June 2015 ratings: Stars and Stripes

by Albert Silver
5/31/2015 – The ratings list this month brings milestones, not so much in records, but in personal bests that remain remarkable and noteworthy. The first is by Hikaru Nakamura who gains three Elo this month. It might not seem worth mentioning, but that was all it took to finally break 2800, in a month in which the US had plenty to celebrate. Here are the ratings, stats, and stories.

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FIDE June 2015 – Top 100 Players

Three Elo might seem nothing, or it might be a lot. How often have players stalled just one
step from their goal, struggling to muster the strength to get over the finishing line? The
American player snuck over it with his result in the Khanty-Mansysk GP.

Speaking of Americans, Fabiano Caruana made waves when it was announced he was
transferring to the United States federation and would be playing under the stars and
stripes as early as this year. He too gained a modest two Elo, but this was all it took to
regain the no.2 spot. Both Americans also earned a spot in the next Candidates.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2876 0 1990
2 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2805 11 1992
3 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2804 0 1969
4 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2802 14 1987
5 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2798 0 1975
6 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2783 5 1975
7 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2781 15 1983
8 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2780 5 1982
9 So, Wesley g USA 2778 0 1993
10 Giri, Anish g NED 2773 11 1994
11 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2759 17 1983
12 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2753 11 1990
13 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2751 11 1968
14 Navara, David g CZE 2751 9 1985
15 Ding, Liren g CHN 2749 11 1992
16 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2749 6 1987
17 Li, Chao b g CHN 2748 0 1989
18 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2746 16 1983
19 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2745 11 1987
20 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2740 17 1976
21 Adams, Michael g ENG 2740 0 1971
22 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2738 0 1987
23 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2735 0 1985
24 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2734 5 1987
25 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2733 0 1986
26 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2733 0 1969
27 Wang, Yue g CHN 2726 7 1987
28 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2723 13 1990
29 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2722 2 1985
30 Wei, Yi g CHN 2721 11 1999
31 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2720 7 1990
32 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2720 5 1981
33 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2718 7 1990
34 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2718 1 1983
35 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2715 11 1994
36 Leko, Peter g HUN 2714 0 1979
37 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2711 0 1977
38 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2711 0 1983
39 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2707 0 1980
40 Wang, Hao g CHN 2704 11 1989
41 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2704 9 1979
42 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2702 6 1974
43 Ni, Hua g CHN 2701 0 1983
44 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2700 0 1976
45 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2699 7 1972
46 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2699 5 1980
47 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2698 7 1985
48 Howell, David W L g ENG 2698 3 1990
49 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2696 6 1991
50 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2696 0 1985
51 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2695 11 1983
52 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2695 3 1986
53 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2693 17 1983
54 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2693 0 1991
55 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 0 1982
56 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2685 0 1984
57 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2683 0 1965
58 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2681 0 1986
59 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2678 6 1989
60 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2677 9 1982
61 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2677 5 1990
62 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2676 9 1994
63 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2676 9 1988
64 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2675 0 1976
65 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2674 6 1987
66 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2674 5 1995
67 Robson, Ray g USA 2674 0 1994
68 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2673 0 1983
69 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2671 0 1996
70 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2669 16 1974
71 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2668 6 1985
72 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2664 9 1985
73 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2664 0 1993
74 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2663 1 1968
75 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2662 7 1993
76 Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB 2662 6 1977
77 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2662 0 1990
78 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2662 0 1975
79 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2661 5 1996
80 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2661 5 1977
81 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2660 7 1998
82 Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2659 3 1974
83 Balogh, Csaba g HUN 2659 0 1987
84 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2658 6 1985
85 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2657 12 1988
86 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2657 5 1986
87 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2657 1 1988
88 Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2657 0 1973
89 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2656 3 1986
90 Shankland, Samuel L g USA 2656 0 1991
91 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2655 0 1978
92 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2655 0 1973
93 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2654 2 1976
94 Meier, Georg g GER 2654 0 1987
95 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2654 0 1986
96 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2654 0 1989
97 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2653 5 1990
98 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2653 0 1972
99 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2652 15 1967
100 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2651 6 1985

Top climbers and descenders

Dmitry Jakovenko posted the result of his career when he
tied for first in the Khanty Mansiysk GP. This also helped him
reach 2759 with a 21 Elo gain.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had the worst month of his career on the other hand, shedding a
dreadful 31 Elo. There is no question he will bounce back, but right now he is licking his wounds.

Rk
Old
Name
Fed
Ti.
Rating
Old
Gms
11 20 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2759 +21 2738 17
18 24 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2746 +12 2734 16
28 12 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2723 -31 2754 13
41 35 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB GM 2704 -11 2715 9
47 41 Korobov, Anton UKR GM 2698 -10 2708 7
61 75 Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR GM 2677 +12 2665 5
62 55 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2676 -10 2686 9
81 68 Artemiev, Vladislav RUS GM 2660 -11 2671 7
84 69 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS GM 2658 -13 2671 6

