September 2015 ratings: Burke youngest 2600 ever

by Albert Silver
8/31/2015 – It was certainly a month for remarkable results, and the foremost will be untitled John M. Burke, born in 2001, who rises to 2601, breaking Wei Yi's record as youngest 2600 player ever, and is now the no.2 US Junior. Ding Liren continues to rise, and is now world no.7, the highest ranked Chinese ever, though none can beat Battsooj Amina, who went from beginner to master in four months.

FIDE September 2015 – Top 100 Players

The big news in the elite list is Ding Liren's climb to world no.7. Doing so he breaks Wang Yue's mark
as the highest ranked Chinese player of all time. In May 2010, Wang Yue had peaked at world no.8.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2853 0 1990
2 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2816 0 1969
3 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2816 0 1975
4 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2814 0 1987
5 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2808 0 1992
6 Giri, Anish g NED 2793 0 1994
7 Ding, Liren g CHN 2782 5 1992
8 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2777 0 1975
9 So, Wesley g USA 2773 10 1993
10 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2771 0 1983
11 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2765 0 1982
12 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2762 15 1990
13 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2758 11 1987
14 Li, Chao b g CHN 2756 5 1989
15 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2748 11 1983
16 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2744 10 1990
17 Adams, Michael g ENG 2742 10 1971
18 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2741 10 1987
19 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2741 0 1968
20 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2738 0 1987
21 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2737 16 1986
22 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2736 14 1985
23 Wei, Yi g CHN 2734 5 1999
24 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2732 7 1983
25 Navara, David g CZE 2728 10 1985
26 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2727 11 1976
27 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2726 0 1969
28 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2725 11 1987
29 Wang, Yue g CHN 2724 4 1987
30 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2721 5 1994
31 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2720 0 1990
32 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2717 10 1983
33 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2712 9 1972
34 Wang, Hao g CHN 2712 3 1989
35 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2711 0 1977
36 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2710 7 1986
37 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2710 7 1983
38 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2710 4 1985
39 Leko, Peter g HUN 2707 5 1979
40 Howell, David W L g ENG 2705 11 1990
41 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2705 0 1990
42 Ni, Hua g CHN 2704 5 1983
43 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2704 0 1979
44 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2702 16 1981
45 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2702 0 1974
46 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2700 9 1985
47 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2700 0 1976
48 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2699 9 1988
49 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2697 9 1991
50 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2695 16 1988
51 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2694 4 1980
52 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2692 23 1980
53 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2692 11 1983
54 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2691 18 1974
55 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2689 7 1982
56 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2689 0 1991
57 Naiditsch, Arkadij g AZE 2684 7 1985
58 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2683 10 1990
59 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2681 11 1986
60 Robson, Ray g USA 2680 0 1994
61 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2679 7 1983
62 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2678 17 1976
63 Saric, Ivan g CRO 2678 7 1990
64 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2678 0 1965
65 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2676 9 1988
66 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2675 11 1998
67 Adhiban, B. g IND 2674 18 1992
68 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2674 0 1984
69 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2673 7 1989
70 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2671 11 1987
71 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2671 9 1983
72 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2671 0 1994
73 Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2669 9 1966
74 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2667 15 1967
75 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2664 0 1993
76 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2664 0 1993
77 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2662 0 1975
78 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2661 11 1996
79 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2661 4 1990
80 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2661 0 1986
81 Gharamian, Tigran g FRA 2660 22 1984
82 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2660 5 1976
83 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2660 0 1985
84 Balogh, Csaba g HUN 2659 0 1987
85 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2659 0 1982
86 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2659 0 1995
87 Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2659 0 1974
88 Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB 2658 11 1977
89 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2658 9 1978
90 Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2658 9 1973
91 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2658 0 1977
92 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2657 14 1992
93 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2657 11 1995
94 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2657 9 1988
95 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2656 13 1989
96 Meier, Georg g GER 2656 12 1987
97 Shankland, Samuel L g USA 2656 10 1991
98 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2655 10 1968
99 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2655 0 1973
100 Postny, Evgeny g ISR 2653 9 1981

Top climbers and descenders

Gata Kamsky was the biggest winner of the last month with successful runs in several opens
in the US, and is now at 2691, after recovering 21 Elo.

