Latest Live Chess Ratings

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/15/11, 12:10 PM.

Now that the recent super-tournaments have finished (the London Chess Classic and the Tal Memorial) it is worth revisiting the latest 'live' chess ratings of the elite players.

The next official FIDE ratings list on 1 January 2012 is unlikely to be very different from the current live list, and so we have a good idea of who will have qualified by rating for the 2012 Candidates Tournament.

FIDE has confirmed that the Candidates Tournament will be an 8-player double-round robin event for the right to challenge the world champion for the title in 2013.

The eight players in the 2012 Candidates Tournament will be:

  • The loser of the Vishy Anand v Boris Gelfand world title match in May 2012
  • The top 3 in the 2011 World Cup (Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk)
  • The top 3 rated players not otherwise qualified (average of July 2011 and Jan 2012 lists)
  • A nominee from the hosts (minimum 2700 Elo on the Jan 2012 list)

The latest live ratings (from look like this:

# Name  Country Rating  +/-
1 Magnus Carlsen  Norway  2834.8 +8.8
2 Levon Aronian  Armenia  2808.8 +6.8
3 Vladimir Kramnik  Russia  2800.6 +0.6
4 Viswanathan Anand  India  2798.6 -12.4
5 Teimour Radjabov  Azerbaijan  2773.2 -7.8
6 Veselin Topalov  Bulgaria  2769.7 +1.7
7 Sergey Karjakin  Russia  2768.7 +5.7
8 Vassily Ivanchuk  Ukraine  2765.6 -9.4
9 Alexander Morozevich  Russia  2762.9 +0.9
10 Alexander Grischuk  Russia  2760.9 +8.9
11 Hikaru Nakamura  United-States  2759.3 +1.3
12 Vugar Gashimov  Azerbaijan  2750.4 -6.6
13 Shakriyar Mamedyarov  Azerbaijan  2747.4 +14.4
14 Peter Svidler  Russia  2745.9 -9.1
15 Evgeny Tomashevsky  Russia  2740.0 +0.0
16 Boris Gelfand  Israel  2738.5 -5.5
17 Fabiano Caruana  Italy  2736.0 +9.0
18 Ian Nepomniachtchi  Russia  2735.1 +5.1
19 Wang Hao  China  2733.2 -2.8
20 Gata Kamsky  United-States  2732.0 +0.0
21 Leinier Dominguez  Cuba  2729.9 +17.9
22 Dmitry Jakovenko  Russia  2729.0 +0.0
23 Nikita Vitiugov  Russia  2726.4 -2.6
24 Ruslan Ponomariov  Ukraine  2724.5 +1.5
25 David Navara  Czech-Republic  2720.8 -3.2
26 Peter Leko  Hungary  2720.0 +0.0
27 Zoltan Almasi  Hungary  2715.3 +8.3
28 Michael Adams  England  2715.1 -18.9
29 Anish Giri  Netherlands  2714.1 +0.1
30 Le Quang Liem  Vietnam  2714.0 +0.0
31 Judit Polgar
Hungary  2710.0 +0.0
32 Alexander Riazantsev  Russia  2710.0 +0.0
33 Radoslaw Wojtaszek  Poland  2708.5 +3.5
34 Alexei Shirov  Spain  2706.6 +1.6
35 Alexander Moiseenko  Ukraine  2705.8 -9.2
36 Paco Vallejo Pons Spain  2705.2 +0.2
37 Vladimir Malakhov  Russia  2705.0 +0.0
38 Baadur Jobava  Georgia  2703.9 +25.9
39 Emil Sutovsky  Israel  2703.3 +7.3
40 Arkadij Naiditsch  Germany  2701.1 -10.9
41 Krishnan Sasikiran  India  2700.0 +11.0


So the three qualifiers by rating should be Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik.  That just leaves the wildcard pick from the organisers to be decided.

