Topalov overtakes Kramnik in FIDE rankings

1/3/2005 – For almost a decade we have grown used to three players topping the world chess rankings: Kasparov, Anand and Kramnik. Now Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria has taken over place three. Kasparov barely managed to keep above the 2800 mark, with Anand is just 18 points behind. Details...

In the January 1st 2005 rating list Garry Kasparov managed to keep above the 2800 mark – by just four points. He was dragged below it by a disastrous performance at the European Club Cup but managed to make good with a brilliant win at the Russian Super-Final.

Indian superstar Vishy Anand has narrowed the gap to Kasparov further by scoring well at the Calvià Chess Olympiad (8/11). He is now just 18 points behind the perennial leader. One good performance, e.g. at the Wijk aan Zee tournament at the end of the month, and Anand could produce the biggest sensation of the year.

Veselin Topalov has now overtaken Vladimir Kramnik, breaking open the decade-old threesome of Kasparov, Anand and Kramnik. Actually Topalov's rating has remained unchanged since the last period, since he played no rated games. But Kramnik lost six points by drawing his Dannemann world championship match in Brissago. Peter Leko gained six points to remain in hot contention for the number three spot in the world rankings.

Finally we must congratulate Etienne Bacrot, who is as far as we know the first French player to enter the top ten club.

In the following lists you can click on the names of the players to access their Personal FIDE Cards. These include the national ranking, full individual calculation reports and previous top lists where the players have appeared. All data was collected and processed by FIDE.com.

FIDE Top 100 Players January 2005

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
1 Kasparov, Garry g RUS 2804 16 1963-04-13
2 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 11 1969-12-11
3 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2757 0 1975-03-15
4 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2754 14 1975-06-25
5 Leko, Peter g HUN 2749 14 1979-09-08
6 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2741 21 1977-07-18
7 Adams, Michael g ENG 2741 20 1971-11-17
8 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2735 19 1976-06-17
9 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2715 5 1983-01-22
10 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2713 19 1972-07-04
11 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2711 29 1969-03-18
12 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2710 26 1983-10-31
13 Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2709 10 1966-11-21
14 Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2704 19 1969-01-30
15 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2700 8 1983-10-11
16 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2696 17 1968-06-24
17 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2693 13 1971-12-07
18 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2686 26 1982-08-21
19 Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2685 24 1968-06-13
20 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2685 20 1986-06-11
21 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2684 12 1982-10-06
22 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2683 26 1971-12-14
23 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679 13 1972-10-07
24 Lautier, Joel g FRA 2678 21 1973-04-12
25 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2678 17 1979-12-05
26 Sakaev, Konstantin g RUS 2677 6 1974-04-13
27 Nikolic, Predrag g BIH 2676 0 1960-09-11
28 Short, Nigel D. g ENG 2674 17 1965-06-01
29 Karpov, Anatoly g RUS 2674 4 1951-05-23
30 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROM 2673 22 1976-08-01
31 Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2672 34 1963-11-14
32 Vaganian, Rafael A g ARM 2670 16 1951-10-15
33 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2669 25 1980-05-17
34 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2669 21 1977-09-19
35 Milov, Vadim g SUI 2668 18 1972-08-01
36 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2667 18 1987-03-12
37 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2665 17 1979-06-17
38 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2664 8 1980-11-27
39 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab g GEO 2662 19 1960-03-16
40 Khalifman, Alexander g RUS 2662 13 1966-01-18
41 Dominguez, Lenier g CUB 2661 11 1983-09-23
42 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2657 25 1985-04-12
43 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2657 22 1981-01-07
44 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2654 33 1965-11-28
45 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2653 10 1976-08-18
46 Bruzon, Lazaro g CUB 2652 28 1982-05-02
47 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2652 24 1975-09-03
48 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2650 17 1974-10-15
49 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2648 15 1973-05-24
50 Ye, Jiangchuan g CHN 2648 3 1960-11-20
51 Smirnov, Pavel g RUS 2645 25 1982-04-27
52 Vescovi, Giovanni g BRA 2645 0 1978-06-14
53 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2644 27 1968-01-21
54 Navara, David g CZE 2644 26 1985-03-27
55 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2643 8 1983-05-10
56 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2640 17 1983-11-26
57 Lputian, Smbat G g ARM 2640 12 1958-02-14
58 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2638 21 1981-11-30
59 Graf, Alexander g GER 2637 25 1962-08-25
60 Bauer, Christian g FRA 2636 6 1977-01-11
61 Aleksandrov, Aleksej g BLR 2635 35 1973-05-11
62 Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2635 27 1953-12-17
63 Sadvakasov, Darmen g KAZ 2635 26 1979-04-28
64 Gurevich, Mikhail g BEL 2634 26 1959-02-22
65 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2634 16 1978-05-03
66 Illescas Cordoba, Miguel g ESP 2633 18 1965-12-03
67 Hansen, Curt g DEN 2633 0 1964-09-18
68 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2632 42 1986-05-10
69 Seirawan, Yasser g USA 2631 0 1960-03-24
70 Avrukh, Boris g ISR 2629 26 1978-01-08
71 Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2629 10 1959-10-11
72 Tregubov, Pavel V. g RUS 2629 0 1971-12-21
73 Goldin, Alexander g USA 2628 10 1965-02-27
74 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2628 9 1976-08-29
75 Hjartarson, Johann g ISL 2628 0 1963-02-08
76 Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2627 43 1973-02-14
77 Ni, Hua g CHN 2625 22 1983-05-31
78 Movsesian, Sergei g SVK 2624 28 1978-11-03
79 Kempinski, Robert g POL 2624 24 1977-07-11
80 Huebner, Robert Dr. g GER 2624 0 1948-11-06
81 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2624 0 1977-06-22
82 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan g IRI 2623 66 1982-08-11
83 Vladimirov, Evgeny g KAZ 2623 19 1957-01-20
84 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2623 7 1985-10-25
85 Ehlvest, Jaan g EST 2622 19 1962-10-14
86 Filippov, Valerij g RUS 2621 7 1975-11-28
87 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij g UKR 2620 17 1978-12-28
88 Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2619 26 1985-01-06
89 Macieja, Bartlomiej g POL 2618 26 1977-10-04
90 Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2617 29 1931-03-23
91 Istratescu, Andrei g ROM 2617 5 1975-12-03
92 Sadler, Matthew g ENG 2617 0 1974-05-15
93 Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2616 20 1979-06-25
94 Iordachescu, Viorel g MDA 2615 23 1977-04-20
95 Epishin, Vladimir g RUS 2614 42 1965-07-11
96 Lutz, Christopher g GER 2614 18 1971-02-24
97 McShane, Luke J. g ENG 2614 17 1984-01-07
98 Kharlov, Andrei g RUS 2614 6 1968-11-20
99 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2613 25 1987-12-09
100 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas g KAZ 2613 2

