FIDEHappy New Year to all Chessdom.com readers and a very successful 2016 to everyone! This year we finish with the January 2016 rating list and a review of the player’s rating progress.

The year 2015 started with four players above 2800 in January – the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, and Veselin Topalov. Twelve months later we have only two people above 2800 – Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik.

The strongest players deflation is also visible on the ELO rating scale. January 2015 rating list had average ELO of 2799,1 for the top 10 players, just close to the mythical 2800 barrier, while the January 2016 rating list is at 2793,1. Looking at the 2700 club, the trend is reversed: average ELO in January 2015 was 2741,3 , while now in January 2016 it is 2744,5, more than 3 ELO points gain. However, a look at the top 100 provides no major difference, with the average ELO at 2702, a statistic that has had no shakeup since January 2011.

Top 10 players changes

1. Magnus Carlsen +-0 positions, -18 ELO
2. Vladimir Kramnik +6 positions, +18 ELO
3. Anish Giri +4 positions, +14 ELO
4. Levon Aronian +2 positions, -5 ELO
5. Fabiano Caruana -3 positions, -23 ELO
6. Hikaru Nakamura +3 positions, +11 ELO
7. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave +6 positions, +28 ELO
8. Viswanathan Anand -3 positions, -13 ELO
9 . Veselin Topalov -5 positions, -20 ELO
10. Wesley So +- 0 positions, +11 ELO

January 2016 top 100 rating list

1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2844
2  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2801
3  Giri, Anish  NED 2798
4  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2792
5  Caruana, Fabiano  USA 2787
6  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2787
7  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2785
8  Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2784
9  Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2780
10  So, Wesley  USA 2773
11  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2769
12  Ding, Liren  CHN 2766
13  Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2760
14  Harikrishna, P.  IND 2755
15  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2752
16  Li, Chao b  CHN 2751
17  Svidler, Peter  RUS 2751
18  Yu, Yangyi  CHN 2747
19  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2747
20  Adams, Michael  ENG 2744
21  Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2735
22  Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS 2732
23  Andreikin, Dmitry  RUS 2732
24  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2732
25  Navara, David  CZE 2730
26  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2728
27  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  POL 2727
28  Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2726