When the venue for the Candidates Tournament is awarded, it is very likely that the host country will invite one of its own players from the above list.

The bidding procedure is below. Who would you like to see get the last Candidates place?

Bidding procedure for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2012

1. FIDE is opening a bidding procedure for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2012 which will determine the challenger for the World Championship Match in 2013.

2. Each bid shall contain the following particulars as minimum:

a) Proposed exact dates of the event in the last quarter of 2012.
b) Proposed venue of the event.
c) Proposed prize fund for the players (minimum 420,000 euros & should be offered net of any applicable local taxes).
d) The contribution to FIDE (net of any applicable local taxes and not less than 20% of the prize money) as well as the financial obligations stated in chapters 3 and 4 of the Rules & Regulations of the Candidates Tournament 2012.
e) Commitment to cover all the other financial obligations to FIDE, in accordance with the Rules & Regulations of the Candidates Tournament 2012. 
f) Commitment to cover all organizational costs, in accordance with the Rules & Regulations of the Candidates Tournament 2012.
g) Category of official hotel (minimum 4 stars), and name if possible, with special room rates for visitors (including meals).
h) A statement that the applicant accepts the regulations of the event without any reservations.
i) An invitation for 2 (two) members of the FIDE Commission for World Chess Championships and Olympiads to inspect the proposed venue and examine the other conditions, with all travel/hotel expenses paid by the bidder.
j) The applicant's name, signatures and authentication.

3. In order for a proposed bid to be considered, it should be accompanied by a 10-month term bank guarantee covering the amount of prize fund (minimum 420,000 euros), the FIDE contribution (20% over and above the prize fund) and 41,000 euros covering stipends of Principals as described in article of the event regulations. This guarantee should be from a bank that FIDE bankers, UBS of Switzerland, are able to confirm as acceptable.

Alternatively to the above paragraph, a bidder can deposit in FIDE’s bank account the amount of 100,000 euros by the deadline of 31 January 2012 (refundable if the bid is rejected), another 50% of the prize fund by 30 March 2012 and the balance by 31 August 2012.

4. A bid is considered valid if it is accompanied with a non-refundable bid fee of 1,000 euros payable to FIDE.

5. No bidder can propose a sponsor which shall be in conflict with the regulations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

6. Τhe commercial agency of FIDE (CNC) reserves all rights for the live transmissions of the event and its games. The organiser of the event can have its own website and if the organiser wishes to implement the live transmission of the games, CNC must be consulted beforehand.

7. The bids, including all original documents and particulars, should arrive by registered post to the FIDE office, post address:

9 Syggrou Ave., 11743 Athens - Greece.

The bidding process will close on 31 January 2012, 13:00 GMT.

8. When the deadline has expired, the FIDE President or his representative shall open the received envelopes in order to assess the bids. FIDE will inform the bidding parties of the results within 20 days after the deadline. The final contract with the successful bidder shall be signed within 10 days afterwards.

9. FIDE reserves the right to accept a bid based on the evaluation of all criteria under article 2 of the present bidding procedure and not only that of the prize fund. FIDE also reserves the right not to award any bid at all, however favourable it might be.

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  • 5 years ago


     think rating is not so important in the World Championships title match... Booth Anand and Gelfand are still in the the lineup of best players group.....It will be a great matchup, and I wll not miss every games....the two of the greatest players today.

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    "Who would you like to see get the last Candidates place?"

    Judit Polgar 

    : - D

  • 5 years ago


    I think that much like any other new father Anand has some serious distractions in his life.  Will that still be affecting him in five months?  Perhaps.

    I don't think that this match will be all that one sided.  I think that Anand is clearly the favorite, but nothing is a given at this point.

  • 5 years ago


    For all those who question Anand skill...have tournaments in rapids will see how easily he crush his opponent like previously Shirov...When Anand decided to retire..I think that is the year he will go all the mean time...he has his own stop wondering and complaining and use your thinking!

