Nakamura is world no.1 in Rapid and Blitz

5/15/2014 – FIDE Rapid and Blitz ratings is not new, allowing players who prefer more adrenaline-filled games to still achieve proper and measurable ratings. Until now FIDE had refrained from publishing Top 100 lists, since enough players had to be rated to mean anything, but not anymore. Here are the first Top 100 lists for both Rapid and Blitz ratings with more than a few surprises.

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FIDE Rapid ratings

The current thinking among the pundits is that the rankings of players will remain relatively constant throughout the different time controls. But it is obvious there are several exceptions to this rule, rather obvious ones. For one thing, Magnus Carlsen, for all his classical chess superiority, has never shown that same relative strength in faster games. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does represent a contrast with champions such as Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, and Anand, who dominated all time controls. With the following new Top 100 lists, there will be a clearer competition for improved ratings in these modalities, what do you think of these new rankings?

Hikaru Nakamura leads the FIDE ratings in both Rapid and Blitz

The world number one rapid player is currently Hikaru Nakamura, rated 2841, a noted specialist at fast games, and the reputation is clearly deserved. Right behind him, interestingly enough, is Fabiano Caruana (2840), followed by Alexander Grischuk (2828) and Magnus Carlsen (2827). Five players are rated over 2800 in Rapid chess, and Vassily Ivanchuk (2811) completes the quintet. The presence of Dmitry Andreikin as no.11 with 2773 should come as no surprise, since although he drew almost all his matches in last year's World Cup, it was his superior Rapid play that took him to the finals.

In one month, from June 15-21, the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championship will be held at Dubai, UAE, where all best players will compete. Expect exciting games and a deepening fight for the no.1 spot. 

Top 100 Players

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1
Nakamura, Hikaru
g
USA
2841
1987
2
Caruana, Fabiano
g
ITA
2840
1992
3
Grischuk, Alexander
g
RUS
2828
1983
4
Carlsen, Magnus
g
NOR
2827
1990
5
Ivanchuk, Vassily
g
UKR
2811
1969
6
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
g
AZE
2799
1985
7
Svidler, Peter
g
RUS
2787
1976
8
Aronian, Levon
g
ARM
2785
1982
9
Karjakin, Sergey
g
RUS
2781
1990
10
Malakhov, Vladimir
g
RUS
2776
1980
11
Andreikin, Dmitry
g
RUS
2773
1990
12
Kramnik, Vladimir
g
RUS
2773
1975
13
Leko, Peter
g
HUN
2773
1979
14
Topalov, Veselin
g
BUL
2772
1975
15
Anand, Viswanathan
g
IND
2770
1969
16
Korobov, Anton
g
UKR
2770
1985
17
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
g
RUS
2768
1990
18
Wang, Yue
g
CHN
2765
1987
19
Adams, Michael
g
ENG
2764
1971
20
Dominguez Perez, Leinier
g
CUB
2763
1983
21
Radjabov, Teimour
g
AZE
2750
1987
22
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
g
FRA
2749
1990
23
Ponomariov, Ruslan
g
UKR
2738
1983
24
Morozevich, Alexander
g
RUS
2732
1977
25
Kamsky, Gata
g
USA
2729
1974
26
Cheparinov, Ivan
g
BUL
2727
1986
27
Gelfand, Boris
g
ISR
2725
1968
28
Le, Quang Liem
g
VIE
2724
1991
29
Eljanov, Pavel
g
UKR
2716
1983
30
Wang, Hao
g
CHN
2716
1989
31
Short, Nigel D
g
ENG
2714
1965
32
Dreev, Aleksey
g
RUS
2713
1969
33
Shirov, Alexei
g
LAT
2712
1972
34
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
g
POL
2710
1987
35
Vallejo Pons, Francisco
g
ESP
2709
1982
36
Rapport, Richard
g
HUN
2707
1996
37
Mamedov, Rauf
g
AZE
2705
1988
38
Vitiugov, Nikita
g
RUS
2703
1987
39
Moiseenko, Alexander
g
UKR
2699
1980
40
Ragger, Markus
g
AUT
2697
1988
41
Movsesian, Sergei
g
ARM
2696
1978
42
Khairullin, Ildar
g
RUS
2694
1990
43
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy
g
UKR
2694
1986
44
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
g
UZB
2693
1979
45
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
g
RUS
2693
1987
46
Bacrot, Etienne
g
FRA
2692
1983
47
Berkes, Ferenc
g
HUN
2690
1985
48
Fridman, Daniel
g
GER
2689
1976
49
Jakovenko, Dmitry
g
RUS
2689
1983
50
Ding, Liren
g
CHN
2688
1992

Top 100 Women

While Judit Polgar still leads all the Women's ratings lists, her edge is eroding
the faster the time control.

