April 2009 Rating list released!

Gata Kamsky recording Veselin Topalov's move in game #2. Topalov won. Photo by www.wccc2009.com.

Veselin Topalov (right) completes move against Gata Kamsky.
Photo by www.wccc2009.com.

World Championship Challenger Veselin Topalov vaults back over 2800 (2812, +16) and there were a few changes in the top ten. World Champion Viswanathan Anand (2783, -8) lost a few from his substandard tournament right after winning the World Championship match against challenger Gata Kamsky. Magnus Carlsen (2770, -6) has held steady at #3. Vladimir Kramnik (2759) actually moved up four spots to #4 without playing a rated game. Vassily Ivanchuk who was dropped from #3 in the world is now at #12 (2746, -33).

In addition, Teimour Radjabov (2756, -5), Dmitri Jakovenko (2753, -7), Alexander Morozevich (2751, -20) all lost points which allowed Kramnik to jump. Radjabov also jumped to #5 despite losing points. Levon Aronian (2754, +4) just won the Amber tournament, but it is not counted in the rating. Alexander Grishchuk’s win in Linares gave him a solid 15 points (2748, +15) and he is at #6.

Other notables sees Ni Hua of China now at 2724. Hikaru Nakamura is back over 2700. Most of the top 50 players are under age 35. The youngest player in the top 100 is Wesley So at (age 15). Thirty-one players are at 2700 and above.

GM Koneru Humpy
India’s Koneru Humpy
Photo by ChessBase.

In terms of the women rankings, the recent World FIDE tournament will not change the order as Humpy Koneru (2612, -9) will regain a handful of points after winning the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix. She is still behind Judit Polgar (2693) who has not been very active since attending to her maternity responsibilities. A surging Hou Yifan (2590, +13) is now on the brink of breaking 2600… the Corus B and the Women’s Grand Prix will probably put her over. She would be close to challenging Humpy for the second spot. There is a lot of discussion whether she will challenge Polgar’s record for women. Former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova lost a few points (2549, -8) and rising Georgian star Nana Dzagnidze gained 22 points after a strong tournment in Gibraltar.

Wesley So, Philippines

On the Junior list, Carlsen lead is no surprise, but Sergey Karjakin (2721, +15) is gaining after a strong win at Corus in January. Fabiano Caruana (2649, +3) has continued his gradual ascent. Wang Hao (2696) hasn’t been active and something strange is happening here since he hasn’t played much since being benched in the last rounds of the Olympiad. His compatriot Li Chao (2643, +18) has gained but Philippines’ Wesley So (2643, +14) continues to gain and recently won the “Battle of the GMs” title in the Philippines. Hou Yifan appears on the overall juniors list for the first time at #20.

In terms of the girls list, Hou leads the pack and she is joined by four of her compatriots. The largest contingent would be from Russia, with a total of six girls in the top 20. Thus, China and Russia comprise of more than half of the girls on the list. Sabina-Francesca Foisor (2311, +5) has changed her federation from Romania to the USA apparently to attend school. She has played in a couple of tournaments with mediocre results. She was a victim in the controversial time scramble against Poland’s Monika Socko.

In the Africa Diaspora, there are a few changes. Pontus Carlsson (2496, -13) after a substandard showing at the Gibraltar Masters. Emory Tate is now at 2325, his lowest rating in many years. His drop is not due to lack of playing. Last year, he played an astounding 107 games and played 52 games thus far this year. Amon Simutowe (2486) will hopefully break 2500 very soon. He is touring the European circuit and recently scored well in Zagreb.

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2812  17  1975
 2  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2783  14  1969
 3  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2770  27  1990
 4  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2759  0  1975
 5  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2756  27  1987
 6  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2754  37  1982
 7  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2753  5  1983
 8  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2751  13  1977
 9  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2751  0  1979
 10  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2748  14  1983
 11  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2747  23  1978
 12  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2746  37  1969
 13  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2745  0  1972
 14  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2738  38  1987
 15  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2733  0  1968
 16  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2730  10  1986
 17  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2728  9  1983
 18  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2726  25  1976
 19  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2726  0  1983
 20  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2725  6  1985
 21  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2724  16  1983
 22  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  g  CUB  2721  27  1983
 23  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2721  19  1990
 24  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2720  20  1974
 25  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2716  5  1985
 26  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2709  26  1980
 27  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2704  18  1985
 28  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2703  13  1971
 29  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2702  0  1974
 30  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2701  10  1987
 31  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2700  21  1985
 32  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2697  38  1973
 33  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2696  29  1989
 34  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2696  11  1971
 35  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2695  14  1979
 36  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2693  0  1983
 37  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2693  0  1976
 38  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2690  15  1980
 39  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2690  11  1971
 40  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2688  31  1982
 41  Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2688  20  1987
 42  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2687  16  1983
 43  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2686  30  1986
 44  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2685  9  1976
 45  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2684  28  1975
 46  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2684  24  1987
 47  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2684  10  1990
 48  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2682  20  1981
 49  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2682  19  1985
 50  Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  g  UKR  2680  17  1978

Source: https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/3909-april-2009-fide-rating-list

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