At the top of the women's list we have Susan Polgar, whose remarkable performance in Calvià has proved her qualities beyond any doubt. Ex world champion Xie Jun is second, and current world champion Antoaneta Stefanova seventh.

FIDE Top 52 Women January 2005

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
1 Polgar, Zsuzsa g USA 2577 14 1969-04-19
2 Xie, Jun g CHN 2573 10 1970-10-30
3 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2512 27 1987-03-31
4 Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2509 13 1961-01-17
5 Zhao, Xue wg CHN 2502 12 1985-04-06
6 Zhu, Chen g CHN 2494 0 1976-03-16
7 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2491 26 1979-04-19
8 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2490 19 1984-04-23
9 Xu, Yuhua wg CHN 2487 20 1976-10-29
10 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2481 13 1963-04-23
11 Dzagnidze, Nana m GEO 2477 30 1987-01-01
12 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2477 0 1972-01-18
13 Kosintseva, Tatiana m RUS 2475 9 1986-04-11
14 Hoang Thanh Trang m VIE 2470 10 1980-04-25
15 Cmilyte, Viktorija m LTU 2468 15 1983-08-06
16 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2466 19 1974-04-17
17 Krush, Irina m USA 2466 12 1983-12-24
18 Qin, Kanying wg CHN 2466 0 1974-02-02
19 Zhukova, Natalia wg UKR 2465 12 1979-06-05
20 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2464 27 1976-06-22
21 Kosintseva, Nadezhda m RUS 2460 12 1985-01-14
22 Radziewicz, Iweta m POL 2459 22 1981-03-16
23 Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2459 21 1976-02-17
24 Javakhishvili, Lela wg GEO 2456 35 1984-04-23
25 Lahno, Kateryna m UKR 2454 18 1989-12-27
26 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan m GEO 2454 9 1968-07-19
27 Socko, Monika m POL 2441 28 1978-03-24
28 Moser, Eva m AUT 2438 19 1982-07-26
29 Zatonskih, Anna wg USA 2435 28 1978-07-17
30 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROM 2434 28 1978-03-17
31 Matveeva, Svetlana wg RUS 2427 6 1969-07-04
32 Kachiani-G., Ketino m GER 2423 12 1971-09-11
33 Sebag, Marie m FRA 2421 22 1986-10-15
34 Mashinskaya, Iulia wg RUS 2420 47 1977-02-18
35 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman m IND 2418 34 1979-03-25
36 Korbut, Ekaterina wg RUS 2417 28 1985-02-09
37 Maric, Alisa m SCG 2416 28 1970-01-10
38 Sedina, Elena m ITA 2416 16 1968-06-01
39 Danielian, Elina m ARM 2415 36 1978-08-16
40 Hunt, Harriet m ENG 2415 24 1978-02-04
41 Slavina, Irina m RUS 2415 15 1979-08-10
42 Polovnikova, Ekaterina wg RUS 2414 6 1982-11-14
43 Foisor, Cristina Adela m ROM 2411 38 1967-06-07
44 Zozulia, Anna m UKR 2411 9 1980-03-10
45 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2410 19 1977-11-11
46 Xu, Yuanyuan wg CHN 2409 10 1981-03-08
47 Li, Ruofan wg CHN 2409 9 1978-04-30
48 Zielinska, Marta wg POL 2408 19 1978-01-30
49 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2407 23 1985-01-08
50 Jackova, Jana m CZE 2405 19 1982-08-06
51 Gara, Anita wg HUN 2405 11 1983-03-04
52 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2405 10 1968-05-08

