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January FIDE Ratings: 43-Point Lead For Carlsen, Giri 3rd, 3 Chinese In Top 20

January FIDE Ratings: 43-Point Lead For Carlsen, Giri 3rd, 3 Chinese In Top 20

Magnus Carlsen starts the new year with a 43-point rating lead over Vladimir Kramnik. For the first time in his career Anish Giri reached third place in the January FIDE ratings.

With the London Chess Classic and the Qatar Masters just behind us, it's a good moment to talk ratings again.

Six disappointing months ended in November for Magnus Carlsen, and he is now fully back. He won the London Chess Classic, with it the Grand Chess Tour, and he also clinched first prize in Qatar. He won exactly 10 rating points to reach 2844.

That is still 18 point lower than Carlsen's rating a year ago (his top rating was 2882 in May 2014). The Norwegian's lead over the #2 is one Elo point bigger than twelve months ago.

Vladimir Kramnik, #2 in the list, actually won the same number of points as Carlsen lost in 2015: 18. The 14th World Champion was less active though: He played 46 rated games compared to 72 for Carlsen.

Kramnik won 5.1 rating points in Qatar and crossed the 2800 mark again. For a couple of rounds Anish Giri was almost number two, but his draws with Ponomariov and Akopian in the final rounds dropped him back.

But Giri did very well, winning 14.3 points in London and Qatar to reach world #3 for the first time. He is one spot away from the Dutch record: In the early 1980s Jan Timman was briefly #2 behind Anatoly Karpov. In 2014 Giri won 50 Elo points; in 2015 he added 14 more.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also reached his career high. The French GM is now world #7 after reaching the playoffs in London. He didn't qualify for the 2016 Grand Chess Tour, but there's a decent chance that he'll be invited anyway.

Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov ended at the bottom of the leaderboard in London and this means -11.6 for Anand and -22.6 for Topalov. The latter dropped from #2 to #9. Ding Liren dropped out of the top 10 again after losing 10 points in 6 games in China.

Like last year Yu Yangyi did very well in Qatar, and now the Chinese #2 has entered the world's top 20. It's the first time ever that Chinese players have held three of the top twenty spots. 

Correction: that happened before, in the July 2015 rating list.

Speaking of China, its biggest talent didn't do well this month. In fact, Wei Yi lost 23.9 points in 19 games played in China and Qatar, and he dropped from 27th to 37th in the world.

January 2016 FIDE Ratings, Top 50

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2844 18 1990
2 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 9 1975
3 Giri, Anish g NED 2798 18 1994
4 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 9 1982
5 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2787 9 1992
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 9 1987
7 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2785 9 1990
8 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2784 9 1969
9 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2780 9 1975
10 So, Wesley g USA 2773 9 1993
11 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2769 10 1990
12 Ding Liren g CHN 2766 6 1992
13 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2760 2 1983
14 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2755 15 1986
15 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2752 9 1983
16 Li Chao g CHN 2751 9 1989
17 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2751 2 1976
18 Yu Yangyi g CHN 2747 17 1994
19 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 13 1985
20 Adams, Michael g ENG 2744 9 1971
21 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2735 4 1968
22 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2732 11 1983
23 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2732 0 1990
24 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2732 0 1983
25 Navara, David g CZE 2730 4 1985
26 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2728 11 1987
27 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2727 11 1987
28 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2726 0 1987
29 Bu Xiangzhi g CHN 2724 10 1985
30 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2721 9 1987
31 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2721 3 1996
32 Wang Yue g CHN 2718 7 1987
33 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2718 0 1991
34 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2712 9 1983
35 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2710 11 1985
36 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2710 9 1969
37 Wei Yi g CHN 2706 19 1999
38 Leko, Peter g HUN 2705 4 1979
39 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2704 1 1990
40 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2702 0 1979
41 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2702 0 1983
42 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2700 3 1981
43 Ni Hua g CHN 2697 14 1983
44 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2697 2 1983
45 Naiditsch, Arkadij g AZE 2696 2 1985
46 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2695 11 1986
47 Wang, Hao g CHN 2695 4 1989
48 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2695 0 1990
49 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2692 0 1974
50 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2689 3 1988

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Hou Yifan
 also played in Qatar, where she lost 9.6 points. She's still comfortably the world #1 female player (with Judit Polgar being inactive), and her lead over Humpy Koneru is 90 points. 

Alexandra Kosteniuk won 7.5 points in Qatar and is only 5 points away from world #3, Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk. Nana Dzagnidze had a very bad month: She lost 24.3 points and went from world #3 to #7.

