May 2017 Ratings: Personal bests

by Albert Silver
5/2/2017 – Although the top players all played, the stratospheric 2800 club all saw losses small or modest. Still it was anything but a dry month, starting with Levon Aronian's crushing win at Grenke ahead of an elite crowd such as Carlsen and Caruana, and not omitting Anish Giri's big win at the Reykjavik Open. Nevertheless, a number of players also enjoyed personal bests such as Nils Grandelius, Varuzhan Akobian, and rising female stars in Spain and Germany. Enjoy the report on the new ratings list!

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FIDE May 2017 – Top 100 Players

There were several notable results in the last month, such as Wesley So's victory at the US Championship, but the one that stood out the most was Levon Aronian's crushing victory at the Grenke Chess Classic. Not only did he win it a round in advance, but he was dead won against Caruana in the last round even. A great result, and nice to see him back to his winning ways.

Another standout result was Anish Giri's clear win at the Reykjavik Open. After spending quite some time trying to rid himself of the reputation as being more prone to draws than wins, a swiss open doesn't allow for any other kind of play. Not only was he up to the task, but he even played a Najdorf Poisoned Pawn with black to defeat his nearest rival Jabava Baadur.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2832 7 1990
2 So, Wesley g USA 2815 11 1993
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2811 0 1975
4 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2802 18 1992
5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2795 7 1990
6 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2789 7 1982
7 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2786 11 1987
8 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 0 1969
9 Giri, Anish g NED 2785 20 1994
10 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2783 0 1990
11 Ding, Liren g CHN 2773 14 1992
12 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2772 0 1985
13 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2755 10 1976
14 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2755 2 1983
15 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2751 0 1990
16 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2750 10 1986
17 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2750 0 1983
18 Adams, Michael g ENG 2747 12 1971
19 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2743 14 1994
20 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2741 0 1975
21 Navara, David g CZE 2739 5 1985
22 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2739 0 1983
23 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2738 4 1969
24 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2734 11 1987
25 Wei, Yi g CHN 2732 4 1999
26 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2731 14 1987
27 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2727 0 1985
28 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2726 0 1991
29 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2724 0 1968
30 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2723 9 1990
31 Li, Chao b g CHN 2722 4 1989
32 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2718 0 1983
33 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2714 15 1986
34 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2714 9 1991
35 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2713 15 1983
36 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2712 4 1980
37 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2712 2 1983
38 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2710 5 1982
39 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2710 0 1987
40 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2703 9 1976
41 Leko, Peter g HUN 2703 1 1979
42 Wang, Yue g CHN 2701 4 1987
43 Naiditsch, Arkadij g AZE 2700 18 1985
44 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2698 13 1996
45 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2698 1 1989
46 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2698 0 1979
47 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2697 4 1985
48 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2696 11 1983
49 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2696 2 1987
50 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2693 2 1998
51 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2690 9 1995
52 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2689 0 1988
53 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2688 9 1985
54 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2688 9 1965
55 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2688 0 1986
56 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi g IND 2687 19 1994
57 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g GER 2686 5 1976
58 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2685 11 1975
59 Howell, David W L g ENG 2684 0 1990
60 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2682 9 1998
61 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2682 2 1977
62 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2682 2 1974
63 Wang, Hao g CHN 2680 21 1989
64 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2680 16 1978
65 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2680 5 1988
66 Sadler, Matthew D g ENG 2680 0 1974
67 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2677 18 1986
68 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2677 10 1980
69 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2676 30 1974
70 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2676 21 1989
71 Shankland, Samuel L g USA 2676 11 1991
72 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2676 10 1968
73 Ni, Hua g CHN 2675 3 1983
74 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2675 0 1977
75 Markus, Robert g SRB 2673 11 1983
76 Adhiban, B. g IND 2672 9 1992
77 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2672 3 1988
78 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2670 0 1993
79 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2669 3 1981
80 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2668 24 1992
81 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2668 18 1988
82 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2668 11 1981
83 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2667 13 1971
84 Bareev, Evgeny g CAN 2666 0 1966
85 Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2665 19 1993
86 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2665 7 1979
87 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2664 20 1972
88 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2663 20 1989
89 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2663 9 1972
90 Ipatov, Alexander g TUR 2662 0 1993
91 Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2661 11 1983
92 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2661 0 1976
93 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2660 18 1995
94 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2660 0 1996
95 Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2660 0 1973
96 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2659 2 1985
97 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2658 0 1986
98 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2657 9 1988
99 Robson, Ray g USA 2656 11 1994
100 Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2654 29 1987
101 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2654 13 1967
102 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2654 9 1985
103 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2654 0 1993

Top climbers and descenders 

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

Among the biggest winners of the month was Indian GM Vidit Gujrathi, who earned 17 Elo after notable campaigns at the Dubai Open and the Reykjavik Open. This hot young player also just authored a 2-DVD work on the Caro-Kann, sharing his understanding of it as well as many original analysis. Not to be missed!