Rk
Old
Name
Fed
Ti.
Rating
Old
Gms
7 10 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2782 +12 2770 5
13 15 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2758 +11 2747 11
15 12 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2748 -11 2759 11
16 24 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2744 +13 2731 10
26 19 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2727 -12 2739 11
33 46 Shirov, Alexei LAT GM 2712 +10 2702 9
36 50 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR GM 2710 +13 2697 7
51 57 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS GM 2694 +11 2683 4
52 40 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR GM 2692 -18 2710 23
54 69 Kamsky, Gata USA GM 2691 +21 2670 18
62 71 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GER GM 2678 +11 2667 17
63 82 Saric, Ivan CRO GM 2678 +17 2661 7
65 72 Laznicka, Viktor CZE GM 2676 +11 2665 9
98 70 Smirin, Ilia ISR GM 2655 -14 2669 10

FIDE Top 100 Women

Alexandra Goryachkina achieved a personal best with 2497 after her great victory at the
Russian Championship SuperFinal

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2671 0 1994
2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2578 9 1987
3 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2573 10 1987
4 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2549 0 1990
5 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2542 4 1991
6 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2534 0 1983
7 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2530 11 1984
8 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2529 11 1989
9 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2528 0 1992
10 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2524 10 1985
11 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2523 11 1989
12 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2513 4 1963
13 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2508 9 1991
14 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2502 4 1988
15 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2500 0 1987
16 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2500 0 1979
17 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2497 11 1998
18 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2496 0 1986
19 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2492 13 1991
20 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2489 0 1985
21 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2483 11 1991
22 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2482 0 1979
23 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2476 0 1978
24 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2475 0 1972
25 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2475 0 1986
26 Krush, Irina g USA 2475 0 1983
27 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2474 0 1978
28 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2464 11 1974
29 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2464 0 1980
30 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2463 0 1984
31 Shen, Yang m CHN 2460 13 1989
32 Socko, Monika g POL 2456 9 1978
33 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2452 9 1985
34 Melia, Salome m GEO 2452 4 1987
35 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2451 11 1992
36 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2448 0 1987
37 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2445 11 1985
38 Moser, Eva m AUT 2442 0 1982
39 Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2441 11 1976
40 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2440 0 1982
41 Hunt, Harriet V m ENG 2439 0 1978
42 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2438 4 1986
43 Padmini, Rout m IND 2437 9 1994
44 Ding, Yixin wg CHN 2435 4 1991
45 Savina, Anastasia m RUS 2434 11 1992
46 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel wg MGL 2434 9 2000
47 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2431 13 1997
48 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg POL 2430 9 1987
49 Guo, Qi m CHN 2427 4 1995
50 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2426 12 1985
51 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2425 9 1975
52 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2424 11 1993
53 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2423 7 1978
54 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2419 18 1993
55 Turova, Irina m RUS 2419 0 1979
56 Alexandrova, Olga m ESP 2418 0 1978
57 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2418 0 1976
58 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2417 9 1997
59 Guseva, Marina m RUS 2411 11 1986
60 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma m INA 2411 0 1992
61 Saduakassova, Dinara wg KAZ 2409 9 1996
62 Bojkovic, Natasa m SRB 2404 0 1971
63 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2403 0 1994
64 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2402 0 1976
65 Karavade, Eesha m IND 2401 9 1987
66 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia m BLR 2401 0 1995
67 Ni, Shiqun wg CHN 2399 3 1997
68 Michna, Marta wg GER 2398 0 1978
69 Zhai, Mo wm CHN 2397 13 1996
70 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2397 9 1997
71 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs m MGL 2395 0 1986
72 Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina wg POL 2395 0 1987
73 Daulyte, Deimante m LTU 2392 9 1989
74 Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna wg POL 2391 0 1988
75 Rajlich, Iweta m POL 2389 18 1981
76 Ryjanova, Julia wg RUS 2387 0 1974
77 Tania, Sachdev m IND 2385 9 1986
78 Zaiatz, Elena m RUS 2385 0 1969
79 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2384 12 1982
80 Haast, Anne wg NED 2384 0 1993
81 Videnova, Iva m BUL 2384 0 1987
82 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina m ESP 2383 18 1987
83 Stockova, Zuzana m SVK 2382 0 1977
84 Velikic, Adela   SRB 2381 8 1997
85 Abdumalik, Zhansaya wg KAZ 2380 8 2000
86 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2380 0 1977
87 L'Ami, Alina m ROU 2379 26 1985
88 Zhang, Xiaowen wg CHN 2377 13 1989
89 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2376 0 1990
90 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2376 0 1987
91 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2376 0 1968
92 Matveeva, Svetlana m RUS 2375 0 1969
93 Houska, Jovanka m ENG 2374 0 1980
94 Bulmaga, Irina m ROU 2372 18 1993
95 Lujan, Carolina m ARG 2372 0 1985
96 Li, Ruofan m SIN 2370 9 1978
97 Berend, Elvira wg LUX 2370 0 1965
98 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2370 0 1991
99 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2369 0 1977
100 Milliet, Sophie m FRA 2368 19 1983
101 Zimina, Olga m ITA 2368 15 1982

