July 2017 FIDE ratings: Redistribution of wealth

by Albert Silver
6/30/2017 – This month's ratings list brings a number of remarkable results, all worthy of commentary. First and foremost is Levon Aronian's deserved return to the 2800-club after great wins at the Grenke Classic, and now at Norway Chess. Also worth noting is that the group of players rated 2800 or more has grown to six, but before concluding 'ratings inflation' read the commentary in the article to see if you still think that way after.

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FIDE July 2017 – Top 100 Players

Looking at the new ratings list with no fewer than six players rated 2800, the words ‘ratings inflation’ might readily come to mind, but a closer examination shows that it is most likely a consequence of the redistribution of Elo than actual inflation.

To explain this better, let’s look at the ratings list of July 2016, exactly one year ago, when only three players could claim the mantle of 2800 or more. In second place was Kramnik, just as now, with exactly the same rating as this month, 2812. Part of the difference is that a year ago, Magnus Carlsen stood head and shoulders above with 2855, a full 43 Elo more. This month he stands at 2822, just 10 Elo above. Since the Elo system is a zero-sum equation, those 33 Elo lost did not just go up in smoke, they were passed on to other players below him. When he, or any player, loses 4 Elo to one player, that player gains the exact same amount.

The concentration at the top has also never been tighter, and reveals a group of players who are distinctly pulling away, at least for now, from the rest of the field. While Magnus Carlsen remains no.1 with 2822, the no. 10 is Ding Liren with 2781 just 41 Elo behind. A year ago Magnus Carlsen's advantage over just the no. 2 was more with 43 Elo.

A couple of other points to note, a year ago, the difference in rating between the no. 10 and the no.15 was just 12 Elo, today, a year later, the no.10 is rated 32 Elo more than the no. 15 further emphasizing how the top 10 are distancing themselves from the rest. The bottom rating and minimum to enter the Top 100 today is 2653, whereas in July 2016 it was 2654.

There can be no question the biggest name of the month was Levon Aronian, who scored a fantastic win at the Norway Chess tournament, and raced back into the 2800-club where he so obviously belongs.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2822 9 1990
2 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2812 9 1975
3 So, Wesley g USA 2810 9 1993
4 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2809 9 1982
5 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2807 9 1992
6 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2800 0 1985
7 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2792 9 1987
8 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2791 9 1990
9 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 9 1969
10 Ding, Liren g CHN 2781 8 1992
11 Giri, Anish g NED 2775 9 1994
12 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2773 9 1990
13 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2761 0 1983
14 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2753 18 1994
15 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2749 6 1976
16 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2749 0 1975
17 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2742 8 1990
18 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2739 0 1983
19 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2739 0 1983
20 Wei, Yi g CHN 2738 18 1999
21 Navara, David g CZE 2737 11 1985
22 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2737 0 1986
23 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2736 9 1987
24 Adams, Michael g ENG 2736 0 1971
25 Li, Chao b g CHN 2735 18 1989
26 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2730 18 1991
27 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2729 10 1969
28 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2728 0 1968
29 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2726 19 1995
30 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2726 0 1991
31 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2724 7 1987
32 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2724 0 1987
33 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2722 0 1980
34 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2717 0 1982
35 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2715 10 1983
36 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2714 11 1983
37 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2712 11 1990
38 Naiditsch, Arkadij g AZE 2712 11 1985
39 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2711 4 1985
40 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2710 11 1987
41 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2707 20 1998
42 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2707 0 1976
43 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2707 0 1985
44 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2706 0 1977
45 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2703 11 1986
46 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2703 11 1983
47 Howell, David W L g ENG 2702 11 1990
48 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2699 18 1983
49 Wang, Yue g CHN 2699 0 1987
50 Wang, Hao g CHN 2698 2 1989
51 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2695 11 1998
52 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2695 11 1989
53 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2694 0 1996
54 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi g IND 2693 9 1994
55 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2690 7 1986
56 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2688 17 1981
57 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2688 0 1965
58 Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2687 7 1974
59 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2683 11 1977
60 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2683 0 1976
61 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2683 0 1974
62 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2682 7 1975
63 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2680 11 1988
64 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2680 11 1979
65 Leko, Peter g HUN 2678 11 1979
66 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2678 0 1974
67 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2677 11 1978
68 Adhiban, B. g IND 2677 9 1992
69 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2676 0 1979
70 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2675 0 1977
71 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2675 0 1972
72 Ni, Hua g CHN 2674 0 1983
73 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2672 0 1988
74 Markus, Robert g SRB 2672 0 1983
75 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2671 19 1980
76 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2670 11 1989
77 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2669 0 1988
78 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2668 17 1985
79 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2667 0 1971
80 Shankland, Samuel L g USA 2666 18 1991
81 Bareev, Evgeny g CAN 2666 0 1966
82 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2666 0 1994
83 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2664 11 1989
84 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2664 8 1993
85 Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2662 20 1989
86 Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2662 6 1983
87 Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2660 11 1987
88 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2659 11 1988
89 Ipatov, Alexander g TUR 2659 0 1993
90 Mareco, Sandro g ARG 2659 0 1987
91 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2658 11 1985
92 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2658 11 1996
93 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g IND 2658 0 1983
94 Kravtsiv, Martyn g UKR 2657 18 1990
95 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2656 9 1988
96 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2656 0 1967
97 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2656 0 1972
98 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2655 20 1986
99 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2654 11 1995
100 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2654 11 1985
101 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2653 20 1982

Top climbers and descenders 

The list of players who experienced gains or losses of at least 10 Elo.