FIDE Top 100 Women

The Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan came very close to knocking herself down to World No.2 when she lost 10 points, leaving Judit Polgar only one behind her.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2676 9 1994
2 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2675 0 1976
3 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2589 0 1987
4 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2573 3 1987
5 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2549 0 1990
6 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2548 5 1989
7 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2545 0 1991
8 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2534 0 1983
9 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2530 0 1989
10 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2528 0 1992
11 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2520 6 1984
12 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2519 0 1985
13 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2518 11 1988
14 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2512 5 1963
15 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2508 0 1991
16 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2499 12 1979
17 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2499 11 1987
18 Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2491 0 1987
19 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2489 0 1985
20 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2487 11 1991
21 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2486 18 1998
22 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2486 17 1991
23 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2483 0 1986
24 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2482 11 1979
25 Krush, Irina g USA 2477 0 1983
26 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2476 0 1978
27 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2475 11 1972
28 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2475 0 1986
29 Socko, Monika g POL 2472 16 1978
30 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2470 11 1978
31 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2465 6 1985
32 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2464 11 1980
33 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2461 17 1974
34 Shen, Yang m CHN 2460 11 1989
35 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2460 0 1986
36 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2459 13 1984
37 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2458 16 1985
38 Melia, Salome m GEO 2456 11 1987
39 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2455 11 1997
40 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2451 17 1982
41 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2448 0 1987
42 Moser, Eva m AUT 2442 0 1982
43 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2441 17 1985
44 Ding, Yixin wg CHN 2441 11 1991
45 Padmini, Rout m IND 2441 0 1994
46 Hunt, Harriet V m ENG 2439 2 1978
47 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2434 0 1978
48 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2432 16 1993
49 Guo, Qi m CHN 2429 11 1995
50 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2428 18 1992
51 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma m INA 2427 0 1992
52 Turova, Irina m RUS 2426 0 1979
53 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2423 20 1975
54 Savina, Anastasia m RUS 2422 14 1992
55 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2421 20 1993
56 Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2421 5 1976
57 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg POL 2419 14 1987
58 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2418 9 1976
59 Alexandrova, Olga m ESP 2418 0 1978
60 Tania, Sachdev m IND 2413 0 1986
61 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2412 0 1997
62 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat wg IRI 2412 0 1997
63 Guseva, Marina m RUS 2410 16 1986
64 Karavade, Eesha m IND 2409 0 1987
65 Rajlich, Iweta m POL 2409 0 1981
66 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia m BLR 2408 11 1995
67 Saduakassova, Dinara wg KAZ 2405 0 1996
68 Bojkovic, Natasa m SRB 2404 0 1971
69 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2403 11 1994
70 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2402 11 1976
71 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2398 11 1990
72 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2397 4 1977
73 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs m MGL 2395 0 1986
74 Abdumalik, Zhansaya wg KAZ 2393 0 2000
75 Bulmaga, Irina m ROU 2393 0 1993
76 Szczepkowska-Hor., Karina wg POL 2392 15 1987
77 Milliet, Sophie m FRA 2391 8 1983
78 Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna wg POL 2391 0 1988
79 Stockova, Zuzana m SVK 2391 0 1977
80 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2388 5 1987
81 Ryjanova, Julia wg RUS 2387 9 1974
82 Zaiatz, Elena m RUS 2386 5 1969
83 Michna, Marta wg GER 2384 0 1978
84 Videnova, Iva m BUL 2384 0 1987
85 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2382 11 1982
86 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2381 0 1968
87 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina m ESP 2376 8 1987
88 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan g SCO 2374 11 1968
89 Li, Ruofan m SIN 2374 0 1978
90 Haast, Anne wg NED 2373 6 1993
91 Lujan, Carolina m ARG 2371 11 1985
92 L'Ami, Alina m ROU 2371 7 1985
93 Foisor, Cristina-Adela m ROU 2371 0 1967
94 Daulyte, Deimante m LTU 2370 26 1989
95 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2370 11 1991
96 Berend, Elvira wg LUX 2370 9 1965
97 Pourkashiyan, Atousa wg IRI 2370 9 1988
98 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2369 11 1977
99 Houska, Jovanka m ENG 2369 3 1980
100 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2368 0 1983