Also, a special shout out to Nils Grandelius, who gained 24 Elo last month and broke into the Top 100 for the first time. He had been hovering around it for a couple of years, but it was results at the Grenke Open and Reykjavik that took him across the boundary.

Speaking of personal bests, Varuzhan Akobian had a fantastic result at the US Championship, beating Caruana even, and reaching a personal best of 2661 as well as best world ranking. The last time he had been in the Top 100 was in 2014.

Rk
Old
Name
Fed
Ti.
Rating
Old
Gms
4 3 Caruana, Fabiano USA GM 2802 -15 2817 18
6 9 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2789 +15 2774 7
9 11 Giri, Anish NED GM 2785 +14 2771 20
11 13 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2773 +14 2759 14
18 12 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2747 -14 2761 12
24 20 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2734 -11 2745 11
30 23 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2723 -11 2734 9
47 34 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN GM 2697 -16 2713 4
56 77 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND GM 2687 +17 2670 19
58 84 Onischuk, Alexander USA GM 2685 +18 2667 11
63 52 Wang, Hao CHN GM 2680 -10 2690 21
70 88 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr RUS GM 2676 +11 2665 21
76 93 Adhiban, B. IND GM 2672 +11 2661 9
80 63 Safarli, Eltaj AZE GM 2668 -12 2680 24
87 51 Shirov, Alexei LAT GM 2664 -29 2693 20
85   Grandelius, Nils SWE GM 2665 +24 2641 19
93 65 Anton Guijarro, David ESP GM 2660 -19 2679 18
100 76 Jones, Gawain C B ENG GM 2654 -17 2671 29

FIDE Top 100 Women

There were several notable results this month, such as Nana Dzagnizde's victory at the Women's European Championship, or the rise of two young players: Spanish WFM Marta Garcia Martin gained 112 Elo last month, leaping to 2435 FIDE and the top rated woman in her country. Germany also had reason to rejoice as WGM Sarah Hoolt gained 44 Elo after a superb series of results, and is now firmly no.2 just behind Elizabeth Paehtz.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2652 11 1994
2 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2594 4 1991
3 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2570 11 1990
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2557 0 1987
5 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2546 12 1992
6 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2545 11 1987
7 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2540 2 1984
8 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2539 11 1989
9 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2538 0 1983
10 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2531 19 1991
11 Tan, Zhongyi g CHN 2515 4 1991
12 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2510 13 1979
13 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2507 2 1989
14 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2498 6 1985
15 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2488 0 1986
16 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2482 13 1997
17 Socko, Monika g POL 2481 21 1978
18 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2479 11 1985
19 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2476 13 1991
20 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2474 15 1985
21 Shen, Yang m CHN 2473 2 1989
22 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2470 20 1998
23 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2469 13 1987
24 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2459 13 1980
25 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2457 14 1984
26 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2456 11 1972
27 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2452 11 1988
28 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2451 11 1978
29 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2450 11 1979
30 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2450 9 1997
31 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2449 0 1985
32 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2447 11 1963
33 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2444 4 1986
34 Ni, Shiqun wg CHN 2444 4 1997
35 Hoolt, Sarah wg GER 2442 16 1988
36 Saduakassova, Dinara wg KAZ 2440 11 1996
37 Hunt, Harriet V m ENG 2440 0 1978
38 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2438 13 1992
39 Garcia Martin, Marta f ESP 2435 17 2000
40 Krush, Irina g USA 2435 11 1983
41 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2431 13 1982
42 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2431 0 1987
43 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2428 0 1993
44 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2427 12 1993
45 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2425 13 1976
46 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2424 0 1976
47 Shvayger, Yuliya wg ISR 2423 9 1994
48 Ding, Yixin wg CHN 2423 4 1991
49 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2420 18 2000
50 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2420 11 1994
51 Guo, Qi m CHN 2420 4 1995
52 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg POL 2419 20 1987
53 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2419 18 1978
54 Daulyte, Deimante m LTU 2416 14 1989
55 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2416 2 1974
56 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2414 11 1982
57 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2413 11 1983
58 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina m ESP 2413 11 1987
59 Turova, Irina m RUS 2413 0 1979
60 Nechaeva, Marina m RUS 2409 11 1986
61 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma m INA 2409 9 1992
62 Bulmaga, Irina m ROU 2408 22 1993
63 Szczepkowska, Karina m POL 2408 20 1987
64 Tania, Sachdev m IND 2408 19 1986
65 Zimina, Olga m ITA 2403 14 1982
66 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2403 9 1978
67 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2400 0 1975
68 Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs m MGL 2398 10 1986
69 Bojkovic, Natasa m SRB 2398 0 1971
70 Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2396 13 1976
71 Gritsayeva, Oksana wf RUS 2396 0 1980
72 Melia, Salome m GEO 2393 11 1987
73 Lujan, Carolina m ARG 2392 0 1985
74 Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa wg CUB 2392 0 1988
75 Rajlich, Iweta m POL 2389 9 1981
76 Karavade, Eesha m IND 2388 10 1987
77 Shuvalova, Polina wm RUS 2385 9 2001
78 Kulon, Klaudia wg POL 2384 9 1992
79 Padmini, Rout m IND 2380 17 1994
80 Ovod, Evgenija m RUS 2380 11 1982
81 Bivol, Alina wg RUS 2379 8 1996
82 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2378 1 1968
83 Houska, Jovanka m ENG 2377 11 1980
84 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman m IND 2375 0 1979
85 Arabidze, Meri m GEO 2374 11 1994
86 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2374 10 1991
87 Gara, Anita m HUN 2373 13 1983
88 Michna, Marta wg GER 2372 22 1978
89 Paikidze, Nazi m USA 2372 11 1993
90 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2372 0 1977
91 Papp, Petra wg HUN 2371 15 1993
92 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia m BLR 2371 11 1995
93 Hoang, Thi Bao Tram wg VIE 2371 10 1987
94 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2370 11 1990
95 Videnova, Iva m BUL 2370 2 1987
96 Schleining, Zoya m GER 2368 20 1961
97 Osmak, Iulija wg UKR 2366 11 1998
98 Majdan, Joanna wg POL 2366 9 1988
99 Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2365 0 1977
100 Li, Ruofan m SGP 2365 0 1978