Amongst the juniors 18-year-old Andrei Volotkin is leading by 18 points, ahead of Teimour Radjabov, who is almost a year his junior. India's Pentala Harikrishna, who recently won the Junior World Championships in Cochin, is now number five, while 14-year-old Sergey Karjakin is number 14. Magnus Carlsen and Yuriy Kuzubov have not yet made the top 20.

FIDE Top 20 Juniors January 2005

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
1 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2685 20 1986-06-11
2 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2667 18 1987-03-12
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2657 25 1985-04-12
4 Navara, David g CZE 2644 26 1985-03-27
5 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2632 42 1986-05-10
6 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2623 7 1985-10-25
7 Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2619 26 1985-01-06
8 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2613 25 1987-12-09
9 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2610 31 1985-08-08
10 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2607 13 1985-12-10
11 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2605 36 1985-11-28
12 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2602 16 1985-12-09
13 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2601 9 1985-07-03
14 Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2599 7 1990-01-12
15 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2596 0 1985-09-12
16 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2585 12 1986-07-24
17 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2574 10 1986-05-21
18 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2572 37 1986-11-26
19 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2572 0 1985-06-25
20 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2570 18 1986-06-15

The girl's section is led by Koneru Humpy of India, who at 17 has a full male grandmaster title to her name. WGM Zhao Xue is the only other girl above 2500. The Kosintseva sisters are together at places 4 and 5, while the youngest in the group, Dronavalli Harika (13) of India and Anna Muzychuk (14) of Slovenia are 10th and 11th.

FIDE Top 20 Girls January 2005

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
1 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2512 27 1987-03-31
2 Zhao, Xue wg CHN 2502 12 1985-04-06
3 Dzagnidze, Nana m GEO 2477 30 1987-01-01
4 Kosintseva, Tatiana m RUS 2475 9 1986-04-11
5 Kosintseva, Nadezhda m RUS 2460 12 1985-01-14
6 Lahno, Kateryna m UKR 2454 18 1989-12-27
7 Sebag, Marie m FRA 2421 22 1986-10-15
8 Korbut, Ekaterina wg RUS 2417 28 1985-02-09
9 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2407 23 1985-01-08
10 Harika, Dronavalli wg IND 2396 29 1991-01-12
11 Muzychuk, Anna wg SLO 2387 23 1990-02-28
12 Ruan, Lufei CHN 2387 0 1987-10-02
13 Huang, Qian wm CHN 2381 9 1986-07-18
14 Zawadzka, Jolanta wm POL 2363 20 1987-02-08
15 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2362 27 1985-03-09
16 Karavade, Eesha wm IND 2360 32 1987-11-21
17 Ushenina, Anna wg UKR 2357 15 1985-08-30
18 Mongontuul, Bathuyag wg MGL 2357 10 1987-10-08
19 Gunina, Valentina wf RUS 2342 18 1989-02-04
20 Melia, Salome wm GEO 2340 11 1987-04-14

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