Happy FIDE New Year's Day Ratings!

1/1/2006 – Punctually, on the first day of the new year, FIDE has published its latest rating list. Kasparov is still on it in place one. Second is Veselin Topalov, nine points ahead of Vishy Anand. Peter Svidler is number four, Levon Aronian number five. We bring you all the top ranking lists and statistics.

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FIDE January 2006 Rating Lists

Garry Kasparov has retired from competitive chess and remains at his last rating of 2812. Veselin Topalov gained 19 points to take second place, nine points ahead of Vishy Anand, who gained four. Peter Svidler picked up 25 points to make it to place four, and the Armenian super-talent Levon Aronian gained 28 to make place five. Vladimir Kramnik gained two and Peter Leko lost eleven to take the next two places.

Other big gainers are Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (+35), Zahar Efimenko (+29), Vladimir Malakhov (+24), and Evgeny Bareev (+23). Most points lost were by Emil Sutovsky and Sergey Tiviakov (-30), Judit Polgar (-24). With that Judit dropped from place eight to 14.

The oldest player in the top 100 list is Dr Robert Hübner, who is 57 and place 81 in the world. The youngest players are Sergey Karjakin at place 42 (Elo 2660) and Magnus Carlsen, place 89 (2625), both 15 years old. The youngest player in all four lists is Dronavalli Harika of India, number 13 amongst the girls, Elo 2396 and 14 years old.

Top 100 Players January 2006

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games  Birth
 1 Kasparov, Garry  g  RUS  2812  0  1963
 2 Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2801  14  1975
 3 Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2792  14  1969
 4 Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2765  21  1976
 5 Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2752  33  1982
 6 Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2741  4  1975
 7 Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2740  14  1979
 8 Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2729  34  1969
 9 Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2723  33  1968
 10 Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2723  19  1983
 11 Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2721  21  1977
 12 Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2717  28  1983
 13 Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2717  20  1983
 14 Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2711  14  1976
 15 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2709  34  1985
 16 Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2709  6  1972
 17 Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2707  14  1971
 18 Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2704  13  1971
 19 Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2700  17  1987
 20 Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2698  29  1966
 21 Dreev, Alexey  g  RUS  2697  30  1969
 22 Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2694  20  1980
 23 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROM  2693  27  1976
 24 Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2689  18  1968
 25 Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2686  20  1974
 26 Lautier, Joel  g  FRA  2682  21  1973
 27 Short, Nigel D.  g  ENG  2676  2  1965
 28 Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2673  23  1986
 29 Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2672  0  1951
 30 Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2670  23  1981
 31 Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2670  15  1986
 32 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2670  14  1979
 33 Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2669  24  1973
 34 Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2666  34  1985
 35 Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2665  32  1974
 36 Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2665  26  1986
 37 Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2664  21  1976
 38 Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2662  28  1968
 39 Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2662  18  1983
 40 Delchev, Aleksander  g  BUL  2661  36  1971
 41 Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2661  22  1971
 42 Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2660  19  1990
 43 Khalifman, Alexander  g  RUS  2660  13  1966
 44 Navara, David  g  CZE  2660  11  1985
 45 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab  g  GEO  2658  14  1960
 46 Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2657  23  1985
 47 Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2657  18  1980
 48 Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2655  19  1983
 49 Kobalia, Mikhail  g  RUS  2654  20  1978
 50 Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2653  29  1985
 51 Aleksandrov, Aleksej  g  BLR  2653  14  1973
 52 Izoria, Zviad  g  GEO  2652  23  1984
 53 Najer, Evgeniy  g  RUS  2652  22  1977
 54 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2650  31  1982
 55 Bruzon, Lazaro  g  CUB  2650  22  1982
 56 Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2650  11  1975
 57 Korneev, Oleg  g  RUS  2649  56  1969
 58 Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2649  34  1974
 59 Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2647  27  1972
 60 Miton, Kamil  g  POL  2646  18  1984
 61 Asrian, Karen  g  ARM  2646  9  1980
 62 Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2646  6  1976
 63 Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2645  25  1965
 64 Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2645  17  1985
 65 Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2644  8  1987
 66 Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2644  4  1973
 67 Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2642  16  1973
 68 Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2638  19  1979
 69 Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2638  19  1980
 70 Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2638  14  1972
 71 Dominguez, Lenier  g  CUB  2638  8  1983
 72 Krasenkow, Michal  g  POL  2636  26  1963
 73 Ibragimov, Ildar  g  USA  2635  26  1967
 74 Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2635  0  1960
 75 Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2634  23  1985
 76 Vescovi, Giovanni  g  BRA  2633  37  1978
 77 Gurevich, Mikhail  g  TUR  2633  31  1959
 78 Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2633  14  1978
 79 Sokolov, Andrei  g  FRA  2632  17  1963
 80 Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2632  8  1978
 81 Huebner, Robert Dr.  g  GER  2632  0  1948
 82 Granda Zuniga, Julio E  g  PER  2631  2  1967
 83 Timman, Jan H  g  NED  2630  0  1951
 84 Volkov, Sergey  g  RUS  2629  21  1974
 85 Zhang, Zhong  g  CHN  2629  20  1978
 86 Sadvakasov, Darmen  g  KAZ  2629  19  1979
 87 Bauer, Christian  g  FRA  2627  20  1977
 88 Beliavsky, Alexander G  g  SLO  2626  12  1953
 89 Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2625  40  1990
 90 Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2625  27  1986
 91 Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2625  9  1981
 92 Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2625  6  1986
 93 Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2624  24  1977
 94 Kotronias, Vasilios  g  GRE  2622  34  1964
 95 Ehlvest, Jaan  g  EST  2619  39  1962
 96 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2619  36  1978
 97 Kempinski, Robert  g  POL  2619  34  1977
 98 Hjartarson, Johann  g  ISL  2619  0  1963
 99 Atalik, Suat  g  TUR  2618  34  1964
 100 Istratescu, Andrei  g  ROM  2618  17  1975
 101 Paragua, Mark  g  PHI  2618  13  1984