FIDE Top 100 Juniors

There can be no question that the big news was 14-year-old John M. Burke's epic rise to 2601, breaking Wei Yi's record as the youngest player ever to reach 2600. Although he had already marked last month's rating list report with his enormous rise to 2538 Elo, he still added 63 Elo to that count, by virtue of his performance at the US Cadet championship, an event waiting to be rated, but still played while the K-factor of 40 was in effect. This not only places him ahead of Samuel Sevian, but makes him the second highest rated US Junior (under-21), with only Daniel Naroditsky ahead.

John M. Burke is now the second-ranking US Junior and youngest 2600 ever (photo by Daaim Shabazz)

On a reverse note, Hungarian fans will be concerned about the plummeting rating of young Richard Rapport, who was rated 2720 less than a year ago, but is now at 2649, dropping out of the world Top 100.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Wei, Yi g CHN 2734 5 1999
2 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2675 11 1998
3 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2661 11 1996
4 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2659 0 1995
5 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2657 11 1995
6 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2649 10 1996
7 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2645 0 1998
8 Cori, Jorge g PER 2637 18 1995
9 Naroditsky, Daniel g USA 2628 19 1995
10 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2628 6 1995
11 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2628 0 1996
12 Grigoryan, Karen H. g ARM 2609 34 1995
13 Burke, John M   USA 2601 9 2001
14 Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2599 13 1995
15 Gabuzyan, Hovhannes g ARM 2593 0 1995
16 Bok, Benjamin g NED 2586 11 1995
17 Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2580 12 1997
18 Wagner, Dennis g GER 2579 17 1997
19 Dragun, Kamil g POL 2572 20 1995
20 Oparin, Grigoriy g RUS 2569 16 1997
21 Idani, Pouya g IRI 2569 9 1995
22 Donchenko, Alexander g GER 2568 16 1998
23 Indjic, Aleksandar g SRB 2558 0 1995
24 Bortnyk, Olexandr m UKR 2557 13 1996
25 Sevian, Samuel g USA 2556 9 2000
26 Vaibhav, Suri g IND 2552 0 1997
27 Ghosh, Diptayan m IND 2550 27 1998
28 Xiong, Jeffery m USA 2549 9 2000
29 Svane, Rasmus m GER 2542 16 1997
30 Van Foreest, Jorden m NED 2541 36 1999
31 Boruchovsky, Avital g ISR 2541 9 1997
32 Rambaldi, Francesco m ITA 2540 29 1999
33 Alekseenko, Kirill g RUS 2539 18 1997
34 Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2538 14 1997
35 Eliseev, Urii g RUS 2536 0 1996
36 Bajarani, Ulvi g AZE 2535 27 1995
37 Vakhidov, Jahongir g UZB 2532 9 1995
38 Chigaev, Maksim m RUS 2531 9 1996
39 Pichot, Alan m ARG 2528 9 1998
40 Troff, Kayden W g USA 2528 9 1998
41 Sanal, Vahap m TUR 2522 12 1998
42 Bai, Jinshi m CHN 2519 4 1999
43 Tari, Aryan m NOR 2518 13 1999
44 Kadric, Denis g BIH 2518 9 1995
45 Santos Latasa, Jaime m ESP 2517 5 1996
46 Schroeder, Jan-Christian m GER 2513 19 1998
47 Gledura, Benjamin m HUN 2512 10 1999
48 Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2511 9 1995
49 Gordievsky, Dmitry f RUS 2511 0 1996
50 Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal m CHI 2511 0 1996
51 Karthikeyan, Murali g IND 2509 24 1999
52 Chandra, Akshat m USA 2506 14 1999
53 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2497 11 1998
54 Pechac, Jergus f SVK 2495 9 2001
55 Pardo Simon, David m ESP 2491 27 1995
56 Grover, Sahaj g IND 2491 0 1995
57 Fawzy, Adham f EGY 2489 0 2000
58 Tabatabaei, M.amin m IRI 2488 19 2001
59 Aravindh,Chithambaram VR. g IND 2487 29 1999
60 Paravyan, David m RUS 2486 0 1998
61 Georgiadis, Nico m SUI 2484 9 1996
62 Moussard, Jules m FRA 2480 20 1995
63 Lugovskoy, Maxim m RUS 2478 35 1996
64 Harutyunian, Tigran K. m ARM 2476 35 1997
65 Yuffa, Daniil m RUS 2476 9 1997
66 Drozdowski, Kacper m POL 2476 0 1996
67 Fernandez, Daniel Howard m ENG 2474 18 1995
68 Zakhartsov, Vladimir m RUS 2474 18 1997
69 Yang, Darwin m USA 2473 14 1996
70 Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan m IND 2473 9 1998
71 Zajic, Milan m SRB 2472 0 1999
72 Triapishko, Olexandr   RUS 2471 9 2000
73 Mokshanov, Alexey m RUS 2470 9 1995
74 Lampert, Jonas m GER 2469 20 1997
75 Gagare, Shardul m IND 2469 18 1997
76 Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo f PER 2469 0 1999
77 Stremavicius, Titas m LTU 2466 25 1998
78 Ma, Zhonghan m CHN 2466 4 1995
79 Ebeling, Daniel m FIN 2466 0 1996
80 Xu, Yinglun   CHN 2464 13 1996
81 Mons, Leon m GER 2464 9 1995
82 Moroni, Luca Jr f ITA 2462 18 2000
83 Kriebel, Tadeas m CZE 2461 10 1995
84 Makhmutov, Rail f RUS 2461 0 1995
85 Nenezic, Marko m SRB 2460 0 1995
86 Zenzera, Alexey m RUS 2459 9 1997
87 Salomon, Johan m NOR 2458 18 1997
88 Enkhnar, Enkhbaatar f MGL 2458 9 1997
89 Preotu, Razvan m CAN 2456 14 1999
90 Andersen, Mads m DEN 2456 11 1995
91 Barbot, Pierre f FRA 2455 29 1995
92 Gurevich, Daniel f USA 2455 27 1997
93 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel m ROU 2455 18 2001
94 Basso, Pier Luigi f ITA 2455 16 1997
95 Dastan, Muhammed Batuhan m TUR 2454 13 1997
96 Bellahcene, Bilel m FRA 2454 7 1998
97 Sean, Winshand Cuhendi m INA 2452 0 1997
98 Theodorou, Nikolas   GRE 2450 18 2000
99 Usmanov, Vasily m RUS 2450 18 1996
100 Petrov, Nikita m RUS 2450 9 1996

