After 26 Years Judit Polgar Loses #1 Spot To Hou Yifan

After 26 Years Judit Polgar Loses #1 Spot To Hou Yifan

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Mar 1, 2015, 10:14 AM |
61 | Chess Event Coverage

In the March 1 FIDE Rating list for the first time in 26 years GM Judit Polgar (2675) is not the number one female player anymore. GM Hou Yifan tops the list with 2686.

When Viswanathan Anand was about to lose his world title to Magnus Carsen in Chennai in 2013, one question was heard often: “Is this the end of an era?” It seems that this is the case for women's chess: the Judit Polgar era has ended.

More than half a year ago the Hungarian chess legend retired from playing chess, and today, for the first time in 26 years, she is not the number one female player on the rating list anymore. GM Hou Yifan is.

Polgar stopped playing women's tournaments at an early age, and partly because of that she managed to become one of the world's best players, among the men. (She was the world #8 in the fall of 2005.)

To make a next big step, the reigning women's world champion should probably do the same — but for that she needs invitations.

Ironically, a month after she reached the top of the list (rated more than a hundred points higher than her closest rival, Humpy Koneru!), Hou Yifan will lose her world title.

She won't be playing the knockout world championship in Sochi, Russia (16 March - 7 April) because she had already signed to play a tournament in Hawaii.

Hou Yifan has stated that she doesn't find ratings and records very important in life. Nonetheless, her next goal would normally be to reach 2700, and then maybe beating Polgar's highest ever rating, 2735.

Today Polgar posted the following on Facebook:

March 2015 FIDE Ratings | Women, Top 30

Rank Old rank Name Fed Title Rating Old rating Games
1 2 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2686 (+14) 2672 10
2 1 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2675 2675 0
3 3 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2581 2581 0
4 4 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2570 2570 0
5 5 Ju, Wenjun CHN GM 2557 (+10) 2547 9
6 6 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 2552 (+9) 2543 10
7 7 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2530 2530 0
8 8 Lagno, Kateryna RUS GM 2530 2530 0
9 9 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2529 2529 0
10 10 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 2528 2528 0
11 11 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2527 2527 0
12 12 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2526 (+3) 2523 10
13 15 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 2522 (+9) 2513 12
14 13 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO GM 2513 (-7) 2520 10
15 14 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 2495 (-19) 2514 12
16 16 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 2492 (-4) 2496 10
17 17 Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2491 2491 0
18 18 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS GM 2489 2489 0
19 19 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2488 2488 0
20 20 Tan, Zhongyi CHN WGM 2487 2487 0
21 21 Ushenina, Anna UKR GM 2486 2486 0
22 22 Galliamova, Alisa RUS IM 2484 2484 0
23 23 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 2483 2483 0
24 24 Sebag, Marie FRA GM 2482 2482 0
25 29 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2481 (+6) 2475 10
26 26 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 2479 (-2) 2481 2
27 33 Krush, Irina USA GM 2477 (+10) 2467 10
28 30 Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2477 (+2) 2475 1
29 27 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN GM 2475 (-3) 2478 1
30 28 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO IM 2475 2475 0

In the men's list the biggest change is the big jump GM Hikaru Nakamura made. He was #10 in the previous list, but he won 22 points in Gibraltar and Zurich to climb to the #3 spot, only 4 points behind GM Fabiano Caruana. At the start of 2014 Nakamura was also briefly the world #3.

GM Alexander Grischuk lost his 2800 rating and dropped to the fifth spot. For the rest there were few changes until we see the name of GM Evgeny Tomashevsky on 16th place. His huge success in Tbilisi meant a climb of 15 places on the list.

GM David Navara is out of the top 20, but in the live ratings he is in fact the number 15. For some reason some Czech league weren't calculated yet, and he has also started well at the European Championship.

March 2015 FIDE Ratings | Top 30

Rank Old rank Name Fed Title Rating Old rating Games
1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2863 -2 2865 7
2 2 Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2802 -9 2811 12
3 10 Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2798 +22 2776 15
4 4 Topalov, Veselin BUL GM 2798 -2 2800 10
5 3 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2794 -16 2810 11
6 6 Anand, Viswanathan IND GM 2791 -6 2797 12
7 5 Giri, Anish NED GM 2790 -7 2797 14
8 7 So, Wesley USA GM 2788 2788 0
9 8 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS GM 2783 2783 5
10 9 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2770 -7 2777 14
11 11 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2765 -10 2775 11
12 12 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2757 -3 2760 5
13 13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2756 -3 2759 11
14 14 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2755 2755 0
15 15 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2747 2747 0
16 31 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2745 +29 2716 11
17 17 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2745 +7 2738 9
18 22 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2742 +9 2733 21
19 20 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS GM 2739 +4 2735 9
20 24 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2738 +7 2731 11
21 21 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2737 +3 2734 2
22 19 Navara, David CZE GM 2736 +1 2735 2
23 23 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 2731 2731 0
24 16 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2729 -10 2739 20
25 30 Harikrishna, P. IND GM 2729 +6 2723 12
26 27 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2729 +3 2726 11
27 26 Eljanov, Pavel UKR GM 2727 2727 4
28 28 Wang, Yue CHN GM 2726 2726 0
29 29 Yu, Yangyi CHN GM 2724 2724 10
30 18 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2723 -14 2737 11

Chess.com Blitz & Bullet

The last time we looked at the Blitz and Bullet lists of the Chess.com server was in January. GM Hikaru Nakamura (GM Hikaru) has kept his lead in both lists, but there's a new runner-up in the blitz: GM Baadur Jobava (GM LexySexy).

