January 2009 FIDE Rating List Published

January 2009 FIDE Rating List Published

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Dec 30, 2008, 9:51 AM |
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FIDE have published their latest official quarterly rating list for January 2009.  The list includes all tournaments up to 15 December, but also includes FIDE organised events that finished later i.e. the Elista Grand Prix which concluded just 2 days ago.

Other recent events, notably the Pearl Springs tournament in China which finished on 22 December, are not rated this time, but will be included in the April 2009 list.  The live ratings of the players over 2700 Elo are calculated at the liverating website.

With a staggering 31 players now rated 2700+ Elo, there seems no question that a degree of inflation has occurred in the chess Elo ratings over the decades since it's adoption by FIDE in 1970, when only Bobby Fischer was over 2700 Elo (peaking at 2785).

Despite his strong performance in Pearl Springs not featuring in the FIDE ratings just yet, Veselin Topalov (pictured) still tops the list with 2796 Elo.  Second is the undisputed World Champion Vishy Anand on 2791 Elo.  Vassily Ivanchuk hangs on to 3rd place for the moment at 2779 Elo, with his disappointing showing in Pearl Springs not yet rated, and 4th is Magnus Carlsen on 2776 who is still the top rated junior.

The top 50 players:

 Rank  Name  Country  Rating

 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2796 

 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2791 

 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2779 

 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2776 
 5 
 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2771 

 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2761 

 Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS 2760 

 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2759 

 Leko, Peter  HUN 2751 
10 
 Movsesian, Sergei  SVK 2751 
11 
 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2750 
12 
 Shirov, Alexei  ESP 2745 
13 
 Wang, Yue  CHN 2739 
14 
 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2733 
15 
 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2733 
16 
 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2726 
17 
 Kamsky, Gata  USA 2725 
18 
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2724 
19 
 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE 2723 
20 
 Svidler, Peter  RUS 2723 
21 
 Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2722 
22 
 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS 2718 
23 
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2717 
24 
 Adams, Michael  ENG 2712 
25 
 Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND 2711 
26 
 Ni, Hua  CHN 2709 
27 
 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR 2706 
28 
 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2702 
29 
 Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2702 
30 
 Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS 2702 
31 
 Akopian, Vladimir  ARM 2700 
32 
 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2699 
33 
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2696 
34 
 Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2693 
35 
 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER 2693 
36 
 Polgar, Judit  HUN 2693 
37 
 Malakhov, Vladimir  RUS 2692 
38 
 Wang, Hao  CHN 2691 
39 
 Dreev, Alexey  RUS 2688 
40 
 Efimenko, Zahar  UKR 2688 
41 
 Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2687 
42 
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2687 
43 
 Bologan, Viktor  MDA 2687 
44 
 Tiviakov, Sergei  NED 2684 
45 
 Almasi, Zoltan  HUN 2680 
46 
 Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL 2679 
47 
 Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM 2678 
48 
 Moiseenko, Alexander  UKR 2676 
49 
 Motylev, Alexander  RUS 2676 
50 
 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2675 
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