FIDE ratings September 2010: average ratings up, up, and up...

8/31/2010 – The FIDE ratings lists for September 2010 are out, and though there were few cataclysmic changes, some statistics do stand out: the average rating continues to rise, and the top 100 now average 50 Elo more than eight years ago. How about FIDE title requirements? We also took a look at the biggest Elo gains over the last 12 months. Can you guess who and by how much? Read all, see all.

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The September 2010 ratings lists are out, and little change took place in the very top spots, with only Kramnik dropping down to fifth behind Aronian, after losing ten points in Dortmund. In the 2700 club, the biggest winners were Adams (+22), moving back to the top 20, Ivanchuk (+15), Gelfand (+12), Ponomariov (+15), and Wang Yue (+16), who recaptured the position of top Chinese player. Laurent Fressinet, the 2010 French champion, broke into the 2700 club for the first time, with a 21-point leap to 2718, and is now the second ranked Frenchman, just behind Vachier-Lagrave, but ahead of Bacrot. Junior Fabiano Caruana also gained the 3 points needed to reach 2700, making him the first Italian to do so, while the very last 2700 on the list is Alexander Morozevich who lost 15 points and is now at his lowest rating since 2003. It is still worth adding that he is no stranger to giant fluctuations as his charts attest to.

The youngest player in the top 100 is currently Anish Giri, and the grand doyen of the chess elite, the geezer of geezers, is Nigel Short.... aged 45.

Ratings inflation

This subject is discussed in almost every circle of chess, with the obvious conclusion that there is inflation. One need only note that there are now three players rated 2800 or more, 37 players rated at least 2700, etc. The mathematicians will point out that when comparing Elos, absolute numbers are fairly meaningless, and what matters is the Elo difference. After all, when comparing Player A to Player B, it matters little whether one is rated 2500 and the other 2600, instead of 2700 and 2800. What matters is that there is a 100 Elo difference.

However, one aspect is often overlooked: that of the FIDE titles. In 2002, the average rating of the top 100 players (which included Kasparov at 2838) was 2645. In the latest rating list, the average rating of the top 100 is now 2695, almost 2700. In order to maintain the standards of what a title is worth and represents, it goes without saying that norm and title requirements need to be readjusted accordingly.

Without much ado, here are the top 100 players.