The two biggest Elo gainers in this month's list were also the two rising stars in Russia's list of players: Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev. Fedoseev has had a fantastic year, and represented Russia in the recent World Team Championship, where he scored 6.0/8 with a 2782 performance. This helped him gain 23 Elo.

Maxim Matlakov not only performed strongly for the Russian team in Khanty-Mansiysk, but also won the European Indivdiual Championship

Rk
Old
Name
Fed
Ti.
Rating
Old
Gms
  1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2822 -10 2832 9
4 7 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2809 +16 2793 9
17 23 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 2742 +10 2732 8
20 25 Wei, Yi CHN GM 2738 +10 2728 18
25 30 Li, Chao b CHN GM 2735 +15 2720 18
26 43 Matlakov, Maxim RUS GM 2730 +23 2707 18
29 47 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS GM 2726 +23 2703 19
45 56 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL GM 2703 +13 2690 11
47 53 Howell, David W L ENG GM 2702 +10 2692 11
48 36 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 2699 -13 2712 18
55 38 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR GM 2690 -19 2709 7
56 83 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND GM 2688 +19 2669 17
65 55 Leko, Peter HUN GM 2678 -13 2691 11
78 37 Korobov, Anton UKR GM 2668 -43 2711 17
80 70 Shankland, Samuel L USA GM 2666 -10 2676 18
86 76 Akobian, Varuzhan USA GM 2662 -11 2673 6
95 65 Ragger, Markus AUT GM 2656 -21 2677 9

FIDE Top 100 Women

Lei Tingje was also a big star this month, as she scored a staggering 8.0/9 for China at the Women's World Team Championship and a 2687 performance

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2666 0 1994
2 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2572 13 1991
3 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2572 0 1990
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2557 0 1987
5 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2552 8 1984
6 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2544 0 1992
7 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2542 0 1983
8 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2535 8 1989
9 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2526 8 1991
10 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2522 18 1997
11 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2519 8 1987
12 Tan, Zhongyi g CHN 2517 18 1991
13 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2512 0 1979
14 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2505 8 1989
15 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2502 17 1991
16 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2495 0 1986
17 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2486 13 1985
18 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2481 9 1985
19 Socko, Monika g POL 2480 8 1978
20 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2478 16 1998
21 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2475 12 1987
22 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2469 0 1985
23 Shen, Yang m CHN 2468 13 1989
24 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2459 11 1972
25 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2459 8 1988
26 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2459 0 1980
27 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2458 8 1985
28 Krush, Irina g USA 2451 9 1983
29 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2451 0 1978
30 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2446 9 1986
31 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2445 5 1982
32 Saduakassova, Dinara m KAZ 2444 9 1996
33 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2444 2 1963
34 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2443 0 1992
35 Hoolt, Sarah wg GER 2439 0 1988
36 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2438 8 1979
37 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2438 7 1984
38 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2438 0 1993
39 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2437 7 1976
40 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2437 0 1997
41 Garcia Martin, Marta f ESP 2435 0 2000
42 Shvayger, Yuliya wg ISR 2434 0 1994
43 Ni, Shiqun wg CHN 2432 9 1997
44 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2424 7 1978
45 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2424 0 1976
46 Daulyte, Deimante m LTU 2419 2 1989
47 Ding, Yixin wg CHN 2416 9 1991
48 Guo, Qi m CHN 2414 12 1995
49 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2413 0 1993
50 Turova, Irina m RUS 2413 0 1979
51 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg POL 2412 19 1987
52 Bulmaga, Irina m ROU 2412 14 1993
53 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2411 0 1974
54 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2409 0 1982
55 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma m INA 2409 0 1992
56 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina m ESP 2408 13 1987
57 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram wg VIE 2408 7 1987
58 Nechaeva, Marina m RUS 2408 0 1986
59 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2406 11 1994
60 Tania, Sachdev m IND 2404 7 1986
61 Houska, Jovanka m ENG 2402 0 1980
62 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2400 8 2000
63 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2400 0 1975
64 Melia, Salome m GEO 2399 5 1987
65 Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2399 0 1976
66 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs m MGL 2398 0 1986
67 Bojkovic, Natasa m SRB 2398 0 1971
68 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2397 9 1987
69 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2397 9 1978
70 Karavade, Eesha m IND 2397 7 1987
71 Szczepkowska, Karina m POL 2396 14 1987
72 Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa wg CUB 2394 10 1988
73 Mammadzada, Gunay wg AZE 2393 9 2000
74 Zimina, Olga m ITA 2390 0 1982
75 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2389 11 1983
76 Rajlich, Iweta m POL 2389 0 1981
77 Babiy, Olga wg UKR 2388 0 1989
78 Assaubayeva, Bibisara wf RUS 2386 11 2004
79 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2386 0 1968
80 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2384 11 1994
81 Shuvalova, Polina wm RUS 2383 0 2001
82 Gara, Anita m HUN 2381 0 1983
83 Kulon, Klaudia wg POL 2380 17 1992
84 Bivol, Alina wg RUS 2379 0 1996
85 Michna, Marta wg GER 2377 0 1978
86 Lujan, Carolina m ARG 2376 9 1985
87 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2375 0 1997
88 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2374 0 1991
89 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel m MGL 2373 7 2000
90 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2373 0 1987
91 Gritsayeva, Oksana wf RUS 2372 0 1980
92 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman m IND 2370 6 1979
93 Videnova, Iva m BUL 2370 4 1987
94 Majdan, Joanna wg POL 2369 7 1988
95 Ryjanova, Julia wg RUS 2369 7 1974
96 Schleining, Zoya m GER 2369 7 1961
97 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia m BLR 2369 0 1995
98 Brunello, Marina f ITA 2367 0 1994
99 Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2367 0 1977
100 Tsolakidou, Stavroula wg GRE 2365 1 2000
101 Li, Ruofan m SGP 2365 0 1978
102 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2365 0 1977

