FIDE ratings list – resurgence is the name of the game

9/1/2011 – The new ratings list is out, and the word 'resurgence' has never seemed a more appropriate description. From the very top, we see Kramnik once more the top Russian, Kamsky at the highest rating in his career, and Judit Polgar's return to the 2700 club to name but a few, but the biggest story is Morozevich's rocket gain of 43 Elo after three straight 2800+ performances. The September 2011 list.

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With the latest rating list, the proverb 'out with the old and in with the new' must be adapted to say 'in with the old' as a number of veteran players see a resurgence, showing that in spite of an ever younger generation of players, chess is not merely the domain of youth.

At the very top, the first thing we notice is Kramnik in fourth and Karjakin in fifth, when one might have expected the younger Karjakin to slowly increase his lead as the new number one Russian. Instead, a fantastic Dortmund for Vladimir and an unfortunate couple of events for Sergey reversed the trend. Another late-bloomer is Gata Kamsky, who is best remembered as the fantastic prodigy who simultaneously dominated two world championship cycles with Anand and, after failing to win the title, disappeared from chess for eight years. Now, at the age of 37, he is back in the top ten with a rating of 2756, his highest rating ever. To further sweeten his revival, he has also regained the spot of top American after a very poor Biel by Nakamura. Still, the biggest return has to be Alexander Morozevich, who has scored one 2800+ performance after another (in spite of two second-place finishes) and has added 43 Elo to his tally to take a giant leap from 2694 to 2737 and rank 17. At the rate he is going, don't be surprised to see him back in the top ten very soon.

One other re-admittance to the 2700 club could scarcely go unnoticed. That would be Judit Polgar who was already 2699 in the previous rating list, needs to be highlighted as these seemingly negligible hops sometimes have a way of becoming impossible ordeals. Welcome back Judit. (Editor's note: last night we reported the second was Dutch player Loek Van Wely, back at 2700 for the first time since 2001, however his resurgence lasted all but a day, as one day later FIDE added further results to their computations and he was back to 2689. That said, we know he can do it.)

Finally, four young players also made their 2700 breakthroughs this list: 21-year-old Russian Dmitry Andreikin (2705), 23-year-old Czech Viktor Laznicka who joins his countryman David Navara in the elite group, and Hungarian Ferenc Berkes (2706). The fourth marks the second largest rise in the top rankings by Chinese player Li Chao, who gained an astonishing 41 Elo to leap from 2669 to 2710 and become the third Chinese player in the 2700 club.

Nigel Short will be spared the monicker "Top Geezer" as he is debunked by a reborn Yasser Seirawan, experiencing a revival in competitive chess and a fantastic result in the recent World Team Championships. Note that for the first time, the average rating of the top 100 players is now 2700.