Top 50 Women January 2006

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games  Birth
 1 Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2711  14  1976
 2 Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2537  29  1987
 3 Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2515  13  1963
 4 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2514  9  1984
 5 Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2511  0  1961
 6 Xu, Yuhua  wg  CHN  2502  0  1976
 7 Lahno, Kateryna  m  UKR  2500  7  1989
 8 Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2499  14  1979
 9 Zhu, Chen  g  CHN  2482  10  1976
 10 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2480  6  1985
 11 Hoang Thanh Trang  m  VIE  2480  5  1980
 12 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  m  IND  2479  10  1979
 13 Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2479  6  1986
 14 Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2475  9  1983
 15 Socko, Monika  m  POL  2475  9  1978
 16 Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2473  16  1985
 17 Qin, Kanying  wg  CHN  2469  9  1974
 18 Galliamova, Alisa  m  RUS  2467  9  1972
 19 Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2461  9  1983
 20 Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2461  0  1976
 21 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2458  16  1974
 22 Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2453  10  1982
 23 Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2452  24  1987
 24 Krush, Irina  m  USA  2447  11  1983
 25 Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2444  16  1984
 26 Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2437  13  1976
 27 Zatonskih, Anna  wg  USA  2433  17  1978
 28 Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2432  15  1979
 29 Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2430  20  1975
 30 Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2428  3  1969
 31 Korbut, Ekaterina  wg  RUS  2427  14  1985
 32 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  GEO  2426  0  1968
 33 Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2423  20  1978
 34 Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2422  19  1985
 35 Hunt, Harriet  m  ENG  2422  0  1978
 36 Zaiatz, Elena  m  RUS  2422  0  1969
 37 Radziewicz, Iweta  m  POL  2421  33  1981
 38 Kachiani-G., Ketino  m  GER  2421  0  1971
 39 Lomineishvili, Maia  m  GEO  2418  14  1977
 40 Kononenko, Tatiana  wg  UKR  2417  36  1978
 41 Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2417  34  1990
 42 Maric, Alisa  m  SCG  2415  15  1970
 43 Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2415  0  1986
 44 Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2409  26  1985
 45 Matnadze, Ana  wg  GEO  2408  24  1983
 46 Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROM  2407  14  1978
 47 Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2407  10  1968
 48 Xu, Yuanyuan  wg  CHN  2405  9  1981
 49 Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2403  13  1979
 50 Foisor, Cristina Adela  m  ROM  2402  9  1967

Top 20 Juniors January 2006

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games  Birth
 1 Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2700  17  1987
 2 Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2673  23  1986
 3 Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2670  15  1986
 4 Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2665  26  1986
 5 Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2660  19  1990
 6 Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2644  8  1987
 7 Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2625  40  1990
 8 Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2625  27  1986
 9 Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2625  6  1986
 10 Pantsulaia, Levan  g  GEO  2609  35  1986
 11 Guseinov, Gadir  g  AZE  2607  35  1986
 12 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2605  28  1987
 13 Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2599  26  1987
 14 Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2593  44  1989
 15 Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2586  31  1987
 16 Vitiugov, Nikita    RUS  2573  31  1987
 17 Stellwagen, Daniel  g  NED  2573  22  1987
 18 Savchenko, Boris  m  RUS  2569  27  1986
 19 Balogh, Csaba  g  HUN  2561  10  1987
 20 Baramidze, David  g  GER  2554  18  1988