FIDE Top 100 Juniors

 

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Wei, Yi g CHN 2738 18 1999
2 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2707 20 1998
3 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2695 11 1998
4 Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2642 11 1997
5 Xiong, Jeffery g USA 2642 7 2000
6 Sevian, Samuel g USA 2633 20 2000
7 Van Foreest, Jorden g NED 2606 0 1999
8 Oparin, Grigoriy g RUS 2605 11 1997
9 Gledura, Benjamin g HUN 2600 11 1999
10 Tari, Aryan g NOR 2595 8 1999
11 Vavulin, Maksim m RUS 2595 0 1998
12 Aravindh,Chithambaram VR. g IND 2593 0 1999
13 Maghsoodloo, Parham g IRI 2584 0 2000
14 Svane, Rasmus g GER 2583 11 1997
15 Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2580 11 1997
16 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel g ROU 2579 11 2001
17 Karthikeyan, Murali g IND 2579 3 1999
18 Alekseenko, Kirill g RUS 2575 11 1997
19 Donchenko, Alexander g GER 2570 11 1998
20 Pichot, Alan g ARG 2570 11 1998
21 Ghosh, Diptayan g IND 2569 20 1998
22 Li, Ruifeng g USA 2568 9 2001
23 Rambaldi, Francesco g ITA 2568 9 1999
24 Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan g IND 2564 0 1998
25 Wagner, Dennis g GER 2563 11 1997
26 Bai, Jinshi g CHN 2559 9 1999
27 Boruchovsky, Avital g ISR 2558 11 1997
28 Vaibhav, Suri g IND 2558 0 1997
29 Petrosyan, Manuel m ARM 2553 11 1998
30 Tran, Tuan Minh m VIE 2549 9 1997
31 Martirosyan, Haik M. m ARM 2544 11 2000
32 Steinberg, Nitzan m ISR 2543 11 1998
33 Schroeder, Jan-Christian g GER 2539 7 1998
34 Liang, Awonder m USA 2536 9 2003
35 Sanal, Vahap g TUR 2533 17 1998
36 Xu, Xiangyu m CHN 2532 9 1999
37 Ladva, Ottomar g EST 2531 20 1997
38 Paravyan, David m RUS 2531 9 1998
39 Dastan, Muhammed Batuhan g TUR 2529 15 1997
40 Esipenko, Andrey f RUS 2523 11 2002
41 Yuffa, Daniil g RUS 2523 0 1997
42 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2522 18 1997
43 Harutyunian, Tigran K. m ARM 2517 11 1997
44 Golubov, Saveliy m RUS 2516 18 2000
45 Lorparizangeneh, Shahin g IRI 2516 0 1999
46 Ali Marandi, Cemil Can m TUR 2515 11 1998
47 Lampert, Jonas m GER 2514 0 1997
48 Zajic, Milan g SRB 2513 0 1999
49 Sarana, Alexey m RUS 2510 11 2000
50 Vorontsov, Pavlo m UKR 2510 10 1998
51 Kollars, Dmitrij m GER 2510 0 1999
52 Tabatabaei, M.amin m IRI 2509 0 2001
53 Brown, Michael William m USA 2508 9 1997
54 Triapishko, Alexandr m RUS 2506 0 2000
55 Vetoshko, Volodymyr g UKR 2505 9 1998
56 Kelires, Andreas g GRE 2505 1 1999
57 Shevchenko, Kirill m UKR 2502 22 2002
58 Firouzja, Alireza m IRI 2499 0 2003
59 Theodorou, Nikolas m GRE 2498 11 2000
60 Korpa, Bence m HUN 2497 0 1998
61 Preotu, Razvan g CAN 2496 0 1999
62 Smirnov, Anton m AUS 2495 13 2001
63 Dragnev, Valentin m AUT 2495 11 1999
64 Kobo, Ori m ISR 2494 11 1997
65 Sadikhov, Ulvi m AZE 2494 9 1998
66 Aryan Chopra g IND 2491 0 2001
67 Salomon, Johan m NOR 2488 18 1997
68 Khegay, Dmitriy f RUS 2484 20 1997
69 Chandra, Akshat g USA 2484 15 1999
70 Lomasov, Semen m RUS 2483 11 2002
71 Cheng, Bobby m AUS 2483 6 1997
72 Kantor, Gergely m HUN 2481 0 1999
73 Praggnanandhaa R m IND 2479 9 2005
74 Burke, John M m USA 2479 4 2001
75 Puranik, Abhimanyu m IND 2479 0 2000
76 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2478 16 1998
77 Tang, Andrew m USA 2478 11 1999
78 Moroni, Luca Jr m ITA 2476 11 2000
79 Hakobyan, Aram m ARM 2475 22 2001
80 Vogel, Roven m GER 2475 9 2000
81 Shtembuliak, Evgeny m UKR 2474 0 1999
82 Suarez Gomez, Julio f ESP 2474 0 1998
83 Nguyen, Thai Dai Van m CZE 2473 11 2001
84 Van Foreest, Lucas m NED 2473 9 2001
85 Gurevich, Daniel m USA 2472 18 1997
86 Troff, Kayden W g USA 2472 9 1998
87 Gagare, Shardul g IND 2472 0 1997
88 Pechac, Jergus f SVK 2472 0 2001
89 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian m NOR 2471 9 1998
90 Nihal Sarin f IND 2471 9 2004
91 Yeoh, Li Tian m MAS 2471 0 1999
92 Visakh N R m IND 2470 0 1999
93 Santos Ruiz, Miguel m ESP 2469 11 1999
94 Harmon-Vellotti, Luke m USA 2469 9 1998
95 Li, Di m CHN 2469 9 1999
96 Mosadeghpour, Masoud m IRI 2469 0 1997
97 Sorokin, Aleksey f RUS 2469 0 2000
98 Kuybokarov, Temur m UZB 2468 9 2000
99 Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel f CUB 2467 19 2000
100 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek m UZB 2467 9 2004