FIDE Top 100 Girls

It is hard to know what to make of one particular name: 14-year-old Battsooj Amina. No doubt the reader will be expecting a tale of miraculous rise, and will be rewarded, but this one is more than a little unusual. After all, it is not every day that a player gains 850 Elo in four months!

From near rank beginner to FIDE master in four months!

Of note also are the tournaments that made this possible too: Alushta summer - 2015-1.1, Alushta summer - 2015-2.1, Alushta summer - 2015-3-1, Alushta summer - 2015-4, Alushta summer - 2015-5, Alushta summer- 2015 -6.1, Alushta summer - 2015-7, Alushta summer - 2015-8, and.... you guessed it: Alushta summer - 2015-9!

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2497 11 1998
2 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel wg MGL 2434 9 2000
3 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2431 13 1997
4 Guo, Qi m CHN 2427 4 1995
5 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2417 9 1997
6 Saduakassova, Dinara wg KAZ 2409 9 1996
7 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia m BLR 2401 0 1995
8 Ni, Shiqun wg CHN 2399 3 1997
9 Zhai, Mo wm CHN 2397 13 1996
10 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2397 9 1997
11 Velikic, Adela   SRB 2381 8 1997
12 Abdumalik, Zhansaya wg KAZ 2380 8 2000
13 Rodriguez Rueda, Paula Andrea m COL 2358 0 1996
14 Mammadzada, Gunay wg AZE 2355 9 2000
15 Wang, Jue wg CHN 2348 13 1995
16 Osmak, Iulija wf UKR 2347 9 1998
17 Pratyusha, Bodda wm IND 2326 9 1997
18 Bivol, Alina wm RUS 2321 9 1996
19 Styazhkina, Anna wm RUS 2318 8 1997
20 Hojjatova, Aydan wf AZE 2315 0 1999
21 Vaishali R wf IND 2314 30 2001
22 Iwanow, Anna wm POL 2312 25 1995
23 Amina, Battsooj   MGL 2309 29 2001
24 Osmanodja, Filiz wm GER 2309 9 1996
25 Blagojevic, Tijana wm MNE 2307 19 1997
26 Fataliyeva, Ulviyya wm AZE 2301 9 1996
27 Dordzhieva, Dinara wm RUS 2298 5 1999
28 Khokhlova, Daria   RUS 2296 9 1999
29 Khomeriki, Nino wf GEO 2296 9 1998
30 Severina, Maria wm RUS 2286 9 1995
31 Gu, Tianlu wm CHN 2285 4 1997
32 Bykova, Anastasia wf RUS 2283 0 1997
33 Paramzina, Anastasya wf RUS 2282 16 1998
34 Klek, Hanna-Marie   GER 2281 9 1995
35 Tsolakidou, Stavroula wm GRE 2279 9 2000
36 Aranaz Murillo, Amalia wm ESP 2278 16 1995
37 Bayarmaa, Bayarjargal wf MGL 2265 0 1995
38 Navrotescu, Andreea-Cristiana wf FRA 2263 11 1996
39 Ivana Maria, Furtado wm IND 2259 18 1999
40 Michelle Catherina, P wm IND 2259 11 1996
41 Kazarian, Anna-Maja wf NED 2259 0 2000