FIDE September 1st 2010 – Top 100 Players

#
Name Ti.
Nat.
Rtng
Gms
Born
1
 Carlsen, Magnus g
NOR
2826
0
1990
2
 Topalov, Veselin g
BUL
2803
0
1975
3
 Anand, Viswanathan g
IND
2800
0
1969
4
 Aronian, Levon g
ARM
2783
0
1982
5
 Kramnik, Vladimir g
RUS
2780
10
1975
6
 Eljanov, Pavel g
UKR
2761
10
1983
7
 Grischuk, Alexander g
RUS
2760
0
1983
8
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g
AZE
2756
10
1985
9
 Ivanchuk, Vassily g
UKR
2754
9
1969
10
 Gelfand, Boris g
ISR
2751
10
1968
11
 Ponomariov, Ruslan g
UKR
2749
10
1983
12
 Shirov, Alexei g
ESP
2749
0
1972
13
 Radjabov, Teimour g
AZE
2748
0
1987
14
 Karjakin, Sergey g
RUS
2747
0
1990
15
 Nakamura, Hikaru g
USA
2733
10
1987
16
 Wang, Yue g
CHN
2732
8
1987
17
 Svidler, Peter g
RUS
2731
10
1976
18
 Adams, Michael g
ENG
2728
21
1971
19
 Jakovenko, Dmitry g
RUS
2726
0
1983
20
 Malakhov, Vladimir g
RUS
2725
8
1980
21
 Leko, Peter g
HUN
2724
10
1979
22
 Wang, Hao g
CHN
2724
8
1989
23
 Movsesian, Sergei g
SVK
2723
0
1978
24
 Navara, David g
CZE
2722
7
1985
25
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g
FRA
2721
10
1990
26
 Gashimov, Vugar g
AZE
2719
0
1986
27
 Fressinet, Laurent g
FRA
2718
20
1981
28
 Bacrot, Etienne g
FRA
2716
11
1983
29
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g
CUB
2716
0
1983
30
 Jobava, Baadur g
GEO
2710
0
1983
31
 Vitiugov, Nikita g
RUS
2709
5
1987
32
 Almasi, Zoltan g
HUN
2707
10
1976
33
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g
RUS
2706
0
1990
34
 Kamsky, Gata g
USA
2705
9
1974
35
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g
RUS
2701
9
1987
36
 Caruana, Fabiano g
ITA
2700
19
1992
37
 Morozevich, Alexander g
RUS
2700
9
1977
38
 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g
ESP
2697
9
1982
39
 Bu, Xiangzhi g
CHN
2695
8
1985
40
 Le, Quang Liem g
VIE
2694
10
1991
41
 Motylev, Alexander g
RUS
2694
3
1979
42
 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g
POL
2692
18
1987
43
 Akopian, Vladimir g
ARM
2691
0
1971
44
 Alekseev, Evgeny g
RUS
2691
0
1985
45
 Laznicka, Viktor g
CZE
2690
19
1988
46
 Bologan, Viktor g
MDA
2690
13
1971
47
 Timofeev, Artyom g
RUS
2690
5
1985
48
 Short, Nigel D g
ENG
2690
0
1965
49
 Onischuk, Alexander g
USA
2688
7
1975
50
 Riazantsev, Alexander g
RUS
2686
11
1985
51
 Georgiev, Kiril g
BUL
2685
22
1965
52
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g
UZB
2685
13
1979
53
 Efimenko, Zahar g
UKR
2683
6
1985
54
 Rublevsky, Sergei g
RUS
2683
5
1974
55
 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g
ROU
2683
0
1976
56
 Polgar, Judit g
HUN
2682
0
1976
57
 Sasikiran, Krishnan g
IND
2681
9
1981
58
 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g
CUB
2679
44
1982
59
 Van Wely, Loek g
NED
2679
28
1972
60
 Berkes, Ferenc g
HUN
2678
19
1985
61
 Giri, Anish g
NED
2677
19
1994
62
 Sargissian, Gabriel g
ARM
2677
18
1983
63
 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij g
UKR
2677
13
1978
64
 Naiditsch, Arkadij g
GER
2674
23
1985
65
 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g
UKR
2671
27
1981
66
 Inarkiev, Ernesto g
RUS
2671
0
1985
67
 Nielsen, Peter Heine g
DEN
2670
17
1973
68
 Korobov, Anton g
UKR
2670
9
1985
69
 Andreikin, Dmitry g
RUS
2669
22
1990
70
 Smeets, Jan g
NED
2669
0
1985
71
 So, Wesley g
PHI
2668
19
1993
72
 Grachev, Boris g
RUS
2668
0
1986
73
 Sutovsky, Emil g
ISR
2665
0
1977
74
 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g
RUS
2664
9
1976
75
 Areshchenko, Alexander g
UKR
2664
0
1986
76
 Bareev, Evgeny g
RUS
2663
0
1966
77
 Cheparinov, Ivan g
BUL
2661
0
1986
78
 Volokitin, Andrei g
UKR
2661
0
1986
79
 Zhou, Jianchao g
CHN
2660
8
1988
80
 Mamedov, Rauf g
AZE
2660
0
1988
81
 Meier, Georg g
GER
2659
19
1987
82
 Kurnosov, Igor g
RUS
2659
9
1985
83
 Moiseenko, Alexander g
UKR
2658
18
1980
84
 Gharamian, Tigran g
FRA
2658
9
1984
85
 McShane, Luke J g
ENG
2657
17
1984
86
 Najer, Evgeniy g
RUS
2657
9
1977
87
 Smirin, Ilia g
ISR
2657
9
1968
88
 Socko, Bartosz g
POL
2657
9
1978
89
 Kobalia, Mikhail g
RUS
2656
9
1978
90
 Khismatullin, Denis g
RUS
2654
27
1984
91
 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g
IND
2650
28
1983
92
 Macieja, Bartlomiej g
POL
2649
34
1977
93
 Feller, Sebastien g
FRA
2649
21
1991
94
 Dreev, Alexey g
RUS
2649
5
1969
95
 Gustafsson, Jan g
GER
2646
9
1979
96
 Harikrishna, P. g
IND
2645
18
1986
97
 Fridman, Daniel g
GER
2645
9
1976
98
 Milov, Vadim g
SUI
2644
0
1972
99
 Ni, Hua g
CHN
2643
8
1983
100
 Aleksandrov, Aleksej g
BLR
2642
0
1973