FIDE Top 100 Girls

13-year-old WFM Bibisara Assaubayeva scored a solid 11-round IM-norm at the European Individual Championship facing five full-fledged grandmasters and four IMs, and earned a whopping 140 Elo points as a result. Since this was a FIDE continental event, this norm was worth double!

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2522 18 1997
2 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2478 16 1998
3 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2437 0 1997
4 Garcia Martin, Marta f ESP 2435 0 2000
5 Ni, Shiqun wg CHN 2432 9 1997
6 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2400 8 2000
7 Mammadzada, Gunay wg AZE 2393 9 2000
8 Assaubayeva, Bibisara wf RUS 2386 11 2004
9 Shuvalova, Polina wm RUS 2383 0 2001
10 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2375 0 1997
11 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel m MGL 2373 7 2000
12 Tsolakidou, Stavroula wg GRE 2365 1 2000
13 Osmak, Iulija wg UKR 2353 7 1998
14 Unuk, Laura wm SLO 2343 0 1999
15 Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim wg UZB 2334 18 1999
16 Aakanksha Hagawane wm IND 2334 0 2000
17 Salimova, Nurgyul f BUL 2332 9 2003
18 Marjanovic, Annamaria wf HUN 2331 9 2001
19 Vaishali R wm IND 2327 17 2001
20 Zhu, Jiner   CHN 2322 18 2002
21 Yu, Jennifer R wm USA 2313 7 2002
22 Derakhshani, Dorsa m IRI 2312 9 1998
23 Badelka, Olga   BLR 2309 11 2002
24 Dordzhieva, Dinara wm RUS 2308 0 1999
25 Hojjatova, Aydan wf AZE 2308 0 1999
26 Khomeriki, Nino wm GEO 2305 0 1998
27 Feng, Maggie wc USA 2304 8 2000
28 Obolentseva, Alexandra wf RUS 2300 9 2001
29 Heinemann, Josefine wm GER 2294 9 1998
30 Diakonova, Ekaterina   RUS 2292 0 1999
31 Injac, Teodora wf SRB 2290 0 2000
32 Sieber, Fiona wf GER 2287 14 2000
33 Drogovoz, Irina wm RUS 2287 0 1999
34 Nicolas Zapata, Irene wm ESP 2287 0 1997
35 Zhou, Qiyu f CAN 2287 0 2000
36 Balajayeva, Khanim wf AZE 2282 3 2001
37 Gajcin, Marina wf SRB 2282 3 2001
38 Monnisha G K wm IND 2281 0 1998
39 Yao, Lan   CHN 2273 0 2000
40 Harazinska, Ewa wm POL 2269 0 1998
41 Blagojevic, Tijana wm MNE 2266 0 1997
42 Zhang, Lanlin   CHN 2262 0 1999
43 Yip, Carissa wf USA 2261 0 2003
44 Terbe, Julianna wm HUN 2260 7 1997
45 Schneider, Jana f GER 2258 14 2002
46 Velikic, Adela   SRB 2256 9 1997
47 Bluhm, Sonja Maria wf GER 2255 0 1998
48 Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra   RUS 2254 9 2002
49 Di Benedetto, Desiree wm ITA 2253 14 2000
50 Kiolbasa, Oliwia wm POL 2253 0 2000
51 Styazhkina, Anna wm RUS 2252 0 1997
52 Chernyak, Viktoria wf RUS 2251 0 1997
53 Avramidou, Anastasia f GRE 2247 0 2000
54 Antova, Gabriela f BUL 2242 9 2002
55 Kazarian, Anna-Maja f NED 2242 0 2000
56 Cvitan, Ena f CRO 2240 0 2001
57 Georgescu, Lena wf SUI 2239 1 1999
58 Khokhlova, Daria   RUS 2237 0 1999
59 Pratyusha, Bodda wm IND 2236 0 1997
60 Frayna, Janelle Mae wg PHI 2235 0 1997
61 Bykova, Anastasia wf RUS 2234 0 1997
62 Mammadova, Narmin wm AZE 2234 0 1999
63 Gorti, Akshita f USA 2232 18 2002
64 Dimitrova, Aleksandra wf RUS 2231 0 2000
65 Vantika Agrawal   IND 2230 0 2002
66 Afonasieva, Anna wf RUS 2223 9 2001
67 Pychova, Nela wf CZE 2219 6 1999
68 Chu, Ruotong   CHN 2217 17 2001
69 Goltseva, Ekaterina wf RUS 2214 0 2002
70 Uuriintuya, Uurtsaikh wm MGL 2213 9 1998
71 Virkud, Apurva wf USA 2213 8 1998
72 Kanakova, Natalie wf CZE 2212 11 1999
73 Narva, Mai wm EST 2210 7 1999
74 Amina, Battsooj f MGL 2209 9 2001
75 Yuan, Ye   CHN 2206 18 2000
76 Radeva, Viktoria wf BUL 2205 4 2001
77 Wozniak, Mariola wm POL 2204 0 1998
78 Potapova, Margarita wf RUS 2203 0 2000
79 Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza wm PUR 2203 0 2000
80 Dmochowska, Agnieszka wc POL 2202 9 1999
81 Srija, Seshadri wf IND 2200 0 1997
82 Solozhenkina, Elizaveta wm RUS 2198 0 2003
83 Lahav, Michal wf ISR 2197 7 1999
84 Gueci, Tea wf ITA 2192 9 1999
85 Ghukasyan, Siranush wm ARM 2192 0 1998
86 Abdusattorova, Bakhora wm UZB 2186 18 1999
87 Gu, Tianlu wm CHN 2186 9 1997
88 Vasova, Maria   BUL 2183 0 1998
89 Lysenko, Margarita wf RUS 2182 0 1999
90 Harshita Guddanti   IND 2180 22 2001
91 Keetman, Maaike   NED 2180 6 1999
92 Terbe, Zsuzsanna wf HUN 2180 0 1997
93 Martynkova, Olena wf UKR 2179 0 2000
94 Rodriguez Dominguez, Melissa wm CUB 2178 19 1999
95 Gazikova, Veronika wf SVK 2178 0 1999
96 Krasnokutskaya, Sofiya   UKR 2177 0 2001
97 Bezkorovaina, Mariia   UKR 2173 0 1997
98 Hrescak, Ivana wf SLO 2173 0 2000
99 Taghiyeva, Sama   AZE 2172 16 1997
100 Garcia-Castany Musellas, Gal.la wf ESP 2172 0 1997

