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Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Chess Ratings: Magnus Carlsen at Record 2837; Anand Slips to 5th Place for Winning World Chess Championship!

World's Highest Rated Chess Player
Norway's Magnus Carlsen
Fide has released the July chess ratings which have World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen on a runaway lead with a record rating of 2837. The highest ever rating record is held by legendary 13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov of an 'Everest elo' worth 2851!

The list of top players is published at dedicated page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website or download TXT version from downloads page.


The new ratings available for players from this July include those for Rapid and Blitz Chess as well. Further, from July 2012 FIDE will be publishing publishes rating lists on a monthly basis. Moreover, Fide has also reduced the rating floor for players to be 1000.

A quirky thing about the July 2012 rating list is that India's World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has lost 11 points in the World Chess Championship match and slipped to 5th place, while Israel's Boris Gelfand has gained those points to go to the 16th place from the 20th. This is something difficult for non-chess players or amateur chess players to figure out. But, this happened because the World Chess Championship witnessed the classical games' section being a draw between the then 4th ranked Anand and the 20th ranked Gelfand. Some Chess Magazine B&W readers have suggested that World Chess Championships should be non-rated because of their unique nature.

Among the women chess players, World's No. 1 Judit Polgar has increased her rating to 2709. China's Hou Yifan is in second place with 2621. Slovenia's Anna Muzychuk is in third place and India's Koneru Humpy is in fourth place. But, there is only an overall 20 points-range among the Yifan, Muzychuk, and Humpy. Here are the top-10 chess rating charts for the men's and women's elo lists as a brief summary.

Men's top-10 Chess Players
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2837 9 1990
2 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2816 15 1982
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2799 15 1975
4 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2788 9 1987
5 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 12 1969
6 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 0 1990
7 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2778 23 1987
8 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2775 22 1992
9 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2770 9 1977
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2769 15 1969

Women's Top-10 Chess Players
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2709 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2617 15 1994
3 Muzychuk, Anna g SLO 2606 14 1990
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2598 11 1987
5 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2556 19 1985
6 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2547 0 1987
7 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2537 15 1989
8 Gunina, Valentina m RUS 2533 3 1989
9 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2530 11 1986
10 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2525 11 1983


The rating lists for the blitz and rapid championships have been released but several top chess players have not yet played blitz or rapid chess tournaments. 

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