FIDE ratings January 2011: Carlsen regains the number one slot

1/1/2011 – Magnus Carlsen was the world's top player from January to November 2010, when he was overtaken by World Champion Viswanathan Anand. In the past two months Anand gained six more points, but the 20-year-old picked up twelve to regain his top ranking. Magnus' perennial rival Sergey Karjakin gained 16 points to enter the top-five bracket. January 1st 2011 FIDE rankings.

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FIDE January 2011 Rating List

In November 2010 Magnus Carlsen had relinquished the number one spot in the world – which he had held for all of the year – to World Champion Viswanathan Anand. In the two months that have elapsed Anand gained six extra points to reach an all-time personal record of 2810. But – in the same period the astonishing Norwegian GM had gained twelve points and climbed to 2814, overtaking Anand to regain his top ranking. This is in fact short or Magnus highest-ever rating: 2826 in the July and September rankings.

Armenian GM Levon Aronian has maintained his third ranking after gaining four points, staying in that hallowed 2800+ slot. His main rival, Vladimir Kramnik, lost seven points and is now 21 points behind Aronian. On place five we are startled to see another great young talent, ten months older than Magnus Carlsen (and his natural-born rival): Sergey Karjakin, who gained 16 points to make top-five. You probably know that back in 2002 he smashed all records by making his full GM title at the age of twelve years and seven months.

In place six we see the formerly dominant Bulgarian Veselin Topalov, who in November had lost 17 points and dropped from place two to five. In this list he has lost a further 11 points and one ranking place. Nigel Short lost 22 points and allowed Luke McShane to overtake him and become England's second in command, a place Nigel held for decades.

We are pleased to see Hikaru Nakamura on place ten, after the US grandmaster gained ten points in the past two months. His games, like those of Shirov, Morozevich and a few others, are dashing and innovative, and it is always an advantage to have a player like that in the top ten.

GM Wang Yue lost an astounding 22 points in the past two months, but still remains China's top-ranked player. However, just three places and three Elo points behind him is Wang Hao, challenging him for the number one spot in his country.

FIDE January 1st 2011 – Top 100 Players

Rank Name Title Nation Rating
Gms
Born
 1 Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2814  17  1990
 2 Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2810  17  1969
 3 Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2805  9  1982
 4 Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2784  16  1975
 5 Karjakin, Sergey  g  RUS  2776  20  1990
 6 Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2775  10  1975
 7 Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2773  20  1983
 8 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2772  9  1985
 9 Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2764  0  1969
 10 Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2751  16  1987
 11 Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2744  0  1983
 12 Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2744  0  1987
 13 Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2736  10  1986
 14 Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2734  21  1987
 15 Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2733  11  1990
 16 Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2733  9  1968
 17 Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2731  33  1989
 18 Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2730  11  1976
 19 Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2730  6  1974
 20 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2726  0  1987
 21 Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2724  9  1983
 22 Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2723  10  1983
 23 Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2723  7  1971
 24 Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2722  15  1972
 25 Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2721  18  1992
 26 Movsesian, Sergei  g  ARM  2721  0  1978
 27 Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2719  10  1976
 28 Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2718  11  1983
 29 Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2717  0  1979
 30 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  g  CUB  2716  0  1983
 31 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2715  6  1990
 32 Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2714  14  1980
 33 Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2709  11  1987
 34 Navara, David  g  CZE  2708  0  1985
 35 Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2707  15  1981
 36 Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2707  0  1983
 37 Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2701  0  1985
 38 Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2701  0  1985
 39 Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2700  0  1977
 40 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2698  0  1982
 41 Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2695  11  1987
 42 Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2695  0  1977
 43 Dreev, Aleksey  g  RUS  2694  18  1969
 44 Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2693  7  1971
 45 Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2690  9  1981
 46 Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2689  13  1975
 47 Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2689  9  1990
 48 Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2689  0  1985
 49 Laznicka, Viktor  g  CZE  2688  0  1988
 50 Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2687  3  1979
 51 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  g  CUB  2686  18  1982
 52 Giri, Anish  g  NED  2686  7  1994
 53 Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2686  0  1976
 54 Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2685  0  1985
 55 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2681  7  1979
 56 Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2681  0  1985
 57 Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2678  9  1985
 58 Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2678  2  1986
 59 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2678  0  1976
 60 Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2678  0  1974
 61 Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2677  18  1985
 62 Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2676  12  1972
 63 Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2675  0  1971
 64 So, Wesley  g  PHI  2673  18  1993
 65 Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2672  9  1985
 66 Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2671  9  1986
 67 Zhigalko, Sergei  g  BLR  2671  9  1989
 68 Korobov, Anton  g  UKR  2670  18  1985
 69 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2670  0  1978
 70 Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2670  0  1980
 71 Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2670  0  1973
 72 Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2669  0  1965
 73 Meier, Georg  g  GER  2667  10  1987
 74 Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2667  9  1986
 75 Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2667  0  1983
 76 Kobalia, Mikhail  g  RUS  2666  0  1978
 77 Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2665  9  1986
 78 McShane, Luke J  g  ENG  2664  7  1984
 79 Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2664  5  1991
 80 Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2663  0  1966
 81 Kurnosov, Igor  g  RUS  2662  18  1985
 82 Smeets, Jan  g  NED  2662  1  1985
 83 Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2660  20  1976
 84 Grachev, Boris  g  RUS  2660  12  1986
 85 Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2660  9  1968
 86 Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2660  0  1988
 87 Socko, Bartosz  g  POL  2660  0  1978
 88 Gharamian, Tigran  g  FRA  2658  13  1984
 89 Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2658  13  1965
 90 Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2657  9  1968
 91 Feller, Sebastien  g  FRA  2657  0  1991
 92 Nyback, Tomi  g  FIN  2656  2  1985
 93 Zhou, Jianchao  g  CHN  2655  26  1988
 94 Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2655  9  1976
 95 Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2653  9  1972
 96 Gustafsson, Jan  g  GER  2652  0  1979
 97 Potkin, Vladimir  g  RUS  2651  11  1982
 98 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar  g  IND  2651  8  1983
 99 Fedorchuk, Sergey A.  g  UKR  2650  22  1981
 100 Khismatullin, Denis  g  RUS  2649  20  1984
 101 Li, Chao b  g  CHN  2649  18  1989
 102 Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2649  0  1983