January 2016 FIDE Ratings, Top 20 Women

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Hou Yifan g CHN 2673 9 1994
2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2583 0 1987
3 Muzychuk, Mariya g UKR 2554 11 1992
4 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2550 9 1984
5 Ju Wenjun g CHN 2548 10 1991
6 Muzychuk, Anna g UKR 2537 2 1990
7 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2535 13 1987
8 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2534 0 1983
9 Lagno, Kateryna g RUS 2529 0 1989
10 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2523 0 1963
11 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2515 11 1979
12 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2511 12 1991
13 Zhao Xue g CHN 2506 6 1985
14 Tan Zhongyi wg CHN 2504 10 1991
15 Goryachkina, Aleksandra wg RUS 2502 15 1998
16 Khotenashvili, Bela g GEO 2502 13 1988
17 Gunina, Valentina g RUS 2496 6 1989
18 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2490 0 1986
19 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2486 0 1984
20 Batsiashvili, Nino m GEO 2485 12 1987

All data courtesy of FIDE.

Chess.com Blitz and Bullet

In Blitz ratings on our site GM Hikaru (Hikaru Nakamura) has broken the 2900 barrier. His lead over GM LyonBeast (Maxime Vachier-Lagrave), his opponent in the recent Death Match, is now a whopping 122 points.

The highest rated non-GM is IM QuestToGM (Akshat Chandra), in an impressive 8th place.

Chess.com Live Chess | Blitz, 1 January 2016 (Top 20)

Rank Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 2911 1529 (87%) 136 (8%) 83 (5%)
2 GM LyonBeast 2789 163 (70%) 43 (18%) 28 (12%)
3 GM LexySexy 2758 37 (79%) 5 (11%) 5 (11%)
4 GM chesspanda123 2755 166 (75%) 39 (18%) 16 (7%)
5 GM erwinlami 2726 414 (75%) 95 (17%) 46 (8%)
6 GM LiemLe 2721 115 (69%) 28 (17%) 24 (14%)
7 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2712 138 (75%) 25 (14%) 22 (12%)
8 IM QuestToGM 2705 63 (66%) 17 (18%) 15 (16%)
9 GM gmwesley_so 2692 21 (48%) 12 (27%) 11 (25%)
10 GM Siana 2691 320 (65%) 138 (28%) 33 (7%)
11 GM Zaven_Andriasyan 2686 4 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
12 GM BartoszSocko 2681 42 (76%) 11 (20%) 2 (4%)
13 GM FranciscoVallejoPons 2679 15 (79%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%)
14 GM Anton_Demchenko 2674 207 (67%) 82 (26%) 21 (7%)
15 GM GeorgMeier 2674 358 (64%) 127 (23%) 78 (14%)
16 GM Tamirn 2661 2556 (81%) 449 (14%) 168 (5%)
17 GM Genghis_K 2645 160 (48%) 134 (40%) 37 (11%)
18 GM nijat_a 2630 34 (79%) 3 (7%) 6 (14%)
19 GM Chopper1905 2626 168 (66%) 70 (28%) 15 (6%)
20 FM Keranke 2623 788 (57%) 498 (36%) 101 (7%)

 

Nakamura's superiority in bullet is legendary. At the moment he is rated 3150, no less than 245 points ahead of runner-up IM wonderfultime (Minh Le), who is a serious bullet specialist as well.

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

Rank Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 3150 3126 (89%) 258 (7%) 134 (4%)
2 IM wonderfultime 2905 1702 (53%) 1296 (41%) 197 (6%)
3 GM LyonBeast 2903 377 (81%) 60 (13%) 30 (6%)
4 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2901 76 (71%) 23 (21%) 8 (7%)
5 GM SultanOfKings 2890 596 (81%) 114 (15%) 30 (4%)
6 GM LiemLe 2857 105 (70%) 32 (21%) 12 (8%)
7 IM MinhGTrAn 2822 3107 (56%) 2178 (39%) 235 (4%)
8 GM gmwesley_so 2819 13 (43%) 14 (47%) 3 (10%)
9 GM Genghis_K 2805 581 (58%) 367 (36%) 59 (6%)
10 blitzPHENOM 2800 169 (78%) 40 (19%) 7 (3%)
11 GM jefferyx 2789 182 (66%) 78 (28%) 14 (5%)
12 GM EltajSafarli 2765 93 (73%) 24 (19%) 10 (8%)
13 GM Siana 2761 3576 (59%) 2154 (36%) 316 (5%)
14 GM GeorgMeier 2754 1472 (60%) 784 (32%) 195 (8%)
15 GM Dlugy 2754 1290 (70%) 451 (24%) 112 (6%)
16 GM Azzaro25 2749 80 (79%) 18 (18%) 3 (3%)
17 IM Boryboy 2747 1653 (44%) 1837 (49%) 240 (6%)
18 FM Keranke 2747 2482 (56%) 1744 (39%) 232 (5%)
19 IM AndroQueen 2730 18 (75%) 5 (21%) 1 (4%)
20 NM adypady02 2724 2974 (60%) 1746 (35%) 246 (5%)

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