FIDE September 2011 – Top 100 Players

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2823  10  1990
 2  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2817  0  1969
 3  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2807  8  1982
 4  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2791  17  1975
 5  Karjakin, Sergey  g  RUS  2772  13  1990
 6  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2768  0  1975
 7  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2765  15  1969
 8  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2758  10  1987
 9  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2758  10  1983
 10  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2757  15  1983
 11  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2756  18  1974
 12  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2756  9  1986
 13  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2752  9  1987
 14  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2746  18  1985
 15  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2746  0  1968
 16  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2740  14  1976
 17  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2737  28  1977
 18  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2731  15  1989
 19  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2728  9  1979
 20  Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2726  17  1987
 21  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2726  8  1980
 22  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2725  20  1971
 23  Giri, Anish  g  NED  2722  19  1994
 24  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2718  16  1990
 25  Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2717  13  1991
 26  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2716  14  1987
 27  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2716  11  1983
 28  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2716  11  1990
 29  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2716  9  1982
 30  Movsesian, Sergei  g  ARM  2715  9  1978
 31  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2713  10  1972
 32  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2712  20  1992
 33  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2712  9  1983
 34  Dreev, Aleksey  g  RUS  2711  16  1969
 35  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2710  11  1987
 36  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2710  9  1976
 37  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  g  CUB  2710  9  1983
 38  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2710  6  1980
 39  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2710  0  1983
 40  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2707  16  1985
 41  Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2706  10  1985
 42  Navara, David  g  CZE  2705  13  1985
 43  Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2705  8  1990
 44  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2704  10  1987
 45  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2703  8  1985
 46  Laznicka, Viktor  g  CZE  2701  16  1988
 47  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2701  13  1976
 48  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2700  18  1972
 49  Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2698  20  1965
 50  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2698  0  1981
 51  Zhigalko, Sergei  g  BLR  2696  26  1989
 52  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2692  20  1985
 53  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2690  16  1977
 54  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2690  6  1979
 55  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2689  19  1981
 56  Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2688  0  1985
 57  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2686  5  1986
 58  Li, Chao b  g  CHN  2684  14  1989
 59  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2683  16  1983
 60  Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2683  7  1973
 61  Grachev, Boris  g  RUS  2682  29  1986
 62  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  g  CUB  2682  9  1982
 63  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2681  11  1974
 64  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2681  9  1971
 65  Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2678  35  1968
 66  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2678  12  1979
 67  Gharamian, Tigran  g  FRA  2676  11  1984
 68  Kobalia, Mikhail  g  RUS  2674  18  1978
 69  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2673  9  1968
 70  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2672  18  1986
 71  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2672  17  1983
 72  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2672  4  1986
 73  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2671  17  1985
 74  Potkin, Vladimir  g  RUS  2671  11  1982
 75  Korobov, Anton  g  UKR  2671  0  1985
 76  McShane, Luke J  g  ENG  2671  0  1984
 77  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2669  11  1975
 78  Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2668  7  1983
 79  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  g  UKR  2666  25  1986
 80  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2666  20  1976
 81  Feller, Sebastien  g  FRA  2666  0  1991
 82  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2664  18  1965
 83  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2664  18  1985
 84  Balogh, Csaba  g  HUN  2662  15  1987
 85  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2662  11  1985
 86  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2660  14  1988
 87  Ding, Liren  g  CHN  2659  10  1992
 88  Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2659  0  1976
 89  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2658  12  1983
 90  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2656  25  1971
 91  So, Wesley  g  PHI  2655  23  1993
 92  Lupulescu, Constantin  g  ROU  2655  9  1984
 93  Ragger, Markus  g  AUT  2655  7  1988
 94  Zhou, Jianchao  g  CHN  2654  15  1988
 95  Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2652  16  1960
 96  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2651  0  1972
 97  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2650  29  1986
 98  Petrosian, Tigran L.  g  ARM  2649  19  1984
 99  Meier, Georg  g  GER  2648  10  1987
 100  Azarov, Sergei  g  BLR  2648  0  1983

Aside from the gains mentioned above, it is worth also noting Anish Giri's steady rise, as he adds a further 21 points to his rating.