29  Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2724
30  Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2721
31  Rapport, Richard  HUN 2721
32  Wang, Yue  CHN 2718
33  Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2718
34  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2712
35  Korobov, Anton  UKR 2710
36  Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2710
37  Wei, Yi  CHN 2706
38  Leko, Peter  HUN 2705
39  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2704
40  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2702
41  Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM 2702
42  Fressinet, Laurent  FRA 2700
43  Ni, Hua  CHN 2697
44  Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2697
45  Naiditsch, Arkadij  AZE 2696
46  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  UKR 2695
47  Wang, Hao  CHN 2695
48  Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR 2695
49  Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS 2692
50  Ragger, Markus  AUT 2689
51  Malakhov, Vladimir  RUS 2687
52  Howell, David W L  ENG 2685
53  Rodshtein, Maxim  ISR 2685
54  Almasi, Zoltan  HUN 2684
55  Short, Nigel D  ENG 2684
56  Granda Zuniga, Julio E  PER 2683
57  Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2683
58  Matlakov, Maxim  RUS 2682
59  Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL 2682
60  Kovalenko, Igor  LAT 2680
61  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  GER 2679
62  Inarkiev, Ernesto  RUS 2676
63  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2675
64  Bareev, Evgeny  CAN 2675
65  Najer, Evgeniy  RUS 2674
66  Artemiev, Vladislav  RUS 2673
67  Moiseenko, Alexander  UKR 2673
68  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2673
69  Jobava, Baadur  GEO 2673
70  Areshchenko, Alexander  UKR 2671
71  McShane, Luke J  ENG 2671
72  Shirov, Alexei  LAT 2671
73  Postny, Evgeny  ISR 2670
74  Lysyj, Igor  RUS 2668
75  Sjugirov, Sanan  RUS 2667
76  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  CUB 2666
77  Kamsky, Gata  USA 2665
78  Ivanisevic, Ivan  SRB 2665
79  Amin, Bassem  EGY 2665
80  Fedoseev, Vladimir  RUS 2664
81  Swiercz, Dariusz  POL 2664
82  Laznicka, Viktor  CZE 2664
83  Negi, Parimarjan  IND 2664
84  Onischuk, Alexander  USA 2664
85  Sadler, Matthew D  ENG 2662
86  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  RUS 2662
87  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof  POL 2660
88  Ganguly, Surya Shekhar  IND 2660
89  Meier, Georg  GER 2660
90  Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA 2660
91  Robson, Ray  USA 2659
92  Bukavshin, Ivan  RUS 2658
93  Smirin, Ilia  ISR 2658
94  Efimenko, Zahar  UKR 2656
95  Akopian, Vladimir  ARM 2656
96  Motylev, Alexander  RUS 2656
97  Movsesian, Sergei  ARM 2655
98  Zhigalko, Sergei  BLR 2655
99  Bologan, Viktor  MDA 2654
100  Adhiban, B.  IND 2653
101  Safarli, Eltaj  AZE 2653