  • 5 years ago


    He's out of form - sure. But he's still not using his opening preparation - that's for sure.

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    a good compare/contrast by fabelhalft.

    also, folks, newsflash: Anand has said in more than one interview that he is not holding anything back, that he wishes he was. the conclusion: he's just going through a not very strong period. happens.

  • 5 years ago


    Well of course Gelfand isn't as good as Topalov. That doesn't mean Gelfand is a bug and can be ignored by Anand. If Anand is out of form when Gelfand is in form...Gelfand has some chances and cannot be taken lightly.

    Nevertheless I love Vishy and believe he'll crush Gelfand... but Anand is smart enough to not take him lightly. Overconfidence can lead to downfall...

  • 5 years ago


    "Gelfand is #16 but he is still historically one of the best players to never have been WCC. Anand can't take him more lightly than Topalov"

    Isn't that to exaggerate Gelfand a bit? Looking at the last dozen years Gelfand has rarely been top ten, he has been ranked higher than ninth on two of the last 52 rating lists. He was in the top three very briefly on two lists more than 20 years ago but over the last decade he has usually, like today, not been a top ten player. Topalov had a plus score against Anand with lots of wins the previous years, while Gelfand hasn't been close to win a game against him in 18 years. Topalov had also been #1 for a longer time than Anand and Kramnik together, with lots of wins in the most prestigious tournaments, while Gelfand at his highest world ranking was 100 points from first place, just like today, and never won one of the stronger tournaments.

  • 5 years ago


    No, after Anand wins the WCC, he'll try for #1 on the FIDE ratings.

    I'm sure he'll start playing for wins once he's able to use his up-to-date opening prep

  • 5 years ago


    Ok, that is a great game, but Karjakin was only like 16? I am not questioning anything about Anand's achievement, but recently he is just floating. Look at Moro for example, the man disappears, but then he comes back with a bang. (The same bang sorta misfired for Leko...) You would think a WC should dominate the top. I think Anand may just keep doing draws for the rest of his life w/o any effort (and I guess, that is an achievement, too, sort of...) 

  • 5 years ago


    Gelfand is #16 but he is still historically one of the best players to never have been WCC. Anand can't take him more lightly than Topalov.

    Besides, Anand is too friendly with Kramnik and Carlsen to crush them continuously ;)

    If you have any doubts about Anand, check out his game against Karjakin from 2006.

    Karjakin-Anand 2006 Sicilian Najdorf.

  • 5 years ago


    I hear this argument often "Anand is just saving his preparation against Gelfand". Gelfand currently is at position 16; is he so devastatingly strong, so wickedly powerful, so intimidating that Anand had to lean back and save his preparation say, during the Tal Memorial? One would have the naive idea that when a WC shows up somewhere, he is shooting for the win; besides trying to hover steady in the ratings what is the point of drawing almost every games even against much lower rated opponents? Does Anand still have that killer instinct?

  • 5 years ago


    Anand did not crush Topalov because Topalov is still very strong.

    Gelfand isn't at the level of Topalov.

    Anand is just playing casually at the moment and saving his preparation for Gelfand.

  • 5 years ago


    Gotta argue about Anand crushing Gelfand. He did not exactly crush Topalov either. Lately he is not in a crushing mood at all. I do not think he will develop any kind of hernia from overstraining during the championship match. He will win, say with 1 or maybe 1.5 point, but will draw a ton. Gelfand will sweat, struggle, will sink steadily. But do not expect a clash of titans.

  • 5 years ago


    There is no doubt that Anand will crush Gelfand. I dont think Anand will lose a single game against him. Anand will win about half and draw about half.

  • 5 years ago


    Are we all going to sleep during the Anand/Gelfand match?

  • 5 years ago


    carlsen is too close to break Kasprov's lift !!

  • 5 years ago


    I'd like to see Naka in the candidates. Him or Luke McShane to tryand get him into full time chess!

  • 5 years ago


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