Topalov tops July 1st FIDE Ratings

7/3/2006 – With Kasparov now classified as "inactive" and no longer occupying his usual place on the FIDE rating list, Veselin Topalov takes top berth with 2813 points. Anand has dropped badly after a poor showing at the Olympiad, but remains in second. Vladimir Kramnik, recovering from an illness, has climbed to fourth behind Levon Aronian. Full lists.

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FIDE July 2006 Rating Lists

In the top 100 players, men and women alike, we see Veselin Topalov at the top, a full 34 points ahead of his nearest rival. This reminds us of Garry Kasparov, who for the first time in decades is not on the list, due to retirement and inactivity. It is astounding how Topalov has been able to fill the vacant berth and put such a clear distance between himself and the rest of the world.

Obviously the FIDE world champion is playing extremely well and also looking after his appearance schemes very carefully. Anand has probably been too active in this rating segment, having played almost twice as many games as Topalov. Armenian GM Levon Aronian has gained another 21 points and is now just 18 points shy of Anand. Vladimir Kramnik came back from a protracted illness to display the highest performance of any player at the Turin Chess Olympiad. He is now in fourth place, 18 points behind Aronian.

Other noteworthy players:

  • Michael Adams is back in the top ten after gaining 12 points.
  • Ruslan Ponomariov lost 17 points to drop from 6 to 13.
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov continues to climb, having gained 23 to rise to 12.
  • David Navarra has gained an astounding 61 (!) points from 36 (!) games climbed from 50 to 14 (!).
  • Comeback GM Gata Kamsky has gained 26 points at the Olympiad and MTel and now occupies place 20.
  • 16-year-old Sergey Karjakin has ascended from place 45 to 27, while his 15-year-old rival Magnus Carlsen climbed from from 63 to 34. Both are wonder boys.
  • FM Vladimir Afromeev is the only non-GM in the top 100. He is 52 years old and occupies place 97.