The Women's list presents few surprises, though it does show Judit Polgar's relative rating to be less crushing compared to her colleagues than in classical chess.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1
Polgar, Judit
g
HUN
2656
1976
2
Koneru, Humpy
g
IND
2611
1987
3
Hou, Yifan
g
CHN
2600
1994
4
Lagno, Kateryna
g
UKR
2599
1989
5
Kosteniuk, Alexandra
g
RUS
2579
1984
6
Stefanova, Antoaneta
g
BUL
2578
1979
7
Ju, Wenjun
wg
CHN
2572
1991
8
Dzagnidze, Nana
g
GEO
2547
1987
9
Muzychuk, Anna
g
UKR
2546
1990
10
Gunina, Valentina
g
RUS
2536
1989
11
Kosintseva, Tatiana
g
RUS
2530
1986
12
Ushenina, Anna
g
UKR
2489
1985
13
Paehtz, Elisabeth
m
GER
2485
1985
14
Zhao, Xue
g
CHN
2485
1985
15
Javakhishvili, Lela
m
GEO
2481
1984
16
Sebag, Marie
g
FRA
2479
1986
17
Zatonskih, Anna
m
USA
2472
1978
18
Zhu, Chen
g
QAT
2464
1976
19
Cmilyte, Viktorija
g
LTU
2462
1983
20
Girya, Olga
wg
RUS
2460
1991
21
Galliamova, Alisa
m
RUS
2455
1972
22
Socko, Monika
g
POL
2455
1978
23
Pustovoitova, Daria
f
RUS
2451
1994
24
Matnadze, Ana
m
ESP
2449
1983
25
Muzychuk, Mariya
m
UKR
2445
1992
26
Cramling, Pia
g
SWE
2443
1963
27
Moser, Eva
m
AUT
2439
1982
28
Karavade, Eesha
m
IND
2437
1987
29
Krush, Irina
g
USA
2435
1983
30
Khukhashvili, Sopiko
m
GEO
2434
1985

Top 100 Juniors

Richard Rapport leads the juniors in Rapid games

Perhaps the most notable difference here is Anish Giri's poorer Rapid rating compared to his classical chess. Hungarian Richard Rapport remains consistent and as a result is the top junior.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1
Rapport, Richard
g
HUN
2707
1996
2
Giri, Anish
g
NED
2674
1994
3
Yu, Yangyi
g
CHN
2668
1994
4
Robson, Ray
g
USA
2644
1994
5
Artemiev, Vladislav
g
RUS
2640
1998
6
Fedoseev, Vladimir
g
RUS
2639
1995
7
Dubov, Daniil
g
RUS
2628
1996
8
Swiercz, Dariusz
g
POL
2609
1994
9
Nyzhnyk, Illya
g
UKR
2607
1996
10
Hou, Yifan
g
CHN
2600
1994
11
Anton Guijarro, David
g
ESP
2593
1995
12
Bukavshin, Ivan
g
RUS
2590
1995
13
Stukopin, Andrey
g
RUS
2585
1994
14
Antipov, Mikhail Al.
g
RUS
2583
1997
15
Wei, Yi
g
CHN
2579
1999
16
Oparin, Grigoriy
g
RUS
2569
1997
17
Plat, Vojtech
m
CZE
2567
1994
18
Bernadskiy, Vitaliy
m
UKR
2566
1994
19
Dragun, Kamil
g
POL
2565
1995
20
Grigoryan, Karen H.
g
ARM
2561
1995
21
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
g
IND
2549
1994
22
Kovalev, Vladislav
g
BLR
2547
1994
23
Eliseev, Urii
g
RUS
2530
1996
24
Predke, Alexandr
 
RUS
2520
1994
25
Zakhartsov, Vladimir
 
RUS
2512
1997
26
Caprio, Guido
m
ITA
2510
1994
27
Yuffa, Daniil
m
RUS
2509
1997
28
Ringoir, Tanguy
m
BEL
2504
1994
29
Bortnyk, Olexandr
m
UKR
2498
1996
30
Indjic, Aleksandar
g
SRB
2494
1995

Top 100 Girls

Hou Yifan has no competition in the 'strongest girls' department

Of note is Daria Pustovoitova's second place in the top girls with 2451, in comparison to her standard rating of 2336.

