April FIDE Ratings: Karjakin Back In Top 10, Topalov Tumbles

April FIDE Ratings: Karjakin Back In Top 10, Topalov Tumbles

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Apr 4, 2016, 11:46 AM |
15 | Chess Event Coverage

Sergey Karjakin is back to where he belongs: among the world's top 10 rated players. He didn't get a BMW, but the 19 Elo points at the Candidates' Tournament are definitely his. Veselin Topalov lost 26 points.

The top two players in the world didn't play rated games, and are the top two also this month: Magnus Carlsen (still on the old Kasparov record rating of 2851) and Vladimir Kramnik (who was sadly missed at the Candidates'). In fact the top seven didn't change, with most players losing just a few points. 

The big winner was of course Sergey Karjakin, whose new rating is 2779, good for the 8th spot. 

Sergey Karjakin shortly after winning the Candidates'. | Photo Lennart Ootes.

The big loser was Veselin Topalov with a 26-point minus. Vishy Anand, who during Gibraltar was briefly in danger of losing the top Indian spot to Pentala Harikrishna, won 8 points and is just one spot away from getting back into the top 10.

Other big winners this month were Wang Hao (+15 points at the HDBank Open), Evgeny Najer (+18 points at the Aeroflot Open), Vladimir Fedoseev (+16 points at the Aeroflot Open and the Grenke Chess Open). Maxim Rodshtein had a terrible month and lost 30 points in the Israeli and German leagues.

April 2016 FIDE Ratings, Top 50

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2851 0 1990
2 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 1975
3 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2795 14 1992
4 Giri, Anish g NED 2790 14 1994
5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 1 1990
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 14 1987
7 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 14 1982
8 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 14 1990
9 Ding, Liren g CHN 2777 0 1992
10 So, Wesley g USA 2773 0 1993
11 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2770 14 1969
12 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 0 1983
13 Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 2 1986
14 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2762 14 1976
15 Li, Chao g CHN 2755 9 1989
16 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 14 1975
17 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2752 0 1983
18 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2750 9 1985
19 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2740 9 1968
20 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2738 0 1994
21 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2736 8 1990
22 Wang, Hao g CHN 2732 9 1989
23 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2732 0 1983
24 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2731 0 1983
25 Adams, Michael g ENG 2728 3 1971
26 Navara, David g CZE 2726 0 1985
27 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2726 0 1987
28 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2725 10 1987
29 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2722 0 1987
30 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2719 9 1985
31 Wang, Yue g CHN 2718 0 1987
32 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2717 19 1996
33 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2716 2 1987
34 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2712 0 1983
35 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2710 0 1969
36 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2709 0 1991
37 Leko, Peter g HUN 2705 0 1979
38 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2703 9 1990
39 Wei, Yi g CHN 2700 9 1999
40 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2698 11 1983
41 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2697 18 1988
42 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2695 18 1985
43 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2695 14 1986
44 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2695 2 1980
45 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2694 0 1979
46 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2693 9 1991
47 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2693 9 1983
48 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2692 4 1981
49 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2692 0 1986
50 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2692 0 1974

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This month it's worth looking at the bitz ratings as well. Below you'll find the world's top 20 at FIDE's fastest time control, with one remarkable name at number three: Ding Liren. We'll, not remarkable for his playing strength — he's the number 9 in classical chess after all — but for the fact that the Chinese player won no less than 140 points in one month!

Ding played 48 rated blitz games in total, at the blitz event of the Aeroflot Open and the IMSA Elite Mind Games. He is now the world's #3 player, just ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and behind Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.

Ding Liren, the world's #3 blitz player.

April 2016 FIDE Blitz Ratings, Top 20

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2890 0 1990
2 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2883 0 1987
3 Ding, Liren g CHN 2875 48 1992
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2872 0 1990
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2846 18 1990
6 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2817 0 1975
7 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2814 0 1982
8 Shkuro, Iuri g UKR 2814 0 1982
9 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2801 0 1990
10 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2800 0 1987
11 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2799 0 1991
12 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2796 48 1988
13 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2793 30 1987
14 Giri, Anish g NED 2793 0 1994
15 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2792 18 1968
16 Wang, Hao g CHN 2784 30 1989
17 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2783 30 1983
18 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2774 30 1986
19 Bortnyk, Olexandr g UKR 2769 46 1996
20 Adams, Michael g ENG 2768 0 1971

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It is worth noting that World Blitz Champion Alexander Grischuk, who will face Levon Aronian in two days in Chess.com's first GM Blitz Battle, is just out of this list as the world #21!

Hou Yifan, now back to being the world champion, tops the women's list of course. She dropped 4 points though. In her match with Mariya Muzychuk she won 2,4 points, but in the qualifier for Norway Chess she lost 6,4 points. 

Muzychuk dropped below another ex-world champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, who gained 4 points in league games in Belgium and Germany. It is worth mentioning that Kosteniuk also completed her first marathon this Sunday!