FIDE Top 100 Juniors

Of the many results, the one that really stood out was Jorden Van Foreest's surprise second place at the very strong Reykjavik Open, including a lightning 22-move win in the last round.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Wei, Yi g CHN 2732 4 1999
2 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2693 2 1998
3 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2682 9 1998
4 Xiong, Jeffery g USA 2652 11 2000
5 Bluebaum, Matthias g GER 2632 18 1997
6 Oparin, Grigoriy g RUS 2604 0 1997
7 Gledura, Benjamin g HUN 2602 11 1999
8 Vavulin, Maksim m RUS 2599 0 1998
9 Van Foreest, Jorden g NED 2595 13 1999
10 Tari, Aryan g NOR 2592 9 1999
11 Aravindh,Chithambaram VR. g IND 2588 0 1999
12 Bai, Jinshi g CHN 2586 4 1999
13 Sevian, Samuel g USA 2585 9 2000
14 Alekseenko, Kirill g RUS 2585 0 1997
15 Karthikeyan, Murali g IND 2585 0 1999
16 Pichot, Alan g ARG 2577 29 1998
17 Maghsoodloo, Parham g IRI 2577 9 2000
18 Antipov, Mikhail Al. g RUS 2576 8 1997
19 Li, Ruifeng g USA 2574 14 2001
20 Svane, Rasmus g GER 2573 19 1997
21 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel g ROU 2572 9 2001
22 Wagner, Dennis g GER 2571 13 1997
23 Ghosh, Diptayan g IND 2569 9 1998
24 Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan g IND 2564 17 1998
25 Donchenko, Alexander g GER 2563 20 1998
26 Vaibhav, Suri g IND 2558 0 1997
27 Boruchovsky, Avital g ISR 2557 1 1997
28 Petrosyan, Manuel m ARM 2546 8 1998
29 Rambaldi, Francesco g ITA 2542 0 1999
30 Tran, Tuan Minh m VIE 2537 11 1997
31 Xu, Xiangyu m CHN 2534 21 1999
32 Sanal, Vahap g TUR 2533 9 1998
33 Steinberg, Nitzan m ISR 2532 1 1998
34 Ladva, Ottomar g EST 2530 6 1997
35 Paravyan, David m RUS 2528 18 1998
36 Harutyunian, Tigran K. m ARM 2523 0 1997
37 Tabatabaei, M.amin m IRI 2521 0 2001
38 Lampert, Jonas m GER 2520 10 1997
39 Dastan, Muhammed Batuhan g TUR 2519 0 1997
40 Schroeder, Jan-Christian g GER 2516 19 1998
41 Martirosyan, Haik M. m ARM 2516 7 2000
42 Lorparizangeneh, Shahin g IRI 2516 0 1999
43 Kelires, Andreas g GRE 2513 0 1999
44 Zajic, Milan g SRB 2513 0 1999
45 Yuffa, Daniil g RUS 2510 9 1997
46 Esipenko, Andrey f RUS 2509 16 2002
47 Dragnev, Valentin m AUT 2508 14 1999
48 Golubov, Saveliy m RUS 2504 9 2000
49 Kollars, Dmitrij m GER 2503 11 1999
50 Salomon, Johan m NOR 2501 9 1997
51 Vetoshko, Volodymyr g UKR 2498 0 1998
52 Smirnov, Anton m AUS 2496 9 2001
53 Preotu, Razvan g CAN 2496 5 1999
54 Chandra, Akshat g USA 2495 9 1999
55 Theodorou, Nikolas m GRE 2495 9 2000
56 Lomasov, Semen m RUS 2493 18 2002
57 Vorontsov, Pavlo m UKR 2492 9 1998
58 Korpa, Bence m HUN 2492 3 1998
59 Shevchenko, Kirill m UKR 2491 10 2002
60 Aryan Chopra g IND 2491 0 2001
61 Triapishko, Alexandr m RUS 2490 0 2000
62 Brown, Michael William m USA 2489 9 1997
63 Burke, John M m USA 2489 8 2001
64 Van Foreest, Lucas m NED 2489 3 2001
65 Liang, Awonder m USA 2488 19 2003
66 Li, Di f CHN 2488 3 1999
67 Kuybokarov, Temur m UZB 2487 18 2000
68 Firouzja, Alireza m IRI 2487 8 2003
69 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2482 13 1997
70 Khegay, Dmitriy f RUS 2482 9 1997
71 Troff, Kayden W g USA 2482 9 1998
72 Kantor, Gergely m HUN 2481 11 1999
73 Cheng, Bobby m AUS 2481 0 1997
74 Ali Marandi, Cemil Can m TUR 2479 0 1998
75 Shtembuliak, Evgeny m UKR 2477 0 1999
76 Kobo, Ori m ISR 2476 6 1997
77 Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel f CUB 2475 0 2000
78 Stefanov, Emil m BUL 2475 0 1999
79 Santos Ruiz, Miguel m ESP 2473 18 1999
80 Sarana, Alexey m RUS 2472 18 2000
81 Gagare, Shardul g IND 2472 0 1997
82 Praggnanandhaa R m IND 2471 27 2005
83 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2470 20 1998
84 Visakh N R m IND 2470 9 1999
85 Yeoh, Li Tian m MAS 2470 0 1999
86 Jarmula, Lukasz m POL 2469 11 1998
87 Sorokin, Aleksey f RUS 2469 9 2000
88 Sosa, Tomas m ARG 2467 18 1998
89 Suarez Gomez, Julio f ESP 2467 10 1998
90 Sadikhov, Ulvi m AZE 2467 9 1998
91 Nguyen, Anh Khoi m VIE 2467 0 2002
92 Codenotti, Marco m ITA 2465 0 1997
93 Vogel, Roven m GER 2464 13 2000
94 Livaic, Leon m CRO 2464 9 2000
95 Nguyen, Thai Dai Van m CZE 2461 11 2001
96 Tang, Andrew m USA 2461 0 1999
97 Gurevich, Daniel m USA 2460 18 1997
98 Costachi, Mihnea m ROU 2460 9 2000
99 Reshef, Omer m ISR 2459 1 1997
100 Puranik, Abhimanyu m IND 2459 0 2000

