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May 2017 FIDE Ratings Update

In this month’s FIDE ratings update, Vladimir Kramnik is back at No. 3 and Levon Aronian at No. 6.

FIDE Ratings Top 20 – May 2017

1Carlsen, Magnus g NOR2832 7 1990
2So, Wesley g USA2815 11 1993
3Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS2811 0 1975
4Caruana, Fabiano g USA2802 18 1992
5Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA2795 7 1990
6Aronian, Levon g ARM2789 7 1982
7Nakamura, Hikaru g USA2786 11 1987
8Anand, Viswanathan g IND2786 0 1969
9Giri, Anish g NED2785 20 1994
10Karjakin, Sergey g RUS2783 0 1990
11Ding, Liren g CHN2773 14 1992
12Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE2772 0 1985
13Svidler, Peter g RUS2755 10 1976
14Eljanov, Pavel g UKR2755 2 1983
15Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS2751 0 1990
16Harikrishna, P. g IND2750 10 1986
17Grischuk, Alexander g RUS2750 0 1983
18Adams, Michael g ENG2747 12 1971
19Yu, Yangyi g CHN2743 14 1994
20Topalov, Veselin g BUL2741 0 1975

Check out the complete Top 100 list for May 2017.


March 2017 FIDE Ratings Update

GM Wesley So is now officially the No. 2 chess player in the world, in the March 2017 FIDE Ratings list, up one notch from last month’s.

Moreover, it should be noted that this is the first time that there are 5 2800+ players in the list, after MVL made a comeback to the 2800-club.

FIDE Top 20 — March 2017

1Carlsen, MagnusgNOR283801990
2So, WesleygUSA282201993
3Caruana, FabianogUSA2817101992
4Kramnik, VladimirgRUS281101975
5Vachier-Lagrave, MaximegFRA2803191990
6Nakamura, HikarugUSA2793191987
7Anand, ViswanathangIND278601969
8Karjakin, SergeygRUS278301990
9Aronian, LevongARM277491982
10Mamedyarov, ShakhriyargAZE277291985
11Giri, AnishgNED276901994
12Adams, MichaelgENG2761191971
13Ding, LirengCHN275991992
14Harikrishna, P.gIND275801986
15Eljanov, PavelgUKR275191983
16Nepomniachtchi, IangRUS275191990
17Grischuk, AlexandergRUS2750101983
18Yu, YangyigCHN2750101994
19Wojtaszek, RadoslawgPOL274501987
20Svidler, PetergRUS2741101976
21Topalov, VeselingBUL2741101975

Check out the complete Top 100 list.

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 – World’s Strongest Chess Tournament

Dubbed as the World’s Strongest Chess Tournament, Altibox Norway Chess 2017, which is scheduled to happen June 5 to 17 this year, was able to gather to play the current (February 2017) top 10 players in the world:

  1. World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  2. Wesley So (USA)
  3. Fabiano Caruana (USA)
  4. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
  5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
  6. Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
  7. Viswanathan Anand (India)
  8. Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  9. Sergey Karjakin (Russia)
  10. Anish Giri (The Netherlands)

From its website: Continue reading “Altibox Norway Chess 2017 – World’s Strongest Chess Tournament”

February 2017 FIDE Ratings Update: Wesley So is No. 3

Following his outstanding performance in Tata Steel Masters 2017, Wesley So is now the world’s number 3 in the official FIDE Ratings List, with a rating of 2822.

Despite the Live Ratings indicating So as now No. 2 after Fabiano Caruana dropped some ELO points to today’s 2820, Caruana’s sub-optimal performance from Gibraltar are not yet in for the official tally.

Levon Aronian gained some ELO points as well from Tata Steel, to settle for 7th to 8th place, with a rating of 2785.

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Wesley So wins Tata Steel Masters 2017 Title

This is Wesley So‘s 56th game without a loss. His last loss was in Round 4 of Bilbao Masters Final 2016 against the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, where he finished fourth. Moreover, this is his third super-tournament title in a row, following the Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic.

Wesley So, playing as black, won his final round game against Ian Nepomniachtchi. This win enabled So to secure the Tata Steel Masters 2017 title, his first for Tata Steel, with a clear point ahead of the runner-up, Magnus Carlsen.

Replay Round 13 games below:Replay »

This win also enabled So to rank second in the Live Ratings, after Fabiano Caruana lost to Nigel Short in Round 6 in Gibraltar, just 16 ELO points behind the World Champion:

Check out the Round 13 Results and the Final Ranking »

Carlsen and Aronian win in Round 12 Tata Steel Masters 2017

The game between Wesley So vs. Wei Yi in the penultimate Round 12 of Tata Steel Masters 2017 ended in a draw. Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian won against Pavel Eljanov and Loek Van Wely, respectively. Replay Round 12 games below:Replay »

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 12 Results

1So, Wesley½-½Wei, Yi
2Aronian, Levon1-0Van Wely, Loek
3Adhiban, Baskaran½-½Giri, Anish
4Karjakin, Sergey½-½Nepomniachtchi, Ian
5Eljanov, Pavel0-1Carlsen, Magnus
6Harikrishna, Pentala½-½Rapport, Richard
7Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Andreikin, Dmitry

Thus, at the end of Round 12, with one final round to go, Wesley So still leads, by a half point, followed by Carlsen, Aronian, and Wei Yi, tied in second place:

Ranking after Round 12 »

Wei Yi Wins in Round 11 Tata Steel Masters 2017

Wei Yi wins his Round 11 game against Sergey Karjakin in Tata Steel Masters 2017, and inches closer to Wesley So. He’s currently at clear second place.