 

January 2016 top 100 rating list (women)

The Women top 100 looks very different in January 2016. The major change compared to January 2015 is that the record time holder of the top position is missing. The best female player of all times, Judit Polgar, who retired from competitive chess after winning the team silver medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad and became the new captain and head coach for the Hungarian National Men’s Chess Team, is not anymore present on the rating list. The number one spot is now for the Yifan Hou, who will challenge the title of World Champion Mariya Muzychuk , third on the rating list with 119 ELO less, in the 2016 World Women Chess Championship in Lviv.

1  Hou, Yifan  CHN 2673
2  Koneru, Humpy  IND 2583
3  Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR 2554
4  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS 2550
5  Ju, Wenjun  CHN 2548
6  Muzychuk, Anna  UKR 2537
7  Dzagnidze, Nana  GEO 2535
8  Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU 2534
9  Lagno, Kateryna  RUS 2529
10  Cramling, Pia  SWE 2523
11  Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL 2515
12  Harika, Dronavalli  IND 2511
13  Zhao, Xue  CHN 2506
14  Tan, Zhongyi  CHN 2504
15  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2502
16  Khotenashvili, Bela  GEO 2502
17  Gunina, Valentina  RUS 2496
18  Sebag, Marie  FRA 2490
19  Javakhishvili, Lela  GEO 2486
20  Batsiashvili, Nino  GEO 2485
21  Zhukova, Natalia  UKR 2484
22  Paehtz, Elisabeth  GER 2478
23  Galliamova, Alisa  RUS 2475
24  Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS 2475
25  Lei, Tingjie  CHN 2474
26  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS 2473
27  Zatonskih, Anna  USA 2469
28  Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel  MGL 2468
29  Shen, Yang  CHN 2466
30  Hoang, Thanh Trang  HUN 2464
31  Kashlinskaya, Alina  RUS 2462
32  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  RUS 2460
33  Krush, Irina  USA 2458
34  Girya, Olga  RUS 2454
35  Pogonina, Natalija  RUS 2454
36  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  RUS 2453
37  Skripchenko, Almira  FRA 2453
38  Melia, Salome  GEO 2452
39  Huang, Qian  CHN 2450
40  Ushenina, Anna  UKR 2450
41  Danielian, Elina  ARM 2445
42  Munguntuul, Batkhuyag  MGL 2444
43  Hunt, Harriet V  ENG 2444
44  Moser, Eva  AUT 2442
45  Mkrtchian, Lilit  ARM 2440
46  Guseva, Marina  RUS 2438
47  Socko, Monika  POL 2438
48  Guo, Qi  CHN 2435
49  Zawadzka, Jolanta  POL 2433
50  Cori T., Deysi  PER 2430
51  Padmini, Rout  IND 2427
52  Ding, Yixin  CHN 2426
53  Saduakassova, Dinara  KAZ 2423
54  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  ROU 2421
55  Turova, Irina  RUS 2419
56  Alexandrova, Olga  ESP 2418
57  Zhu, Chen  QAT 2418
58  Khurtsidze, Nino  GEO 2414
59  Sukandar, Irine Kharisma  INA 2413
60  Bojkovic, Natasa  SRB 2406
61  Ziaziulkina, Nastassia  BLR 2405
62  Savina, Anastasia  RUS 2404
63  Michna, Marta  GER 2403
64  Houska, Jovanka  ENG 2402
65  Karavade, Eesha  IND 2400
66  Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina  ESP 2399
67  Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina  POL 2398
68  Charochkina, Daria  RUS 2396
69  Gaponenko, Inna  UKR 2393
70  Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat  IRI 2392
71  Haast, Anne  NED 2391
72  Arabidze, Meri  GEO 2390
73  Bulmaga, Irina  ROU 2389
74  Rajlich, Iweta  POL 2389
75  Stockova, Zuzana  SVK 2388
76  Ryjanova, Julia  RUS 2387
77  Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna  POL 2384
78  Videnova, Iva  BUL 2384
79  Zhai, Mo  CHN 2383
80  Aulia, Medina Warda  INA 2383
81  Zaiatz, Elena  RUS 2382
82  Abdumalik, Zhansaya  KAZ 2381
83  Shvayger, Yuliya  ISR 2381
84  Kovanova, Baira  RUS 2381
85  Lujan, Carolina  ARG 2380
86  Vasilevich, Tatjana  UKR 2380
87  Daulyte, Deimante  LTU 2378
88  Atalik, Ekaterina  TUR 2378
89  Ni, Shiqun  CHN 2377
90  Guichard, Pauline  FRA 2376
91  Matveeva, Svetlana  RUS 2375
92  Guramishvili, Sopiko  GEO 2374
93  Zhang, Xiaowen  CHN 2374
94  Nemcova, Katerina  USA 2373
95  Brunello, Marina  ITA 2370
96  Milliet, Sophie  FRA 2369
97  Bivol, Alina  RUS 2368
98  Zimina, Olga  ITA 2367
99  Li, Ruofan  SIN 2366
100  Tania, Sachdev  IND 2366

