May FIDE Ratings: Anand 2nd, Carlsen Close To All-Time Best

May FIDE Ratings: Anand 2nd, Carlsen Close To All-Time Best

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
May 1, 2015, 12:00 AM |
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GM Viswanathan Anand climbed to second place in the May 1 FIDE rating list. GM Magnus Carlsen is getting close to his all-time best rating.

Now that a super tournament is just behind us, it's interesting to look at the new FIDE rating list published yesterday. The biggest news, resulting from the Shamkir Chess tournament, is that GM Viswanathan Anand climbed back to the second spot in the world rankings. The 45-year-old Indian player's new rating is 2804.

Like Anand, GM Magnus Carlsen won 13 points, to reach 2876. That is only six points below his all-time high rating, which he achieved exactly one year ago, after winning the first edition of the Gashimov Memorial: 2882.

In the same period three other players in the top 10 dropped points. GM Alexander Grischuk lost 14 points at the World Team Championship, GM Wesley So lost 10 points in St. Louis and Shamkir (but still climbed one spot!) and GM Anish Giri dropped 14 points in Shamkir (and one game in the Dutch league).

A big winner was GM Li Chao, who gained 18 points at the Neckar Open and the Bundesliga, and climbed from #27 to #16. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov dropped out of the top 20(!): he went from #13 to #23 after losing 19 points at the Aeroflot Open and Shamkir Chess.

FIDE Ratings  May 1, 2015 (Top 50)

Rank Old Name Fed Title Rating Old # games
1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2876 +13 2863 9
2 6 Anand, Viswanathan IND GM 2804 +13 2791 9
3 2 Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2803 +1 2802 9
4 3 Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2799 +1 2798 11
5 4 Topalov, Veselin BUL GM 2798 2798 0
6 5 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2780 -14 2794 9
7 8 So, Wesley USA GM 2778 -10 2788 20
8 9 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS GM 2777 -6 2783 9
9 7 Giri, Anish NED GM 2776 -14 2790 10
10 10 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2776 +6 2770 9
11 14 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2757 +6 2751 9
12 11 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2754 -8 2762 9
13 12 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2753 -4 2757 8
14 18 Navara, David CZE GM 2751 +7 2744 6
15 17 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2749 +4 2745 8
16 27 Li, Chao b CHN GM 2748 +18 2730 11
17 20 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2746 +8 2738 2
18 15 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2744 -3 2747 9
19 16 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2740 -6 2746 11
20 19 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2738 -6 2744 4
21 21 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2738 2738 0
22 22 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS GM 2736 2736 7
23 13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2735 -19 2754 18
24 28 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2734 +5 2729 9
25 23 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2734 2734 0
26 25 Harikrishna, P. IND GM 2733 +2 2731 9
27 26 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 2733 +2 2731 9
28 33 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 2728 +12 2716 9
29 29 Wang, Yue CHN GM 2724 -2 2726 4
30 30 Yu, Yangyi CHN GM 2723 -1 2724 13
31 31 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2723 2723 0
32 32 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER GM 2720 2720 12
33 45 Wei, Yi CHN GM 2718 +15 2703 13
34 24 Eljanov, Pavel UKR GM 2718 -15 2733 9
35 38 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB GM 2715 +3 2712 2
36 35 Leko, Peter HUN GM 2714 +1 2713 8
37 37 Fressinet, Laurent FRA GM 2712 2712 0
38 34 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 2711 -3 2714 8
39 39 Morozevich, Alexander RUS GM 2711 2711 0
40 36 Wang, Hao CHN GM 2710 -3 2713 10
41 41 Korobov, Anton UKR GM 2708 +1 2707 9
42 50 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR GM 2707 +10 2697 10
43 42 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 2704 -2 2706 11
44 43 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS GM 2702 -4 2706 4
45 44 Ni, Hua CHN GM 2701 -3 2704 3
46 48 Almasi, Zoltan HUN GM 2700 +2 2698 10
47 58 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR GM 2700 +14 2686 8
48 47 Jobava, Baadur GEO GM 2699 2699 0
49 61 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN GM 2696 +15 2681 12
50 57 Howell, David W L ENG GM 2696 +9 2687 11

 

The women's list saw less significant changes. GM Hou Yifan (2686) didn't play this month (but she's playing the Nakhchivan Open, which starts today!), and is still 11 points ahead of GM Judit Polgar (2675). The Hungarian chess legend has retired, and will be considered inactve by FIDE a year after her last rated game.