Rk Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan
g
CHN
2600
1994
2 Pustovoitova, Daria
f
RUS
2451
1994
3 Arabidze, Meri
wg
GEO
2407
1994
4 Guo, Qi
wg
CHN
2392
1995
5 Goryachkina, Aleksandra
wg
RUS
2383
1998
6 Padmini, Rout
wg
IND
2367
1994
7 Medina, Warda Aulia
wg
INA
2355
1997
8 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia
m
BLR
2347
1995
9 Sihite, Chelsie Monica
wm
INA
2298
1995
10 Lach, Aleksandra
wf
POL
2297
1995
11 Bivol, Alina
wm
RUS
2293
1996
12 Khlichkova, Tatiana
wf
RUS
2292
1994
13 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat
wg
IRI
2288
1997
14 Abdumalik, Zhansaya
wg
KAZ
2272
2000
15 Brunello, Marina
wm
ITA
2267
1994
16 Aranaz Murillo, Amalia
wm
ESP
2258
1995
17 Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung
wm
VIE
2248
1994
18 Dordzhieva, Dinara
wf
RUS
2229
1999
19 Severina, Maria
wm
RUS
2229
1995
20 Hakimifard, Ghazal
wm
IRI
2225
1994

Blitz

Blitz has long been known to have its fair share of specialists who were able to consistently overperform at the fastest time controls relative to their standard ratings.

Top 100 Players

In Blitz, Hikaru Nakamura once more lives up to his reputation by taking the number one spot, with 2879, this time with a more significant edge over his peers. In second is Sergey Karjakin with 2866, and in third is Levon Aronian with 2863. Magnus Carlsen is fourth with 2837, but here the first surprise rears its head as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave comes fifth with 2835. Consider that his standard rating is 2758 where he normally trails Carlsen by a good 120 Elo. Still, the biggest surprise in this list is unquestionably 21-year-old IM Stanislav Bogdanovich, rated 2577 FIDE, but with a blitz rating of 2727, ranking him world no.26

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave shows just how strong a blitz player he is

Another interesting result of this is that there are three female players in the Top 100, but more on that below.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1
Nakamura, Hikaru
g
USA
2879
1987
2
Karjakin, Sergey
g
RUS
2866
1990
3
Aronian, Levon
g
ARM
2863
1982
4
Carlsen, Magnus
g
NOR
2837
1990
5
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
g
FRA
2835
1990
6
Anand, Viswanathan
g
IND
2827
1969
7
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
g
AZE
2822
1985
8
Le, Quang Liem
g
VIE
2817
1991
9
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
g
RUS
2816
1990
10
Grischuk, Alexander
g
RUS
2801
1983
11
Kramnik, Vladimir
g
RUS
2782
1975
12
Yu, Yangyi
g
CHN
2771
1994
13
Mamedov, Rauf
g
AZE
2766
1988
14
Korobov, Anton
g
UKR
2758
1985
15
Ponomariov, Ruslan
g
UKR
2758
1983
16
Giri, Anish
g
NED
2755
1994
17
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son
g
VIE
2746
1990
18
Riazantsev, Alexander
g
RUS
2744
1985
19
Morozevich, Alexander
g
RUS
2741
1977
20
So, Wesley
g
PHI
2734
1993
21
Smirin, Ilia
g
ISR
2732
1968
22
Movsesian, Sergei
g
ARM
2730
1978
23
Tkachiev, Vladislav
g
FRA
2730
1973
24
Dubov, Daniil
g
RUS
2729
1996
25
Dominguez Perez, Leinier
g
CUB
2728
1983
26
Bogdanovich, Stanislav
m
UKR
2727
1993
27
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
g
POL
2726
1987
28
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
g
RUS
2725
1987
29
Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo
g
VEN
2722
1989
30
Ivanchuk, Vassily
g
UKR
2720
1969
31
Gelfand, Boris
g
ISR
2719
1968
32
Andreikin, Dmitry
g
RUS
2716
1990
33
Adams, Michael
g
ENG
2715
1971
34
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro
g
CUB
2712
1982
35
Najer, Evgeniy
g
RUS
2707
1977
36
Radjabov, Teimour
g
AZE
2706
1987
37
Fressinet, Laurent
g
FRA
2705
1981
38
Navara, David
g
CZE
2705
1985
39
Dreev, Aleksey
g
RUS
2701
1969
40
Kamsky, Gata
g
USA
2700
1974
41
Malakhov, Vladimir
g
RUS
2700
1980
42
Sasikiran, Krishnan
g
IND
2698
1981
43
Areshchenko, Alexander
g
UKR
2697
1986
44
Caruana, Fabiano
g
ITA
2697
1992
45
Bukavshin, Ivan
g
RUS
2692
1995
46
Sargissian, Gabriel
g
ARM
2689
1983
47
Melkumyan, Hrant
g
ARM
2687
1989
48
Savchenko, Boris
g
RUS
2684
1986
49
Kononenko, Dmitry
g
UKR
2682
1988
50
Leko, Peter
g
HUN
2682
1979

