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Kramnik and Anand lead the January 1st 2008 FIDE ratings

12/30/2007 – In the October 2007 list World Champion Viswanathan Anand was clear first, with Ivanchuk and Kramnik following in second and third place. In the coming January 1st list Anand has lost two points and Kramnik gained 14 points, so that the two tie for first with a rating of 2799. Topalov is third, Ivanchuk has dropped to ninth place. View all the ratings.
 

Top 100 Players January 2008

Russia's ex World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and India's reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand are both tied for first with 2799 rating points. Since Kramnik played nine games as opposed to three by Anand he gets to occupy the top of the rankings. Anand lost two points, Kramnik gained 14.

Former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov gained 11 points to move up from rank four to rank three. And Vassily Ivanchuk, who in the previous list had occupied second place with 2787 rating points, shed 36 points to drop to place nine. Alexander Morozevich gained ten points to move from place six to place four. And Peter Svidler added 31 points to his rating to move from place 12 to place five.

Other notables in the January 2008 list:

  • Alexei Shirov gained 16 points to move from 10th to 7th;
  • Magnus Carlsen gained 19 points to move from 16 to place 13;
  • Sergey Karjakin gained 38 points to move from 24 to 14;
  • Gata Kamsky gained 12 to move from 17 to 15;
  • Ivan Cheparinov gained 43 (!) to move from place 42 to place 19.

FIDE January 2008 Rating List

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2799  9  1975
 2  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2799  3  1969
 3  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2780  14  1975
 4  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2765  12  1977
 5  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2763  19  1976
 6  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2760  35  1985
 7  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2755  49  1972
 8  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2753  9  1979
 9  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2751  30  1969
 10  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2739  16  1982
 11  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2737  9  1968
 12  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2735  20  1987
 13  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2733  37  1990
 14  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2732  36  1990
 15  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2726  32  1974
 16  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2726  31  1971
 17  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2720  33  1983
 18  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2719  40  1983
 19  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2713  36  1986
 20  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2711  35  1985
 21  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2711  21  1983
 22  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2707  10  1976
 23  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2700  30  1971
 24  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2700  23  1983
 25  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2698  49  1987
 26  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2695  26  1974
 27  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2692  8  1983
 28  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2691  51  1985
 29  Dominguez Perez, Lenier  g  CUB  2691  15  1983
 30  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2690  17  1972
 31  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2689  40  1980
 32  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2686  23  1968
 33  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2684  33  1976
 34  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2681  21  1979
 35  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2681  16  1972
 36  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2681  12  1985
 37  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2680  62  1983
 38  Navara, David  g  CZE  2680  20  1985
 39  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2677  30  1981
 40  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2677  27  1976
 41  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2677  25  1966
 42  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2677  21  1978
 43  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2676  18  1983
 44  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2675  23  1982
 45  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2674  12  1986
 46  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2670  22  1987
 47  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2667  29  1976
 48  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2665  62  1989
 49  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2665  21  1986
 50  Nikolic, Predrag  g  BIH  2665  21  1960
 51  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2664  23  1985
 52  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2664  12  1975
 53  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2664  8  1986
 54  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2663  7  1971
 55  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2662  28  1965
 56  Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2659  26  1983
 57  Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2657  18  1973
 58  Lautier, Joel  g  FRA  2657  0  1973
 59  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2656  19  1981
 60  Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2655  10  1951
 61  Fedorchuk, Sergey A.  g  UKR  2652  27  1981
 62  Ivanisevic, Ivan  g  SRB  2649  32  1977
 63  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2649  30  1973
 64  Amonatov, Farrukh  g  TJK  2649  13  1978
 65  Baklan, Vladimir  g  UKR  2647  24  1978
 66  Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2647  22  1978
 67  Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2646  32  1974
 68  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2646  31  1987
 69  Afromeev, Vladimir  f  RUS  2646  0  1954
 70  Korneev, Oleg  g  RUS  2645  80  1969
 71  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2645  23  1986
 72  Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2645  15  1965
 73  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2644  24  1979
 74  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2643  20  1983
 75  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2643  19  1980
 76  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2642  17  1977
 77  Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2641  27  1987
 78  Landa, Konstantin  g  RUS  2641  17  1972
 79  Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2640  42  1980
 80  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2638  30  1985
 81  Beliavsky, Alexander G  g  SLO  2638  27  1953
 82  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2638  25  1985
 83  Khalifman, Alexander  g  RUS  2638  12  1966
 84  Izoria, Zviad  g  GEO  2637  10  1984
 85  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2637  8  1990
 86  Krasenkow, Michal  g  POL  2636  27  1963
 87  Tregubov, Pavel V.  g  RUS  2636  18  1971
 88  Socko, Bartosz  g  POL  2635  21  1978
 89  Mchedlishvili, Mikheil  g  GEO  2635  9  1979
 90  Najer, Evgeniy  g  RUS  2634  15  1977
 91  Dreev, Alexey  g  RUS  2633  28  1969
 92  Mikhalevski, Victor  g  ISR  2632  27  1972
 93  Delchev, Aleksander  g  BUL  2630  24  1971
 94  Pantsulaia, Levan  g  GEO  2629  16  1986
 95  Kotronias, Vasilios  g  GRE  2628  31  1964
 96  Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2628  18  1978
 97  Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2628  8  1985
 98  Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2628  3  1960
 99  Postny, Evgeny  g  ISR  2627  28  1981
 100  Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2627  11  1976
 101  Vladimirov, Evgeny  g  KAZ  2627  0  1957