 

January 2016 top 100 rating list (juniors)

1  Rapport, Richard  HUN 2721
2  Wei, Yi  CHN 2706
3  Artemiev, Vladislav  RUS 2673
4  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof  POL 2660
5  Dubov, Daniil  RUS 2646
6  Nyzhnyk, Illya  UKR 2627
7  Bluebaum, Matthias  GER 2595
8  Burke, John M  USA 2588
9  Wagner, Dennis  GER 2585
10  Eliseev, Urii  RUS 2582
11  Sevian, Samuel  USA 2578
12  Xiong, Jeffery  USA 2575
13  Donchenko, Alexander  GER 2570
14  Antipov, Mikhail Al.  RUS 2567
15  Oparin, Grigoriy  RUS 2565
16  Alekseenko, Kirill  RUS 2560
17  Ghosh, Diptayan  IND 2556
18  Tari, Aryan  NOR 2556
19  Bortnyk, Olexandr  UKR 2552
20  Vaibhav, Suri  IND 2552
21  Rambaldi, Francesco  ITA 2541
22  Van Foreest, Jorden  NED 2541
23  Boruchovsky, Avital  ISR 2539
24  Chigaev, Maksim  RUS 2526
25  Svane, Rasmus  GER 2522
26  Santos Latasa, Jaime  ESP 2522
27  Xu, Yinglun  CHN 2518
28  Karthikeyan, Murali  IND 2518
29  Pichot, Alan  ARG 2517
30  Yuffa, Daniil  RUS 2516
31  Gledura, Benjamin  HUN 2515
32  Troff, Kayden W  USA 2511
33  Chandra, Akshat  USA 2510
34  Paravyan, David  RUS 2509
35  Bai, Jinshi  CHN 2507
36  Gordievsky, Dmitry  RUS 2506
37  Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal  CHI 2505
38  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2502
39  Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan  IND 2501
40  Aravindh,Chithambaram VR.  IND 2500
41  Schroeder, Jan-Christian  GER 2499
42  Igonin, Temur  UZB 2498
43  Gagare, Shardul  IND 2497
44  Lugovskoy, Maxim  RUS 2489
45  Pechac, Jergus  SVK 2487
46  Georgiadis, Nico  SUI 2485
47  Fawzy, Adham  EGY 2484
48  Moroni, Luca Jr  ITA 2481
49  Izzat, Kanan  AZE 2480
50  Zajic, Milan  SRB 2480
51  Sanal, Vahap  TUR 2478
52  Mosadeghpour, Masoud  IRI 2475
53  Drozdowski, Kacper  POL 2475
54  Lei, Tingjie  CHN 2474
55  Dastan, Muhammed Batuhan  TUR 2474
56  Triapishko, Olexandr  RUS 2471
57  Tabatabaei, M.amin  IRI 2470
58  Yang, Darwin  USA 2470
59  Golubov, Saveliy  RUS 2469
60  Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo  PER 2469
61  Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel  MGL 2468
62  Stremavicius, Titas  LTU 2468
63  Xu, Xiangyu  CHN 2466
64  Basso, Pier Luigi  ITA 2466
65  Ebeling, Daniel  FIN 2466
66  Petrosyan, Manuel  ARM 2466
67  Bellahcene, Bilel  FRA 2465
68  Smirnov, Anton  AUS 2465
69  Preotu, Razvan  CAN 2465
70  Gurevich, Daniel  USA 2465
71  Zenzera, Alexey  RUS 2464
72  Deac, Bogdan-Daniel  ROU 2463
73  Li, Ruifeng  USA 2462
74  Zakhartsov, Vladimir  RUS 2462
75  Lampert, Jonas  GER 2459
76  Enkhnar, Enkhbaatar  MGL 2458
77  Lobanov, Sergei  RUS 2457
78  Petrov, Nikita  RUS 2456
79  Firouzja, Alireza  IRI 2455
80  Puranik, Abhimanyu  IND 2452
81  Usmanov, Vasily  RUS 2451
82  Maghsoodloo, Parham  IRI 2450
83  Ali Marandi, Cemil Can  TUR 2450
84  Supi, Luis Paulo  BRA 2449
85  Vignesh N R  IND 2448
86  Vavulin, Maksim  RUS 2448
87  Korpa, Bence  HUN 2448
88  Harutyunian, Tigran K.  ARM 2448
89  Mikaelyan, Arman  ARM 2448
90  Aryan Chopra  IND 2447
91  Tran, Tuan Minh  VIE 2447
92  Tan, Justin  AUS 2446
93  Wang, Yiye  CHN 2445
94  Salomon, Johan  NOR 2444
95  Steinberg, Nitzan  ISR 2444
96  Kelires, Andreas  CYP 2444
97  Le, Tuan Minh  VIE 2444
98  Shumyatsky, Victor  BRA 2443
99  Lorparizangeneh, Shahin  IRI 2442
100  Rohan, Ahuja  IND 2440

 

January 2016 top 100 rating list (girls)