42 Tantsiura, Maria wm UKR 2257 0 1996
43 Efroimski, Marsel wm ISR 2255 0 1995
44 Drogovoz, Irina   RUS 2253 0 1999
45 Marjanovics, Annamaria wf HUN 2250 6 2001
46 Avramidou, Anastasia wf GRE 2249 9 2000
47 Unuk, Laura wm SLO 2244 25 1999
48 Derakhshani, Dorsa wm IRI 2244 22 1998
49 Heinemann, Josefine   GER 2244 18 1998
50 Diakonova, Ekaterina   RUS 2241 9 1999
51 Assaubayeva, Bibissara wf KAZ 2241 8 2004
52 Szente Varga, Fruzsina   HUN 2240 9 1996
53 Uuriintuya, Uurtsaikh   MGL 2237 16 1998
54 Dimitrova, Aleksandra wf RUS 2235 18 2000
55 Nicolas Zapata, Irene wm ESP 2233 9 1997
56 Terbe, Julianna wf HUN 2233 0 1997
57 Gazikova, Veronika wf SVK 2231 8 1999
58 Yu, Jennifer R wf USA 2229 18 2002
59 Makarenko, Alexandra wf RUS 2229 9 1996
60 Tomashevskaya, Lidia wm RUS 2226 0 1995
61 Sihite, Chelsie Monica Ignesias wm INA 2224 0 1995
62 Mammadova, Narmin wc AZE 2223 0 1999
63 Movileanu, Daniela wf ITA 2221 9 1996
64 Kalaiyalahan, Akshaya   ENG 2217 19 2001
65 Xiao, Yiyi wf CHN 2217 4 1996
66 Monica, Putri Wigustira wf INA 2217 0 1997
67 Ibrahimova, Sabina wm AZE 2215 9 1995
68 Imnadze, Nato wm GEO 2215 0 1996
69 Gorti, Akshita f USA 2214 16 2002
70 Smirnova, Ekaterina wf RUS 2213 0 1996
71 Rodionova, Daria wf RUS 2212 0 1998
72 Baraeva, Irina wm RUS 2206 9 1995
73 Zarkovic, Mila wm SRB 2205 9 1996
74 Frayna, Janelle Mae wm PHI 2204 0 1997
75 Castrillon Gomez, Melissa wm COL 2203 17 1995
76 Narva, Mai wm EST 2203 9 1999
77 Utiatskaja, Irina wf RUS 2201 9 1996
78 Buksa, Nataliya wf UKR 2199 9 1996
79 Wozniak, Mariola wc POL 2198 9 1998
80 Suliati, Annisa wf INA 2190 0 1999
81 Baraeva, Marina wm RUS 2189 9 1995
82 Antova, Gabriela wf BUL 2189 0 2002
83 Chernyak, Viktoria wf RUS 2188 13 1997
84 Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim wf UZB 2188 0 1999
85 Retno, Wijayanti wf INA 2183 0 1999
86 Kiolbasa, Oliwia wf POL 2182 18 2000
87 Garcia-Castany Musellas, Gal.la   ESP 2182 9 1997
88 Harshita Guddanti   IND 2181 30 2001
89 Eswaran, Ashritha wm USA 2180 18 2000
90 Barchuk, Irina   UKR 2180 14 1997
91 Haussernot, Cecile wf FRA 2177 11 1998
92 Ivanova, Karina wf RUS 2177 6 1996
93 Ulrich, Rachel J wf USA 2177 6 2000
94 Juhasz, Barbara wf HUN 2175 14 1995
95 Qiu, Mengjie wf CHN 2172 11 1995
96 Roca Rojas, Ana Flavia wf CUB 2172 9 1996
97 Kubicka, Anna   POL 2171 20 1999
98 Malassagne, Isabelle wf FRA 2171 0 1998
99 Shuvalova, Polina wf RUS 2171 0 2001
100 Sieber, Fiona wf GER 2167 11 2000
101 Wisniowska, Klaudia wf POL 2167 9 1995

