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Topalov catches Anand in FIDE rankings

7/2/2005 – Indian superstar Vishy Anand has been the number two in the world for a long time now. In the July 2005 FIDE rating list he has been caught, just barely, by the top Bulgarian Veselin Topalov. Vladimir Kramnik has slipped to place six, Michael Adams to 13. We bring you all lists and some interesting statistics.
 

The July 2005 FIDE Ratings

The perennial leader, on top of the ratings list for the 21st time, is Garry Kasparov. Due to his retirement from competitive chess his rating will not change until he is taken off the list. His highest Elo ever was 2851, achieved in July 1999 at the age of 36.

Vishy Anand, who has been the world's number two for quite a while now, gained three points in German League games to ward off being overtaken by Veselin Topalov, the winner of Linares and Sofia. The Bulgarian gaind ten points to just catch Anand at 2788.


Welcome to the top ten: Levon Aronian

The one of the biggest winners was Levon Aronian of Armenia, who gained 31 points in 30 games to enter the top ten for the first time ever, while Peter Svidler gained 13 in 26 games to jump from 10th place to 7th. Vladimir Kramnik lost nine points to drop from fifth to sixth, Michael Adams lost 18 points to drop out of the top-ten group.

Notable climbers in the top 100 were Sergey Tiviakov (+47), Mikhail Gurevich (+39), Artyom Timofeev (+39), Ivan Sokolov (+29). Seep descents are to be observed for Loek van Wely (-32) and Evgeny Bareev (-21), everyone else were more or less successful.

Addendum: Przemek Jahr of Pila in Poland made us a list of players who had at one time or another achieved a rating of 2700 or higher. If we call these players "Super-GMs" then there were, apparently, a total of just 35 in the game. The list shows the peak rating of each of these players.

 1  Kasparov, Gary            RUS  2851  1999.07
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2809 2002.01
3 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2797 2001.07
4 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2788 2005.07
5 Fischer, Robert USA 2785 1972.04
6 Karpov, Anatoly RUS 2780 1994.07
7 Leko, Peter HUN 2763 2005.04
8 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2758 1999.07
9 Adams, Michael ENG 2755 2000.07
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2752 2005.07
11 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2751 2000.01
12 Svidler, Peter RUS 2747 2004.01
13 Kamsky, Gata USA 2745 1996.07
14 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743 2002.04
15 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2739 2003.10
16 Polgar, Judith HUN 2735 2005.07
17 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2732 2003.07
18 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2731 2005.04
19 Aronian, Levon ARM 2724 2005.07
20 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2724 2005.07
21 Salov, Valery RUS 2715 1995.01
22 Van Wely, Loek NED 2714 2001.10
23 Short, Nigel ENG 2712 2004.04
24 Beliavsky, Alexander SLO 2710 1997.07
25 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2706 2001.10
26 Sokolov, Ivan NED 2706 2004.01
27 Tal, Mikhail LAT 2705 1980.01
28 Dreev, Alexey RUS 2705 2003.10
29 Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2705 2005.07
30 Krasenkow, Michal POL 2702 2000.07
31 Smirin, Ilia ISR 2702 2001.07
32 Khalifman, Alexander RUS 2702 2001.10
33 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab GEO 2702 2003.07
34 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2700 2004.01
35 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2700 2005.04

On the rest of this page we bring you the full FIDE rating list, the top juniors, top girls and top countries (by Elo average of the rated players). All lists were generated by FIDE and its webmaster Casto Abundo, who has implemented a very powerful database driven FIDE rating site which you can visit for more information.