Top gains by players

New
  Old   
Name Title Country
Rating
Games
 1 
 2
Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2814 (+12)  17 (+3)
 5 
 9
Karjakin, Sergey  g  RUS  2776 (+16)  20 (+4)
 10 
 15
Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2751 (+10)  16 (+1)
 15 
 26
Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2733 (+13)  11 (-15)
 25 
 31
Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2721 (+12)  18 (-1)
 31 
 36
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2715 (+12)  6 (-23)
 43 
 66
Dreev, Aleksey  g  RUS  2694 (+20)  18 (-4)
 51 
 75
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  g  CUB  2686 (+18)  18 (+3)
 62 
 78
Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2676 (+10)  12 (-3)
 66 
 82
Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2671 (+10)  9 (+3)
 73 
 89
Meier, Georg  g  GER  2667 (+11)  10 (-4)
 74 
 87
Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2667 (+10)  9 (-7)
 78 
 100
McShane, Luke J  g  ENG  2664 (+19)  7 (-9)
 94 
 102
Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2655 (+10)  9 (+9)

Top losses by players

New
  Old   
Name Title Country
Rating
Games
 6 
 5
Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2775 (-11)  10 (+1)
 14 
 10
Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2734 (-22)  21 (0)
 21 
 13
Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2724 (-18)  9 (-16)
 24 
 16
Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2722 (-13)  15 (-17)
 68 
 52
Korobov, Anton  g  UKR  2670 (-14)  18 (+11)
 79 
 44
Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2664 (-25)  5 (-15)
 81 
 62
Kurnosov, Igor  g  RUS  2662 (-14)  18 (-3)
 83 
 64
Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2660 (-16)  20 (+5)
 89 
 58
Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2658 (-22)  13 (0)
 93 
 72
Zhou, Jianchao  g  CHN  2655 (-14)  26 (+3)
 99 
 67
Fedorchuk, Sergey A.  g  UKR  2650 (-24)  22 (+5)
 100 
 86
Khismatullin, Denis  g  RUS  2649 (-10)  20 (-1)

FIDE Top 100 Women January 2011

Nothing really new in the top rankings here. The first eight places remain unchanged, with three players now rated above 2600. Pia Cramling has dropped from place nine to 12, allowing Viktorija Cmilyte to climb to her slot from place 13. Harika remains the top Indian after the second highest ranked female player of all time, Koneru Humpy.