Top 52 Women January 2008

In the women's section Judit Polgar stays on the top, but we have Koneru Humpy gaining on her, narrowing the lead by seven points to 95. Still a long way to go, but Humpy is definitely moving in the right direction. Former Women's World Champion Xie Jun is back on the list and in third place. Behind another World Champion, Zhu Chen, we find 13-year-old Hou Yifan, the prodigy sensation from China. She had dropped to place eight in the previous list, and we predicted she would bounce back soon. And bounce she did.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2707  10  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2612  11  1987
 3  Xie, Jun  g  CHN  2574  4  1970
 4  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2548  24  1976
 5  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2527  67  1994
 6  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2524  11  1963
 7  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2523  8  1984
 8  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2517  52  1985
 9  Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2510  8  1986
 10  Xu, Yuhua  g  CHN  2500  14  1976
 11  Ruan, Lufei    CHN  2495  35  1987
 12  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2495  8  1986
 13  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2489  12  1961
 14  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2484  22  1985
 15  Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2480  21  1978
 16  Socko, Monika  m  POL  2479  15  1978
 17  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2476  25  1985
 18  Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2475  20  1980
 19  Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2475  16  1983
 20  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2475  16  1989
 21  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2473  18  1983
 22  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2472  8  1985
 23  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2470  20  1984
 24  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2464  13  1979
 25  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2464  0  1979
 26  Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2461  21  1968
 27  Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2460  22  1990
 28  Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2460  0  1972
 29  Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2458  0  1978
 30  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  GEO  2457  21  1968
 31  Korbut, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2457  14  1985
 32  Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2457  4  1978
 33  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2455  32  1991
 34  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2455  12  1974
 35  Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2443  25  1979
 36  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2443  11  1976
 37  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2441  22  1975
 38  Rajlich, Iweta  m  POL  2437  32  1981
 39  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2433  5  1969
 40  Huang, Qian  wm  CHN  2430  58  1986
 41  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2429  41  1989
 42  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2429  25  1987
 43  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2427  17  1983
 44  Li, Ruofan  wg  SIN  2425  23  1978
 45  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2422  22  1976
 46  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2420  28  1985
 47  Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2418  18  1979
 48  Tania, Sachdev  wg  IND  2417  11  1986
 49  Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2415  10  1974
 50  Foisor, Cristina Adela  m  ROU  2412  22  1967
 51  Shadrina, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2412  17  1974
 52  Maric, Alisa  m  SRB  2412  7  1970

Top 20 Juniors January 2008

Teimour Radjabov has dropped out of the list for age reasons, as has US star Hikaru Nakamura. At the top we now find the two rivals Magnus Carlsen of Norway (17 years and one month old) and Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine, will turn 18 on January 12) just a point apart, and way ahead of everbody else. We should watch Wang Hao, who gained 22 points to rise from eighth to third place.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2733  37  1990
 2  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2732  36  1990
 3  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2665  62  1989
 4  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2637  8  1990
 5  Rodshtein, Maxim  g  ISR  2614  23  1989
 6  Kuzubov, Yuriy  g  UKR  2606  27  1990
 7  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2600  11  1990
 8  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2598  26  1992
 9  Popov, Ivan  g  RUS  2595  39  1990
 10  Laznicka, Viktor  g  CZE  2595  30  1988
 11  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2583  23  1988
 12  Baramidze, David  g  GER  2582  27  1988
 13  Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2573  22  1990
 14  Lenic, Luka  m  SLO  2568  32  1988
 15  Li, Chao b    CHN  2566  33  1989
 16  Vovk, Yuri  m  UKR  2561  45  1988
 17  Zhigalko, Sergei  g  BLR  2558  18  1989
 18  Brkic, Ante  g  CRO  2558  15  1988
 19  Gareev, Timur  g  UZB  2557  0  1988
 20  Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son  g  VIE  2551  12  1990

Top 20 Girls January 2008

Humpy is no longer a "girl" and her first place is immediately taken by the 13-year-old we saw in place five of the women's list. Hou Yifan is a resounding 52 points ahead of Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine, who has overtaken her main rivals Muzychuk and Harika.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2527  67  1994
 2  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2475  16  1989
 3  Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2460  22  1990
 4  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2455  32  1991
 5  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2429  41  1989
 6  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  wg  ROU  2386  21  1989
 7  Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2386  13  1991
 8  Charochkina, Daria  wm  RUS  2383  18  1990
 9  Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2360  29  1991
 10  Vasilkova, Svetlana  wm  RUS  2359  23  1988
 11  Muzychuk, Mariya  wm  UKR  2357  9  1992
 12  Nebolsina, Vera  wm  RUS  2348  26  1989
 13  Stock, Lara  wm  CRO  2346  10  1992
 14  Nemcova, Katerina  wm  CZE  2342  39  1990
 15  Girya, Olga  wf  RUS  2342  22  1991
 16  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  wf  RUS  2317  9  1992
 17  Soumya, Swaminathan  wm  IND  2315  35  1989
 18  Mamedjarova, Turkan  wg  AZE  2313  18  1989
 19  Paikidze, Nazi  wf  GEO  2311  20  1993
 20  Zhang, Xiaowen    CHN  2309  29  1989

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