1  Goryachkina, Aleksandra  RUS 2502
2  Lei, Tingjie  CHN 2474
3  Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel  MGL 2468
4  Saduakassova, Dinara  KAZ 2423
5  Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat  IRI 2392
6  Zhai, Mo  CHN 2383
7  Aulia, Medina Warda  INA 2383
8  Abdumalik, Zhansaya  KAZ 2381
9  Ni, Shiqun  CHN 2377
10  Bivol, Alina  RUS 2368
11  Osmak, Iulija  UKR 2343
12  Hojjatova, Aydan  AZE 2341
13  Mammadzada, Gunay  AZE 2341
14  Tsolakidou, Stavroula  GRE 2338
15  Vaishali R  IND 2332
16  Khomeriki, Nino  GEO 2321
17  Derakhshani, Dorsa  IRI 2315
18  Amina, Battsooj  MGL 2313
19  Harazinska, Ewa  POL 2310
20  Rodriguez Rueda, Paula Andrea  COL 2308
21  Buksa, Nataliya  UKR 2298
22  Fataliyeva, Ulviyya  AZE 2295
23  Zhou, Qiyu  CAN 2286
24  Bykova, Anastasia  RUS 2283
25  Osmanodja, Filiz  GER 2281
26  Kazarian, Anna-Maja  NED 2279
27  Pratyusha, Bodda  IND 2278
28  Ivana Maria, Furtado  IND 2277
29  Frayna, Janelle Mae  PHI 2272
30  Varshini, V  IND 2271
31  Drogovoz, Irina  RUS 2265
32  Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra  RUS 2258
33  Tantsiura, Maria  UKR 2257
34  Gu, Tianlu  CHN 2255
35  Uuriintuya, Uurtsaikh  MGL 2255
36  Velikic, Adela  SRB 2255
37  Blagojevic, Tijana  MNE 2253
38  Mahalakshmi, M  IND 2251
39  Makarenko, Alexandra  RUS 2247
40  Styazhkina, Anna  RUS 2246
41  Unuk, Laura  SLO 2246
42  Martynkova, Olena  UKR 2245
43  Avramidou, Anastasia  GRE 2245
44  Navrotescu, Andreea-Cristiana  FRA 2243
45  Diakonova, Ekaterina  RUS 2241
46  Sieber, Fiona  GER 2240
47  Movileanu, Daniela  ITA 2239
48  Nicolas Zapata, Irene  ESP 2239
49  Kiolbasa, Oliwia  POL 2236
50  Heinemann, Josefine  GER 2233
51  Xiao, Yiyi  CHN 2222
52  Dordzhieva, Dinara  RUS 2218
53  Monica, Putri Wigustira  INA 2217
54  Michelle Catherina, P  IND 2216
55  Bykovtsev, Agata  USA 2214
56  Kochukova, Anna  RUS 2212
57  Imnadze, Nato  GEO 2212
58  Rodionova, Daria  RUS 2212
59  Roca Rojas, Ana Flavia  CUB 2207
60  Gazikova, Veronika  SVK 2207
61  Shuvalova, Polina  RUS 2206
62  Janzelj, Lara  SLO 2205
63  Szente Varga, Fruzsina  HUN 2204
64  Bluhm, Sonja Maria  GER 2203
65  Injac, Teodora  SRB 2200
66  Amrayeva, Aytan  AZE 2198
67  Dimitrova, Aleksandra  RUS 2196
68  Gal, Hanna Krisztina  HUN 2196
69  Mylnikova, Olga  RUS 2194
70  Obolentseva, Alexandra  RUS 2194
71  Haussernot, Cecile  FRA 2190
72  Suliati, Annisa  INA 2190
73  Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim  UZB 2187
74  Kalaiyalahan, Akshaya  ENG 2187
75  Ulrich, Rachel J  USA 2186
76  Vidic, Teja  SLO 2185
77  Khokhlova, Daria  RUS 2183
78  Retno, Wijayanti  INA 2183
79  Gorti, Akshita  USA 2182
80  Yu, Jennifer R  USA 2182
81  Protopopova, Anastasiya  RUS 2181
82  Aakanksha Hagawane  IND 2181
83  Wozniak, Mariola  POL 2180
84  Gaboyan, Susanna  ARM 2178
85  Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza  PUR 2178
86  Marikova, Jana  CZE 2177
87  Terbe, Julianna  HUN 2171
88  Mammadova, Narmin  AZE 2167
89  Ivanova, Simoneta  BUL 2166
90  Marjanovics, Annamaria  HUN 2165
91  Abdusattorova, Bakhora  UZB 2162
92  Santeramo, Alessia  ITA 2161
93  Di Benedetto, Desiree  ITA 2160
94  Richterova, Natasa  CZE 2160
95  Budiarti, Farah Yumna  INA 2160
96  Nur Abidah, Shanti  INA 2160
97  Assaubayeva, Bibisara  KAZ 2159
98  Ren, Xiaoyi  CHN 2157
99  Antova, Gabriela  BUL 2157
100  Anufrienko, Daria  RUS 2156

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