Top 100 Women

If Judit Polgar's domination had been chopped down in Rapid play, her edge in Blitz is negligible at best. This is not to say she is not the no.1, since she is, but with a meager 8 Elo points advantage. And who is that no.2? Anna Muzychuk with 2665. In fact this also ranks her as world no.71, men included, while Hou Yifan, close behind with 2662 is world no.76

Not only is Anna Muzychuk only eight points behind Judit Polgar,
but she is ranked 71 in the world in Blitz

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1
Polgar, Judit
g
HUN
2673
1976
2
Muzychuk, Anna
g
UKR
2665
1990
3
Hou, Yifan
g
CHN
2662
1994
4
Dzagnidze, Nana
g
GEO
2591
1987
5
Kosintseva, Tatiana
g
RUS
2578
1986
6
Zhao, Xue
g
CHN
2576
1985
7
Stefanova, Antoaneta
g
BUL
2569
1979
8
Gunina, Valentina
g
RUS
2560
1989
9
Kosteniuk, Alexandra
g
RUS
2548
1984
10
Lagno, Kateryna
g
UKR
2540
1989
11
Tan, Zhongyi
wg
CHN
2535
1991
12
Paehtz, Elisabeth
m
GER
2522
1985
13
Harika, Dronavalli
g
IND
2521
1991
14
Koneru, Humpy
g
IND
2521
1987
15
Wang, Jue
wg
CHN
2512
1995
16
Sebag, Marie
g
FRA
2504
1986
17
Ju, Wenjun
wg
CHN
2488
1991
18
Ushenina, Anna
g
UKR
2467
1985
19
Bodnaruk, Anastasia
m
RUS
2450
1992
20
Guseva, Marina
m
RUS
2442
1986
21
Muzychuk, Mariya
m
UKR
2439
1992
22
Cmilyte, Viktorija
g
LTU
2439
1983
23
Cramling, Pia
g
SWE
2433
1963
24
Cori T., Deysi
wg
PER
2429
1993
25
Gvetadze, Sofio
m
GEO
2423
1983
26
Moser, Eva
m
AUT
2422
1982
27
Batsiashvili, Nino
m
GEO
2419
1987
28
Socko, Monika
g
POL
2415
1978
29
Zhu, Chen
g
QAT
2411
1976
30
Guo, Qi
wg
CHN
2410
1995

Top 100 Juniors

Yu Yangyi is the top junior blitz player, ranked 12th in the world overall, and is
the reigning Chinese Champion

In the top juniors, youth really begins to show its colors in blitz strength, and the no.1 is Yu Yangyi with a fantastic 2771, which is nearly 100 Elo over his standard rating. Anish Giri is doing well with 2755, but the next surprise is Daniil Dubov with 2729, which is 115 Elo over his standard rating. Sound like a lot? Then be sure to check out Ukrainian IM Olexander Bortnyk, who performs at 144 Elo above his standard rating or his untitled brother (we are guessing) Mykola Bortnyk, 2618 whose standard rating is only 2394. Bear in mind that his Blitz rating, that exceeds his standard by 224 Elo, is not the result of some freak performance as it was computed from over 150 FIDE rated blitz games since 2012.