Top 100 players

No. Name Title Country Rating Gms B-Year
 1  Topalov, Veselin  G  BUL  2813  14  1975
 2  Anand, Viswanathan  G  IND  2779  26  1969
 3  Aronian, Levon  G  ARM  2761  21  1982
 4  Kramnik, Vladimir  G  RUS  2743  9  1975
 5  Svidler, Peter  G  RUS  2742  28  1976
 6  Leko, Peter  G  HUN  2738  0  1979
 7  Ivanchuk, Vassily  G  UKR  2734  39  1969
 8  Adams, Michael  G  ENG  2732  25  1971
 9  Morozevich, Alexander  G  RUS  2731  18  1977
 10  Gelfand, Boris  G  ISR  2729  20  1968
 11  Radjabov, Teimour  G  AZE  2728  20  1987
 12  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  G  AZE  2722  27  1985
 13  Ponomariov, Ruslan  G  UKR  2721  29  1983
 14  Navara, David  G  CZE  2719  36  1985
 15  Shirov, Alexei  G  ESP  2716  43  1972
 16  Akopian, Vladimir  G  ARM  2713  21  1971
 17  Polgar, Judit  G  HUN  2710  1  1976
 18  Grischuk, Alexander  G  RUS  2709  28  1983
 19  Bacrot, Etienne  G  FRA  2707  32  1983
 20  Kamsky, Gata  G  USA  2697  29  1974
 21  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  G  ROM  2693  32  1976
 22  Malakhov, Vladimir  G  RUS  2691  21  1980
 23  Georgiev, Kiril  G  BUL  2685  30  1965
 24  Bareev, Evgeny  G  RUS  2683  26  1966
 25  Harikrishna, P.  G  IND  2682  24  1986
 26  Sasikiran, Krishnan  G  IND  2681  29  1981
 27  Karjakin, Sergey  G  UKR  2679  22  1990
 28  Najer, Evgeniy  G  RUS  2677  20  1977
 29  Short, Nigel D.  G  ENG  2676  11  1965
 30  Van Wely, Loek  G  NED  2675  38  1972
 31  Lautier, Joel  G  FRA  2675  24  1973
 32  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  G  RUS  2675  19  1976
 33  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  G  ESP  2674  22  1982
 34  Carlsen, Magnus  G  NOR  2673  23  1990
 35  Almasi, Zoltan  G  HUN  2672  43  1976
 36  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  G  UZB  2672  35  1979
 37  Azmaiparashvili, Zurab  G  GEO  2669  0  1960
 38  Onischuk, Alexander  G  USA  2668  31  1975
 39  Tiviakov, Sergei  G  NED  2668  36  1973
 40  Karpov, Anatoly  G  RUS  2668  3  1951
 41  Sargissian, Gabriel  G  ARM  2667  42  1983
 42  Jakovenko, Dmitry  G  RUS  2667  19  1983
 43  Rublevsky, Sergei  G  RUS  2667  24  1974
 44  Bruzon, Lazaro  G  CUB  2667  11  1982
 45  Dreev, Alexey  G  RUS  2666  19  1969
 46  Naiditsch, Arkadij  G  GER  2665  47  1985
 47  Bu, Xiangzhi  G  CHN  2664  12  1985
 48  Motylev, Alexander  G  RUS  2662  8  1979
 49  Volokitin, Andrei  G  UKR  2662  31  1986
 50  Izoria, Zviad  G  GEO  2660  26  1984
 51  Smirin, Ilia  G  ISR  2659  29  1968
 52  Dominguez, Lenier  G  CUB  2658  12  1983
 53  Timofeev, Artyom  G  RUS  2657  11  1985
 54  Sokolov, Ivan  G  NED  2652  49  1968
 55  Eljanov, Pavel  G  UKR  2651  28  1983
 56  Jobava, Baadur  G  GEO  2651  21  1983
 57  Moiseenko, Alexander  G  UKR  2649  30  1980
 58  Kobalia, Mikhail  G  RUS  2647  17  1978
 59  Tkachiev, Vladislav  G  FRA  2645  25  1973
 60  Bologan, Viktor  G  MDA  2645  40  1971
 61  Gashimov, Vugar  G  AZE  2644  28  1986
 62  Alekseev, Evgeny  G  RUS  2644  11  1985
 63  Gurevich, Mikhail  G  TUR  2643  59  1959
 64  Sakaev, Konstantin  G  RUS  2642  21  1974
 65  Areshchenko, Alexander  G  UKR  2641  20  1986
 66  Avrukh, Boris  G  ISR  2641  21  1978
 67  Nielsen, Peter Heine  G  DEN  2640  29  1973
 68  Zhang, Zhong  G  CHN  2639  8  1978
 69  Miton, Kamil  G  POL  2638  21  1984
 70  Korneev, Oleg  G  RUS  2638  48  1969
 71  Seirawan, Yasser  G  USA  2638  5  1960
 72  Delchev, Aleksander  G  BUL  2637  37  1971
 73  Movsesian, Sergei  G  SVK  2637  38  1978
 74  Krasenkow, Michal  G  POL  2635  16  1963
 75  Asrian, Karen  G  ARM  2635  30  1980
 76  Granda Zuniga, Julio E  G  PER  2634  12  1967
 77  Lputian, Smbat G  G  ARM  2634  11  1958
 78  Nakamura, Hikaru  G  USA  2632  27  1987
 79  Efimenko, Zahar  G  UKR  2632  26  1985
 80  Cheparinov, Ivan  G  BUL  2632  24  1986
 81  Volkov, Sergey  G  RUS  2628  10  1974
 82  Aleksandrov, Aleksej  G  BLR  2627  16  1973
 83  Fressinet, Laurent  G  FRA  2626  47  1981
 84  Wang, Yue  G  CHN  2626  30  1987
 85  Nikolic, Predrag  G  BIH  2626  31  1960
 86  Beliavsky, Alexander G  G  SLO  2625  18  1953
 87  Damljanovic, Branko  G  SCG  2625  22  1961
 88  Hansen, Curt  G  DEN  2625  10  1964
 89  Inarkiev, Ernesto  G  RUS  2625  22  1985
 90  Ibragimov, Ildar  G  USA  2624  22  1967
 91  Riazantsev, Alexander  G  RUS  2622  23  1985
 92  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  G  POL  2622  20  1987
 93  Zhang, Pengxiang  G  CHN  2622  8  1980
 94  Khalifman, Alexander  G  RUS  2622  7  1966
 95  Socko, Bartosz  G  POL  2621  36  1978
 96  Baklan, Vladimir  G  UKR  2621  24  1978
 97  Afromeev, Vladimir  F  RUS  2620  14  1954
 98  Milov, Vadim  G  SUI  2620  17  1972
 99  Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  G  ESP  2620  17  1965
 100  Vescovi, Giovanni  G  BRA  2619  11  1978
 101  Atalik, Suat  G  TUR  2619  51  1964

Top 50 women

In the women's section Judit Polgar was occupied with her second pregnancy and played just one game. She remains on top of the list (and is currently number 17 overall in the world). India's Koneru Humpy is second, 162 points behind Judit. Humpy herself is 14 points ahead of the very determined Alexandra Kosteniuk. Veteran Pia Cramling has climbed to fourth, with former FIDE world champion Andoaneta Stefanova a single point behind in fifth. Remarkable is the appearance of Women's FM Hou Yifan on this list at the age of just 12 years and four months. Hou is just 29 points behind her compatriot Xu Yuhua, who is the reigning women's world champion, and 12 points ahead of Zhu Chen, the former women's world champion.

