Topalov leads in the January 2009 FIDE ratings

12/31/2008 – The latest rating list does not count the Nanjing Super-GM, but even without it Veselin Topalov has stayed in first place, with a rating just four points shy of 2800. In second place is the World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who gained eight points from his match against Vladimir Kramnik (now eighth) to end at 2791. Vassily Ivanchuk is third, Magnus Carlsen fourth. January 2009 ratings.

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FIDE January 2009 Rating List

The January list includes tournaments up to 15 December 2008, and FIDE events such as the Grand Prix in Elista, which ended 28 December. Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov has stayed in first place with a rating just four points shy of 2800. He is five points higher than in the previous list, and he gained these five points at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden. The first place in the Nanjing Super-GM has not been counted, since that event ended on December 22nd.

In second place on the FIDE list we find World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who has gained eight points from his match in Bonn with Vladimir Kramnik. The latter lost eight points from the Anand match, and five more points at the Chess Olympiad. We find Kramnik at number eight, two places lower than on the previous list.

Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, who turns 40 on March 18, has 2779 points, seven fewer than in October, but retains his third rank. The 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway dropped ten points and is now at 2776, but he too retained his fourth place. Alexander Morozevich, who was second on the previous list, dropped to fifth place with 2771 points.

Next on the list we find two climbers, Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan with 2761 points and Dimitry Jakovenko of Russia with 2760. They are followed by Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko and Sergei Movsesian to complete the top ten in the world.

Looking further down the list we see Alexei Shirov gaining 19 points to climb from 18th to 12th. The Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov gained 20 points to leap from 31st to 19th. The top British GM Michael Adams lost 22 points and "the other" hot prodigy Sergey Karjakin (who is the same age as Magnus Carlsen) dropped 24 points. The Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo Pons made the biggest jump, gaining 38 points and rising from 55th to 28th.

FIDE January 2009 Top Players Rating List

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2796  8  1975
2 Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2791  11  1969
3 Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2779  19  1969
4 Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2776  17  1990
5 Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2771  20  1977
6 Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2761  27  1987
7 Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2760  40  1983
8 Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2759  20  1975
9 Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2751  23  1979
10 Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2751  16  1978
11 Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2750  16  1982
12 Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2745  19  1972
13 Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2739  28  1987
14 Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2733  28  1983
15 Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2733  17  1968
16 Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2726  9  1983
17 Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2725  16  1974
18 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2724  29  1985
19 Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2723  28  1986
20 Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2723  27  1976
21 Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2722  40  1983
22 Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2718  33  1985
23 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  g  CUB  2717  10  1983
24 Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2712  29  1971
25 Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2711  24  1981
26 Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2709  15  1983
27 Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2706  17  1990
28 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2702  34  1982
29 Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2702  9  1985
30 Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2702  0  1974
31 Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2700  33  1971
32 Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2699  19  1987
33 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2696  28  1990
34 Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2693  29  1983
35 Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2693  17  1985
36 Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2693  8  1976
37 Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2692  18  1980
38 Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2691  7  1989
39 Dreev, Alexey  g  RUS  2688  24  1969
40 Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2688  15  1985
41 Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2687  28  1987
42 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2687  22  1979
43 Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2687  15  1971
44 Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2684  10  1973
45 Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2680  27  1976
46 Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2679  31  1986
47 Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2678  20  1983
48 Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2676  9  1980
49 Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2676  6  1979
50 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2675  25  1976
51 Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2673  26  1986
52 Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2673  5  1986
53 Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2671  26  1985
54 Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2671  21  1986
55 Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2669  24  1983
56 Najer, Evgeniy  g  RUS  2669  18  1977
57 Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2669  10  1972
58 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2667  23  1978
59 Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2666  8  1981
60 Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2664  19  1987
61 Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2663  31  1965
62 Guseinov, Gadir  g  AZE  2661  17  1986
63 Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2660  10  1973
64 Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2660  7  1977
65 Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2659  25  1975
66 Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2657  17  1968
67 Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2657  8  1973
68 Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2656  30  1985
69 Zhang, Zhong  g  SIN  2656  9  1978
70 Grachev, Boris  g  RUS  2655  14  1986
71 Savchenko, Boris  g  RUS  2654  19  1986
72 Postny, Evgeny  g  ISR  2652  28  1981
73 Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2651  9  1985
74 Predojevic, Borki  g  BIH  2650  36  1987
75 Fridman, Daniel  g  GER  2650  30  1976
76 Rodshtein, Maxim  g  ISR  2650  25  1989
77 Bocharov, Dmitry  g  RUS  2647  36  1982
78 Amonatov, Farrukh  g  TJK  2647  26  1978
79 Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2647  24  1983
80 Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2647  14  1968
81 Delchev, Aleksander  g  BUL  2647  9  1971
82 Tregubov, Pavel V.  g  RUS  2647  9  1971
83 Beliavsky, Alexander G  g  SLO  2646  35  1953
84 Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2646  22  1992
85 Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2645  23  1978
86 Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2645  4  1966
87 Nyback, Tomi  g  FIN  2644  15  1985
88 Khenkin, Igor  g  GER  2644  10  1968
89 Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2644  8  1951
90 Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2644  7  1980
91 Lastin, Alexander  g  RUS  2643  13  1976
92 Graf, Alexander  g  GER  2643  9  1962
93 Shulman, Yuri  g  USA  2639  20  1975
94 Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2638  16  1988
95 Navara, David  g  CZE  2638  10  1985
96 Aleksandrov, Aleksej  g  BLR  2636  29  1973
97 Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2636  11  1976
98 Vescovi, Giovanni  g  BRA  2635  0  1978
99 Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2634  28  1965
100 Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2634  19  1985
101 Gustafsson, Jan  g  GER  2634  8  1979
102 Kobalia, Mikhail  g  RUS  2634  7  1978