Top 100 Rapid

Magnus Carlsen's win at the Paris event of the Grand Chess Tour was entirely due to his superb play in rapid games, not only winning the Rapid stage, but also the rapid play playoff he defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in for the title.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2919 11 1990
2 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2851 9 1983
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2833 9 1985
4 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2827 10 1969
5 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2822 9 1987
6 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2819 0 1990
7 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2803 0 1983
8 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2798 0 1975
9 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2797 0 1982
10 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2795 0 1994
11 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2790 11 1990
12 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2789 0 1969
13 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2765 9 1990
14 So, Wesley g USA 2765 9 1993
15 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2755 0 1968
16 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2750 0 1985
17 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2749 0 1974
18 Onischuk, Vladimir g UKR 2748 0 1991
19 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2742 0 1987
20 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2740 0 1990
21 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2735 0 1985
22 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2734 0 1995
23 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2730 0 1983
24 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2729 0 1976
25 Navara, David g CZE 2728 19 1985
26 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2721 0 1990
27 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2720 0 1988
28 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2719 0 1998
29 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi g IND 2718 0 1994
30 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2715 0 1995
31 Petrosian, Tigran L. g ARM 2715 0 1984
32 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2715 0 1987
33 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2713 0 1986
34 Ding, Liren g CHN 2712 0 1992
35 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2711 0 1983
36 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2710 0 1989
37 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2709 0 1985
38 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2709 0 1965
39 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2708 0 1978
40 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2707 9 1971
41 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2707 0 1989
42 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2703 9 1978
43 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2700 9 1992
44 Wang, Yue g CHN 2699 0 1987
45 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2698 0 1985
46 Li, Chao b g CHN 2697 0 1989
47 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2696 0 1980
48 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2696 0 1972
49 Meier, Georg g GER 2695 0 1987
50 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2694 7 1992
51 Bortnyk, Olexandr g UKR 2694 0 1996
52 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2693 9 1975
53 Howell, David W L g ENG 2690 0 1990
54 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2689 0 1987
55 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2688 0 1996
56 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2686 0 1984
57 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2684 18 1988
58 Socko, Bartosz g POL 2680 18 1978
59 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2680 9 1983
60 Pantsulaia, Levan g GEO 2680 0 1986
61 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2679 0 1979
62 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2679 0 1991
63 Kokarev, Dmitry g RUS 2678 11 1982
64 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris g PAR 2678 0 1981
65 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2675 0 1998
66 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2674 7 1988
67 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2674 0 1981
68 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2674 0 1990
69 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2673 11 1974
70 Iordachescu, Viorel g MDA 2673 9 1977
71 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2672 11 1977
72 Istratescu, Andrei g ROU 2672 7 1975
73 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2672 0 1976
74 Frolyanov, Dmitry g RUS 2671 11 1986
75 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2671 0 1990
76 Leko, Peter g HUN 2671 0 1979
77 Savchenko, Boris g RUS 2669 9 1986
78 Bauer, Christian g FRA 2667 0 1977
79 Bernadskiy, Vitaliy g UKR 2667 0 1994
80 Salgado Lopez, Ivan g ESP 2666 0 1991
81 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2666 0 1986
82 Wei, Yi g CHN 2664 0 1999
83 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2663 0 1979
84 Oparin, Grigoriy g RUS 2663 0 1997
85 Salem, A.R. Saleh g UAE 2662 18 1993
86 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2660 9 1965
87 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian g ROU 2660 0 1980
88 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2659 0 1969
89 Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2658 0 1985
90 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2658 0 1989
91 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2657 0 1987
92 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2657 0 1996
93 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2654 0 1988
94 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2654 0 1987
95 Pridorozhni, Aleksei g RUS 2653 20 1981
96 Potkin, Vladimir g RUS 2653 0 1982
97 Lenic, Luka g SLO 2651 0 1988
98 Roiz, Michael g ISR 2649 6 1983
99 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2649 0 1983
100 Demchenko, Anton g RUS 2648 0 1987