Top 100 Rapid

It was a fairly quiet month for the elite in the Rapid list. A special note can be made of 48-year-old Julio Granda Zuniga who is at a personal best with 2694 rapid.

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 USA 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 0 1990
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2784 0 1985
12 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2770 7 1991
13 Wang, Yue g CHN 2758 0 1987
14 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2756 0 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 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2746 9 1974
22 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2743 7 1990
23 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2742 0 1985
24 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2741 0 1987
25 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2739 0 1974
26 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2736 0 1996
27 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2734 0 1993
28 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2733 0 1983
29 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2731 0 1987
30 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2723 0 1978
31 Giri, Anish g NED 2720 0 1994
32 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2720 0 1983
33 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2717 0 1995
34 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2717 0 1977
35 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2711 0 1988
36 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2711 0 1987
37 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2710 0 1965
38 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2706 0 1969
39 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2705 0 1986
40 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2705 0 1991
41 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2701 9 1998
42 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2700 9 1977
43 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2699 0 1981
44 Savchenko, Boris g RUS 2696 0 1986
45 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2694 9 1967
46 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2694 0 1986
47 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2694 0 1986
48 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2692 0 1985
49 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2692 0 1984
50 Onischuk, Vladimir g UKR 2692 0 1991
51 Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2692 0 1974
52 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2690 0 1989
53 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2689 0 1985
54 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2688 7 1976
55 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2687 7 1988
56 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2685 0 1985
57 Istratescu, Andrei g FRA 2684 0 1975
58 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2683 9 1982
59 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2683 0 1995
60 Salgado Lopez, Ivan g ESP 2678 9 1991
61 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2677 0 1980
62 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2674 0 1985
63 Navara, David g CZE 2673 0 1985
64 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2672 0 1987
65 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2671 0 1986
66 Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2670 0 1985
67 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian g ROU 2670 0 1980
68 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2669 0 1973
69 Roiz, Michael g ISR 2669 0 1983
70 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2668 0 1981
71 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2667 0 1996
72 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2667 0 1988
73 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas g KAZ 2666 0 1973
74 Naiditsch, Arkadij g AZE 2666 0 1985
75 Baklan, Vladimir g UKR 2664 0 1978
76 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2664 0 1985
77 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2662 0 1990
78 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2662 0 1980
79 Bauer, Christian g FRA 2661 0 1977
80 Gajewski, Grzegorz g POL 2661 0 1985
81 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2660 9 1988
82 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2659 0 1972
83 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2658 0 1990
84 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2658 0 1976
85 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2653 0 1988
86 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris g PAR 2653 0 1981
87 Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB 2653 0 1977
88 Halkias, Stelios g GRE 2652 0 1980
89 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2651 0 1988
90 Kovalev, Vladislav g BLR 2650 20 1994
91 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2650 0 1978
92 Zhou, Jianchao g CHN 2649 7 1988
93 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2648 9 1987
94 Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2648 0 1973
95 Banikas, Hristos g GRE 2647 0 1978
96 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2646 0 1996
97 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2645 0 1986
98 Socko, Bartosz g POL 2643 0 1978
99 Zubov, Alexander g UKR 2642 9 1983
100 Bosiocic, Marin g CRO 2642 0 1988