Top 100 Women January 2009

Naturally Judit Polgar tops the list, but Koneru Humpy is slowly closing the gap. The Indian GM is now just 72 point behind the strongest female player in history. China's wonder girl Hou Yifan lost seven points but stays in third place. Former Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria has climbed to fourth place with a rating increase of nine points. The current Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is in tenth place after losing nine points.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2693  8  1976
2 Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2621  6  1987
3 Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2571  15  1994
4 Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2557  25  1979
5 Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2548  15  1963
6 Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2540  36  1990
7 Sebag, Marie  g  FRA  2529  15  1986
8 Dzagnidze, Nana  g  GEO  2518  26  1987
9 Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2516  14  1961
10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2516  8  1984
11 Zhao, Xue  g  CHN  2508  16  1985
12 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  SCO  2500  32  1968
13 Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2499  32  1985
14 Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2497  25  1986
15 Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2497  24  1983
16 Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2496  18  1978
17 Ruan, Lufei  wg  CHN  2496  0  1987
18 Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2496  0  1976
19 Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2490  16  1979
20 Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2488  15  1989
21 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2486  23  1985
22 Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2483  17  1980
23 Xu, Yuhua  g  CHN  2477  0  1976
24 Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2473  15  1991
25 Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2467  16  1985
26 Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2463  28  1984
27 Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2463  4  1978
28 Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2462  16  1978
29 Qin, Kanying  wg  CHN  2462  0  1974
30 Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2461  13  1968
31 Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2460  16  1982
32 Krush, Irina  m  USA  2457  10  1983
33 Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2456  21  1983
34 Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2455  17  1985
35 Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2454  13  1976
36 Romanko, Marina  wg  RUS  2451  38  1986
37 Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2450  26  1976
38 Socko, Monika  g  POL  2449  15  1978
39 Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2448  10  1989
40 Korbut, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2442  24  1985
41 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2442  13  1974
42 Lomineishvili, Maia  m  GEO  2437  9  1977
43 Tania, Sachdev  m  IND  2435  20  1986
44 Atalik, Ekaterina  m  TUR  2434  7  1982
45 Ovod, Evgenija  m  RUS  2430  12  1982
46 Huang, Qian  wg  CHN  2430  0  1986
47 Zdebskaja, Natalia  wg  UKR  2428  8  1986
48 Muzychuk, Mariya  m  UKR  2427  23  1992
49 Bojkovic, Natasa  m  SRB  2426  11  1971
50 Li, Ruofan  wg  SIN  2426  0  1978
51 Mongontuul, Bathuyag  wg  MGL  2425  10  1987
52 Melia, Salome  m  GEO  2422  18  1987
53 Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2422  13  1969
54 Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2422  0  1991
55 Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2421  5  1975
56 Shadrina, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2416  17  1974
57 Khukhashvili, Sopiko  m  GEO  2416  16  1985
58 Foisor, Cristina Adela  m  ROU  2412  21  1967
59 Matnadze, Ana  m  GEO  2411  0  1983
60 Stockova, Zuzana  m  SVK  2408  10  1977
61 Repkova, Eva  m  SVK  2407  19  1975
62 Maric, Alisa  m  SRB  2407  18  1970
63 Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2407  0  1974
64 Fierro Baquero, Martha L.  m  ECU  2403  16  1977
65 Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROU  2401  13  1978
66 Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2400  17  1989
67 Rajlich, Iweta  m  POL  2399  10  1981
68 Moser, Eva  m  AUT  2397  18  1982
69 Houska, Jovanka  m  ENG  2392  22  1980
70 Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2392  5  1991
71 Goletiani, Rusudan  wg  USA  2391  15  1980
72 Tan, Zhongyi    CHN  2390  15  1991
73 Michna, Marta  wg  GER  2388  11  1978
74 Kovanova, Baira  wg  RUS  2386  7  1987
75 Jackova, Jana  m  CZE  2385  27  1982
76 Madl, Ildiko  m  HUN  2385  20  1969
77 Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2385  10  1987
78 Bodnaruk, Anastasia  wf  RUS  2384  22  1992
79 Pokorna, Regina  wg  SVK  2384  19  1982
80 Alexandrova, Olga  m  UKR  2383  0  1978
81 Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2381  18  1979
82 Vasilevich, Tatjana  m  UKR  2381  11  1977
83 Wang, Yu A.  m  CHN  2381  0  1982
84 Sedina, Elena  m  ITA  2380  19  1968
85 Stepovaia, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2379  15  1965
86 Turova, Irina  m  RUS  2379  9  1979
87 Sergeeva, Maria  wg  KAZ  2377  21  1983
88 Gvetadze, Sopio  m  GEO  2377  18  1983
89 Kononenko, Tatiana  m  UKR  2377  0  1978
90 Zozulia, Anna  m  BEL  2376  11  1980
91 Karavade, Eesha  wg  IND  2375  11  1987
92 Stojanovic, Andjelija  wg  SRB  2372  27  1987
93 Calzetta, Monica  wg  ESP  2371  18  1972
94 Vasilkova, Svetlana  wm  RUS  2371  7  1988
95 Cherednichenko, Svetlana  wm  UKR  2367  38  1984
96 Nadig, Kruttika  wm  IND  2367  18  1988
97 Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino  m  GER  2367  9  1971
98 Borsuk, Angela  m  ISR  2366  9  1967
99 Lujan, Carolina  m  ARG  2364  26  1985
100 Milliet, Sophie  wg  FRA  2364  18  1983
101 Zaiatz, Elena  m  RUS  2364  0  1969