FIDE Top 100 Women July 2010

Judit Polgar is of course the undisputed queen, while Humpy slipped under 2600 and is in fact at her lowest rating, albeit not by much, since 2007. Hou Yifan gained one point and stayed in third. The Kosintseva sisters continue their rise, and are both within a whisper of overtaking the Chinese prodigy.

#
Name Ti.
Nat.
Rtng
Gms
Born
1
 Polgar, Judit g
HUN
2682
0
1976
2
 Koneru, Humpy g
IND
2593
11
1987
3
 Hou, Yifan g
CHN
2578
25
1994
4
 Kosintseva, Tatiana g
RUS
2573
22
1986
5
 Kosintseva, Nadezhda m
RUS
2565
16
1985
6
 Stefanova, Antoaneta g
BUL
2551
28
1979
7
 Lahno, Kateryna g
UKR
2539
9
1989
8
 Muzychuk, Anna m
SLO
2535
15
1990
9
 Dzagnidze, Nana g
GEO
2534
11
1987
10
 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g
RUS
2524
9
1984
11
 Ju, Wenjun wg
CHN
2516
8
1991
12
 Harika, Dronavalli m
IND
2515
18
1991
13
 Cmilyte, Viktorija g
LTU
2513
16
1983
14
 Cramling, Pia g
SWE
2509
11
1963
15
 Chiburdanidze, Maia g
GEO
2500
22
1961
16
 Sebag, Marie g
FRA
2499
11
1986
17
 Zhukova, Natalia g
UKR
2499
0
1979
18
 Pogonina, Natalija wg
RUS
2491
14
1985
19
 Krush, Irina m
USA
2490
9
1983
20
 Socko, Monika g
POL
2486
27
1978
21
 Mkrtchian, Lilit m
ARM
2484
18
1982
22
 Hoang Thanh Trang g
HUN
2482
11
1980
23
 Galliamova, Alisa m
RUS
2482
0
1972
24
 Zhu, Chen g
QAT
2480
20
1976
25
 Zatonskih, Anna m
USA
2480
9
1978
26
 Ruan, Lufei wg
CHN
2480
0
1987
27
 Xu, Yuhua g
CHN
2475
23
1976
28
 Gaponenko, Inna m
UKR
2469
31
1976
29
 Zhao, Xue g
CHN
2469
14
1985
30
 Paehtz, Elisabeth m
GER
2467
3
1985
31
 Danielian, Elina m
ARM
2466
29
1978
32
 Ushenina, Anna m
UKR
2466
13
1985
33
 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman m
IND
2466
0
1979
34
 Gunina, Valentina wg
RUS
2465
5
1989
35
 Khotenashvili, Bela m
GEO
2464
23
1988
36
 Skripchenko, Almira m
FRA
2464
10
1976
37
 Muzychuk, Mariya m
UKR
2464
8
1992
38
 Tan, Zhongyi wg
CHN
2461
16
1991
39
 Hunt, Harriet V m
ENG
2454
0
1978
40
 Dembo, Yelena m
GRE
2452
9
1983
41
 Javakhishvili, Lela m
GEO
2451
9
1984
42
 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan g
SCO
2451
0
1968
43
 Polgar, Sofia m
HUN
2450
0
1974
44
 Atalik, Ekaterina m
TUR
2447
31
1982
45
 Repkova, Eva m
SVK
2447
9
1975
46
 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m
RUS
2447
0
1974
47
 Rajlich, Iweta m
POL
2446
0
1981
48
 Shen, Yang wg
CHN
2443
33
1989
49
 Melia, Salome m
GEO
2439
29
1987
50
 Moser, Eva m
AUT
2436
18
1982
51
 Huang, Qian wg
CHN
2436
16
1986
52
 Khurtsidze, Nino m
GEO
2435
18
1975
53
 Turova, Irina m
RUS
2433
43
1979
54
 Matnadze, Ana m
GEO