Rk
Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1
Yu, Yangyi
g
CHN
2771
1994
2
Giri, Anish
g
NED
2755
1994
3
Dubov, Daniil
g
RUS
2729
1996
4
Bukavshin, Ivan
g
RUS
2692
1995
5
Rapport, Richard
g
HUN
2668
1996
6
Hou, Yifan
g
CHN
2662
1994
7
Bortnyk, Olexandr
m
UKR
2660
1996
8
Nyzhnyk, Illya
g
UKR
2652
1996
9
Artemiev, Vladislav
g
RUS
2623
1998
10
Robson, Ray
g
USA
2619
1994
11
Bortnyk, Mykola
 
UKR
2618
1994
12
Swiercz, Dariusz
g
POL
2601
1994
13
Fedoseev, Vladimir
g
RUS
2593
1995
14
Bok, Benjamin
g
NED
2591
1995
15
Wei, Yi
g
CHN
2569
1999
16
Plat, Vojtech
m
CZE
2568
1994
17
Danilenko, Dmitriy
f
UKR
2565
1994
18
Grigoryan, Karen H.
g
ARM
2565
1995
19
Antipov, Mikhail Al.
g
RUS
2557
1997
20
Eliseev, Urii
g
RUS
2556
1996
21
Kovalev, Vladislav
g
BLR
2548
1994
22
Chigaev, Maksim
m
RUS
2547
1996
23
Dragun, Kamil
g
POL
2542
1995
24
Garcia, Jan Emmanuel
m
PHI
2538
1995
25
Bluebaum, Matthias
m
GER
2535
1997
26
Naroditsky, Daniel
g
USA
2532
1995
27
Stukopin, Andrey
g
RUS
2530
1994
28
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
g
POL
2525
1998
29
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
g
IND
2522
1994
30
Pasiev, Rakhim
m
RUS
2520
1994

Top 100 Girls

Hou Yifan is the unsurprising no.1 in the girls, but no.2 Wang Jue shows herself to be a blitz specialist with a Blitz rating of 2512 relative to her standard rating of 2363.

Wang Jue showed her prowess in fast time controls with a blitz rating that exceeds
her standard rating by nearly 150 Elo

Rk Name
Ti.
Fed
Rtg
B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan
g
CHN
2662
1994
2 Wang, Jue
wg
CHN
2512
1995
3 Guo, Qi
wg
CHN
2410
1995
4 Zhai, Mo
wm
CHN
2398
1996
5 Pustovoitova, Daria
f
RUS
2384
1994
6 Brunello, Marina
wm
ITA
2325
1994
7 Goryachkina, Aleksandra
wg
RUS
2321
1998
8 Tantsiura, Maria
wm
UKR
2295
1996
9 Arabidze, Meri
wg
GEO
2285
1994
10 Buksa, Nataliya
wf
UKR
2285
1996
11 Severina, Maria
wm
RUS
2283
1995
12 Efroimski, Marsel
wm
ISR
2282
1995
13 Shvayger, Yuliya
wm
ISR
2282
1994
14 Ziaziulkina, Nastassia
m
BLR
2271
1995
15 Abdumalik, Zhansaya
wg
KAZ
2270
2000
16 Schut, Lisa
wm
NED
2267
1994
17 Lei, Tingjie
 
CHN
2263
1997
18 Varga, Klara
wm
HUN
2258
1994
19 Nicolas Zapata, Irene
wm
ESP
2251
1997
20 Xu, Huahua
wm
CHN
2236
1994