FIDE Top 100 Girls

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2482 13 1997
2 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2470 20 1998
3 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2450 9 1997
4 Ni, Shiqun wg CHN 2444 4 1997
5 Garcia Martin, Marta f ESP 2435 17 2000
6 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2420 18 2000
7 Shuvalova, Polina wm RUS 2385 9 2001
8 Osmak, Iulija wg UKR 2366 11 1998
9 Tsolakidou, Stavroula wg GRE 2362 11 2000
10 Mammadzada, Gunay wg AZE 2359 11 2000
11 Aulia, Medina Warda wg INA 2358 0 1997
12 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel m MGL 2355 1 2000
13 Badelka, Olga   BLR 2350 11 2002
14 Unuk, Laura wm SLO 2343 18 1999
15 Sieber, Fiona wf GER 2332 19 2000
16 Salimova, Nurgyul f BUL 2320 7 2003
17 Marjanovic, Annamaria wf HUN 2320 2 2001
18 Derakhshani, Dorsa m IRI 2317 21 1998
19 Yuan, Ye   CHN 2317 2 2000
20 Hojjatova, Aydan wf AZE 2308 0 1999
21 Khomeriki, Nino wm GEO 2305 11 1998
22 Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim wg UZB 2299 9 1999
23 Feng, Maggie wc USA 2298 11 2000
24 Injac, Teodora wf SRB 2296 17 2000
25 Diakonova, Ekaterina   RUS 2292 9 1999
26 Antova, Gabriela f BUL 2289 11 2002
27 Nicolas Zapata, Irene wm ESP 2287 6 1997
28 Frayna, Janelle Mae wg PHI 2287 0 1997
29 Zhou, Qiyu f CAN 2287 0 2000
30 Drogovoz, Irina wm RUS 2286 0 1999
31 Obolentseva, Alexandra wf RUS 2283 18 2001
32 Aakanksha Hagawane wm IND 2283 9 2000
33 Georgescu, Lena wf SUI 2281 13 1999
34 Cvitan, Ena   CRO 2281 12 2001
35 Monnisha G K wm IND 2281 0 1998
36 Yao, Lan   CHN 2273 0 2000
37 Vaishali R wm IND 2272 10 2001
38 Dordzhieva, Dinara wm RUS 2271 9 1999
39 Schneider, Jana f GER 2270 22 2002
40 Pratyusha, Bodda wm IND 2269 17 1997
41 Harazinska, Ewa wm POL 2269 9 1998
42 Yu, Jennifer R wm USA 2267 21 2002
43 Blagojevic, Tijana wm MNE 2266 9 1997
44 Gajcin, Marina wf SRB 2265 18 2001
45 Terbe, Julianna wf HUN 2258 11 1997
46 Martynkova, Olena wf UKR 2255 9 2000
47 Bluhm, Sonja Maria wf GER 2255 0 1998
48 Chernyak, Viktoria wf RUS 2254 9 1997
49 Kiolbasa, Oliwia wm POL 2253 9 2000
50 Virkud, Apurva wf USA 2252 11 1998
51 Chu, Ruotong   CHN 2251 4 2001