FIDE Top 100 Juniors

Although there were several good results, one that bears a special mention is 14-year-old Jeffery Xiong, who gained 25 Elo after a fantastic win a the Chicago Open, taking him to 2522 and clear GM territory.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Wei, Yi g CHN 2721 11 1999
2 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2674 5 1995
3 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2671 0 1996
4 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2661 5 1996
5 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2660 7 1998
6 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2647 16 1995
7 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2626 4 1995
8 Cori, Jorge g PER 2623 27 1995
9 Naroditsky, Daniel g USA 2622 9 1995
10 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2622 9 1996
11 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2610 0 1998
12 Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2606 11 1995
13 Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2600 9 1997
14 Grigoryan, Karen H. g ARM 2590 0 1995
15 Dragun, Kamil g POL 2586 10 1995
16 Sevian, Samuel g USA 2578 9 2000
17 Gabuzyan, Hovhannes g ARM 2578 0 1995
18 Oparin, Grigoriy g RUS 2571 0 1997
19 Wagner, Dennis g GER 2569 9 1997
20 Bok, Benjamin g NED 2561 12 1995
21 Bortnyk, Olexandr m UKR 2559 9 1996
22 Idani, Pouya g IRI 2557 18 1995
23 Donchenko, Alexander g GER 2555 9 1998
24 Vaibhav, Suri g IND 2551 0 1997
25 Indjic, Aleksandar g SRB 2549 0 1995
26 Troff, Kayden W g USA 2545 9 1998
27 Boruchovsky, Avital g ISR 2536 10 1997
28 Vakhidov, Jahongir g UZB 2535 0 1995
29 Eliseev, Urii g RUS 2530 9 1996
30 Pechac, Jergus c SVK 2530 0 2001
31 Chigaev, Maksim m RUS 2525 16 1996
32 Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2523 0 1997
33 Bai, Jinshi m CHN 2523 0 1999
34 Xiong, Jeffery m USA 2522 13 2000
35 Tari, Aryan m NOR 2521 14 1999
36 Ghosh, Diptayan m IND 2520 0 1998
37 Svane, Rasmus m GER 2519 0 1997
38 Bajarani, Ulvi g AZE 2515 9 1995
39 Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2514 23 1999
40 Rambaldi, Francesco m ITA 2513 1 1999
41 Alekseenko, Kirill g RUS 2513 0 1997
42 Santos Latasa, Jaime m ESP 2511 0 1996
43 Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2510 9 1995
44 Grover, Sahaj g IND 2509 18 1995
45 Sanal, Vahap m TUR 2506 9 1998
46 Aravindh,Chithambaram VR. g IND 2504 0 1999
47 Karthikeyan, Murali g IND 2502 9 1999
48 Chandra, Akshat m USA 2495 9 1999
49 Kadric, Denis g BIH 2495 5 1995
50 Pichot, Alan m ARG 2492 20 1998
51 Gordievsky, Dmitry f RUS 2491 9 1996
52 Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal m CHI 2489 20 1996
53 Zajic, Milan m SRB 2489 14 1999
54 Gledura, Benjamin m HUN 2486 18 1999
55 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2486 18 1998
56 Yang, Darwin m USA 2484 5 1996
57 Georgiadis, Nico m SUI 2479 3 1996
58 Paravyan, David m RUS 2478 13 1998
59 Ma, Zhonghan m CHN 2477 0 1995
60 Yuffa, Daniil m RUS 2474 9 1997
61 Harutyunian, Tigran K. m ARM 2472 9 1997
62 Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo f PER 2469 2 1999
63 Pardo Simon, David m ESP 2468 0 1995
64 Andersen, Mads m DEN 2467 0 1995
65 Moussard, Jules m FRA 2464 9 1995
66 Mons, Leon m GER 2464 0 1995
67 Barbot, Pierre f FRA 2463 10 1995
68 Triapishko, Olexandr   UKR 2461 15 2000
69 Makhmutov, Rail f RUS 2461 12 1995
70 Schroeder, Jan-Christian m GER 2461 9 1998
71 Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan m IND 2461 0 1998
72 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel m ROU 2460 9 2001
73 Garriga Cazorla, Pere f ESP 2460 2 1998
74 Ebeling, Daniel m FIN 2460 0 1996
75 Nenezic, Marko m SRB 2460 0 1995
76 Kriebel, Tadeas m CZE 2459 3 1995
77 Mokshanov, Alexey m RUS 2458 10 1995
78 Drozdowski, Kacper m POL 2457 4 1996
79 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2455 11 1997
80 Usmanov, Vasily m RUS 2455 7 1996
81 Wang, Yiye m CHN 2453 0 1998
82 Xu, Yinglun   CHN 2453 0 1996
83 Gazik, Viktor f SVK 2452 7 2001
84 Sean, Winshand Cuhendi m INA 2452 0 1997
85 Liu, Yan f CHN 2451 0 2000
86 Zakhartsov, Vladimir m RUS 2450 9 1997
87 Lampert, Jonas m GER 2449 7 1997
88 Petrosyan, Manuel m ARM 2449 0 1998
89 Fernandez, Daniel Howard m ENG 2447 3 1995
90 Le, Tuan Minh f VIE 2446 0 1996
91 Vavulin, Maksim m RUS 2445 7 1998
92 Preotu, Razvan m CAN 2445 0 1999
93 Sarana, Alexey   RUS 2444 13 2000
94 Das, Sayantan m IND 2444 0 1997
95 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek f UZB 2443 12 2004
96 Lugovskoy, Maxim m RUS 2443 7 1996
97 Stremavicius, Titas   LTU 2442 9 1998
98 Dastan, Muhammed Batuhan m TUR 2441 0 1997
99 Zenzera, Alexey m RUS 2440 9 1997
100 Draskovic, Luka m MNE 2439 9 1995