GM Ju Wenjun lost 12 points at the Women's World Championship, the Women's World Team Championship and the Chinese league, and dropped from #5 to #6. GM Bela Khotenashvili won 14 points at the the same three events.

World Champion IM Mariya Muzychuk ironically lost two rating points in Sochi, but won four in Chengdu. GM Harika Dronavalli, WGM Olga Girya and WGM Natalija Pogonina won 16, 15 and 18 points respectively. 

GM Elina Danielian had a bad month: she lost no fewer than 30 points at the Women's World Championship, the Women's World Team Championship and the Aeroflot Open.

FIDE Ratings  May 1, 2015 (Women, Top 50)

Rank Old Name Fed Title Rating Old # games
1 1 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2686 2686 0
2 2 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2675 2675 0
3 3 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2589 +8 2581 17
4 4 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2570 2570 0
5 6 Muzychuk, Anna UKR GM 2549 -3 2552 15
6 5 Ju, Wenjun CHN GM 2545 -12 2557 15
7 8 Gunina, Valentina RUS GM 2535 +3 2532 18
8 7 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2534 2534 6
9 10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2530 +1 2529 13
10 9 Lagno, Kateryna RUS GM 2530 2530 0
11 12 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2528 +2 2526 22
12 14 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO GM 2527 +14 2513 19
13 11 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2519 -8 2527 12
14 13 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 2512 -10 2522 6
15 16 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 2508 +16 2492 18
16 15 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 2505 +13 2492 10
17 17 Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2491 2491 0
18 18 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS GM 2489 2489 0
19 24 Sebag, Marie FRA GM 2483 +1 2482 6
20 34 Girya, Olga RUS WGM 2479 +15 2464 11
21 22 Galliamova, Alisa RUS IM 2478 -6 2484 6
22 29 Krush, Irina USA GM 2477 2477 15
23 28 Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2476 -1 2477 3
24 20 Tan, Zhongyi CHN WGM 2475 -12 2487 15
25 23 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 2475 -8 2483 4
26 39 Pogonina, Natalija RUS WGM 2474 +18 2456 21
27 31 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS WGM 2474 +1 2473 11
28 30 Batsiashvili, Nino GEO IM 2473 2473 7
29 26 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 2473 -6 2479 4
30 25 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2472 -9 2481 14
31 27 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN GM 2472 -6 2478 5
32 35 Socko, Monika POL GM 2467 +4 2463 13
33 21 Ushenina, Anna UKR GM 2467 -19 2486 12
34 32 Huang, Qian CHN WGM 2460 -13 2473 8
35 44 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM IM 2459 +17 2442 11
36 19 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2458 -30 2488 19
37 33 Zhukova, Natalia UKR GM 2456 -15 2471 10
38 36 Melia, Salome GEO IM 2452 -7 2459 9
39 38 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO IM 2451 -6 2457 2
40 46 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS IM 2450 +12 2438 15
41 41 Lei, Tingjie CHN WGM 2449 +5 2444 17
42 37 Shen, Yang CHN IM 2449 -10 2459 15
43 52 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL IM 2448 +19 2429 13
44 43 Moser, Eva AUT IM 2442 2442 0
45 40 Padmini, Rout IND WGM 2441 -5 2446 8
46 55 Zawadzka, Jolanta POL WGM 2434 +12 2422 17
47 51 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU IM 2434 +4 2430 9
48 48 Ding, Yixin CHN WGM 2433 -1 2434 10
49 45 Cori T., Deysi PER WGM 2431 -10 2441 2
50 57 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma INA IM 2427 +12 2415 13

All data courtesy of FIDE.

Chess.com Blitz & Bullet

Let's move on to our very own lists for Blitz and Bullet chess — something we also did back in November and January. We only look at players who have been active on the site recently.

GM Hikaru (Hikaru Nakamura) tops the blitz ratings with 2825. Compared to January he gained 30 points, and increased his lead from 50 to 67 points. Second is GM LexySexy (Baadur Jobava), with 2758, followed by GM LyonBeast (Maxime Vachier-Lagrave) who has 2747.

