345  0  1991
 18  Kovanova, Baira  wm  RUS  2343  17  1987
 19  Burtasova, Anna  wm  RUS  2337  24  1987
 20  Nebolsina, Vera  wm  RUS  2336  39  1989
 21  Malysheva, Polina  wm  RUS  2336  0  1988

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