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Bostonian Bostonian 5/16/2014 11:00
Omoplata, Stop pretending to be nice and ACTUALLY be nice. Stop disrespecting world champions and trashing players. Do you have ANY clue as to the amount of time, brainpower, discipline, sacrifice and dedication they have put in over their lifetime to get to the place they are ?? If you want to trash you can go to other forums meant for such things. read the Rules for reader comments before you post. otherwise, next time you will be banned from posting!
Omoplata Omoplata 5/16/2014 07:19
Bostonian, if you bother to read my comments carefully you will see they are balanced and informed opinions. I have great respect for all of these players. It's comments like the one that you just made that are filled with inappropriate content.
Bostonian Bostonian 5/16/2014 04:50
Omoplata, Did you take your medications today ? Anand has been a champion in Rapid chess for many years. Can you atleast do some preliminary analysis before you spew crap ? Dont use this as a platform to malign Anand or any of the former world champions just because you you have favorites!
If you cant understand, appreciate or enjoy chess or know much about it then atleast keep your fingers in check and do not post. This is not your typical sport game where you malign the other party and indulge into hooliganism. This is a game of intellect where you appreciate strategy and tactics of the competitors. Please do not post here anymore if you want to practice hatred and do not have much to contribute other than venom and derogatory comments towards other players without much understanding!
Omoplata Omoplata 5/15/2014 11:36
Hi AngeloPardi. I don't doubt all those players are/were very strong speed chess players, but my disagreement is with that statement in the article, which I think is misleading and unfair on Carlsen. Carlsen is probably the strongest blitz player in the world anyway, and I think the classical world championship has been a slightly higher priority for him in the last couple of years than blitz and rapid, to put it lightly. Like ff2017 said, Carlsen won a long blitz match against Nakamura, and that settled the score somewhat about the possibility that Nakamura was stronger than Carlsen at blitz. Nakamura is none the less a monster speed chess player and it'll be interesting to see if he can keep the number one positions.

Now that there are official world rankings for blitz and rapid, it'll increase sponsor and player motivation in these formats and I think they will be taken a lot more seriously, which is great for chess.
AngeloPardi AngeloPardi 5/15/2014 09:58
Omoplata :
One thing is sure, Tal, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov or Anand were famous for their blitz strength.
Sometime they would use only 30 minutes to win in a classical game.
Omoplata Omoplata 5/15/2014 06:56
I disagree with the statement: "For one thing, Magnus Carlsen, for all his classical chess superiority, has never shown that same relative strength in faster games. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does represent a contrast with champions such as Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, and Anand, who dominated all time controls."

Firstly, being 4th in Rapid and Blitz is very respectable and consistent, and given how new the ratings are and how few events have been played, the lists have not truly settled and will probably take a couple more years to settle down to more accurate top 100s. Look at Caruana's blitz ranking for example - 44th in the world! - and I am very sceptical this will be his ranking after a year or two of more blitz events.

Secondly, these rating lists did not exist in the eras of Fischer, Kasparov, and Karpov, and when exactly was the era of Anand where he dominated in all time controls? Anand has only been number one in the world briefly a couple of times. In contrast Carlsen has been number one consistently for years. How can you prove who would have had a higher blitz or rapid rating out of Kasparov and Karpov during their world championship battle years? I don't doubt Fisher dominated in all forms but he was a kind of statistical anomaly for his time.
Philippe Guo Philippe Guo 5/15/2014 05:44
Many players in these new lists do not even have 25 rated games (ex.: Anand in blitz); they basically have temporary ratings. I think they should not figure on the lists. FIDE could have waited until enough (top) players pass this "threshold" before publishing the lists.
Jason Rihel Jason Rihel 5/15/2014 04:22
These lists are misleading because back in 2012, FIDE basically "pre-rated" these players based on their classical rating.

Just look at Carleson's rapid "rating"-- it is based on 20 games and a "seed" rating of 2837.
ff2017 ff2017 5/15/2014 04:03
Carlsen hasn't really played all that many games in non-classical time controls. As I recall after a world blitz championship a couple of years back, Carlsen and Nakamura had an overnight session where they played 40 games and Carlsen beat Nakamura something along the lines of 22.5-17.5.
cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 5/15/2014 01:48
Ratings for an indication of strength, tournament wins for the glory and bragging rights :)
I am sure Carlsen's faster time control ratings will improve with time, even though already high.
Interesting to see the otb ratings of players having watched them play online at faster time controls. thumbs up.
AngeloPardi AngeloPardi 5/15/2014 10:50
A 20 point gap has no real meaning in classical chess either.
iSeeThis iSeeThis 5/15/2014 05:41
I play blitz all the time. And that makes my perception in blitz rating like "Oh!, you're just 20 points higher than me? Then we're absolutely equal."
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