April 2016 FIDE Ratings, Top 20 Women

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2663 12 1994
2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2575 0 1987
3 Ju, Wenjun g CHN 2568 0 1991
4 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2561 9 1992
5 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2557 3 1984
6 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2555 0 1990
7 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2536 0 1983
8 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2535 0 1987
9 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2529 0 1989
10 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2518 0 1991
11 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2515 0 1991
12 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2507 2 1979
13 Lei, Tingjie wg CHN 2504 9 1997
14 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2504 0 1985
15 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2503 9 1998
16 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2497 2 1989
17 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2493 0 1988
18 Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel m MGL 2490 2 2000
19 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2490 0 1985
20 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2490 0 1986

All data courtesy of FIDE.

Chess.com Blitz and Bullet

Now let's look at how things are on our own site. Last time we discussed, GM Hikaru (Hikaru Nakamura) had just broken the 2900 barrier in blitz, and his lead over #2 GM LyonBeast (Maxime Vachier-Lagrave) was significant: 122 points. But things are much different now!

Nakamura himself is back to a 2875 rating. More importantly, he has a new main rival: GM gmwesley_so! At the time of writing Wesley So is just 33 points behind. 

The highest rated non-GM is still IM QuestToGM (Akshat Chandra), now in 10th place (8th back in January). The two non-titled players in this table aren't doing so bad either!

Chess.com Live Chess | Blitz, 4 April 2016 (Top 20)

Rank Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 2875 1697 (87%) 154 (8%) 101 (5%)
2 GM gmwesley_so 2842 41 (55%) 17 (23%) 16 (22%)
3 GM LyonBeast 2757 174 (69%) 46 (18%) 32 (13%)
4 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2753 172 (74%) 32 (14%) 28 (12%)
5 GM chesspanda123 2750 183 (74%) 46 (19%) 17 (7%)
6 GM GeorgMeier 2745 461 (61%) 186 (25%) 103 (14%)
7 GM Tamirn 2730 2827 (80%) 504 (14%) 182 (5%)
8 GM erwinlami 2726 414 (75%) 95 (17%) 46 (8%)
9 GM LiemLe 2707 138 (70%) 32 (16%) 27 (14%)
10 IM QuestToGM 2705 63 (66%) 17 (18%) 15 (16%)
11 GM BartoszSocko 2692 49 (74%) 12 (18%) 5 (8%)
12 GM Siana 2691 331 (64%) 144 (28%) 39 (8%)
13 GM Zaven_Andriasyan 2686 4 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
14 GM FabianoCaruana 2676 221 (79%) 34 (12%) 23 (8%)
15 FM renatoterrylujan 2674 93 (64%) 35 (24%) 17 (12%)
16 GM Anton_Demchenko 2652 274 (62%) 137 (31%) 30 (7%)
17 IM MinhGTrAn 2651 1807 (58%) 1116 (36%) 206 (7%)
18 GM Opening-Magician 2650 148 (75%) 36 (18%) 14 (7%)
19 slavenov 2650 115 (87%) 12 (9%) 5 (4%)
20 Bigfish1995 2646 136 (76%) 32 (18%) 10 (6%)

 

Also in the bullet list Nakamura lost a bit of rating compared to January (he went from 3150 to 3122) and his lead is not as huge as last time (245 points), but still impressive: 177 points. The runner-up last time was IM wonderfultime (Minh Le). There's a new “best of the rest” though: FM GulamaliRises (Kazim Gulamali, USA). Both must be serious bullet specialist!

Chess.com Live Chess | Bullet, 1 April 2016 (Top 20)

Rank Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 3122 4387 (89%) 361 (7%) 181 (4%)
2 FM GulamaliRises 2945 1448 (52%) 1105 (40%) 206 (7%)
3 GM LiemLe 2937 130 (70%) 43 (23%) 14 (7%)
4 GM EltajSafarli 2917 138 (72%) 43 (22%) 12 (6%)
5 GM LyonBeast 2903 377 (81%) 60 (13%) 30 (6%)
6 blitzPHENOM 2901 273 (75%) 74 (20%) 16 (4%)
7 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2901 76 (71%) 23 (21%) 8 (7%)
8 GM Genghis_K 2900 645 (57%) 421 (37%) 73 (6%)
9 GM SultanOfKings 2890 596 (81%) 114 (15%) 30 (4%)
10 IM wonderfultime 2877 1780 (53%) 1371 (41%) 217 (6%)
11 GM DanielNaroditsky 2873 309 (76%) 78 (19%) 22 (5%)
12 slavenov 2871 1000 (75%) 317 (24%) 21 (2%)
13 IM penguingm1 2847 4256 (57%) 2759 (37%) 418 (6%)
14 GM platy3 2841 294 (57%) 196 (38%) 30 (6%)
15 IM Keranke 2840 3001 (54%) 2262 (41%) 283 (5%)
16 GM gmwesley_so 2824 41 (60%) 22 (32%) 5 (7%)
17 Volkovi 2819 378 (62%) 213 (35%) 16 (3%)
18 FM BahadirOzen 2818 123 (45%) 122 (45%) 27 (10%)
19 IM Yaacovn 2809 13473 (62%) 6979 (32%) 1353 (6%)
20 rabzile 2807 219 (52%) 168 (40%) 31 (7%)
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