Women's Top 50 Rapid

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2611 0 1994
2 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2594 0 1990
3 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2577 0 1989
4 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2552 0 1984
5 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2537 0 1991
6 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2536 0 1979
7 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2528 0 1987
8 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2528 0 1989
9 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2498 0 1992
10 Tan, Zhongyi g CHN 2488 0 1991
11 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2485 11 1985
12 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2482 0 1985
13 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2479 0 1987
14 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2466 0 1991
15 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2462 0 1998
16 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2456 9 1988
17 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2454 0 1985
18 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2453 0 1986
19 Shen, Yang m CHN 2450 0 1989
20 Krush, Irina g USA 2445 4 1983
21 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2444 0 1985
22 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2438 0 1994
23 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2436 0 1992
24 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2436 0 1983
25 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2433 0 1963
26 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2423 0 1982
27 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2419 0 1997
28 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2418 0 1978
29 Zimina, Olga m ITA 2414 9 1982
30 Nechaeva, Marina m RUS 2414 0 1986
31 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2413 0 1976
32 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2402 0 1993
33 Padmini, Rout m IND 2402 0 1994
34 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen m VIE 2401 0 1987
35 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2400 9 1987
36 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2398 9 1993
37 Melia, Salome m GEO 2398 0 1987
38 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2397 0 1991
39 Socko, Monika g POL 2390 0 1978
40 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2389 0 1982
41 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2388 9 1984
42 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2383 0 1976
43 L'Ami, Alina m ROU 2375 0 1985
44 Lujan, Carolina m ARG 2375 0 1985
45 Milliet, Sophie m FRA 2375 0 1983
46 Berend, Elvira wg LUX 2372 0 1965
47 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2371 0 2000
48 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2371 0 1972
49 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2370 0 1975
50 Charkhalashvili, Inga wg GEO 2368 9 1983

Top 100 Blitz

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave moved up to world no. 2 in the Blitz ratings list thanks to his superlative bltiz performance at Paris, and he is now just nine rating points behind Magnus Carlsen

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2899 27 1990
2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2890 27 1990
3 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2868 27 1987
4 Shkuro, Iuri g UKR 2828 0 1982
5 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2815 0 1990
6 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2814 27 1990
7 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2806 27 1992
8 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2801 18 1983
9 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2797 0 1976
10 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2796 0 1983
11 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2796 0 1988
12 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2793 0 1990
13 Leko, Peter g HUN 2790 0 1979
14 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2786 9 1982
15 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2784 0 1996
16 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2783 18 1985
17 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2782 0 1985
18 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2768 0 1969
19 Salem, A.R. Saleh g UAE 2767 32 1993
20 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2766 9 1969
21 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2760 9 1975
22 Andriasian, Zaven g ARM 2755 0 1989
23 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2755 0 1987
24 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2750 0 1979
25 Navara, David g CZE 2748 0 1985
26 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2746 0 1998
27 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2745 0 1968
28 Wei, Yi g CHN 2740 0 1999
29 Wang, Hao g CHN 2737 0 1989
30 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2734 0 1983
31 So, Wesley g USA 2724 27 1993
32 Giri, Anish g NED 2723 9 1994
33 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2718 0 1987
34 Petrosian, Tigran L. g ARM 2717 0 1984
35 Zubov, Alexander g UKR 2716 25 1983
36 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2711 0 1983
37 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2711 0 1992
38 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2706 0 1982
39 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2704 18 1975
40 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2697 0 1974
41 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2696 0 1987
42 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2694 0 1986
43 Ramirez, Alejandro g USA 2694 0 1988
44 Pantsulaia, Levan g GEO 2693 0 1986
45 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2693 0 1988
46 Kravtsiv, Martyn g UKR 2692 0 1990
47 Socko, Bartosz g POL 2689 29 1978
48 Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2689 0 1989
49 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2688 0 1985
50 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2686 0 1989
51 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2686 0 1987
52 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2684 0 1988
53 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2683 0 1990
54 Wang, Yue g CHN 2683 0 1987
55 Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2682 16 1987
56 Bortnyk, Olexandr g UKR 2682 0 1996
57 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2682 0 1998
58 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2682 0 1991
59 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2681 0 1988
60 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2680 0 1994
61 Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2679 0 1987
62 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2677 0 1982
63 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2675 0 1985
64 Bocharov, Dmitry g RUS 2674 9 1982
65 Stevic, Hrvoje g CRO 2673 9 1980
66 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2672 0 1986
67 Khusnutdinov, Rustam g KAZ 2672 0 1987
68 Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2672 0 1995
69 Pridorozhni, Aleksei g RUS 2671 9 1981
70 Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2671 0 1987
71 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2670 0 1978
72 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2670 0 1985
73 Bologan, Victor g MDA 2669 0 1971
74 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2669 0 1978
75 Li, Chao b g CHN 2668 0 1989
76 Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2666 0 1989
77 Grigoryan, Karen H. g ARM 2665 0 1995
78 Meier, Georg g GER 2665 0 1987
79 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2665 0 1972
80 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2663 0 1990
81 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn g ISL 2662 0 1993
82 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2661 9 1986
83 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2659 0 1994
84 Munoz, Miguel g ESP 2659 0 1975
85 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2657 0 1990
86 Cordova, Emilio g PER 2656 0 1991
87 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2656 0 1995
88 Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2655 0 1983
89 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2655 0 1980
90 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian m NOR 2654 21 1998
91 Bogdanovich, Stanislav g UKR 2654 13 1993
92 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2654 0 1990
93 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2653 0 1977
94 Khismatullin, Denis g RUS 2651 0 1984
95 Lenic, Luka g SLO 2650 13 1988
96 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2650 0 1989
97 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2649 9 1988
98 Heimann, Andreas g GER 2649 0 1992
99 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2647 9 1988
100 Sychev, Klementy m RUS 2647 0 1996