52 Uuriintuya, Uurtsaikh wm MGL 2251 0 1998
53 Styazhkina, Anna wm RUS 2250 9 1997
54 Avramidou, Anastasia f GRE 2247 9 2000
55 Heinemann, Josefine wm GER 2244 13 1998
56 Protopopova, Anastasiya wf RUS 2244 9 2000
57 Balajayeva, Khanim wf AZE 2241 11 2001
58 Gorti, Akshita f USA 2240 19 2002
59 Kazarian, Anna-Maja f NED 2237 14 2000
60 Khokhlova, Daria   RUS 2237 9 1999
61 Radeva, Viktoria wf BUL 2236 14 2001
62 Bykova, Anastasia wf RUS 2234 9 1997
63 Solozhenkina, Elizaveta wm RUS 2234 0 2003
64 Vinokur, Yuliya wf RUS 2233 0 2003
65 Dimitrova, Aleksandra wf RUS 2231 18 2000
66 Vantika Agrawal   IND 2230 17 2002
67 Alinasab, Mobina wf IRI 2226 9 2000
68 Assaubayeva, Bibisara wf RUS 2224 0 2004
69 Diaz Del Valle, Laura Beatriz wf CUB 2223 0 2000
70 Soler Guerra, Jennys Dailin   CUB 2214 0 2000
71 Yip, Carissa wf USA 2213 11 2003
72 Afonasieva, Anna wf RUS 2213 0 2001
73 Gu, Tianlu wm CHN 2207 4 1997
74 Goltseva, Ekaterina wf RUS 2205 9 2002
75 Velikic, Adela   SRB 2204 9 1997
76 Wozniak, Mariola wm POL 2204 0 1998
77 Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza wm PUR 2203 2 2000
78 Srija, Seshadri wf IND 2200 18 1997
79 Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra   RUS 2199 17 2002
80 Kozina, Anastasia wf RUS 2194 9 2001
81 Lysenko, Margarita wf RUS 2193 0 1999
82 Mammadova, Narmin wm AZE 2192 20 1999
83 Narva, Mai wm EST 2192 16 1999
84 Paramzina, Anastasya wg RUS 2192 11 1998
85 Ghukasyan, Siranush wm ARM 2192 0 1998
86 Kubicka, Anna   POL 2190 10 1999
87 Amina, Battsooj f MGL 2190 0 2001
88 Pychova, Nela wf CZE 2188 14 1999
89 Di Benedetto, Desiree wm ITA 2186 0 2000
90 Obregon Garcia, Roxangel wc CUB 2185 20 2003
91 Zhu, Jiner   CHN 2184 4 2002
92 Erdenieva, Oyuna   RUS 2183 0 2001
93 Vasova, Maria   BUL 2183 0 1998
94 Olde, Margareth wf EST 2182 15 2000
95 Gueci, Tea wf ITA 2181 11 1999
96 Mahalakshmi, M wm IND 2180 0 1998
97 Sliwicka, Alicja wf POL 2178 9 2001
98 Gazikova, Veronika wf SVK 2178 0 1999
99 Tishova, Svetlana f RUS 2177 0 2000
100 Abdusattorova, Bakhora wm UZB 2175 16 1999
101 Terbe, Zsuzsanna wf HUN 2175 9 1997
102 Garcia-Castany Musellas, Gal.la wf ESP 2174 13 1997