Top 20 Girls January 2006

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games  Birth
 1 Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2537  29  1987
 2 Lahno, Kateryna  m  UKR  2500  7  1989
 3 Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2479  6  1986
 4 Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2452  24  1987
 5 Muzychuk, Anna  wg  SLO  2417  34  1990
 6 Sebag, Marie  m  FRA  2415  0  1986
 7 Melia, Salome  wg  GEO  2390  28  1987
 8 Kadziolka, Beata  wm  POL  2381  23  1986
 9 Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2378  28  1987
 10 Tania, Sachdev  wg  IND  2375  13  1986
 11 Mongontuul, Bathuyag  wg  MGL  2372  22  1987
 12 Huang, Qian  wm  CHN  2371  15  1986
 13 Ruan, Lufei    CHN  2361  9  1987
 14 Harika, Dronavalli  wg  IND  2358  32  1991
 15 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram  wm  VIE  2355  19  1987
 16 Guseva, Marina  wm  RUS  2349  13  1986
 17 Kovanova, Baira    RUS  2341  24  1987
 18 Purtseladze, Maka  m  GEO  2341  22  1988
 19 Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2336  9  1989
 20 Fominykh, Maria  wf  RUS  2332  21  1987
 21 Karavade, Eesha  wg  IND  2332  13  1987

Top chess countries

The following table shows chess nations ranked by the average of their top ten players. Russia is easily in the lead, and also has by far the most GMs, IMs and titled players. Ukraine is second, the US is third. Surprisingly we find France in place four, ahead of Armenia, Hungary, China and Israel. From the point of view of total number of titled players Russia is in the lead, second is Germany, third Serbia and Montenegro, followed by USA and Ukraine.

 No. Country Aver. GMs IMs
Titled
1
Russia 2718 156 417
1562
2
Ukraine 2665 53 169
325
3
USA 2625 60 99
455
4
France 2620 29 67
235
5
Armenia 2618 17 22
58
6
Hungary 2612 36 99
336
7
China 2611 19 12
81
8
Israel 2611 33 41
133
9
Netherlands 2607 19 55
207
10
Germany 2604 61 186
945
11
England 2601 33 51
202
12
Georgia 2599 19 29
88
13
Azerbaijan 2591 14 15
48
14
Poland 2588 20 81
239
15
Bulgaria 2587 23 47
88
16
India 2583 11 45
96
17
Serbia Mont. 2567 50 105
516
18
Spain 2562 24 70
285
19
Romania 2557 14 71
235
20
Czech Republic 2555 19 61
177
21
Belarus 2542 8 27
67
22
Cuba 2541 12 37
192
23
Kazakhstan 2541 11 22
67
24
Denmark 2540 9 32
78
25
Greece 2540 10 20
73
26
Croatia 2539 18 55
182
27
Sweden 2535 15 32
100
28
Myanmar 2525 1 4
26
29
Switzerland 2522 7 26
99
30
Uzbekistan 2516 9 9
30

All data by courtesy of FIDE (http://www.fide.com).

Super-Grandmasters rated 2700 or higher

The following table, sent to us by Przemek Jahr of Pila, Poland, lists all players who have reached a rating of 2700 or higher. It lists their highest ever rating and gives year and the list in which it was achieved. For instance: the overall highest rating every achieved in chess, 2851, was by Garry Kasparov in the July list of 1999.

1 Kasparov, Garry RUS 2851 1999.07
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2811 2002.01
3 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2801 2006.01
4 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2797 2001.07
5 Fischer, Robert USA 2785 1972.04
6 Karpov, Anatoly RUS 2780 1994.07
7 Svidler, Peter RUS 2765 2006.01
8 Leko, Peter HUN 2763 2005.04
9 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2758 1999.07
10 Adams, Michael ENG 2755 2000.07
11 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2752 2005.07
12 Aronian, Levon ARM 2752 2006.01
13 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2751 2000.01
14 Kamsky, Gata USA 2745 1996.07
15 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743 2002.04
16 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2739 2003.10
17 Polgar, Judith HUN 2735 2005.07
18 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2732 2003.07
19 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2731 2005.04
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 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2709 2006.01
26 Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2707 2005.10
27 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROM 2707 2005.10
28 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2706 2001.10
29 Sokolov, Ivan NED 2706 2004.01
30 Tal, Mikhail LAT 2705 1980.01
31 Dreev, Alexey RUS 2705 2003.10
32 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2704 2005.10
33 Krasenkow, Michal POL 2702 2000.07
34 Smirin, Ilia ISR 2702 2001.07
35 Khalifman, Alexander RUS 2702 2001.10
36 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab GEO 2702 2003.07
37 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2700 2004.01
38 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2700 2005.04
39 Tiviakov, Sergei NED 2700 2005.10


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