Women's Top 50 Blitz

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2663 0 1990
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2659 0 1994
3 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2622 24 1989
4 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2612 0 1989
5 Tan, Zhongyi g CHN 2554 0 1991
6 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2548 0 1991
7 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2540 0 1979
8 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2537 0 1991
9 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2499 0 1987
10 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2499 0 1985
11 Krush, Irina g USA 2494 0 1983
12 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2478 0 1985
13 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2468 0 1984
14 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2457 0 1990
15 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2457 0 1985
16 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2451 0 1997
17 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2445 0 1987
18 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2439 9 1992
19 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2429 9 1984
20 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2426 0 1994
21 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2422 0 1980
22 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2422 0 1983
23 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2417 0 1972
24 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2416 0 1976
25 Socko, Monika g POL 2408 0 1978
26 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2401 0 1998
27 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2401 0 1985
28 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2396 0 1997
29 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2395 0 2000
30 Nemcova, Katerina wg USA 2392 0 1990
31 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2390 0 1993
32 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2382 9 1988
33 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2379 0 1991
34 Khukhashvili, Sopiko m GEO 2374 9 1985
35 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2372 0 1979
36 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2368 18 1978
37 Buksa, Nataliya wg UKR 2368 0 1996
38 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2362 0 1993
39 Padmini, Rout m IND 2362 0 1994
40 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2361 0 1991
41 Klek, Hanna Marie   GER 2360 0 1995
42 Lubbe, Melanie wg GER 2359 0 1990
43 Turova, Irina m RUS 2354 0 1979
44 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2353 0 1994
45 Benderac, Ana wg SRB 2350 0 1977
46 Michna, Marta wg GER 2348 0 1978
47 Lazarne Vajda, Szidonia m HUN 2347 0 1979
48 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2346 0 1977
49 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen m VIE 2346 0 1987
50 Reizniece-Ozola, Dana wg LAT 2344 0 1981

Source: FIDE



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Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 7/1/2017 06:10
@ RayLopez : About Kramnik : Yes, in July 2000, Kramnik was World N° 2, as in July 2017, but there is one difference, the gap between the World N° 1 and the World N° 2 : in July 2000, Kramnik was 79 points behind Kasparov ; in July 2017, he is only 10 points behind Carlsen. So, yes, Kramnik is a 40+ player, but he really seems to be still quite a force to reckon with !!
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 7/1/2017 06:10
@ RayLopez : Obviously, there is some kind of evolution in top-level chess (perhaps a rating inflation, perhaps an increase in level, I don't know, but there is "something").

Some times ago, I made a little research on this subject about another ChessBase article, and my results were this :

"* In July 2000 : 1 player at 2800 or above, 11 at 2700 or above, and 28 at 2660 or above (2660 because, in 2017, 2650 players don't figure anymore in the Top 100).

* In May 2017 : 4 players at 2800 or above, 43 at 2700 or above, and 95 at 2660 or above.

So, in these three categories (+ 2800, + 2700, and + 2660), there are more than three times more players in 2017, compared to 2000 !

And, today, there are 43 2700+ players, whereas, in 2000, there where only 33 2650+ players (so there are more 2700+ players in 2017 than 2650+ players in 2000 - a quite significant difference in my opinion)."

But this don't mean that 2700+ players aren't better than 2600+ players !

For Anand, Kramnik, and Topalov, yes, their best (or near-best) ratings are now (or nearly now - cf. Topalov who isn't anymore a 2750+ player, for the moment at least), when they are 40+, but not there best ranking ! If the explanation is an Elo-inflation, this means that there best level doesn't at all necessarily coincide with there best rating ; if the explanation is a general increase in level of the top-players, this means that they are there chess strength is higher than before, but not because they are intrinsically better : only because the global chess level has increased.

But Anand and Kramnik have obviously still the level to compete with the very best players (for Kramnik, this is rather obvious : in July 2000, he was World N° 2 behind Kasparov ; in July 2017, he is still World N° 2, this time behind Carlsen ; but even Anand was a very serious contender in the last Candidates - he tied for 2nd place, was the only player with Karjakin to win 4 games, and, obviously, Anand's principal problem was a preparation problem with Black, because he won 4 games with White without losing any, and lost 3 games with Black without winning any, so I think that, all in all, it would be too early to count Anand out of the very best players on the planet), so I don't think at all either that their present quite high ratings are totally devoid of significance.

