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    Wednesday
    Oct312012

    November Rating List

    The latest FIDE ratings are out, and as most of the big recent events have been rated, including the Olympiad and Bilbao, it's worth a look to see where things stand at the top. Here, with some not completely arbitrary cut-offs, are a few highlights:

    All:

    1. Magnus Carlsen 2848 (just three points from tying Garry Kasparov's all-time record)
    2. Levon Aronian 2815
    3. Vladimir Kramnik 2795
    4. Teimour Rajdabov 2793
    5. Fabiano Caruana 2786
    6. Viswanathan Anand 2775
    7. Sergey Karjakin 2775
    8. Veselin Topalov 2769
    9. Alexander Grischuk 2764
    10. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2764
    11. Vassily Ivanchuk 2763
    12. Gata Kamsky 2762
    13. Hikaru Nakamura 2755
    14. Boris Gelfand 2751
    15. Alexander Morozevich 2748

    Women:

    1. Judit Polgar 2705
    2. Humpy Koneru 2610
    3. Hou Yifan 2606
    4. Anna Muzychuk 2586
    5. Zhao Xue 2565

    Juniors:

    1. Fabiano Caruana 2786 (b. 1992)
    2. Anish Giri 2715 (b. 1994)
    3. Ding Liren 2702 (b. 1992)
    4. Yu Yangyi 2681 (b. 1994)
    5. Wesley So 2678 (b. 1993)

    Girls:

    1. Hou Yifan 2606 (b. 1994)

    Saturday
    Sep012012

    The FIDE Rating List for September 2012 

    ...is out now. (The top 100 - 101, in fact - are listed on the official site; and here on TWIC, with extra information.) Rating watchers should have a look at the Live Chess Ratings as well, as there has been some interesting movement thanks to the Olympics: Levon Aronian has gained ground on Magnus Carlsen; Teimour Radjabov has leapfrogged Vladimir Kramnik into third place; and Hikaru Nakamura has equalled Bobby Fischer's all-time mark of 2785. (Though in a way, not yet; after all, there were no "live lists" in Fischer's day, but he was surely past 2785 10 games into the 1972 match with Boris Spassky.)

    Friday
    May252012

    The Highest Ratings Ever, Adjusted for Inflation

    According to this German site, Bobby Fischer has the record: 2787, with Garry Kasparov #2 at 2759, Anatoly Karpov #3 with 2722, Mikhail Tal in fourth at 2700 and Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik are tied for fifth-sixth at 2699. I'm not sure what their method is and am sure that Ken Regan would disagree with it, but it's at least an entertaining list.

    Many, probably most of us do believe that there has been some rating inflation, but even so it's hard to believe that even the Viktor Korchnoi of the late 1970s was stronger - measurably stronger, at that! - than Magnus Carlsen. Korchnoi's peak rating was 2695, while Carlsen is 2835, and our understanding of the game has developed since then. (Even Korchnoi now must know a lot more than he did then, even if at the age of 81 he can longer play with the same strength and endurance that he used to.)

    Tuesday
    May012012

    The May 2012 Rating List: Karjakin and Bologan Among the Big Winners

    The top ten on the new FIDE rating list is the same as the March edition, though some of the places changed. Sergey Karjakin gained 13 points to reach #6, and further down Viktor Bologan gained 29 points (and incredibly gained 16 more points this quarter that didn't get rated in time - what a colossal jump in two months!) to reach #28 in the world - #18 on the Live list. That's a remarkable achievement for anyone, and even more for a man who turned 40 this past December.

    Indeed, there's good news for the over-the-hill gang. Going by the Live list, five players are in the top 21: Viswanathan Anand (42 years old, #4 on both lists), Vassily Ivanchuk (43, #10 on both), Bologan (40, #18 Live, #28 official), Michael Adams (40, #19 on both) and Boris Gelfand (43, #21 Live, #20 official). And it's good that the 40+ set is reasonably well-represented, as the Anand-Gelfand World Championship match is just a few weeks away!

    Wednesday
    Apr182012

    Ratings Update

    Almost all of the top ten have been in action lately, so here's what the current top ten looks like on the Live Chess Ratings list. (The parenthetical numbers tell how many games they've played since the last official rating list.)

    1. Magnus Carlsen 2835 (0)
    2. Levon Aronian 2824.9 (3)
    3. Vladimir Kramnik 2801 (0)
    4. Viswanathan Anand 2791 (4)
    5. Teimour Radjabov 2784 (0)
    6. Sergey Karjakin 2778.6 (7)
    7. Hikaru Nakamura 2775 (5)
    8. Fabiano Caruana 2772.9 (27)
    9. Alexander Morozevich 2769 (7)
    10. Vassily Ivanchuk 2764 (0)

    Except for Anand, who has lost eight points since the last list, all those who have played have gained, with the biggest success story being the 12.6 point jump by Karjakin. (Further down the list at #21 is Boris Gelfand, who hasn't played in this rating period, no doubt too busy preparing for the match and doing his altitude training.)

    Thursday
    Mar012012

    New FIDE Rating List

    It's an odd-numbered month, and that means that FIDE has released its latest official rating list. You can find their top 100 (or rather, 103, since there's a tie for the last spot) here, and on the right sidebar of that page you'll find links to other rating information. If you want to look up particular players, this is the link you want.

    Two other links of possible interest: Mark Crowther of TWIC offers some comments about the list's winners and losers, compared to the January list, while 2700chess.com keeps you abreast of what's happening with 2700-rated players in between lists. In fact, it already has some interesting information: quite a few of the top players, including world #2 Levon Aronian, still have unrated games not taken into account in the new official list. In Aronian's case, he has three games (at least two from the Bundesliga) which have yet to be rated and which bring him about five points closer to Magnus Carlsen and the #1 spot.

    Sunday
    Jan012012

    New Rating List

    The new rating list is out, so it's a chance to see where your favorite players are and not just those in the 2700 club. And as for your favorite 2700s, bear in mind that the Reggio Emilia games haven't been rated yet, so there's some discrepancy between the official list and the live list. Happy browsing!

    Friday
    Nov252011

    Are Ratings Inflated? Some Evidence For A Negative Answer

    Most of us - and that would include many elite players with a vested psychological interest in a negative answer - are inclined to say yes. In fact, it's not just "yes" but "yes, obviously; everyone knows this".

    It turns out that "everyone" may be wrong. IM Ken Regan, GM Bartlomiej Macieja and Guy Haworth have co-authored an academic paper (Regan and Haworth are computer scientists, Macieja studied physics) arguing that ratings have remained stable since their inception. Their paper offers an objective method to examine the issue, and the data tested by that method support their surprising conclusion.

    To grossly oversimplify, their test procedure is to use a computer engine to examine players' games, comparing their moves (post-opening) to those found by an engine. This generates what they call an Intrinsic Performance Rating (IPR), and a large sample size reveals that ratings and IPRs correlate over time; ergo, no inflation.

    Don't buy it? That's what the paper is for: check out all the gritty details for yourself!