FIDE Top 100 Girls

In the girls list, once again a US player is the standout. WFM Akshita Gorti, born in 2002, gained 244 Elo last month, taking her rating to an impressive 2324 FIDE, and placing her in the country's top five female players.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2486 18 1998
2 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2455 11 1997
3 Guo, Qi m CHN 2429 11 1995
4 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2412 0 1997
5 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat wg IRI 2412 0 1997
6 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia m BLR 2408 11 1995
7 Saduakassova, Dinara wg KAZ 2405 0 1996
8 Abdumalik, Zhansaya wg KAZ 2393 0 2000
9 Wang, Jue wg CHN 2367 11 1995
10 Ni, Shiqun wm CHN 2362 11 1997
11 Rodriguez Rueda, Paula Andrea m COL 2358 0 1996
12 Bivol, Alina wm RUS 2354 16 1996
13 Osmak, Iulija wf UKR 2352 9 1998
14 Blagojevic, Tijana wm MNE 2338 8 1997
15 Zhai, Mo wm CHN 2329 11 1996
16 Paramzina, Anastasya wf RUS 2328 10 1998
17 Gorti, Akshita wf USA 2324 24 2002
18 Mammadzada, Gunay wg AZE 2320 11 2000
19 Heinemann, Josefine   GER 2311 2 1998
20 Bykova, Anastasia wf RUS 2310 9 1997
21 Fataliyeva, Ulviyya wm AZE 2306 20 1996
22 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel wg MGL 2303 9 2000
23 Osmanodja, Filiz wm GER 2301 11 1996
24 Gazikova, Veronika wf SVK 2287 7 1999
25 Aranaz Murillo, Amalia wm ESP 2287 0 1995
26 Derakhshani, Dorsa wf IRI 2280 0 1998
27 Marjanovics, Annamaria wf HUN 2277 9 2001
28 Ibrahimova, Sabina wm AZE 2271 20 1995
29 Wozniak, Mariola wc POL 2271 0 1998
30 Tsolakidou, Stavroula wm GRE 2266 11 2000
31 Szente Varga, Fruzsina   HUN 2266 0 1996
32 Bayarmaa, Bayarjargal wf MGL 2265 0 1995
33 Frayna, Janelle Mae wm PHI 2265 0 1997
34 Dordzhieva, Dinara wm RUS 2263 16 1999
35 Makarenko, Alexandra wf RUS 2262 9 1996
36 Tantsiura, Maria wm UKR 2257 9 1996
37 Vaishali R wf IND 2256 19 2001
38 Narva, Mai wm EST 2252 11 1999
39 Iwanow, Anna wm POL 2251 0 1995
40 Klek, Hanna-Marie   GER 2251 0 1995
41 Terbe, Julianna wf HUN 2248 0 1997
42 Navrotescu, Andreea-Cristiana wf FRA 2247 17 1996
43 Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim wf UZB 2246 9 1999
44 Khomeriki, Nino wf GEO 2244 28 1998
45 Efroimski, Marsel wm ISR 2244 0 1995
46 Severina, Maria wm RUS 2243 9 1995
47 Avramidou, Anastasia wf GRE 2242 0 2000
48 Roca Rojas, Ana Flavia wf CUB 2242 0 1996
49 Mammadova, Narmin wc AZE 2233 20 1999
50 Abdusattorova, Bakhora wf UZB 2232 9 1999
51 Lach, Aleksandra wm POL 2227 0 1995
52 Xiao, Yiyi wf CHN 2226 11 1996
53 Sihite, Chelsie Monica Ignesias wm INA 2224 0 1995
54 Rodionova, Daria wf RUS 2223 9 1998
55 Tomashevskaya, Lidia wm RUS 2220 9 1995
56 Michelle Catherina, P   IND 2220 0 1996
57 Srija, Seshadri wf IND 2219 28 1997
58 Buksa, Nataliya wf UKR 2217 0 1996
59 Monica, Putri Wigustira wf INA 2217 0 1997
60 Imnadze, Nato wm GEO 2215 11 1996
61 Diakonova, Ekaterina   RUS 2214 9 1999
62 Styazhkina, Anna wm RUS 2214 9 1997
63 Smirnova, Ekaterina wf RUS 2213 9 1996
64 Ivana Maria, Furtado wm IND 2212 0 1999
65 Kiolbasa, Oliwia wf POL 2210 11 2000
66 Zarkovic, Mila wm SRB 2209 0 1996
67 Velikic, Adela   SRB 2208 0 1997
68 Yao, Lan   CHN 2207 0 2000
69 Nicolas Zapata, Irene wm ESP 2203 0 1997
70 Hojjatova, Aydan wf AZE 2202 20 1999
71 Ren, Xiaoyi   CHN 2202 0 1996
72 Gu, Tianlu wm CHN 2199 0 1997
73 Suliati, Annisa wf INA 2190 0 1999
74 Drogovoz, Irina   RUS 2187 20 1999
75 Wisniowska, Klaudia wf POL 2186 0 1995
76 Retno, Wijayanti wf INA 2183 0 1999
77 Baraeva, Marina wm RUS 2182 16 1995
78 Ulrich, Rachel J wf USA 2181 9 2000
79 Movileanu, Daniela wf ITA 2181 0 1996
80 Bluhm, Sonja Maria wf GER 2180 7 1998
81 Nandhidhaa, PV wm IND 2176 0 1996
82 Utiatskaja, Irina wf RUS 2171 7 1996
83 Gueci, Tea wf ITA 2171 4 1999
84 Castrillon Gomez, Melissa wm COL 2167 6 1995
85 Marikova, Jana   CZE 2164 0 1996
86 Montilla Reyes, Jorcerys wm VEN 2162 0 1995
87 Ghozali, Anugrah Maria wf INA 2161 0 2000
88 Bogachkova, Alena wf RUS 2160 9 1997
89 Khokhlova, Daria   RUS 2160 9 1999
90 Nur Abidah, Shanti wf INA 2160 8 2001
91 Budiarti, Farah Yumna   INA 2160 0 1997
92 Monnisha, GK wf IND 2158 11 1998
93 Juhasz, Barbara wf HUN 2157 0 1995
94 Yu, Jennifer R wf USA 2154 11 2002
95 Alekseeva, Irina   RUS 2154 9 1999
96 Gaboyan, Susanna   ARM 2153 11 1996
97 Savant, Riya wf IND 2153 0 2000
98 Galunova, Tsveta   BUL 2152 0 1995
99 Wafa, Shrook wg EGY 2150 8 1997
100 Garcia Martin, Marta wf ESP 2150 0 2000
101 Ivanova, Karina wf RUS 2150 0 1996