Top 100 Rapid

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2896 0 1990
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2827 0 1969
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2825 0 1985
4 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2822 0 1983
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2819 0 1990
6 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2803 0 1983
7 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2798 0 1975
8 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2797 0 1982
9 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2796 0 1987
10 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2795 9 1994
11 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2789 0 1969
12 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2773 0 1990
13 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2770 0 1990
14 So, Wesley g USA 2759 0 1993
15 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2755 0 1968
16 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2752 0 1992
17 Giri, Anish g NED 2750 0 1994
18 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2750 0 1985
19 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2749 0 1974
20 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2742 0 1987
21 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2740 0 1990
22 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2735 0 1985
23 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2734 0 1995
24 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2730 0 1983
25 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2729 0 1976
26 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2721 0 1990
27 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi g IND 2718 0 1994
28 Navara, David g CZE 2716 9 1985
29 Anton Guijarro, David g ESP 2715 0 1995
30 Onischuk, Vladimir g UKR 2715 0 1991
31 Petrosian, Tigran L. g ARM 2715 0 1984
32 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2715 0 1975
33 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2715 0 1987
34 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2714 0 1986
35 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2713 0 1986
36 Ding, Liren g CHN 2712 0 1992
37 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2711 0 1983
38 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2710 0 1983
39 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2710 0 1989
40 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2709 9 1965
41 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2709 0 1985
42 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2708 10 1978
43 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2707 0 1989
44 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2706 0 1998
45 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2705 0 1988
46 Socko, Bartosz g POL 2700 0 1978
47 Wang, Yue g CHN 2699 0 1987
48 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2698 0 1985
49 Li, Chao b g CHN 2697 9 1989
50 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2697 0 1971
51 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2696 0 1980
52 Meier, Georg g GER 2695 0 1987
53 Bortnyk, Olexandr g UKR 2694 9 1996
54 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2693 0 1978
55 Howell, David W L g ENG 2690 0 1990
56 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2690 0 1988
57 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2689 0 1987
58 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2688 0 1996
59 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2686 0 1984
60 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2686 0 1974
61 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2686 0 1992
62 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2686 0 1972
63 Pantsulaia, Levan g GEO 2680 9 1986
64 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2680 0 1965
65 Bernadskiy, Vitaliy g UKR 2679 9 1994
66 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2679 0 1979
67 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2679 0 1991
68 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2677 0 1988
69 Bogdanovich, Stanislav g UKR 2676 0 1993
70 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2675 0 1998
71 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2675 0 1990
72 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2674 0 1981
73 Delgado Ramirez, Neuris g PAR 2673 0 1981
74 Istratescu, Andrei g ROU 2671 0 1975
75 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2671 0 1990
76 Leko, Peter g HUN 2671 0 1979
77 Bauer, Christian g FRA 2667 0 1977
78 Salem, A.R. Saleh g UAE 2666 0 1993
79 Salgado Lopez, Ivan g ESP 2666 0 1991
80 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2666 0 1986
81 Kokarev, Dmitry g RUS 2665 0 1982
82 Savchenko, Boris g RUS 2664 0 1986
83 Wei, Yi g CHN 2664 0 1999
84 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2663 9 1979
85 Oparin, Grigoriy g RUS 2663 0 1997
86 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2662 0 1977
87 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2659 0 1969
88 Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2658 0 1985
89 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2658 0 1976
90 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2658 0 1989
91 Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2658 0 1994
92 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2657 0 1987
93 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2657 0 1996
94 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2654 0 1988
95 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2654 0 1987
96 Potkin, Vladimir g RUS 2653 9 1982
97 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian g ROU 2653 0 1980
98 Lenic, Luka g SLO 2651 0 1988
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 2555 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 2521 0 1989
9 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2498 0 1992
10 Tan, Zhongyi g CHN 2488 0 1991
11 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2483 0 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 Krush, Irina g USA 2466 0 1983
16 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2462 0 1998
17 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2462 0 1994
18 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2461 0 1988
19 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2454 0 1985
20 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2453 0 1986
21 Shen, Yang m CHN 2450 0 1989
22 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2436 0 1992
23 Matnadze, Ana m ESP 2436 0 1983
24 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2433 0 1963
25 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2428 0 1985
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 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2414 0 1991
30 Nechaeva, Marina m RUS 2414 0 1986
31 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2413 9 1976
32 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2409 0 1984
33 Zimina, Olga m ITA 2408 0 1982
34 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2407 0 1987
35 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2402 0 1993
36 Padmini, Rout m IND 2402 0 1994
37 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen m VIE 2401 0 1987
38 Socko, Monika g POL 2399 0 1978
39 Melia, Salome m GEO 2398 0 1987
40 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2389 0 1982
41 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2388 0 1977
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 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2371 0 2000
47 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2371 0 1972
48 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2370 0 1975
49 Karavade, Eesha m IND 2369 0 1987
50 Bulmaga, Irina m ROU 2368 0 1993