Rank Name Title Nation Rating
Gms
Born
 1 Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2686  0  1976
 2 Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2607  18  1987
 3 Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2602  23  1994
 4 Kosintseva, Tatiana  g  RUS  2570  15  1986
 5 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2552  11  1985
 6 Dzagnidze, Nana  g  GEO  2550  4  1987
 7 Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2546  4  1979
 8 Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2529  6  1990
 9 Cmilyte, Viktorija  g  LTU  2526  14  1983
 10 Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2520  16  1991
 11 Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2518  8  1989
 12 Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2516  4  1963
 13 Ju, Wenjun  wg  CHN  2514  17  1991
 14 Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2502  4  1961
 15 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2498  17  1984
 16 Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2497  11  1972
 17 Zhao, Xue  g  CHN  2496  30  1985
 18 Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2495  10  1976
 19 Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2493  6  1978
 20 Socko, Monika  g  POL  2489  9  1978
 21 Sebag, Marie  g  FRA  2489  4  1986
 22 Xu, Yuhua  g  CHN  2484  2  1976
 23 Krush, Irina  m  USA  2483  17  1983
 24 Ruan, Lufei  wg  CHN  2480  14  1987
 25 Muzychuk, Mariya  m  UKR  2476  6  1992
 26 Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2475  2  1982
 27 Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2472  13  1985
 28 Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2472  4  1985
 29 Gunina, Valentina  wg  RUS  2471  11  1989
 30 Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2466  9  1976
 31 Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2458  8  1976
 32 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  g  SCO  2458  0  1968
 33 Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2457  6  1983
 34 Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2456  14  1980
 35 Paikidze, Nazi  wg  GEO  2455  20  1993
 36 Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2455  14  1989
 37 Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2454  11  1985
 38 Danielian, Elina  g  ARM  2454  2  1978
 39 Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2454  0  1978
 40 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2454  0  1979
 41 Polgar, Sofia  m  HUN  2450  0  1974
 42 Melia, Salome  m  GEO  2449  0  1987
 43 Rajlich, Iweta  m  POL  2446  0  1981
 44 Repkova, Eva  m  SVK  2446  0  1975
 45 Atalik, Ekaterina  m  TUR  2444  0  1982
 46 Zhukova, Natalia  g  UKR  2441  2  1979
 47 Khotenashvili, Bela  m  GEO  2440  0  1988
 48 Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2438  0  1984
 49 Khukhashvili, Sopiko  m  GEO  2437  4  1985
 50 Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2436  0  1975
 51 Turova, Irina  m  RUS  2434  2  1979
 52 Girya, Olga  wg  RUS  2429  11  1991
 53 Tan, Zhongyi  wg  CHN  2428  3  1991
 54 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2427  0  1974
 55 Zaiatz, Elena  m  RUS  2426  0  1969
 56 Bodnaruk, Anastasia  m  RUS  2425  20  1992
 57 Houska, Jovanka  m  ENG  2419  4  1980
 58 Vasilevich, Tatjana  m  UKR  2418  9  1977
 59 Ovod, Evgenija  m  RUS  2414  18  1982
 60 Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROU  2414  0  1978
 61 Moser, Eva  m  AUT  2413  0  1982
 62 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  m  MGL  2410  2  1987
 63 Foisor, Cristina-Adela  m  ROU  2405  2  1967
 64 Romanko, Marina  m  RUS  2404  13  1986
 65 Madl, Ildiko  m  HUN  2402  4  1969
 66 Jackova, Jana  m  CZE  2402  0  1982
 67 Stockova, Zuzana  m  SVK  2400  0  1977
 68 Wang, Yu A.  m  CHN  2398  5  1982
 69 Pourkashiyan, Atousa  wg  IRI  2397  15  1988
 70 Shadrina, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2397  15  1974
 71 Matnadze, Ana  m  GEO  2397  9  1983
 72 Savina, Anastasia  wg  RUS  2397  0  1992
 73 Batsiashvili, Nino  wg  GEO  2396  9  1987
 74 Huang, Qian  wg  CHN  2394  17  1986
 75 Tania, Sachdev  m  IND  2391  6  1986
 76 Kovanova, Baira  wg  RUS  2391  4  1987
 77 Stepovaia, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2389  9  1965
 78 Michna, Marta  wg  GER  2389  0  1978
 79 Nebolsina, Vera  wg  RUS  2388  26  1989
 80 Cori T., Deysi  wg  PER  2386  22  1993
 81 Galojan, Lilit  m  ARM  2385  0  1983
 82 Zdebskaja, Natalia  wg  UKR  2384  18  1986
 83 Gara, Anita  m  HUN  2382  0  1983
 84 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma  wg  INA  2382  0  1992
 85 Alexandrova, Olga  m  ESP  2381  0  1978
 86 Kononenko, Tatiana  m  UKR  2381  0  1978
 87 Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2380  11  1969
 88 Bojkovic, Natasa  m  SRB  2379  0  1971
 89 Tsereteli, Tamar  wg  GEO  2379  0  1985
 90 Ding, Yixin  wg  CHN  2376  5  1991
 91 Milliet, Sophie  m  FRA  2375  4  1983
 92 Charkhalashvili, Inga  wg  GEO  2375  0  1983
 93 Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2372  2  1968
 94 Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2371  7  1987
 95 Goletiani, Rusudan  m  USA  2367  4  1980
 96 Manakova, Maria  wg  SRB  2366  0  1974
 97 Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2365  7  1979
 98 Gu, Xiaobing  wg  CHN  2364  9  1985
 99 Molchanova, Tatjana  wg  RUS  2363  0  1980
 100 Gaprindashvili, Nona  g  GEO  2362  9  1941
 101 Mikadze, Miranda  wm  GEO  2362  8  1989
 102 Rogule, Laura  wg  LAT  2362  0  1988