Top 100 Rapid

It was a fairly quiet month for the elite in the Rapid list.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2850 0 1987
2 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2847 0 1990
3 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2846 0 1983
4 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2835 0 1969
5 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2830 0 1982
6 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2829 0 1992
7 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2805 0 1990
8 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 0 1969
9 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2798 0 1975
10 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2789 9 1990
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2784 0 1985
12 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2771 0 1991
13 Wang, Yue g CHN 2758 0 1987
14 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2756 9 1976
15 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2756 0 1990
16 Adams, Michael g ENG 2753 0 1971
17 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2751 0 1968
18 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2749 0 1983
19 Wang, Hao g CHN 2749 0 1989
20 Leko, Peter g HUN 2747 0 1979
21 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2742 20 1985
22 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2742 16 1974
23 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2741 0 1987
24 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2736 0 1996
25 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2734 8 1993
26 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2733 0 1983
27 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2731 0 1987
28 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2727 0 1983
29 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2726 0 1983
30 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2724 0 1978
31 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2724 0 1990
32 Giri, Anish g NED 2720 0 1994
33 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2720 0 1983
34 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2718 0 1974
35 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2717 19 1995
36 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2714 0 1983
37 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2713 0 1994
38 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2711 0 1987
39 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2710 0 1965
40 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2709 0 1986
41 Ding, Liren g CHN 2708 0 1992
42 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2705 18 1991
43 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2701 8 1977
44 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2700 0 1969
45 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2700 0 1989
46 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2699 5 1981
47 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2699 0 1986
48 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2697 9 1988
49 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2695 0 1977
50 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2694 0 1986
51 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2694 0 1986
52 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2692 20 1985
53 Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2692 0 1974
54 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2690 0 1989
55 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2689 19 1985
56 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2689 0 1982
57 Meier, Georg g GER 2686 0 1987
58 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2685 10 1985
59 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2683 9 1995
60 Istratescu, Andrei g FRA 2683 0 1975
61 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2681 0 1988
62 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2678 20 1998
63 Onischuk, Vladimir g UKR 2678 0 1991
64 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2677 11 1988
65 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2677 0 1980
66 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2676 0 1984
67 Kovalev, Vladislav g BLR 2675 9 1994
68 Roiz, Michael g ISR 2675 0 1983
69 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2674 0 1985
70 Navara, David g CZE 2673 0 1985
71 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2672 6 1987
72 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2672 0 1976
73 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2671 0 1986
74 Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2670 0 1985
75 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2669 9 1973
76 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2668 0 1981
77 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2667 9 1996
78 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2666 9 1988
79 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2666 0 1985
80 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2666 0 1983
81 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2664 9 1985
82 Baklan, Vladimir g UKR 2664 0 1978
83 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2664 0 1976
84 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2662 20 1980
85 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2662 11 1990
86 Bauer, Christian g FRA 2661 0 1977
87 Gajewski, Grzegorz g POL 2661 0 1985
88 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2658 20 1976
89 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2658 0 1988
90 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2657 20 1990
91 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2657 9 1967
92 Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2656 0 1989
93 Smirnov, Pavel g RUS 2656 0 1982
94 Salgado Lopez, Ivan g ESP 2655 0 1991
95 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2654 0 1988
96 Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB 2653 10 1977
97 Halkias, Stelios g GRE 2652 10 1980
98 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2650 11 1978
99 Savchenko, Boris g RUS 2647 11 1986
100 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris g PAR 2647 6 1981

Top 50 Women Rapid

It was a fairly quiet month for the elite in the Rapid list.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2646 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2614 0 1994
3 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2570 0 1979
4 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2560 0 1987
5 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2540 0 1991
6 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2540 0 1987
7 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2520 0 1990
8 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2506 0 1985
9 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2503 0 1992
10 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2502 7 1985
11 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2497 0 1994
12 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2496 0 1986
13 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2495 15 1989
14 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2484 18 1992
15 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2482 0 1978
16 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2478 0 1985
17 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2470 0 1984
18 Moser, Eva m AUT 2469 0 1982
19 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2466 0 1976
20 Socko, Monika g POL 2464 0 1978
21 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2459 0 1982
22 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2456 18 1984
23 Krush, Irina g USA 2455 0 1983
24 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2454 0 1991
25 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2452 19 1998
26 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2452 7 1985
27 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2452 0 1986
28 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2451 0 1983
29 Shen, Yang m CHN 2447 0 1989
30 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2446 0 1972
31 Foisor, Cristina-Adela m ROU 2445 9 1967
32 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2443 0 1986
33 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2440 0 1963
34 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2436 0 1983
35 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2429 0 1976
36 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2428 18 1994
37 Guo, Qi m CHN 2426 0 1995
38 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2425 0 1980
39 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2424 0 1987
40 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2423 0 1991
41 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2421 0 1978
42 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2419 6 1991
43 Ubiennykh, Ekaterina wm RUS 2413 16 1983
44 Melia, Salome m GEO 2413 0 1987
45 Ambartsumova, Karina wg RUS 2409 11 1989
46 Karavade, Eesha m IND 2408 0 1987
47 Guseva, Marina m RUS 2406 7 1986
48 Alexandrova, Olga m ESP 2406 0 1978
49 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2401 7 1987
50 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2400 6 1977