Top gains by players

New
  Old   
Name
Title
Country
Rating
Games
 4 
 5
 Kramnik, Vladimir
g
 RUS  2791 (+10)  17 (+9)
 10 
 13
 Grischuk, Alexander
g
 RUS  2757 (+11)  15 (+1)
 11 
 15
 Kamsky, Gata
g
 USA  2756 (+15)  18 (+6)
 17 
 48
 Morozevich, Alexander
g
 RUS  2737 (+43)  28 (+28)
 18 
 24
 Wang, Hao
g
 CHN  2731 (+13)  15 (0)
 19 
 25
 Leko, Peter
g
 HUN  2728 (+11)  9 (+9)
 21 
 26
 Moiseenko, Alexander
g
 UKR  2726 (+11)  8 (-16)
 22 
 28
 Adams, Michael
g
 ENG  2725 (+10)  20 (+6)
 23 
 40
 Giri, Anish
g
 NED  2722 (+21)  19 (+7)
 30 
 42
 Movsesian, Sergei
g
 ARM  2715 (+15)  9 (+3)
 41 
 46
 Berkes, Ferenc
g
 HUN  2706 (+10)  10 (-10)
 44 
 55
 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
g
 POL  2704 (+21)  10 (-6)
 46 
 60
 Laznicka, Viktor
g
 CZE  2701 (+20)  16 (+16)
 48 
 54
 Van Wely, Loek
g
 NED  2700 (+17)  18 (+2)
 49 
 51
 Short, Nigel D
g
 ENG  2698 (+11)  20 (+11)
 52 
 63
 Inarkiev, Ernesto
g
 RUS  2692 (+13)  20 (+20)
 58 
 77
 Li, Chao b
g
 CHN  2710 (+41)  35 (-10)
 64 
 81
 Akopian, Vladimir
g
 ARM  2681 (+14)  9 (0)
 71 
 85
 Ni, Hua
g
 CHN  2672 (+10)  17 (+2)
 79 
 96
 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy
g
 UKR  2666 (+14)  25 (+5)
 82 
 93
 Georgiev, Kiril
g
 BUL  2664 (+10)  18 (-3)

With every rise there is a fall, and though one hates to point them out, they are listed below. Perhaps the worst is that of the friendly Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov, who has been on a steep dive after peaking at 2761 just a year ago.

Top losses by players

New
  Old   
Name
Title
Country
Rating
Games
 5 
 4
 Karjakin, Sergey
g
 RUS  2772 (-16)  13 (+3)
 8 
 6
 Nakamura, Hikaru
g
 USA  2758 (-12)  10 (-6)
 14 
 9
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
g
 AZE  2746 (-19)  18 (+14)
 27 
 17
 Jakovenko, Dmitry
g
 RUS  2716 (-20)  11 (+5)
 36 
 19
 Almasi, Zoltan
g
 HUN  2710 (-16)  9 (+1)
 53 
 41
 Sutovsky, Emil
g
 ISR  2690 (-10)  16 (+1)
 59 
 45
 Eljanov, Pavel
g
 UKR  2683 (-14)  16 (-5)
 72 
 57
 Areshchenko, Alexander
g
 UKR  2672 (-10)  4 (-7)
 74 
 58
 Potkin, Vladimir
g
 RUS  2671 (-11)  11 (+11)
 86 
 65
 Mamedov, Rauf
g
 AZE  2660 (-19)  14 (+14)
 90 
 66
 Bologan, Viktor
g
 MDA  2656 (-22)  25 (+25)
 97 
 80
 Cheparinov, Ivan
g
 BUL  2650 (-19)  29 (+29)

In the women's list, aside from Super Judit, a few swings warrant noting, such as Tatiana Kosintseva's bad phase after reaching 2581 last year, and now down to 2536. On the other hand Kateryna Lahno, Ju Wenjun, and Valentina Gunina are all at their highest ratings yet, Gunina now a whisker away from breaking 2500.