No. Name Title Country Rating Gms B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  G  HUN  2710  1  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  G  IND  2548  52  1987
 3  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  G  RUS  2534  10  1984
 4  Cramling, Pia  G  SWE  2521  20  1963
 5  Stefanova, Antoaneta  G  BUL  2520  34  1979
 6  Xu, Yuhua  WG  CHN  2517  0  1976
 7  Chiburdanidze, Maia  G  GEO  2504  0  1961
 8  Hou, Yifan  WF  CHN  2488  41  1994
 9  Kosintseva, Tatiana  M  RUS  2479  34  1986
 10  Cmilyte, Viktorija  M  LTU  2476  27  1983
 11  Zhu, Chen  G  QAT  2476  13  1976
 12  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  M  RUS  2472  32  1985
 13  Hoang Thanh Trang  M  HUN  2470  35  1980
 14  Galliamova, Alisa  M  RUS  2470  0  1972
 15  Dembo, Yelena  M  GRE  2465  26  1983
 16  Qin, Kanying  WG  CHN  2465  0  1974
 17  Socko, Monika  M  POL  2464  5  1978
 18  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  M  RUS  2463  16  1974
 19  Shen, Yang    CHN  2459  37  1989
 20  Mkrtchian, Lilit  M  ARM  2459  32  1982
 21  Gaponenko, Inna  M  UKR  2458  39  1976
 22  Paehtz, Elisabeth  M  GER  2456  44  1985
 23  Muzychuk, Anna  WG  SLO  2456  32  1990
 24  Zhukova, Natalia  WG  UKR  2456  20  1979
 25  Zhao, Xue  WG  CHN  2456  13  1985
 26  Matveeva, Svetlana  M  RUS  2454  0  1969
 27  Lahno, Kateryna  M  UKR  2449  27  1989
 28  Sebag, Marie  M  FRA  2448  24  1986
 29  Pogonina, Natalija  WG  RUS  2441  22  1985
 30  Ciuksyte, Dagne  M  LTU  2440  27  1977
 31  Hunt, Harriet  M  ENG  2439  19  1978
 32  Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman  M  IND  2438  18  1979
 33  Dzagnidze, Nana  M  GEO  2437  21  1987
 34  Krush, Irina  M  USA  2436  20  1983
 35  Zatonskih, Anna  WG  USA  2432  30  1978
 36  Korbut, Ekaterina  WG  RUS  2430  18  1985
 37  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  M  GEO  2427  26  1968
 38  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  M  ROM  2425  22  1978
 39  Radziewicz, Iweta  M  POL  2425  16  1981
 40  Danielian, Elina  M  ARM  2423  23  1978
 41  Skripchenko, Almira  M  FRA  2421  30  1976
 42  Peng, Zhaoqin  G  NED  2420  38  1968
 43  Javakhishvili, Lela  M  GEO  2418  22  1984
 44  Khurtsidze, Nino  M  GEO  2414  22  1975
 45  Vasilevich, Tatjana  M  UKR  2412  31  1977
 46  Ushenina, Anna  WG  UKR  2410  21  1985
 47  Kostiukova, Liubov  WG  UKR  2409  24  1983
 48  Ovod, Evgenija  M  RUS  2409  9  1982
 49  Zaiatz, Elena  M  RUS  2405  10  1969
 50  Jackova, Jana  M  CZE  2403  34  1982

Top 20 Juniors

The top junior in the world, by a margin of 46 points, is Teimour Radjabov, who turned 19 last March. Second is India's Pentala Harikrishna, who is a year younger. In hot pursuit is Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin, who is just 16, followed by his Norwegian rival Magnus Carlsen, who is 15.

No. Name Title Country Rating Gms B-Year
 1  Radjabov, Teimour  G  AZE  2728  20  1987
 2  Harikrishna, P.  G  IND  2682  24  1986
 3  Karjakin, Sergey  G  UKR  2679  22  1990
 4  Carlsen, Magnus  G  NOR  2673  23  1990
 5  Volokitin, Andrei  G  UKR  2662  31  1986
 6  Gashimov, Vugar  G  AZE  2644  28  1986
 7  Areshchenko, Alexander  G  UKR  2641  20  1986
 8  Nakamura, Hikaru  G  USA  2632  27  1987
 9  Cheparinov, Ivan  G  BUL  2632  24  1986
 10  Wang, Yue  G  CHN  2626  30  1987
 11  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  G  POL  2622  20  1987
 12  Wang, Hao  G  CHN  2610  18  1989
 13  Balogh, Csaba  G  HUN  2609  47  1987
 14  Laznicka, Viktor  G  CZE  2602  34  1988
 15  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  G  RUS  2594  22  1987
 16  Baramidze, David  G  GER  2591  50  1988
 17  Guseinov, Gadir  G  AZE  2591  31  1986
 18  Pantsulaia, Levan  G  GEO  2584  26  1986
 19  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  G  FRA  2577  18  1990
 20  Stellwagen, Daniel  G  NED  2575  30  1987

Top 20 girls

Koneru Humpy, the strongest female player India has every produced, is comfortably in first place. She turned 19 on March 31 this year. In second is the phenomenon Hou Yifan, who we remind you is just 12. Eastern European girls like Tatiana Kosintseva, Anna Muzychuk and Kateryna Lahno are part of the top group that will make life tough for th



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