Top 100 Blitz

Overall there were few changes in the list, with the exception of new World no.19 Iuri Shkuro from Ukraine, who has climbed regularly from 2525 in November 2014 to 2765 in this list, placing him just ahead of Kramnik.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2933 0 1990
2 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2883 0 1987
3 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2840 11 1990
4 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2839 0 1983
5 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2828 0 1991
6 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2826 0 1990
7 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2816 0 1982
8 Bogdanovich, Stanislav m UKR 2815 0 1993
9 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2808 0 1987
10 Navara, David g CZE 2806 13 1985
11 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2798 0 1995
12 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2790 0 1977
13 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2789 0 1969
14 Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2781 0 1995
15 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2772 0 1988
16 Giri, Anish g NED 2771 0 1994
17 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2770 0 1983
18 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2767 0 1969
19 Shkuro, Iuri g UKR 2765 18 1982
20 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2763 0 1975
21 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2760 0 1976
22 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2759 0 1990
23 Adams, Michael g ENG 2752 0 1971
24 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2752 0 1991
25 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2749 0 1969
26 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2749 0 1985
27 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2749 0 1983
28 Wang, Hao g CHN 2744 15 1989
29 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2743 0 1968
30 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2743 0 1968
31 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2742 11 1990
32 Leko, Peter g HUN 2736 0 1979
33 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2736 0 1976
34 Zubov, Alexander g UKR 2736 0 1983
35 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2729 33 1985
36 Bortnyk, Olexandr m UKR 2727 11 1996
37 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2726 0 1988
38 So, Wesley g USA 2726 0 1993
39 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2717 0 1983
40 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2715 0 1990
41 Meier, Georg g GER 2714 0 1987
42 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2712 22 1998
43 Kuzubov, Yuriy g UKR 2712 0 1990
44 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2709 0 1988
45 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2706 20 1974
46 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2706 0 1987
47 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2705 11 1985
48 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2704 0 1994
49 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2700 11 1983
50 Andriasian, Zaven g ARM 2700 0 1989
51 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2700 0 1982
52 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2699 0 1981
53 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2698 22 1980
54 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2697 0 1989
55 Kokarev, Dmitry g RUS 2694 11 1982
56 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2694 0 1987
57 Wang, Yue g CHN 2694 0 1987
58 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2694 0 1994
59 Popovic, Dusan g SRB 2689 0 1983
60 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2688 0 1986
61 Ding, Liren g CHN 2688 0 1992
62 Lenderman, Aleksandr g USA 2686 0 1989
63 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2685 9 1996
64 Bocharov, Dmitry g RUS 2683 22 1982
65 Djukic, Nikola g MNE 2683 0 1983
66 Jovanovic, Zoran g CRO 2683 0 1979
67 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2682 0 1987
68 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2681 0 1989
69 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2680 0 1983
70 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2680 0 1986
71 Onischuk, Vladimir g UKR 2680 0 1991
72 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2679 0 1992
73 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2675 13 1998
74 Petrosian, Tigran L. g ARM 2675 0 1984
75 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2675 0 1981
76 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2672 0 1986
77 Ramirez, Alejandro g USA 2672 0 1988
78 Savchenko, Boris g RUS 2671 11 1986
79 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2670 0 1986
80 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2668 0 1965
81 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2666 22 1985
82 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2664 0 1985
83 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2662 22 1986
84 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2661 22 1976
85 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2659 11 1988
86 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2658 0 1972
87 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2657 0 1978
88 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2653 11 1977
89 Cvitan, Ognjen g CRO 2653 0 1961
90 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2652 0 1983
91 Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2651 0 1968
92 Howell, David W L g ENG 2649 0 1990
93 Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2648 0 1989
94 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2647 10 1995
95 Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2647 0 1987
96 Banikas, Hristos g GRE 2645 0 1978
97 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2645 0 1990
98 Neiksans, Arturs g LAT 2645 0 1983
99 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2644 22 1990
100 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2644 0 1967