As for the 17 points drop in the Gibraltar tournament, as for me, I really don't think this can be significant by itself ; with such a small difference between their average Elo and their average performance, in my opinion, it is completely possible that in another tournament, there could be the same difference, but the other way round, with the 2700+ players having an average performance above their average rating. Yes, as you said yourself : "Further research is needed" !
RayLopez RayLopez 7/1/2017 03:55
@Petrarlsen, you proved your case vs turok, I agree that today's players are very good, and in another post I've said they are better than yesteryear's. But, you have to confess it is suspicious that the all-time Elo rating of Topalov, Anand, Kramnik and even Ivanchuk are when they are close to or over forty years old, when we all know chess powers diminish. Why didn't they peak at an earlier age? Will Carlsen also peak when he's over 40? At the same time, CSci prof IM Ken Regan has shown in some of his papers there's probably ratings deflation. So there must be another factor at play, that's causing the Elo curve to 'widen'. My suggestion is maybe the Fide ruling that inflates junior Elos (I forget the details) is responsible for both causing inflation at the top end and also, due to stronger players entering the pool as chess becomes more popular, causing some deflation overall. The fact that open tournaments cause some top Elos to drop (even a mere 17 points as you say), and the fact not every region in the world has the same average Elos (i.e. USCF Elos are inflated relative to Fide Elos) means there might be some non-linear effects that lend credence to turok's arguments. "Further research is needed" as they say.
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 7/1/2017 02:36
@ turok : Last month, you already wrote a post in which you asserted that the 2700+ players weren't at all as good as they were supposed to be.

This is what I answered :

- First post :

"If these top rated players played in bigger tourneys where the different is from 2400 and up they would draw and lose as it has been shown and this in the end would force these insanely overrated ratings way down." (turok)

As many persons who defend rather extravagant theories, you don't make great efforts to prove yours !

I follow regularly the most important open tournaments ; 2700+ GMs are frequently participating, and my impression is that, in average, they don't perform much under there normal Elo level.

For example, in the last Gibraltar Masters, there were 12 2700+ GMs. There average rating was 2748, and there average performance 2731 ; such a 17 points difference between the average rating and the average performance dosn't mean anything, in my opinion.

6 of these 2700+ GMs performed ABOVE there Elo rating and 6 under it (a completely balanced result).

So this tournament seems to show, contrary to your theory, that 2700+ GMs continue to play more or less at there normal level, when they participate in a big open tournament.

And where is the problem if they lose one game from time to time to a 2400+ player, if they win most of their other games ? For example, still in the Gibraltar Masters 2017, the 6 2700+ GMs who performed above their rating obtained together these results, against under-2700 opposition : 34 wins, 15 draws, 2 losses (all two against David Anton Guijarro, a 2650 GM who performed particularly well in this tournament, as he finished the tournament with a 2859 performance). Quite a brillant collective result, in fact, quite in accordance with there 2700+ GM statute...

But, nonetheless, I would be quite interested if you have objective elements to prove your own theory.

- Second post :

A possible objection that you could raise : You could say that, probably, these 12 2700+ GMs who participated in the Gibraltar Masters were "different" from the other 2700+ GMs (the argument being that, if they participate in such open tournaments, and the other not, this must be because these 2700+ GMs are REAL 2700+ GMs, and not the others, who would be much too "frightened" to play against under-2700 GMs).

But, in this case, what would explain that, when these 12 2700+ GMs play in the same tournaments than the other "bogus" 2700+ GMs, they don't win more games (in average) than the "bogus" 2700+ GMs ?

At first sight, the only logical explanation seems quite simply to be that a 2700+ GM is stronger than a 2600+ GM. This is perhaps much "too simple" an explanation to be convincing for some persons, but, as for me, I will continue to prefer this "too simple" explanation, until someone will have proven satisfyingly that 2700+ GMs regularly play at a clearly subpar level when they play under-2700 opposition...
benedictralph benedictralph 7/1/2017 02:13
Carlsen is within reach now.
turok turok 7/1/2017 02:03
totally biased article: Why are the top players getting ahead of the others??? Simple: With their already over inflated ratings now all they do is play VS EACH OTHER!!!!!!! This means that they are swapping points but it also means they are NOT losing huge points because the ratings are so close they cannot lose a lot. if you notice when some of these players play in tournaments vs 2400-2600 players they not only draw but they lose. Look how womens champion did in her last big tournament.She knocked off supposedly Super GMs so if these players did not just play vs each other then on days they are not at their best and the lose they would not lose to their buddies in this class of high rated players but they might actually lose to a 2600 or 2400 and lose a lot of points. if this happened all of the time the 2800 pack would slowly come back down. It is rigged. Just look at how some of the tournaments are arranged: You now have big tournaments with 3 sections: 1. Your 2700-2800 2. 2600-2700 or so and then 2400-2500 and up. So now the top rated between players is sometimes no more than 100 rating points from top player to lowest and in many cases it is under 50. So are we saying these 2600 players cannot beat a 2700+ player or draw?? of course not but it seems this way of doing things that I describe keeps a gap of the over-inflated.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 7/1/2017 01:08
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