April 2008 FIDE rating list released!

The latest rating list is out. Viswanathan Anand is on top… where he belongs. Magnus Carlsen has soared up to #5. Two more Chinese over 2700. ❗ I’ll let you comment on the top 50. Hikaru Nakamura is up to 2686! Future women’s champion Hou Yifan is on 2549.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2803  27  1969
 2  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2788  13  1975
 3  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2774  11  1977
 4  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2767  27  1975
 5  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2765  27  1990
 6  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2763  27  1982
 7  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2752  13  1985
 8  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2751  27  1987
 9  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2746  11  1976
 10  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2741  27  1979
 11  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2740  35  1969
 12  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2740  14  1972
 13  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2732  0  1990
 14  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2729  13  1971
 15  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2726  0  1974
 16  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2723  13  1968
 17  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2719  0  1983
 18  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2716  11  1983
 19  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2711  11  1983
 20  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2711  0  1985
 21  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2709  13  1976
 22  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2708  16  1985
 23  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2705  13  1983
 24  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2703  28  1983
 25  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2695  29  1978
 26  Dominguez Perez, Lenier  g  CUB  2695  15  1983
 27  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2695  13  1986
 28  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2695  0  1974
 29  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2690  1  1968
 30  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2690  0  1972
 31  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2689  33  1987
 32  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2689  5  1980
 33  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2687  13  1983
 34  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2686  17  1987
 35  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2684  25  1989
 36  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2684  20  1985
 37  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2684  16  1986
 38  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2684  7  1982
 39  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2684  0  1976
 40  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2681  0  1979
 41  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2679  30  1986
 42  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2679  18  1986
 43  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2679  5  1981
 44  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2677  0  1966
 45  Van Wely, Loek  g  NED  2676  15  1972
 46  Nikolic, Predrag  g  BIH  2674  17  1960
 47  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2674  9  1976
 48  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2674  9  1976
 49  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2673  17  1971
 50  Navara, David  g  CZE  2672  9  1985

FIDE Ratings here!

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

5 Comments

  1. how far will magnus go before he hits a wall he seems to show no signs of slowing down. and will this be the year that nakamura gets his crack at the world elite?

  2. Well… Magnus Carlsen is on a nice ride, but he’ll soon hit his height. As I said in other blogs, he has gotten the benefit of numerous invitations. Of course, he will not continue to go up. I’m more interested in when the Chinese will dominate chess. They have four young players in the top 40… only Russia can make that claim. I’m waiting for chess to take a turn from dominance of Europe and into other regions. People have been sleeping on them. I have been on blogs in the past debating this issue. I believe people realize that they are really strong.

    Wang Hao vs. GN Gopal at the 2007 World Junior Championship

    Wang Hao vs. GN Gopal at the 2007 World Junior Championship

    Wang Hao is still improving and the quiet Ni Hua has tip-toed into the elite class. The Indians have not improved their super-GM status over the past few years and have the same Anand-Harikrishna-Sasikiran trio, but they are in the cadre of elite federations. They got a couple young GMs coming up like G.N. Gopal, Abhijeet Gupta and S. Arun Prasad… not to mention Parimarjan Negi. IMHO, Miss Humpy won’t get much better.

    Hikaru Nakamura is going to break 2700, but he doesn’t get the invitations to challenge in the world elite. Given that Loek van Wely gets to play in these elite tournaments every single year with mediocre results, it’s time to get some new blood. I had asked how many games can we stand of the same 20 players in Corus, Linares, Amber? Well… the chess is good, but we are missing so many good stories. Don’t sleep on Vietnam!

  3. i agree i think the chinese are on their way to the top. nakamura is a storm!! i think the loek van wely in corus is stupid! so many other up and coming players could fill that spot and make the tourney much better! i am confused as to why nakamura declined his cours invite?!
    carlsen had to work his way into that group, does he think that he can just get in based on rating or chance? perhaps naka should make his own luck or chances. whenever he does get a crack at the top he will give it all he has and we will see what naka can truly do.

  4. Nakamura declined because of the conditions they offered. He said they were insulting, so he played in Gilbraltar (I think). I will have to find the posts on the Daily Dirt, but it was the subject of a big debate.

  5. yeah im sure it had to be something like that because nakamura does not shy away from invites like corus,he is a fighter!, i hope they smarten up next year

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