Top 50 Women Blitz

There were a few changes in the Blitz ratings this month, but nothing major.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2736 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2704 0 1994
3 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2645 0 1990
4 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2608 17 1989
5 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2581 0 1987
6 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2573 0 1991
7 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2552 0 1987
8 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2552 0 1985
9 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2535 0 1991
10 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2525 0 1991
11 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2518 0 1979
12 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2506 0 1986
13 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2491 6 1985
14 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2485 17 1984
15 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2483 0 1985
16 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2480 17 1992
17 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2458 0 1986
18 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2443 6 1985
19 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2433 0 1988
20 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2432 0 1983
21 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2430 0 1992
22 Melia, Salome m GEO 2428 0 1987
23 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2425 0 1978
24 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2415 0 1978
25 Alexandrova, Olga m ESP 2408 0 1978
26 Li, Ruofan m SIN 2406 0 1978
27 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2405 0 1982
28 Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina wg POL 2402 0 1987
29 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2400 0 1990
30 Guo, Qi m CHN 2396 0 1995
31 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2391 0 1994
32 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2388 0 1977
33 Ubiennykh, Ekaterina wm RUS 2386 11 1983
34 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram wg VIE 2385 0 1987
35 Moser, Eva m AUT 2382 0 1982
36 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma m INA 2381 0 1992
37 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2380 0 1987
38 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2379 0 1975
39 Socko, Monika g POL 2377 0 1978
40 Guseva, Marina m RUS 2374 6 1986
41 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2374 0 1976
42 Khukhashvili, Sopiko m GEO 2371 0 1985
43 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2370 0 1976
44 Krush, Irina g USA 2370 0 1983
45 Shen, Yang m CHN 2367 0 1989
46 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2366 0 1993
47 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2364 0 1991
48 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2363 22 1998
49 Kalinina, Olga wg UKR 2361 0 1989
50 Tantsiura, Maria wm UKR 2356 0 1996

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maxi80 maxi80 6/2/2015 09:10
I simply cannot understand how come one's ELO can go up by drawing games against lower-rated players, especially at 2700+ or like I said, a SGM. Carlsen's draws count as if he'd won....I mean, as long as he doesn't lose too often, his rating will slowly climb...Does all this make sense?
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 6/2/2015 05:56
BigPun - Well of course. It must be boring to have your opinions refuted.
Good luck to you too.
BigPun BigPun 6/2/2015 03:41
@A7fecd1676b88 Haha i knew that you would come up with kaufman but I said almost always. Second of all if you would read carefully I never said that there was no elo inflation. I never denied that and dont know why you think I did. I just said elo was not invented to compare players from different eras it is made for the present. Actually I just dont get what your point is or your aim of argumentation. This is getting to boring. Good luck fellow
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 6/2/2015 06:22
BigPun -

The actual fact is Larry Kaufman won his GM title by winning the Senior World Championship, and he is very quick to point out in his repertoire book that he is not as strong a player as other GMs that write opening books. He also points out that his playing strength did not decline when he reached 60, unlike the other competitors. The take away is if you are an IM, and do not experience the normal drop in playing strength as you age (good luck with that), but the other competitors do, then your IM skill is good enough to win the GM title.

Regarding Fischer, I did not say he was the best and will always be the best. I believe you said that. Nice strawman. Capa and Kasparov in their prime clearly would challenge anybody, even though their ratings are lower than the current GMs. Tal said rating inflation has occurred. Karpov says the same. Other GMs agree. And I agree. You do not agree, because evidently your grasp of 2700+ play is superior to Tal's and Karpov's...

BigPun BigPun 6/2/2015 04:48
@A7fecd1676b88 Oh please I get it. You're one of these Bobby Fischer was and always will be the best player ever. I like your enthusiasm but unfortunately i think it is an incorrect assesement to say Fischer at his peak was superior to Carlsen. Anyways im not trying to convince you otherwise as I experienced die-hard bobby fans to be unreasonable in that point. Bent Larsen was very creative and strong but you seem to be misjudging todays 2700+ players pretty bad.
The world senior championchip btw is a pretty bad example as it is a very seldom exception and its won like almost always by grandmasters anyways.
How about you developing a perfect rating system or becoming a grandmaster. Otherwise your arguing seems pretty pointless to me.
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 6/2/2015 03:56
BigPun -- The existence of ELO inflation is not really a point of controversy.
If there was no inflation or deflation in the ELO, then the ELO system would provide a convenient and meaningful metric of chess skill, independent of time, for all generations in which it was used. It is irrelevant whether that was its intended purpose. But the ELO is an inexact model, that does not work very well, even for players in the same generation.

Fischer at his peak was clearly superior to the current GMs, including Carlsen, who are actually rated higher. Bent Larsen was also superior to most of the current GMs. Carlsen is simply weaker than Fischer at Fischer's peak. That is the reason Carlsen cannot go 6-0.

Regarding becoming a GM...I don't recall somebody saying it was easy to become a GM, but some GM titles are easier than others... Winning the World Senior Championship makes one a GM. One lucky tournament result, against aging players whose best days are past, and you are an instant GM.


BigPun BigPun 6/2/2015 02:53
It's just sad how many people don't get the meaning of the elo system. It was never invented to compare players of different centuries it was invented to compare players living and playing at the same time. If you have noticed it does quite well and shows the difference between Mr. Carlsen and his nearest rivals. That Carlsen does not crushes any other top GM 6-0 is responsible to the fact that overall play has much improved and there are a lot of top class players unlike in the old days.
To all those saying it is way to easy to become GM try to get one yourself. Im sure it will be a walk in the park.
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 6/2/2015 12:48
hpaul -- Yes indeed.
Current top ratings are inflated easily 100 - 200 points, and that is very sad.

Fischer had a peak of 2785 when he crushed Taimanov and Larson 6 -0 each. Carlsen, as strong as he is, couldn't crush any challenger 6-0, let alone two, in classical chess.