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 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2614 0 1994
2 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2582 9 1989
3 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2563 0 1979
4 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2560 0 1987
5 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2540 0 1991
6 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2538 9 1989
7 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2520 0 1990
8 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2514 9 1984
9 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2506 0 1985
10 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2503 0 1992
11 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2502 0 1985
12 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2500 7 1987
13 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2496 0 1986
14 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2482 0 1985
15 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2478 7 1991
16 Moser, Eva m AUT 2469 0 1982
17 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2468 0 1992
18 Socko, Monika g POL 2464 0 1978
19 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2459 0 1982
20 Krush, Irina g USA 2455 0 1983
21 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2454 0 1984
22 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2453 0 1998
23 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2452 0 1986
24 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2451 0 1983
25 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2450 7 1991
26 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2447 9 1985
27 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2445 7 1997
28 Foisor, Cristina-Adela m ROU 2445 0 1967
29 Turova, Irina m RUS 2444 7 1979
30 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2444 0 1988
31 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2443 4 1963
32 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2443 0 1986
33 Wang, Jue wg CHN 2442 7 1995
34 Shen, Yang m CHN 2439 7 1989
35 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2439 7 1976
36 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2437 0 1976
37 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2436 0 1994
38 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2436 0 1987
39 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2429 9 1991
40 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2428 0 1972
41 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2428 0 1994
42 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2427 9 1983
43 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2425 0 1980
44 Ubiennykh, Ekaterina wm RUS 2409 9 1983
45 Ambartsumova, Karina wg RUS 2409 0 1989
46 Guseva, Marina m RUS 2408 9 1986
47 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2403 0 1978
48 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2402 0 1979
49 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2401 0 1987
50 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2400 0 1977

Top 100 Blitz

Iuri Shkuro continues his rise, reaching 2792, and world no.12 in spite of a modest 2566 Elo in standard time controls.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2914 0 1990
2 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2887 0 1987
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2854 0 1990
4 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2840 0 1990
5 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2817 0 1982
6 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2814 0 1983
7 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2808 0 1987
8 Navara, David g CZE 2806 0 1985
9 Bogdanovich, Stanislav m UKR 2804 0 1993
10 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2799 9 1991
11 Giri, Anish g NED 2793 0 1994
12 Shkuro, Iuri g UKR 2792 17 1982
13 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2791 0 1969
14 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2790 0 1977
15 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2789 0 1969
16 Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2780 0 1995
17 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2777 0 1988
18 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2770 0 1983
19 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2766 9 1990
20 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2765 0 1995
21 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2763 0 1975
22 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2759 0 1990
23 Adams, Michael g ENG 2752 0 1971
24 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2749 0 1985
25 Wang, Hao g CHN 2744 0 1989
26 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2743 0 1968
27 Onischuk, Vladimir g UKR 2743 0 1991
28 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2743 0 1968
29 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2741 0 1969
30 Leko, Peter g HUN 2736 0 1979
31 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2729 0 1985
32 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2726 0 1976
33 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2724 0 1994
34 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2717 0 1983
35 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2712 0 1998
36 Kuzubov, Yuriy g UKR 2712 0 1990
37 Salem, A.R. Saleh g UAE 2711 9 1993
38 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2710 0 1991
39 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2709 0 1988
40 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2706 0 1974
41 Kononenko, Dmitry g UKR 2706 0 1988
42 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2705 0 1985
43 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2704 0 1994
44 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2701 11 1989
45 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2701 9 1985
46 Andriasian, Zaven g ARM 2700 0 1989
47 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2700 0 1982
48 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2700 0 1983
49 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2698 0 1980
50 Meier, Georg g GER 2697 11 1987
51 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2697 0 1989
52 Kokarev, Dmitry g RUS 2694 0 1982
53 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2694 0 1987
54 Wang, Yue g CHN 2694 0 1987
55 Bortnyk, Olexandr m UKR 2693 11 1996
56 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2688 0 1986
57 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2685 0 1996
58 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2684 13 1988
59 Edouard, Romain g FRA 2684 11 1990
60 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2682 0 1987
61 Zubov, Alexander g UKR 2681 11 1983
62 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2681 0 1989
63 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2680 0 1986
64 Savchenko, Boris g RUS 2680 0 1986
65 Bocharov, Dmitry g RUS 2679 11 1982
66 Popovic, Dusan g SRB 2679 0 1983
67 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2677 9 1990
68 Dlugy, Maxim g USA 2676 28 1966
69 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2675 0 1998
70 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2670 0 1986
71 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2669 0 1972
72 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2668 0 1965
73 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2666 0 1988
74 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2666 0 1985
75 Jovanovic, Zoran g CRO 2665 18 1979
76 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2665 0 1992
77 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2664 0 1985
78 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2662 0 1986
79 Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2661 6 1983
80 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2661 0 1976
81 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2660 0 1985
82 Kalezic, Blazo m MNE 2660 0 1978
83 Lenderman, Aleksandr g USA 2659 0 1989
84 Ramirez, Alejandro g USA 2657 5 1988
85 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2656 0 1988
86 Stevic, Hrvoje g CRO 2655 17 1980
87 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2655 0 1987
88 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2653 0 1977
89 Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2652 0 1987
90 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2652 0 1983
91 Jumabayev, Rinat g KAZ 2651 11 1989
92 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2651 9 1995
93 Petrosian, Tigran L. g ARM 2651 0 1984
94 Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2651 0 1968
95 Howell, David W L g ENG 2649 0 1990
96 Cvitan, Ognjen g CRO 2647 11 1961
97 Bukavshin, Ivan g RUS 2647 0 1995
98 Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2647 0 1987
99 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2647 0 1975
100 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2646 0 1996

