Top players move closer together

4/5/2003 – In the last FIDE ratings lists the two leading players had a berth to themselves. Now Kasparov and Kramnik have slipped almost 20 points down, while Anand, Leko and Shirov have gained about 10-12 each, making things much closer at the summit. Judit Polgar has once again joined the top ten, the only women in history to come close to achieving anything like this. Here are the top 100 and some statistics.

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Red is the April rating, the blue columns are those of the previous list

The big winners in the top ten of the April 2003 rating list are Anand with +11, Leko +10, Shirov +12 and Judit Polgar +15. Garry Kasparov lost 17 points and Kramnik 18, but both maintained their Nr. 1 and 2 rankings. Anand is now 25 points behind Kramnik. Judit Polgar is once again in the top ten, the only women ever to have come close to achieving this lofty status.

Here are the win-loss statistics for the first 20 players, starting with their rankings in April and January 2003:

   1   1  Kasparov, Garry      2830 (-17)
   2   2  Kramnik, Vladimir    2789 (-20)
   3   3  Anand, Viswanathan   2764 (+11)
   4   5  Leko, Peter          2746 (+10)
   5   9  Shirov, Alexei       2735 (+12)
   6   4  Topalov, Veselin     2735  (-8)
   7   8  Bareev, Evgeny       2734  (+5)
   8   6  Adams, Michael       2723 (-11)
   9   7  Ponomariov, Ruslan   2718 (-16)
  10  13  Polgar, Judit        2715 (+15)
  11  16  Svidler, Peter       2713 (+20)
  12  15  Ivanchuk, Vassily    2704  (+5)
  13  11  Akopian, Vladimir    2703   (0)
  14  12  Khalifman, Alexander 2702   (0)
  15  10  Grischuk, Alexander  2701 (-11)
  16  14  Gelfand, Boris       2700   (0)
  17  18  Dreev, Alexey        2695  (+5)
  18  17  Short, Nigel         2686  (-4)
  19  20  Karpov, Anatoly      2686  (-2)
  20  21  Ye, Jiangchuan       2684  (+2)

Looking at the top hundred (below) we see the really big winners are Peter Swidler with +20 (moving from place 16 to place 11), Sergey Rublevsky +26, Zhong Zhang +42 (!), Viktor Bologan +33, and Teimour Radjabov and Igor Khenkin each gaining +20; while the biggest losers are Michal Krasenkow with -24.