GM GeorgMeier climbed from #9 to #4 after gaining more than 100 points in the last few months. GM EltajSafarli, who joined Chess.com at the end of January, can be found at #6.

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

# Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 2825 364 (86%) 34 (8%) 26 (6%)
2 GM LexySexy 2758 37 (79%) 5 (11%) 5 (11%)
3 GM LyonBeast 2747 113 (76%) 23 (16%) 12 (8%)
4 GM GeorgMeier 2740 272 (67%) 80 (20%) 54 (13%)
5 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2715 109 (76%) 21 (15%) 13 (9%)
6 GM EltajSafarli 2693 27 (55%) 12 (24%) 10 (20%)
7 GM Tamirn 2674 1371 (86%) 164 (10%) 58 (4%)
8 IM QuestToGM 2672 51 (65%) 16 (20%) 12 (15%)
9 IM megarompa 2666 35 (65%) 8 (15%) 11 (20%)
10 GM ChadaevNikolay 2656 32 (94%) 2 (6%) 0 (0%)
11 GM FabianoCaruana 2654 207 (82%) 28 (11%) 18 (7%)
12 IM Yaacovn 2649 1392 (58%) 795 (33%) 199 (8%)
13 GM Nouki 2636 403 (70%) 147 (25%) 29 (5%)
14 GM Daniel_Fridman 2630 71 (60%) 29 (25%) 18 (15%)
15 GM erwinlami 2621 405 (74%) 95 (17%) 46 (8%)
16 GM Duhless 2619 60 (68%) 22 (25%) 6 (7%)
17 GM LiemLe 2614 62 (67%) 16 (17%) 14 (15%)
18 FM wonderfultime 2584 227 (54%) 163 (39%) 27 (6%)
19 GM Janosik 2578 122 (70%) 43 (25%) 10 (6%)
20 GM Mugzyyy 2573 12 (67%) 4 (22%) 2 (11%)

 

Nakamura reigns supreme in the bullet section. He increased his lead from 157 points to a staggering 265 points! He leads with an impressive (and nicely rounded) 3100 rating, while #2 GM 2Vladimirovich90 has “only” 2835. Three more players have 2800+: GM LyonBeast (MVL), GM LiemLe (Le Quang Liem) and GM Genghis_K (Federico Perez Ponsa).

GM EltajSafarli is also doing well at bullet: on this list he is #6 too. A #8 spot is impressive for a non-GM but FM GulamaliRises (Kazim Gulamali) did it.

 

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

# Name Rating Win Loss Draw
1 GM Hikaru 3100 1603 (89%) 125 (7%) 65 (4%)
2 GM 2Vladimirovich90 2835 59 (70%) 18 (21%) 7 (8%)
3 GM LyonBeast 2819 340 (85%) 40 (10%) 21 (5%)
4 GM LiemLe 2806 55 (76%) 13 (18%) 4 (6%)
5 GM Genghis_K 2801 177 (70%) 61 (24%) 14 (6%)
6 GM EltajSafarli 2766 76 (70%) 23 (21%) 9 (8%)
7 GM erichansen 2761 866 (68%) 354 (28%) 51 (4%)
8 FM GulamaliRises 2760 994 (56%) 656 (37%) 122 (7%)
9 IM jefferyx 2756 95 (71%) 32 (24%) 6 (5%)
10 IM TigerLilov 2743 159 (63%) 87 (34%) 7 (3%)
11 NM matein28 2737 120 (77%) 26 (17%) 9 (6%)
12 FM wonderfultime 2726 1070 (53%) 811 (40%) 131 (7%)
13 FM Keranke 2714 869 (59%) 535 (36%) 67 (5%)
14 GM Konavets 2712 242 (50%) 209 (44%) 29 (6%)
15 GM REALBIZOO 2707 321 (64%) 151 (30%) 33 (7%)
16 GM GeorgMeier 2705 858 (61%) 443 (31%) 112 (8%)
17 IM QuestToGM 2701 714 (50%) 613 (43%) 95 (7%)
18 GM Tamirn 2700 1084 (72%) 345 (23%) 80 (5%)
19 GM Nouki 2687 7162 (62%) 3746 (32%) 652 (6%)
20 GM FabianoCaruana 2685 533 (82%) 87 (13%) 32 (5%)
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