This tournament is definitely getting more interesting in the next round, as Wesley So is set to meet Wei Yi.

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 11 Results

1Wei, Yi1-0Karjakin, Sergey
2Carlsen, Magnus½-½Adhiban, Baskaran
3Giri, Anish½-½Harikrishna, Pentala
4Andreikin, Dmitry½-½So, Wesley
5Nepomniachtchi, Ian½-½Eljanov, Pavel
6Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Aronian, Levon
7Rapport, Richard½-½Van Wely, Loek

Replay Round 11 games below:Replay »

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Ranking after Round 11

1So, Wesley7.537.25
2Wei, Yi734.25
3Aronian, Levon6.536.75
Carlsen, Magnus6.534
Eljanov, Pavel6.532.25
6Adhiban, B.632.25
Karjakin, Sergey630.25
8Harikrishna, P.5.531.75
Giri, Anish5.528.5
10Andreikin, Dmitry4.524.75
Nepomniachtchi, Ian4.523.25
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw4.521.75
13Rapport, Richard420.25
14Van Wely, Loek2.512.25

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Wesley So Leads by a Point at the End of Round 10 Tata Steel Masters 2017

With 4 wins and 6 draws, and 3 more rounds to go, Wesley So leads the pack of this 14-man tournament at the end of Round 10 of Tata Steel Masters 2017 by a full point.

Wesley So defeated Radoslaw Wojtaszek in a Catalan with ruthless efficiency. The rest of the results follow:

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 10 Results

1So, Wesley1-0Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
2Aronian, Levon1-0Rapport, Richard
3Karjakin, Sergey1-0Andreikin, Dmitry
4Eljanov, Pavel½-½Wei, Yi
5Adhiban, Baskaran½-½Nepomniachtchi, Ian
6Harikrishna, Pentala½-½Carlsen, Magnus
7Van Wely, Loek½-½Giri, Anish

Replay all Round 10 games below:Replay »

Ranking after Round 10 »

Magnus Carlsen wins in Round 9 Tata Steel Masters 2017, he’s back in contention 

Magnus Carlsen wins against Loek Van Wely in Round 9 of Tata Steel Masters 2017 and finds himself yet again half a point behind the tournament leader, Wesley So. Theirs was the only decisive game of the round.

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 9 Results

1So, Wesley½-½Aronian, Levon
2Carlsen, Magnus1-0Van Wely, Loek
3Wei, Yi½-½Adhiban, Baskaran
4Giri, Anish½-½Rapport, Richard
5Andreikin, Dmitry½-½Eljanov, Pavel
6Nepomniachtchi, Ian½-½Harikrishna, Pentala
7Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Karjakin, Sergey

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Ranking after Round 9

1So, WesleyUSA28086
2Carlsen, MagnusNOR2840
3Eljanov, PavelUKR2755
4Wei, YiCHN2706
5Adhiban, BaskaranIND26535
6Karjakin, SergeyRUS27855
7Aronian, LevonARM27805
8Harikrishna, PentalaIND2766
9Giri, AnishNED2773
10Andreikin, DmitryRUS27364
11Wojtaszek, RadoslawPOL27504
12Rapport, RichardHUN2702
13Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS2767
14Van Wely, LoekNED2695

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Richard Rapport beats Magnus Carlsen in Round 8 Tata Steel Masters 2017

A big development in Tata Steel Masters 2017 as Richard Rapport defeats the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Round 8. Levon Aronian also beats Anish Giri in Round 8.

At the end of Round 8, Wesley So still leads followed closely by Pavel Eljanov and Wei Yi.

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 8 Results

1Eljanov, Pavel½-½Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
2Aronian, Levon1-0Giri, Anish
3Adhiban, Baskaran1-0Andreikin, Dmitry
4Karjakin, Sergey½-½So, Wesley
5Harikrishna, Pentala½-½Wei, Yi
6Rapport, Richard1-0Carlsen, Magnus
7Van Wely, Loek½-½Nepomniachtchi, Ian

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Ranking after Round 8

1So, WesleyUSA2808
2Eljanov, PavelUKR27555
3Wei, YiCHN27065
4Aronian, LevonARM2780
5Carlsen, MagnusNOR2840
6Adhiban, BaskaranIND2653
7Karjakin, SergeyRUS2785
8Harikrishna, PentalaIND27664
9Giri, AnishNED27734
10Andreikin, DmitryRUS2736
11Wojtaszek, RadoslawPOL2750
12Rapport, RichardHUN27023
13Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS27673
14Van Wely, LoekNED2695

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