FIDE Top 100 Women September 2011

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2701  13  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2600  11  1987
 3  Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2578  33  1994
 4  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  g  RUS  2560  20  1985
 5  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2554  13  1989
 6  Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2545  16  1990
 7  Ju, Wenjun  wg  CHN  2538  15  1991
 8  Kosintseva, Tatiana  g  RUS  2536  30  1986
 9  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2528  18  1979
 10  Dzagnidze, Nana  g  GEO  2525  22  1987
 11  Cmilyte, Viktorija  g  LTU  2525  6  1983
 12  Danielian, Elina  g  ARM  2517  11  1978
 13  Sebag, Marie  g  FRA  2512  9  1986
 14  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2505  24  1991
 15  Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2502  9  1978
 16  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2500  0  1961
 17  Gunina, Valentina  m  RUS  2499  12  1989
 18  Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2498  11  1972
 19  Khotenashvili, Bela  m  GEO  2497  13  1988
 20  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2490  9  1976
 21  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2489  15  1963
 22  Socko, Monika  g  POL  2485  7  1978
 23  Zhao, Xue  g  CHN  2480  15  1985
 24  Ruan, Lufei  wg  CHN  2477  11  1987
 25  Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2475  24  1982
 26  Xu, Yuhua  g  CHN  2472  3  1976
 27  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2471  24  1983
 28  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2471  0  1983
 29  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2470  0  1976
 30  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2469  20  1984
 31  Muzychuk, Mariya  m  UKR  2469  0  1992
 32  Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  m  MGL  2466  5  1987
 33  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2464  11  1984
 34  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2461  20  1985
 35  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2461  17  1985
 36  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2461  6  1989
 37  Atalik, Ekaterina  m  TUR  2459  13  1982
 38  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  g  SCO  2456  8  1968
 39  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2446  9  1985
 40  Hoang, Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2446  3  1980
 41  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2445  39  1976
 42  Zaiatz, Elena  m  RUS  2441  9  1969
 43  Rajlich, Iweta  m  POL  2440  11  1981
 44  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2440  0  1975
 45  Matnadze, Ana  m  GEO  2433  27  1983
 46  Moser, Eva  m  AUT  2432  9  1982
 47  Houska, Jovanka  m  ENG  2427  20  1980
 48  Khukhashvili, Sopiko  m  GEO  2426  0  1985
 49  Vasilevich, Tatjana  m  UKR  2423  4  1977
 50  Repkova, Eva  m  SVK  2423  0  1975
 51  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2421  20  1974
 52  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROU  2421  0  1978
 53  Tania, Sachdev  m  IND  2419  26  1986
 54  Li, Ruofan  m  SIN  2419  0  1978
 55  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  m  RUS  2417  18  1992
 56  Cori T., Deysi  wg  PER  2416  40  1993
 57  Foisor, Cristina-Adela  m  ROU  2416  29  1967
 58  Zhukova, Natalia  g  UKR  2416  9  1979
 59  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2415  0  1979
 60  Paikidze, Nazi  wg  GEO  2412  33  1993
 61  Turova, Irina  m  RUS  2410  19  1979
 62  Romanko, Marina  m  RUS  2409  27  1986
 63  Tan, Zhongyi  wg  CHN  2409  6  1991
 64  Ovod, Evgenija  m  RUS  2408  18  1982
 65  Huang, Qian  wg  CHN  2407  6  1986
 66  Madl, Ildiko  m  HUN  2399  10  1969
 67  Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2397  5  1974
 68  Melia, Salome  m  GEO  2396  22  1987
 69  Michna, Marta  wg  GER  2396  20  1978
 70  Batsiashvili, Nino  wg  GEO  2396  13  1987
 71  Alexandrova, Olga  m  ESP  2392  9  1978
 72  Wang, Yu A.  m  CHN  2391  3  1982
 73  Girya, Olga  wg  RUS  2390  22  1991
 74  Zdebskaja, Natalia  wg  UKR  2389  9  1986
 75  Galojan, Lilit  m  ARM  2389  0  1983
 76  Zhang, Xiaowen  wg  CHN  2387  5  1989
 77  Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna  wg  POL  2386  0  1988
 78  Kashlinskaya, Alina  wg  RUS  2385  28  1993
 79  Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2384  15  1987
 80  Tsereteli, Tamar  wg  GEO  2383  5  1985
 81  Vasilevich, Irina  m  RUS  2380  18  1985
 82  Shadrina, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2378  9  1974
 83  Fierro Baquero, Martha L.  m  ECU  2378  6  1977
 84  Bojkovic, Natasa  m  SRB  2378  0  1971
 85  Zozulia, Anna  m  BEL  2377  38  1980
 86  Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2377  15  1968
 87  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2377  9  1969
 88  Gara, Ticia  wg  HUN  2375  0  1984
 89  Kononenko, Tatiana  m  UKR  2375  0  1978
 90  Milliet, Sophie  m  FRA  2374  20  1983
 91  Guramishvili, Sopiko  wg  GEO  2371  31  1991
 92  Kovanova, Baira  wg  RUS  2369  9  1987
 93  L'Ami, Alina  wg  ROU  2368  18  1985
 94  Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2367  0  1979
 95  Lomineishvili, Maia  m  GEO  2366  0  1977
 96  Pham, Le Thao Nguyen  wg  VIE  2362  3  1987
 97  Melamed, Tetyana  wg  GER  2362  0  1974
 98  Stockova, Zuzana  m  SVK  2360  10  1977
 99  Gaprindashvili, Nona  g  GEO  2360  0  1941
 100  Rudolf, Anna  wg  HUN  2359  13  1987
 101  Guo, Qi  wg  CHN  2359  6  1995
 102  Pokorna, Regina  wg  SVK  2359  0  1982