Top 100 players

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
 1  Kasparov, Garry  g  RUS  2812  0  1963-04-13
 2  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2788  18  1969-12-11
 3  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2788  10  1975-03-15
 4  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2763  0  1979-09-08
 5  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2752  25  1969-03-18
 6  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2744  12  1975-06-25
 7  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2738  26  1976-06-17
 8  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2735  10  1976-07-23
 9  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2729  13  1983-01-22
 10  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2724  30  1982-10-06
 11  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2724  12  1968-06-24
 12  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2720  17  1983-10-31
 13  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2719  25  1971-11-17
 14  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2707  11  1977-07-18
 15  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2705  29  1972-07-04
 16  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2705  9  1971-12-07
 17  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2704  10  1983-10-11
 18  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2700  30  1971-12-14
 19  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2700  0  1974-06-02
 20  Dreev, Alexey  g  RUS  2698  20  1969-01-30
 21  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2691  27  1968-06-13
 22  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2688  14  1966-11-21
 23  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2682  12  1987-03-12
 24  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2681  15  1982-08-21
 25  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROM  2679  19  1976-08-01
 26  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2678  32  1973-02-14
 27  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2675  19  1979-06-17
 28  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2674  23  1977-09-19
 29  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2673  11  1980-11-27
 30  Short, Nigel D.  g  ENG  2673  0  1965-06-01
 31  Lautier, Joel  g  FRA  2672  14  1973-04-12
 32  Azmaiparashvili, Zurab  g  GEO  2672  9  1960-03-16
 33  Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2672  2  1951-05-23
 34  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2671  30  1986-06-11
 35  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2670  11  1979-12-05
 36  Gurevich, Mikhail  g  BEL  2669  47  1959-02-22
 37  Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2669  23  1974-04-13
 38  Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2668  21  1973-05-24
 39  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2666  25  1965-11-28
 40  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2664  17  1980-05-17
 41  Navara, David  g  CZE  2663  30  1985-03-27
 42  Krasenkow, Michal  g  POL  2663  10  1963-11-14
 43  Bruzon, Lazaro  g  CUB  2662  18  1982-05-02
 44  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2661  30  1985-01-06
 45  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2660  9  1987-12-09
 46  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2659  10  1976-08-18
 47  Delchev, Aleksander  g  BUL  2656  28  1971-07-15
 48  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2655  16  1972-10-07
 49  Khalifman, Alexander  g  RUS  2653  9  1966-01-18
 50  Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2652  20  1978-01-08
 51  Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2652  13  1968-01-21
 52  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2652  9  1981-01-07
 53  Ye, Jiangchuan  g  CHN  2648  0  1960-11-20
 54  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2646  9  1985-04-12
 55  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2645  34  1978-11-03
 56  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2645  23  1990-01-12
 57  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2645  14  1972-08-01
 58  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2645  10  1974-10-15
 59  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2645  9  1986-05-10
 60  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2643  40  1985-07-03
 61  Bauer, Christian  g  FRA  2641  24  1977-01-11
 62  Vescovi, Giovanni  g  BRA  2640  0  1978-06-14
 63  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2639  35  1983-05-10
 64  Dominguez, Lenier  g  CUB  2639  27  1983-09-23
 65  Huebner, Robert Dr.  g  GER  2636  18  1948-11-06
 66  Smirnov, Pavel  g  RUS  2635  10  1982-04-27
 67  Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2635  4  1960-03-24
 68  Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2634  37  1978-12-28
 69  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2634  26  1986-11-26
 70  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2632  9  1985-12-10
 71  Aleksandrov, Aleksej  g  BLR  2630  17  1973-05-11
 72  Lputian, Smbat G  g  ARM  2629  17  1958-02-14
 73  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2629  9  1983-05-31
 74  Gyimesi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2628  53  1977-03-31
 75  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2628  6  1975-09-03
 76  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2627  20  1981-11-30
 77  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2627  16  1983-06-28
 78  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2625  33  1985-11-28
 79  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2625  28  1986-06-15
 80  Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2625  23  1973-11-09
 81  McShane, Luke J.  g  ENG  2625  17  1984-01-07
 82  Timman, Jan H  g  NED  2625  17  1951-12-14
 83  Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  g  ESP  2624  9  1965-12-03
 84  Istratescu, Andrei  g  ROM  2624  0  1975-12-03
 85  Volkov, Sergey  g  RUS  2622  21  1974-02-07
 86  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2621  18  1983-11-26
 87  Filippov, Valerij  g  RUS  2621  11  1975-11-28
 88  Hjartarson, Johann  g  ISL  2621  5  1963-02-08
 89  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2619  29  1976-08-29
 90  Kempinski, Robert  g  POL  2619  29  1977-07-11
 91  Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2619  23  1985-08-08
 92  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  g  KAZ  2619  18  1975-05-17
 93  Kharlov, Andrei  g  RUS  2619  11  1968-11-20
 94  Felgaer, Ruben  g  ARG  2618  26  1981-04-04
 95  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2618  19  1985-12-09
 96  Lutz, Christopher  g  GER  2616  21  1971-02-24
 97  Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2616  20  1980-06-29
 98  Vladimirov, Evgeny  g  KAZ  2616  9  1957-01-20
 99  Socko, Bartosz  g  POL  2615  42  1978-11-10
 100  Korchnoi, Viktor  g  SUI  2615  5  1931-03-23
 101  Goldin, Alexander  g  USA  2615  0  1965-02-27

Top 50 women

In the women's section the two active Polgar sisters take first and second place – with the incredible Judit Polgar more than 150 points ahead of anyone of her gender, ever. Judit, you will notice, is in the top ten of all players, the only woman to break into the group of top two hundred (Susan is number 205 in the world). Maternity leave of over a year did not slow the youngest Polgar sister: in ten games since the previous list she has gained another three points.