Top 50 Women Blitz

There were a few changes in the Blitz ratings this month, with the biggest change coming from Humpy Koneru, who lost 50 Elo after a very poor result in the Asian Continental Blitz Championship.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2704 0 1994
2 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2645 0 1990
3 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2581 0 1987
4 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2581 0 1989
5 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2554 9 1991
6 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2552 0 1985
7 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2546 11 1989
8 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2535 0 1991
9 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2524 9 1991
10 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2518 0 1979
11 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2506 0 1986
12 Wang, Jue wg CHN 2505 9 1995
13 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2502 9 1987
14 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2491 0 1985
15 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2485 11 1984
16 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2483 0 1985
17 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2480 0 1992
18 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2455 0 1986
19 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2452 9 1983
20 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2430 0 1988
21 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2430 0 1992
22 Melia, Salome m GEO 2428 0 1987
23 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2416 0 1985
24 Turova, Irina m RUS 2416 0 1979
25 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2415 0 1978
26 Ding, Yixin wg CHN 2408 0 1991
27 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2405 0 1982
28 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2400 0 1990
29 Zhai, Mo wm CHN 2398 9 1996
30 Li, Ruofan m SIN 2394 9 1978
31 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2393 0 1994
32 Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina wg POL 2392 0 1987
33 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2391 9 1976
34 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2388 0 1977
35 Ubiennykh, Ekaterina wm RUS 2386 0 1983
36 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma m INA 2384 4 1992
37 Moser, Eva m AUT 2382 0 1982
38 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2380 0 1987
39 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2378 9 1997
40 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2377 0 1998
41 Socko, Monika g POL 2375 0 1978
42 Guseva, Marina m RUS 2374 0 1986
43 Khukhashvili, Sopiko m GEO 2374 0 1985
44 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2368 0 1991
45 Zimina, Olga m ITA 2368 0 1982
46 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2366 0 1993
47 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen m VIE 2361 9 1987
48 Padmini, Rout m IND 2359 9 1994
49 Cosma, Elena-Luminita wg ROU 2354 0 1972
50 Zozulia, Anna m BEL 2354 0 1980

Source: FIDE


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KevinC KevinC 9/1/2015 02:38
Battsooj Amina was probably already over 2300, or very close, in actual strength, but it is hard to gain points as quickly as you can gain true strength when you are very young, and still low-rated.

When I first started playing I went from 1000 to 1250 to 1500 to 1750 after each of my first tournaments. I studied hard, and played A LOT, between each tournament.
KevinC KevinC 9/1/2015 02:40
I was also 18 when I learned the game, but back then (1980), all I had was books, and very little access to anyone above 2000. With the Internet, databases, and engines, the tools are there to help players gain strength at an incredible pace today.
gmwdim gmwdim 9/1/2015 03:49
John Burke's rating is an anomaly, thanks to his very high k-factor. The young man has only played a handful of FIDE rated tournaments, gaining between 60-120 points each time. He's defeated two GMs but most of his wins have been against 2200-2300 level opponents. He'll probably have a tough time maintaining that 2600 rating against GMs.
Karbuncle Karbuncle 9/2/2015 02:31
The case of Battsooj reveals itself as inactivity in official ratings, but very clearly having studied and practiced unofficial games in the interim. It is NOT a case of someone truly being a beginner and then 4 months later suddenly a master.
Bertman Bertman 9/2/2015 04:00
Right... and the miraculous nine round-robin tournaments, one after the other, with repeated players, and the same names were just a happy coincidence.
Bountyhunter82 Bountyhunter82 9/3/2015 05:07
KevinC

Agree. I stopped playing chess in the early/mid 90s because I was always need to buy or read more books.
The Internet and specifically chess databases that explain everything and a compendium of chess games on sites like chessgames.com or 10000s of tactical problems on certain sites make improvement slightly less stressful.
FYI: I love playing chess now.
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