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    Thursday
    Jun262014

    New Data on The Live Ratings Site

    In addition to providing data on the classical ratings of all players over 2700 FIDE, the Live Chess Ratings site now includes rapid and blitz ratings for those top players as well. (In case you're wondering, Fabiano Caruana is #1 in rapid with a 2857.6 figure, ahead of Magnus Carlsen's 2855.4; in blitz, Carlsen has a preposterous Elo of 2948, more than 42 points ahead of second-placed Hikaru Nakamura, 68 points ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi and 98 points ahead of Levon Aronian. It's good to be king.)

    The site also tracks the top ten women (and has for some time), and it's interesting to see that Hou Yifan (at 2648!) has closed to within just 28 points of Judit Polgar. It's about time someone did, and I'm hoping for a match between the two women sometime relatively soon.

    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.

    Monday
    Oct312011

    The November 2011 Rating List is Out

    For those who follow the live list, there aren't any mysteries about the 2700s, but to keep tabs on everyone else it's nice to check out the official list when it comes out every other month. You can access FIDE's top lists (overall, for women, for juniors and girls) here, while this is the page to look up specific individuals. (Viktor Korchnoi, for instance, has gone back up to 2567 - not bad for 80 years old! Indeed, I'd "settle" for that even at my age...)

    Saturday
    Jan012011

    New Rating Lists

    Since many of us check the Live Top Lists on a somewhat regular basis, the official lists generally hold few surprises. Still, as they are the official lists, they're worth noting when they come out, and besides that, they're the best source of information about non-2700s. Here's the place to start your searches, or if you just want to look up one particular player, go here.

    Saturday
    Nov142009

    Carlsen #1 on the Live Top List

    Here's the top ten, as of today:

     

    1. Carlsen 2805.7

    2. Topalov 2805.1

    3. Anand 2789.7

    4. Kramnik 2785.7

    5. Aronian 2781.3

    6. Gashimov 2762.6

    7. Gelfand 2758.7

    8. Ivanchuk 2752.7

    9. Svidler 2745.2

    10. Morozevich 2742.1

     

    Several comments: First, this list is not official; the next official FIDE list will come out in the new year. So while Carlsen is "really" #1 right now, it won't count as a record until and unless he maintains his spot after the London Chess Classic. Still, it's tremendously impressive in any case. Second, Kramnik and Ivanchuk have been the big winners so far since the last list, as both gained 13.7 rating points in the Tal Memorial. Third, while the 2700 crowd has become larger and larger every year, there's still a clear gap between 1-5 and everyone else, and the numbers do seem to reflect what fans believe "intuitively": the three world champs, Carlsen and Aronian really do have a little something special that the rest of the pack, except the somewhat volatile Ivanchuk, are lacking - at least for now.

    The full list of current ratings for players at or over 2700 is here.