The ex world champions Susan Polgar and Xie Jun both gained a lot with remarkable performances at the Chess Olympiad last year in Calviá (Spain). India's strongest female player, Koneru Humpy, picked up 23 points in 40 games to take fourth place. We welcome Sasha Kosteniuk to the clube of 2500+ players: the Russian gained 24 points in 15 games to occupy place five in the women's list.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2735  10  1976-07-23
 2  Polgar, Zsuzsa  g  USA  2577  0  1969-04-19
 3  Xie, Jun  g  CHN  2573  0  1970-10-30
 4  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2531  40  1987-03-31
 5  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2516  15  1984-04-23
 6  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2509  0  1961-01-17
 7  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2501  19  1979-04-19
 8  Lahno, Kateryna  m  UKR  2498  22  1989-12-27
 9  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2494  19  1963-04-23
 10  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2490  33  1985-01-14
 11  Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2480  35  1983-08-06
 12  Xu, Yuhua  wg  CHN  2480  19  1976-10-29
 13  Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2478  9  1979-06-05
 14  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2477  33  1986-04-11
 15  Hoang Thanh Trang  m  VIE  2476  36  1980-04-25
 16  Qin, Kanying  wg  CHN  2472  0  1974-02-02
 17  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2471  24  1974-04-17
 18  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2470  9  1985-04-06
 19  Socko, Monika  m  POL  2465  48  1978-03-24
 20  Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2453  20  1972-01-18
 21  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2452  11  1983-12-24
 22  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2449  39  1975-09-28
 23  Radziewicz, Iweta  m  POL  2447  42  1981-03-16
 24  Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2447  37  1982-08-09
 25  Kononenko, Tatiana  wg  UKR  2442  41  1978-12-05
 26  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2439  44  1976-06-22
 27  Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2438  48  1986-10-15
 28  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2438  28  1987-01-01
 29  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2437  29  1976-02-17
 30  Zatonskih, Anna  wg  USA  2435  0  1978-07-17
 31  Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2433  28  1978-08-16
 32  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2428  24  1983-12-08
 33  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  GEO  2423  46  1968-07-19
 34  Zaiatz, Elena  m  RUS  2422  41  1969-06-16
 35  Hunt, Harriet  m  ENG  2422  12  1978-02-04
 36  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2421  20  1985-01-08
 37  Lomineishvili, Maia  m  GEO  2420  34  1977-11-11
 38  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2419  31  1969-07-04
 39  Xu, Yuanyuan  wg  CHN  2418  0  1981-03-08
 40  Kachiani-G., Ketino  m  GER  2416  26  1971-09-11
 41  Maric, Alisa  m  SCG  2415  12  1970-01-10
 42  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2414  11  1979-03-25
 43  Polovnikova, Ekaterina  wg  RUS  2414  0  1982-11-14
 44  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2413  53  1985-03-09
 45  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROM  2411  33  1978-03-17
 46  Li, Ruofan  wg  CHN  2411  0  1978-04-30
 47  Zielinska, Marta  wg  POL  2410  53  1978-01-30
 48  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2410  50  1984-04-23
 49  Korbut, Ekaterina  wg  RUS  2409  42  1985-02-09
 50  Vasilevich, Irina  m  RUS  2407  41  1985-04-19

Top twenty juniors

Here we have 18-year-old Teimour Radjabov from Baku in the lead, but all eyes are on 15-year-old Sergey Karjakin, who gained another ten points in 23 games to hold place seven at 2645 points. Sergey is the youngest player in the list by over two years. Second youngest is the reigning US champion Hikaru Nakamura, who is 17.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
 1  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2682  12  1987-03-12
 2  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2671  30  1986-06-11
 3  Navara, David  g  CZE  2663  30  1985-03-27
 4  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2661  30  1985-01-06
 5  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2660  9  1987-12-09
 6  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2646  9  1985-04-12
 7  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2645  23  1990-01-12
 8  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2645  9  1986-05-10
 9  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2643  40  1985-07-03
 10  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2634  26  1986-11-26
 11  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2632  9  1985-12-10
 12  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2625  33  1985-11-28
 13  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2625  28  1986-06-15
 14  Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2619  23  1985-08-08
 15  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2618  19  1985-12-09
 16  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2612  25  1985-10-25
 17  Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2599  31  1985-09-12
 18  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2594  9  1986-07-24
 19  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2591  14  1987-01-13
 20  Guseinov, Gadir  g  AZE  2585  9  1986-05-21

Top twenty girls

Humpy of course leads, but Ukraine talent Kateryna Lahno, who has just won the European Women's Championship, has gained 31 points in 22 games to take second place. 15-year-old Kateryna is the eighth highest ranked female player in the world today.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
 1  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2531  40  1987-03-31
 2  Lahno, Kateryna  m  UKR  2498  22  1989-12-27
 3  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2490  33  1985-01-14
 4  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2477  33  1986-04-11
 5  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2470  9  1985-04-06
 6  Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2438  48  1986-10-15
 7  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2438  28  1987-01-01
 8  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2421  20  1985-01-08
 9  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2413  53  1985-03-09
 10  Korbut, Ekaterina  wg  RUS  2409  42  1985-02-09
 11  Vasilevich, Irina  m  RUS  2407  41  1985-04-19
 12  Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2402  20  1987-02-08
 13  Harika, Dronavalli  wg  IND  2396  0  1991-01-12
 14  Guseva, Marina  wm  RUS  2395  42  1986-08-05
 15  Huang, Qian  wm  CHN  2395  9  1986-07-18
 16  Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2394  48  1989-02-04
 17  Mongontuul, Bathuyag  wg  MGL  2391  11  1987-10-08
 18  Zdebskaja, Natalia  wg  UKR  2390  32  1986-08-16
 19  Ushenina, Anna  wg  UKR  2389  30  1985-08-30
 20  Karavade, Eesha  wm  IND  2370  9  1987-11-21
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