Top 20 Juniors January 2009

Magnus Carlsen, now eighteen, leads the Juniors list by 70 points. He is followed by his prodigy colleague Sergey Karjakin, who had a bad rating period but managed to stay in second place. He has French prodigy Maxime Vachier Lagrave and Chinese GM Wang Hao snapping at his heels. After that there is a gap of fourty points, but on place six we have the new kid on the block, 16-year-old Fabiano Caruana, who is climbing steadly and will soon be in the top group.

Dr Tony Dowden of Launceston, Australia, asks why Hou Yifan does not appear on this list. Her rating should comfortably put her in the top 20. The reason is probably algorithmic – to be found in the formulae for generating the lists – and not sexist. We forward the question to FIDE.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2776  17  1990
2 Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2706  17  1990
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2696  28  1990
4 Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2691  7  1989
5 Rodshtein, Maxim  g  ISR  2650  25  1989
6 Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2646  22  1992
7 Li, Chao b  g  CHN  2628  8  1989
8 Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2628  8  1990
9 So, Wesley  g  PHI  2627  19  1993
10 Kuzubov, Yuriy  g  UKR  2626  22  1990
11 Howell, David W L  g  ENG  2622  43  1990
12 Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2614  14  1990
13 Negi, Parimarjan  g  IND  2600  35  1993
14 Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2591  22  1991
15 Zhigalko, Sergei  g  BLR  2587  19  1989
16 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son  g  VIE  2578  40  1990
17 Khairullin, Ildar  g  RUS  2574  27  1990
18 Gupta, Abhijeet  g  IND  2569  23  1989
19 Saric, Ivan  g  CRO  2566  38  1990
20 Andriasian, Zaven  g  ARM  2564  10  1989
21 Safarli, Eltaj  g  AZE  2564  9  1992

Top 20 Girls January 2009

14-year-old GM Hou Yifan of China dominates the list, leading the second-placed Anna Muzychuk by 31 points. It must be said that Anna has gained 32 points in the last three-month period and deserves to be watched. GM Kateryna Lahno has retained her third place and 2488 rating after playing 15 games in that period. 17-year-old Harika Dronavalli of India continues to climb, from 2461 in October to 2473 in the current list.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2571  15  1994
2 Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2540  36  1990
3 Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2488  15  1989
4 Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2473  15  1991
5 Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2448  10  1989
6 Muzychuk, Mariya  m  UKR  2427  23  1992
7 Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2422  0  1991
8 Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2400  17  1989
9 Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2392  5  1991
10 Tan, Zhongyi    CHN  2390  15  1991
11 Bodnaruk, Anastasia  wf  RUS  2384  22  1992
12 Zhang, Xiaowen  wm  CHN  2357  0  1989
13 Soumya, Swaminathan  wg  IND  2343  22  1989
14 Gomes, Mary Ann  wg  IND  2336  17  1989
15 Vojinovic, Jovana  wm  MNE  2331  12  1992
16 Severiukhina, Zoja  wf  RUS  2327  13  1990
17 Nemcova, Katerina  wg  CZE  2325  36  1990
18 Charochkina, Daria  wm  RUS  2316  19  1990
19 Girya, Olga  wf  RUS  2315  32  1991
20 Paulet, Iozefina  wm  ROU  2315  25  1989

Lists and data by courtesy of FIDE



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