Top 100 Blitz

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
Gms
B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2914 0 1990
2 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2865 0 1987
3 Shkuro, Iuri g UKR 2828 0 1982
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2825 0 1990
5 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2815 0 1990
6 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2813 0 1983
7 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2800 0 1992
8 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2797 0 1976
9 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2796 0 1983
10 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2796 0 1988
11 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2793 0 1990
12 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2791 0 1990
13 So, Wesley g USA 2791 0 1993
14 Leko, Peter g HUN 2790 0 1979
15 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2784 0 1996
16 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2782 9 1985
17 Giri, Anish g NED 2776 0 1994
18 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2772 0 1985
19 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2768 0 1969
20 Wang, Hao g CHN 2768 0 1989
21 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2766 0 1969
22 Andriasian, Zaven g ARM 2755 0 1989
23 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2755 0 1987
24 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2753 0 1982
25 Navara, David g CZE 2748 0 1985
26 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2747 0 1991
27 Artemiev, Vladislav g RUS 2746 0 1998
28 Salem, A.R. Saleh g UAE 2745 9 1993
29 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2745 0 1968
30 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2744 0 1975
31 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2737 0 1979
32 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2735 0 1994
33 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2734 0 1983
34 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2718 0 1987
35 Petrosian, Tigran L. g ARM 2717 0 1984
36 Wei, Yi g CHN 2716 0 1999
37 Zubov, Alexander g UKR 2715 0 1983
38 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2711 9 1992
39 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2711 0 1983
40 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2710 0 1975
41 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2706 0 1982
42 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2697 0 1974
43 Megaranto, Susanto g INA 2697 0 1987
44 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2696 0 1987
45 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2694 0 1986
46 Ramirez, Alejandro g USA 2694 0 1988
47 Pantsulaia, Levan g GEO 2693 18 1986
48 Socko, Bartosz g POL 2693 9 1978
49 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2693 8 1988
50 Kravtsiv, Martyn g UKR 2692 0 1990
51 Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2689 0 1989
52 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2688 0 1985
53 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2686 9 1989
54 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2686 0 1987
55 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2685 0 1991
56 Kovalenko, Igor g LAT 2684 0 1988
57 Wang, Yue g CHN 2683 0 1987
58 Bortnyk, Olexandr g UKR 2682 9 1996
59 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2681 0 1988
60 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof g POL 2680 0 1998
61 Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2679 9 1987
62 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2677 0 1982
63 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2675 0 1985
64 Pridorozhni, Aleksei g RUS 2673 11 1981
65 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2672 0 1986
66 Ponkratov, Pavel g RUS 2672 0 1988
67 Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2671 8 1987
68 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2670 10 1978
69 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2670 0 1985
70 Bologan, Victor g MDA 2669 0 1971
71 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2669 0 1978
72 Li, Chao b g CHN 2668 0 1989
73 Bogdanovich, Stanislav g UKR 2667 0 1993
74 Stevic, Hrvoje g CRO 2667 0 1980
75 Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2666 10 1989
76 Grigoryan, Karen H. g ARM 2665 28 1995
77 Meier, Georg g GER 2665 0 1987
78 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2665 0 1972
79 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2663 0 1990
80 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2662 0 1986
81 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn g ISL 2662 0 1993
82 Bocharov, Dmitry g RUS 2661 0 1982
83 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2659 0 1994
84 Munoz, Miguel g ESP 2659 0 1975
85 Lu, Shanglei g CHN 2658 0 1995
86 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2657 0 1990
87 Cordova, Emilio g PER 2656 0 1991
88 Fedoseev, Vladimir g RUS 2656 0 1995
89 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2655 10 1990
90 Akobian, Varuzhan g USA 2655 0 1983
91 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2655 0 1980
92 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2654 0 1971
93 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2653 0 1977
94 Khusnutdinov, Rustam g KAZ 2652 9 1987
95 Khismatullin, Denis g RUS 2651 0 1984
96 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo g VEN 2650 9 1989
97 Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2650 0 1987
98 Heimann, Andreas g GER 2649 0 1992
99 Sychev, Klementy m RUS 2647 0 1996
100 Palac, Mladen g CRO 2646 0 1971