Jobava's great results in the Titled Tuesday tournaments have their effect on his online rating. He is up to 2789 and pushed GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (GM LyonBeast) to third place.

GM Georg Meier (GM GeorgMeier) climbed from 9th place in January to 5th place now. On the 11th spot we find the first IM, who wasn't even in the top 20 two months ago: IM Lucas Liascovich (IM megarompa) of Buenos Aires.

Chess.com Live Chess | Blitz, 1 March 2015 (Top 20)

# Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 2820 286 (85%) 28 (8%) 24 (7%)
2 GM LexySexy 2789 33 (87%) 4 (11%) 1 (3%)
3 GM LyonBeast 2764 96 (76%) 20 (16%) 10 (8%)
4 GM Tamirn 2734 1313 (86%) 153 (10%) 55 (4%)
5 GM GeorgMeier 2729 250 (67%) 77 (21%) 44 (12%)
6 GM ChadaevNikolay 2721 17 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
7 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2715 109 (76%) 21 (15%) 13 (9%)
8 GM GMwesley_so 2692 21 (48%) 12 (27%) 11 (25%)
9 GM FabianoCaruana 2654 207 (82%) 28 (11%) 18 (7%)
10 GM EltajSafarli 2653 21 (53%) 12 (30%) 7 (18%)
11 IM megarompa 2643 25 (69%) 7 (19%) 4 (11%)
12 GM Nouki 2636 403 (70%) 147 (25%) 29 (5%)
13 GM erwinlami 2621 405 (74%) 95 (17%) 46 (8%)
14 GM Duhless 2619 60 (68%) 22 (25%) 6 (7%)
15 GM LiemLe 2614 48 (62%) 16 (21%) 14 (18%)
16 GM chito89 2595 17 (68%) 6 (24%) 2 (8%)
17 IM Yaacovn 2591 1176 (58%) 687 (34%) 171 (8%)
18 GM JackSnipe 2585 37 (70%) 7 (13%) 9 (17%)
19 GM DanielNaroditsky 2582 25 (76%) 6 (18%) 2 (6%)
20 GM GrigorGrigorov 2578 137 (69%) 47 (24%) 16 (8%)

In the bullet list GM Dmitry Andreikin (GM 2Vladimirovich90) is still the number 2 behind Nakamura, but there Vachier-Lagrave has climbed from number 5 to number 3.

In fourth place we find GM Wesley So (GM GMwesley_so), who lost the bullet section of his Death Match with Nakamura 4.5-10.5 but won rating nonetheless. 

Below the top GMs there are two FMs who can be found on 6th and 7th place: FM Minh Le (FM wonderfultime) of Vietnam and FM Kazim Gulamali (FM GulamaliRises). Quite an achievement!

Chess.com Live Chess | Bullet, 1 March 2015 (Top 20)

# Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 3101 1547 (89%) 123 (7%) 65 (4%)
2 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2874 57 (71%) 16 (20%) 7 (9%)
3 GM LyonBeast 2847 327 (85%) 38 (10%) 21 (5%)
4 GM GMwesley_so 2819 13 (43%) 14 (47%) 3 (10%)
5 GM LiemLe 2806 55 (76%) 13 (18%) 4 (6%)
6 FM wonderfultime 2797 995 (53%) 762 (41%) 118 (6%)
7 FM GulamaliRises 2760 994 (56%) 656 (37%) 122 (7%)
8 GM GeorgMeier 2751 740 (61%) 383 (31%) 94 (8%)
9 GM EltajSafarli 2747 70 (71%) 20 (20%) 9 (9%)
10 IM TigerLilov 2743 159 (63%) 87 (34%) 7 (3%)
11 NM matein28 2737 120 (77%) 26 (17%) 9 (6%)
12 GM erichansen 2733 780 (67%) 340 (29%) 49 (4%)
13 IM penguingm1 2711 2235 (59%) 1309 (35%) 216 (6%)
14 GM Tamirn 2700 1084 (72%) 345 (23%) 80 (5%)
15 IM MEsserman 2700 5701 (57%) 3875 (39%) 427 (4%)
16 GM FabianoCaruana 2685 533 (82%) 87 (13%) 32 (5%)
17 GM Janosik 2677 5846 (72%) 2025 (25%) 283 (3%)
18 GM LittlePeasant 2675 654 (58%) 388 (35%) 76 (7%)
19 CM Enozen 2670 264 (61%) 147 (34%) 25 (6%)
20 GM tigrangharamian 2668 298 (67%) 112 (25%) 36 (8%)
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