FIDE Top 20 Juniors January 2011

Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are bout out of this list – both turned 20, Sergey in January and Magnus a month ago. This left the number one place open for US-Italian GM Fabiano Caruana, who is being hounded by Anish Giri and Wesley So. These are the three to watch once you have recovered from Carlsen and Karjakin.

Rank Name Title Nation Rating
Gms
Born
 1 Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2721  18  1992
 2 Giri, Anish  g  NED  2686  7  1994
 3 So, Wesley  g  PHI  2673  18  1993
 4 Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2664  5  1991
 5 Feller, Sebastien  g  FRA  2657  0  1991
 6 Kovalyov, Anton  g  ARG  2629  10  1992
 7 Safarli, Eltaj  g  AZE  2629  9  1992
 8 Salgado Lopez, Ivan  g  ESP  2626  9  1991
 9 Sjugirov, Sanan  g  RUS  2626  0  1993
 10 Matlakov, Maxim  g  RUS  2616  9  1991
 11 Negi, Parimarjan  g  IND  2607  22  1993
 12 Yu, Yangyi  g  CHN  2607  18  1994
 13 Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2602  23  1994
 14 Hess, Robert L  g  USA  2572  10  1991
 15 Cordova, Emilio  g  PER  2567  30  1991
 16 Nabaty, Tamir  m  ISR  2565  18  1991
 17 Zherebukh, Yaroslav  g  UKR  2565  9  1993
 18 Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel  g  ARM  2560  11  1993
 19 Sethuraman, S.P.  m  IND  2545  33  1993
 20 Prohaszka, Peter  g  HUN  2542  17  1992

FIDE Top 20 Girls January 2011

Sixteen-year-old Hou Yifan, who has just won the Women's World Championship, dominates this list by over eighty points. Harika and Ju Wenjun are making rapid progress and can be expected to mount a plausible challenge. Anna Muzychuk has disappeared from the list since the very talented Ukrainian/Slovenian has turned twenty.

Rank Name Title Nation Rating
Gms
Born
 1 Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2602  23  1994
 2 Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2520  16  1991
 3 Ju, Wenjun  wg  CHN  2514  17  1991
 4 Muzychuk, Mariya  m  UKR  2476  6  1992
 5 Paikidze, Nazi  wg  GEO  2455  20  1993
 6 Girya, Olga  wg  RUS  2429  11  1991
 7 Tan, Zhongyi  wg  CHN  2428  3  1991
 8 Bodnaruk, Anastasia  m  RUS  2425  20  1992
 9 Savina, Anastasia  wg  RUS  2397  0  1992
 10 Cori T., Deysi  wg  PER  2386  22  1993
 11 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma  wg  INA  2382  0  1992
 12 Ding, Yixin  wg  CHN  2376  5  1991
 13 Padmini, Rout  wg  IND  2336  13  1994
 14 Pustovoitova, Daria  f  RUS  2331  7  1994
 15 Guramishvili, Sopiko  wg  GEO  2330  9  1991
 16 Kashlinskaya, Alina  wg  RUS  2327  0  1993
 17 Soloviova, Liza  wg  UKR  2318  9  1993
 18 Arabidze, Meri  wm  GEO  2315  28  1994
 19 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia  wm  BLR  2301  19  1995
 20 Kazimova, Narmin Nizami qizi  wm  AZE  2298  11  1993

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