Botvinnik remarked on Fischer after the 6-0 result against Taimanov:

"It is hard to say how their match will end, but it is clear that such an easy victory as in Vancouver [against Taimanov] will not be given to Fischer. I think Larsen has unpleasant surprises in store for [Fischer], all the more since having dealt with Taimanov thus, Fischer will want to do just the same to Larsen and this is impossible."

On the other hand, one can easily imagine Fischer -- in his peak -- going 6-0 against today's GMs, even though today's GMs are higher rated.
genem genem 6/2/2015 12:04
All this fretting about player Titles? If F.Caruana was rated second in the world by his Elo 2805, would your think any less of his chess prowess if he had no Grandmaster title?
hpaul hpaul 6/1/2015 10:27
I have long felt that we need an new higher title than GM, since that title doesn't mean what it did. My suggestion is UltraMaster, UM, a nice short title. The title should be reserved for players who are multiple winners (not just gainers of norms) of top tournaments. They are players who are expected to be candidates for the world title, and who have shown over a certain time that they belong at the top. One could perhaps set a limit on their numbers, such as not exceeding 3-5% of GMs.

When I was a kid (long, long ago) we knew who all the GMs were, because there weren't many of them. Now the GM title is simply the expected title of the working professional. But there really is a distinction between the competent GM and the geniuses. We need to provide our top players the opportunity to be recognized. Raise a glass to our UltraMasters!
maxi80 maxi80 6/1/2015 08:07
Yes. I suggest Super GrandMaster - SGM - for those 2700+ GMs. There are 44 of them according to the latest FIDE list.

[ This applies to SGMs ONLY... If you draw TWO games against two lower-rated players, than that counts as a loss to an ELO-average opponent. In the event of 1, 3, 5 such drawn games during any given cycle, the leftover game counts as an ordinary draw... ELO Inflation is a Real Problem. ]
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 6/1/2015 07:24
@Bertman -- Oh, that's nice. Anyway, back to the issue at hand... Tal told Silman the following in an interview. I agree with Tal.

" For 15 to 20 years there was a real inflation with the GM title. FIDE made it easy to get. Of course; I won't mention names, but this was definitely a problem. Now it's much harder again and this is a very good thing. Remember that to become a GM means you are a potential challenger for the world title. Long ago it was the case – Tarrasch, Schlechter, Rubinstein, etc. Nowadays this is no longer the case, but it should be! A new idea might be to make a new classification. For example, GM First Category, GM Second Category, etc. "
KevinC KevinC 6/1/2015 04:46
@A7fecd1676b88, I don't know where you got that idea, but it is false.

To start with, the early history is not 100% clear. For example, some say that Tsar Nicholas II unofficially awarded the title to 5 finalists in a tournament he sponsored, but that "fact" is only based on one article, which was called into question.

It was sometimes used informally before 1950 when FIDE first conferred titles. In 1950, FIDE awarded the title to 27 players. Do you really believe that all of them could have competed for the world championship? In 1953, the first standards were objectified: World Champion; be a candidate for the WC; winner of certain tournaments (or second place twice); and lastly, anyone, who could demonstrate that they met the equivalent of being the winner of those certain tournaments, like playing a match.

If you extrapolate how many players played back then compared to today, I doubt there would be much difference in the numbers of Grandmasters relative to their era.

As far as inflation: Even that is debatable. As an ordinary master myself (for 30 years now), I remember playing through the games of Alekhine, Capablanca, and the other early greats, and most of their competition STUNK. I would put most of today's IMs up against all but the very best players back then. Today's players have so many outstanding tools at their disposal that they are simply MUCH stronger than previous generations. We have Chessbase databases with millions of games; we have engines that play at 3250 strength; and most of all, we now have access to world-class competition using Playchess and ICC. When I was on my way to becoming an ordinary master, there were three other masters (a couple of 2200's and one 2450), who lived in my state. Back then, we got together at a club once a week, and maybe one other strong player showed up if you were lucky. Now, I can click a mouse, and always play someone, who is rated significantly higher than I numerous times per day, let alone per week. THAT is the single biggest key to getting better at a high level.

I challenge you to back up your comment about how the title of GM was originally intended since I believe it is hooey.
Bertman Bertman 6/1/2015 04:42
@A7fecd1676b88 The criteria to become grandmaster were also highly subjective, and while some were transparent, others were not. The advent of the Elo system as the basis meant an inevitable shift.
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 6/1/2015 02:38
The title of Grandmaster was originally meant to apply to somebody who was strong enough to challenge for the World Champion title...and as such there were not very many GMs. Then we had title inflation.

Now, in that top 100, how many could realistically have a chance at challenging Carlsen? Probably 1 or 2, if even that.
Jonmeista Jonmeista 6/1/2015 02:19
Noteworthy is that of the nine players who have ever topped 2800, eight of them occupy the top eight positions in the current list, and the ninth (Kasparov) is retired.
LAMIB LAMIB 6/1/2015 12:24
The ELOs are speaking themselves.
Great_Scot Great_Scot 6/1/2015 08:35
Interestingly, the only four people so far guaranteed to be participating in the next Championship cycle (Carlsen, Anand, Caruana, and Nakamura) currently occupy the world #1-4 slots. This is already shaping up to be a great Candidates!
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