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 2643 0 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 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2513 0 1992
10 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2499 0 1987
11 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2499 0 1985
12 Krush, Irina g USA 2494 0 1983
13 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2478 0 1985
14 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2468 0 1984
15 Socko, Monika g POL 2465 0 1978
16 Charochkina, Daria m RUS 2457 0 1990
17 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2457 0 1985
18 Lei, Tingjie g CHN 2446 0 1997
19 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2445 0 1987
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 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2417 0 1984
25 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2416 0 1976
26 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2401 0 1998
27 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2401 0 1985
28 Abdumalik, Zhansaya m KAZ 2395 0 2000
29 Nemcova, Katerina wg USA 2392 0 1990
30 Kashlinskaya, Alina m RUS 2390 0 1993
31 Guramishvili, Sopiko m GEO 2379 0 1991
32 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat m IRI 2373 0 1997
33 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2372 0 1979
34 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen m VIE 2369 0 1987
35 Buksa, Nataliya wg UKR 2368 0 1996
36 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2362 0 1993
37 Padmini, Rout m IND 2362 0 1994
38 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2361 0 1991
39 Klek, Hanna Marie   GER 2360 10 1995
40 Khukhashvili, Sopiko m GEO 2359 0 1985
41 Lubbe, Melanie wg GER 2359 0 1990
42 Turova, Irina m RUS 2354 0 1979
43 Pustovoitova, Daria f RUS 2353 0 1994
44 Babiy, Olga wg UKR 2352 0 1989
45 Michna, Marta wg GER 2348 0 1978
46 Brunello, Marina f ITA 2347 0 1994
47 Lazarne Vajda, Szidonia m HUN 2347 0 1979
48 Lomineishvili, Maia m GEO 2346 0 1977
49 Pourkashiyan, Atousa wg IRI 2346 0 1988
50 Reizniece-Ozola, Dana wg LAT 2344 0 1981

Source: FIDE



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drcloak drcloak 5/8/2017 08:02
@hydra00 Here is some evidence of Rating Inflation:

After winning the World Junior Championship in 1971, Hug entered in the following FIDE ELO list in 1972 (then yearly and at somewhat unregular published) at ELO <Rating> of 2475, with a <Ranking> as no. 106= of the world.

In 2014, Hug (still regularly active in national team competitions and multiple member of the Swiss Olympiad Team between 1972 up and including 2014) reached his individual peak nominal ELO rating at age of 62.

In the current FIDE ELO list of September 2016, compared with more than forty years ago in the July 1972 to June 1973 ELO list, he is slightly <HIGHER in Rating>! But <in Ranking he LOST MORE THAN THOUSAND POSITIONS> and is now no. 1216 of the world (all players).

Credit for this to Diagonal of ChessGames.Com
drcloak drcloak 5/7/2017 08:00
When a strong female player gets pregnant, their chess activity goes down as well as their rating.
hydra00 hydra00 5/3/2017 10:49
@plotinoab:
The number of players >2700 has plateaued. Similarly, the number of players >2750 has also plateaued.
There is no ELO inflation. Players have simply become better.
plotinoab plotinoab 5/3/2017 12:37
Can someone explain why many talk about ELO-inflation? There are many more 2700+ now than 10-20 years ago, that's OK. But how the ELO-point system generated this inflation now, and not before? or later? It is also clear that 2800 seems quite a wall, it is very hard to stay there, or run away from the pack. So an inflation that squeezes players in the 2700 range? Why ? How?
Bertman Bertman 5/3/2017 07:50
@Aighearach - Mecking was in the top 10 for several years, and peaked at world no.3 in 1978.
Aighearach Aighearach 5/3/2017 04:15
@drcloak: Judit Polgar peaked at #8 overall. That's exactly what you'd expect from the difference in participation: sometimes having a player in the top group, sometimes not.

Why are there no Brazilians in the top 10? Why no Japanese?
Reynaud Reynaud 5/3/2017 03:41
@drcloak: Beneath the cloak... a troll?

It's a classic question, but an interesting one. It has attracted enough study for you to easily find research on it. Studies immediately available in the online government US Library of Medicine for those interested:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2679077/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17201785
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23631890

The first two claim greater male participation explains the difference. The last one contests this conclusion.

There are many other sources and studies to pick and choose from, if you like. Or you can ignore the difficulty and ambivalence of studies and just go with your gut. But I doubt very much that a doctor of Dr. Cloak's standing would be satisfied with such an impulsive and emotional conclusion.
benedictralph benedictralph 5/3/2017 03:21
@Bertman: Thanks.

@drcloak: It's feminist and PC BS. The truth is men and women are different, like it or not. And yes, men are probably better, on average, at chess than they are. It's time people dealt with this reality.
drcloak drcloak 5/3/2017 12:10
I have a question. If men and women are equal, how come there are 43 men rated 2700+ yet there is not a single woman on the planet at 2700? Also, these lists are somewhat meaningless considering the fact of super inflation.
Bertman Bertman 5/2/2017 05:04
@benedictralph - http://en.chessbase.com/post/the-name-of-the-game-is-domination

@anamanam - If you are implying this should be highlighted, it is not new, and was indeed brought up when he entered the blitz Top 10. He is a known specialist and giant. There are others such as Olyxander Bortnyk who was oveer 2750 a couple of years ago despite not even being a GM yet.
anamanam anamanam 5/2/2017 03:10
3 Shkuro, Iuri g UKR 2828 0 1982

This is pathetic.
benedictralph benedictralph 5/2/2017 11:38
Set aside are the days of a human hopefully cracking 2,900.
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