FIDE October Ratings: Caruana's Rise, Topalov Back to 2800, Giri 7th

FIDE October Ratings: Caruana's Rise, Topalov Back to 2800, Giri 7th

PeterDoggers
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Sep 30, 2014, 2:46 AM |
39 | Chess Event Coverage

Magnus Carlsen tops the October 2014 FIDE ratings with 2863 but Fabiano Caruana, who won 43 points in St. Louis and Bilbao, climbed to 2844, only 19 points behind the world champion.

Veselin Topalov jumped to third place; the Bulgarian has a 2800-rating for the first time in four years. Anish Giri is the new #7.

A number of top events have finished recently, and so it's interesting to have a look at the new, official FIDE ratings. The October 2014 list has been published and we see quite a few changes at the top. (Strangely, the Bilbao Masters Final hasn't been calculated yet. Update: it was received by FIDE on the day the list came out...)

The big news is of course about Fabiano Caruana, who gained no less than 43 points in a month's time!

It was mostly his spectacular performance at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, where he started with a historic streak of seven victories, and finished with three draws. But right after, he also played well at the European Club Cup in Bilbao. Because Magnus Carlsen dropped 7 points, the difference between the two is suddenly only 19 points — 50 points fewer than last month!

There are two other big winners in the top 10: Veselin Topalov, who jumped to the #3 spot, and Anish Giri, who is now #7. Like Caruana, Topalov gained his points in St. Louis and Bilbao, and ended at exactly 2800. The last time he was a member of this special club was in the last three months of 2010.

Giri gained “only” 10 points in the Spanish League and the European Club Cup, but the differences are small among the players close to him.

Levon Aronian hasn't been showing his best form lately and now, for the first time since March 2013, he is not the world's number two player anymore. He dropped to #5 and out of the 2800-club, with a 2793 rating. Vladimir Kramnik is not in the top 10 of the world anymore (but it's hard to believe that he won't be back).

The biggest loss was for Olympic gold winner Ding Liren, who dropped no less than 24 points after playing badly in the Turkish and Chinese league.

October 2014 FIDE ratings, Top 25

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2863 10 1990
2 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2844 16 1992
3 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2800 16 1975
4 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2797 6 1983
5 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2793 10 1982
6 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2785 0 1969
7 Giri, Anish g NED 2768 14 1994
8 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2767 5 1990
9 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2764 15 1987
10 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2764 11 1985
11 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2760 0 1975
12 Adams, Michael g ENG 2758 5 1971
13 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2757 15 1990
14 So, Wesley g PHI 2755 0 1993
15 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2751 6 1983
16 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2748 0 1968
17 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2747 0 1983
18 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2742 6 1987
19 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2738 6 1987
20 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2732 6 1976
21 Leko, Peter g HUN 2731 6 1979
22 Ding, Liren g CHN 2730 14 1992
23 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2727 24 1986
24 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2726 7 1969
25 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2726 6 1987

It depends on whether Hou Yifan will play in the coming month, but it's possible that the October 2014 women's rating list will be the last one where Judit Polgar is the number one. Thanks to another successful Grand Prix, Hou is just two points behind the legendary Hungarian lady. The biggest winner, however, is Ju Wenjun, who went up 21 points.

October 2014 FIDE women's ratings, Top 25

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2675 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 17 1994
3 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2582 15 1991
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2581 11 1987
5 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2570 13 1987
6 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2548 6 1990
7 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2542 6 1984
8 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2530 6 1989
9 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2530 5 1989
10 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2528 11 1991
11 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2526 9 1992
12 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2525 0 1983
13 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2523 18 1988
14 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2517 7 1985
15 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2517 0 1979
16 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2512 6 1963
17 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2510 15 1985
18 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2494 17 1985
19 Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2491 0 1987
20 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2487 11 1978
21 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2483 11 1986
22 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2482 0 1986
23 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2481 9 1984
24 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2480 6 1985
25 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2478 0 1980

The complete lists, including the Juniors' and Girls' lists, can be found here. All data courtesy of FIDE.

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