2428
18
1983
55
 Houska, Jovanka m
ENG
2426
11
1980
56
 Khukhashvili, Sopiko m
GEO
2422
9
1985
57
 Girya, Olga wg
RUS
2414
22
1991
58
 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m
MGL
2412
11
1987
59
 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m
ROU
2412
11
1978
60
 Romanko, Marina m
RUS
2411
0
1986
61
 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg
POL
2410
18
1987
62
 Zaiatz, Elena m
RUS
2407
9
1969
63
 Savina, Anastasia wg
RUS
2404
9
1992
64
 Jackova, Jana m
CZE
2402
0
1982
65
 Ovod, Evgenija m
RUS
2401
0
1982
66
 Peng, Zhaoqin g
NED
2400
8
1968
67
 Stockova, Zuzana m
SVK
2400
0
1977
68
 Michna, Marta wg
GER
2399
16
1978
69
 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m
RUS
2399
5
1992
70
 Vasilevich, Tatjana m
UKR
2399
0
1977
71
 Madl, Ildiko m
HUN
2397
10
1969
72
 Foisor, Cristina-Adela m
ROU
2395
16
1967
73
 Wang, Yu A. m
CHN
2394
14
1982
74
 Batsiashvili, Nino wg
GEO
2390
26
1987
75
 Milliet, Sophie m
FRA
2388
29
1983
76
 Maric, Alisa m
SRB
2387
0
1970
77
 Kononenko, Tatiana m
UKR
2384
10
1978
78
 Tsereteli, Tamar wg
GEO
2384
0
1985
79
 Tania, Sachdev m
IND
2382
18
1986
80
 Gara, Anita m
HUN
2382
0
1983
81
 Alexandrova, Olga m
ESP
2381
0
1978
82
 Shadrina, Tatiana wg
RUS
2379
9
1974
83
 Ding, Yixin wf
CHN
2379
8
1991
84
 Matveeva, Svetlana m
RUS
2379
0
1969
85
 Molchanova, Tatjana wg
RUS
2378
9
1980
86
 Paikidze, Nazi wg
GEO
2376
20
1993
87
 Mikadze, Miranda wm
GEO
2375
9
1989
88
 Charkhalashvili, Inga wg
GEO
2375
8
1983
89
 Stepovaia, Tatiana wg
RUS
2375
0
1965
90
 Galojan, Lilit m
ARM
2373
10
1983
91
 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma wg
INA
2372
18
92
 Gu, Xiaobing wg
CHN
2371
6
1985
93
 Kovanova, Baira wg
RUS
2370
11
1987
94
 Pokorna, Regina wg
SVK
2370
6
1982
95
 Cori T., Deysi wg
PER
2368
46
1993
96
 Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m
ECU
2368
29
1977
97
 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina wg
ESP
2368
18
1987
98
 Bojkovic, Natasa m
SRB
2368
0
1971
99
 Djingarova, Emilia wg
BUL
2368
0
1978
100
 Rudolf, Anna wg
HUN
2366
18
1987
101
 Goletiani, Rusudan m
USA
2366
0
1980

FIDE Top 20 Juniors July 2010

For the first time in history, the top Junior list has five players rated 2700 or more, and seems likely to gain a sixth with Le Quang. That said, the average rating of the junior list regularly sees a sudden drop as several of the top players cease to qualify. One need only notice that the top four ratings were all born in 1990. All said, the average rating of the top twenty juniors is an impressive 2664 Elo.