Among the juniors, perhaps the most remarkable is 15-year-old Ukrainian prodigy Illya Nyzhnyk who in the last list was rated 2589, and after a setback to 2561 is no longer in the list of top 20 juniors. On the other hand strong arrivals include Ray Robson at 2583 and new World Junior Champion Dariusz Swiercz (2585), both of whom are 17 years old.

FIDE Top 20 Juniors September 2011

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Giri, Anish  g  NED  2722  19  1994
 2  Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2717  13  1991
 3  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2712  20  1992
 4  Feller, Sebastien  g  FRA  2666  0  1991
 5  Ding, Liren  g  CHN  2659  10  1992
 6  So, Wesley  g  PHI  2655  23  1993
 7  Yu, Yangyi  g  CHN  2646  12  1994
 8  Negi, Parimarjan  g  IND  2631  16  1993
 9  Matlakov, Maxim  g  RUS  2630  24  1991
 10  Sjugirov, Sanan  g  RUS  2627  24  1993
 11  Safarli, Eltaj  g  AZE  2625  17  1992
 12  Hess, Robert L  g  USA  2616  6  1991
 13  Salgado Lopez, Ivan  g  ESP  2614  23  1991
 14  Kovalyov, Anton  g  ARG  2612  9  1992
 15  Ipatov, Alexander  g  ESP  2591  37  1993
 16  Swiercz, Dariusz  g  POL  2585  31  1994
 17  Robson, Ray  g  USA  2583  22  1994
 18  Zherebukh, Yaroslav  g  UKR  2580  9  1993
 19  Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2578  33  1994
 20  Hovhannisyan, Robert  g  ARM  2578  14  1991

FIDE Top 20 Girls September 2011

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2578  33  1994
 2  Ju, Wenjun  wg  CHN  2538  15  1991
 3  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2505  24  1991
 4  Muzychuk, Mariya  m  UKR  2469  0  1992
 5  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  m  RUS  2417  18  1992
 6  Cori T., Deysi  wg  PER  2416  40  1993
 7  Paikidze, Nazi  wg  GEO  2412  33  1993
 8  Tan, Zhongyi  wg  CHN  2409  6  1991
 9  Girya, Olga  wg  RUS  2390  22  1991
 10  Kashlinskaya, Alina  wg  RUS  2385  28  1993
 11  Guramishvili, Sopiko  wg  GEO  2371  31  1991
 12  Guo, Qi  wg  CHN  2359  6  1995
 13  Padmini, Rout  wg  IND  2356  26  1994
 14  Sukandar, Irine Kharisma  wg  INA  2344  19  1992
 15  Ding, Yixin  wg  CHN  2340  5  1991
 16  Savina, Anastasia  m  RUS  2336  27  1992
 17  Arabidze, Meri  wm  GEO  2332  9  1994
 18  Pustovoitova, Daria  f  RUS  2315  18  1994
 19  Bulmaga, Irina  wm  ROU  2304  25  1993
 20  Porat, Maya  wm  ISR  2299  20  1991

Lists and data by courtesy of FIDE


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