No. Name                              t  NAT  ja03 ap03 Gms
1 Kasparov, Gary.................. g RUS 2847 2830 12
2 Kramnik, Vladimir............... g RUS 2807 2789 25
3 Anand, Viswanathan.............. g IND 2753 2764 25
4 Leko, Peter..................... g HUN 2736 2746 12
5 Shirov, Alexei.................. g ESP 2723 2735 22
6 Topalov, Veselin................ g BUL 2743 2735 13
7 Bareev, Evgeny.................. g RUS 2729 2734 13
8 Adams, Michael.................. g ENG 2734 2723 9
9 Ponomariov, Ruslan.............. g UKR 2734 2718 25
10 Polgar, Judit (GM) w ........... g HUN 2700 2715 13
11 Svidler, Peter.................. g RUS 2693 2713 29
12 Ivanchuk, Vassily............... g UKR 2699 2704 13
13 Akopian, Vladimir............... g ARM 2703 2703 0
14 Khalifman, Alexander............ g RUS 2702 2702 0
15 Grischuk, Alexander............. g RUS 2712 2701 22
16 Gelfand, Boris.................. g ISR 2700 2700 0
17 Dreev, Alexey................... g RUS 2690 2695 9
18 Short, Nigel D.................. g ENG 2690 2686 24
19 Karpov, Anatoly................. g RUS 2688 2686 13
20 Ye, Jiangchuan.................. g CHN 2682 2684 11
21 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam............ g UZB 2676 2680 6
22 Morozevich, Alexander........... g RUS 2678 2678 9
23 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab.......... g GEO 2678 2678 0
24 Sokolov, Ivan................... g NED 2688 2677 24
25 Almasi, Zoltan.................. g HUN 2676 2676 0
26 Van Wely, Loek.................. g NED 2668 2675 22
27 Malakhov, Vladimir.............. g RUS 2677 2672 9
28 Rublevsky, Sergei............... g RUS 2644 2670 19
29 Zhang, Zhong.................... g CHN 2624 2666 24
30 Lautier, Joel................... g FRA 2670 2666 9
31 Sakaev, Konstantin.............. g RUS 2645 2664 18
32 Zvjaginsev, Vadim............... g RUS 2671 2664 9
33 Bologan, Viktor................. g MDA 2630 2663 24
34 Smirin, Ilia.................... g ISR 2664 2662 18
35 Movsesian, Sergei............... g SVK 2663 2659 21
36 Sasikiran, Krishnan............. g IND 2664 2658 38
37 Bacrot, Etienne................. g FRA 2671 2654 9
38 Vaganian, Rafael A.............. g ARM 2667 2653 9
39 Sutovsky, Emil.................. g ISR 2651 2652 18
40 Aleksandrov, Aleksej............ g BLR 2633 2650 26
41 Beliavsky, Alexander G.......... g SLO 2649 2649 0
42 Onischuk, Alexander............. g USA 2658 2647 16
43 Georgiev, Kiril................. g MKD 2654 2647 10
44 Piket, Jeroen................... g NED 2646 2646 0
45 Vallejo Pons, Francisco......... g ESP 2629 2645 26
46 Radjabov, Teimour............... g AZE 2624 2644 25
47 Khenkin, Igor................... g GER 2624 2644 17
48 Tkachiev, Vladislav............. g FRA 2642 2643 18
49 Landa, Konstantin............... g RUS 2649 2643 9
50 Nikolic, Predrag................ g BIH 2638 2643 9
51 Kaidanov, Gregory S............. g USA 2629 2640 18
52 Lutz, Christopher............... g GER 2640 2640 0
53 Kobalia, Mikhail................ g RUS 2635 2639 9
54 Lputian, Smbat G................ g ARM 2638 2638 0
55 Gurevich, Mikhail............... g BEL 2634 2635 9
56 Macieja, Bartlomiej............. g POL 2629 2634 37
57 Motylev, Alexander.............. g RUS 2640 2634 20
58 Volkov, Sergey.................. g RUS 2624 2634 9
59 Tregubov, Pavel V............... g RUS 2612 2632 28
60 Korchnoi, Viktor................ g SUI 2642 2632 26
61 Lastin, Alexander............... g RUS 2636 2632 9
62 Graf, Alexander................. g GER 2630 2630 0
63 Epishin, Vladimir............... g RUS 2626 2628 37
64 Xu, Jun......................... g CHN 2626 2628 19
65 Granda Zuniga, Julio E.......... g PER 2623 2628 9
66 Moiseenko, Alexander............ g UKR 2597 2627 25
67 Filippov, Valerij............... g RUS 2616 2627 19
68 Seirawan, Yasser................ g USA 2636 2626 9
69 Nielsen, Peter Heine............ g DEN 2620 2625 9
70 Huebner, Robert Dr.............. g GER 2625 2625 0
71 Sadler, Matthew................. g ENG 2624 2624 0
72 Tiviakov, Sergei................ g NED 2635 2623 32
73 Pelletier, Yannick.............. g SUI 2624 2623 16
74 Fridman, Daniel................. g LAT ---- 2621 41
75 Smirnov, Pavel.................. m RUS 2572 2615 33
76 Vescovi, Giovanni............... g BRA 2592 2615 24
77 Goldin, Alexander............... g USA 2621 2611 13
78 Dautov, Rustem.................. g GER 2604 2611 9
79 Ftacnik, Lubomir................ g SVK 2616 2611 1
80 Nunn, John D.M.................. g ENG 2611 2611 0
81 Bruzon, Lazaro.................. g CUB 2613 2610 12
82 Dorfman, Josif D................ g FRA 2610 2610 0
83 Hansen, Curt.................... g DEN 2610 2610 0
84 Krasenkow, Michal............... g POL 2633 2609 22
85 Hodgson, Julian M............... g ENG 2608 2608 0
86 Baklan, Vladimir................ g UKR 2605 2607 10
87 Alekseev, Evgeny................ g RUS 2614 2607 9
88 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz........... g AZE 2596 2607 9
89 Korneev, Oleg................... g RUS 2613 2606 58
90 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter......... g ROM 2592 2606 19
91 Aronian, Levon.................. g ARM 2610 2606 9
92 Dolmatov, Sergey................ g RUS 2591 2606 9
93 Najer, Evgeniy.................. g RUS 2585 2606 9
94 Hamdouchi, Hichem............... g MAR 2615 2605 17
95 Jussupow, Artur................. g GER 2592 2604 18
96 Fedorov, Alexei................. g BLR 2579 2604 9
97 Eingorn, Vereslav S............. g UKR 2604 2604 0
98 Dominguez, Lenier............... g CUB 2602 2603 12
99 Kozul, Zdenko................... g CRO 2587 2601 18
100 Acs, Peter...................... g HUN 2623 2600 13
101 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas............. g KAZ 2604 2600 9
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