#
Name Ti.
Nat.
Rtng
Gms
Born
1
 Carlsen, Magnus g
NOR
2826
0
1990
2
 Karjakin, Sergey g
RUS
2747
0
1990
3
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g
FRA
2721
10
1990
4
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g
RUS
2706
0
1990
5
 Caruana, Fabiano g
ITA
2700
19
1992
6
 Le, Quang Liem g
VIE
2694
10
1991
7
 Giri, Anish g
NED
2677
19
1994
8
 Andreikin, Dmitry g
RUS
2669
22
1990
9
 So, Wesley g
PHI
2668
19
1993
10
 Feller, Sebastien g
FRA
2649
21
1991
11
 Edouard, Romain g
FRA
2636
20
1990
12
 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g
NOR
2633
29
1990
13
 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g
VIE
2633
9
1990
14
 Kuzubov, Yuriy g
UKR
2628
0
1990
15
 Sjugirov, Sanan g
RUS
2627
19
1993
16
 Khairullin, Ildar g
RUS
2620
0
1990
17
 Howell, David W L g
ENG
2616
19
1990
18
 Matlakov, Maxim g
RUS
2613
22
1991
19
 Safarli, Eltaj g
AZE
2607
32
1992
20
 Popov, Ivan g
RUS
2606
0
1990

FIDE Top 20 Girls July 2010

There were few changes in the top girls with Hou Yifan still clearly ahead of her colleagues. Olga Girya gained 38 Elo to break 2400 for the first time.

#
Name Ti.
Nat.
Rtng
Gms
Born
1
 Hou, Yifan g
CHN
2578
25
1994
2
 Muzychuk, Anna m
SLO
2535
15
1990
3
 Ju, Wenjun wg
CHN
2516
8
1991
4
 Harika, Dronavalli m
IND
2515
18
1991
5
 Muzychuk, Mariya m
UKR
2464
8
1992
6
 Tan, Zhongyi wg
CHN
2461
16
1991
7
 Girya, Olga wg
RUS
2414
22
1991
8
 Savina, Anastasia wg
RUS
2404
9
1992
9
 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m
RUS
2399
5
1992
10
 Ding, Yixin wf
CHN
2379
8
1991
11
 Paikidze, Nazi wg
GEO
2376
20
1993
12
 Cori T., Deysi wg
PER
2368
46
1993
13
 Kashlinskaya, Alina wg
RUS
2358
14
1993
14
 Guramishvili, Sopiko wg
GEO
2343
35
1991
15
 Pustovoitova, Daria
RUS
2333
9
1994
16
 Padmini, Rout wg
IND
2326
13
1994
17
 Muminova, Nafisa wm
UZB
2319
13
1990
18
 Vojinovic, Jovana wg
MNE
2319
9
1992
19
 Havlikova, Kristyna wm
CZE
2318
22
1992
20
 Rakic, Marija wm
SRB
2317
0
1990

Largest ratings gains in last 12 months

Understandably, the most conspicuous rating gain in the last 12 months has been that of Magnus Carlsen who gained 54 Elo and has taken over the no.1 spot with a healthy margin to boot. One can look at the lists and comment on gains and losses in the last two months, but how about of the last twelve months? Can you guess who among the current top 100 made the biggest gains?

Rank
Old 
Name
Ti.
Nat.
Rating
1
4
 Carlsen, Magnus g
NOR
2826 (+54)
6
24
 Eljanov, Pavel g
UKR
2761 (+44)
27
77
 Fressinet, Laurent g
FRA
2718 (+60)
33
-
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g
RUS
2706 (+74)
40
-
 Le, Quang Liem g
VIE
2694 (+92)
42
-
 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g
POL
2692 (+52)
45
-
 Laznicka, Viktor g
CZE
2690 (+56)
58
-
 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g
CUB
2679 (+60)
61
-
 Giri, Anish g
NED
2677 (+125)
93
-
 Feller, Sebastien g
FRA
2649 (+79)

Lists and data courtesy of FIDE


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