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List of chess players by peak FIDE rating

This is the list of top ranked chess grandmasters, ordered by their peak Elo rating. The cut-off value is 2700.

Notably only six players achieved their over-2700 peak before the year 2000 and twenty-one players achieved their respective peak between the years 2000 and 2009 (inclusive).

Contents

ListEdit

FIDE players ordered by peak Elo rating[1][2]
Country Player Peak rating Achieved Birth year Death year Notes

2800+Edit

1   Magnus Carlsen 2882 2014-05 1990 Highest ranked player, Highest ranked Norwegian player, World Champion (2013–present)
2    Garry Kasparov 2851 1999-07 1963 Highest ranked Russian player, former World Champion (1985–2000),
first player to achieve 2800+ rating
3    Fabiano Caruana 2844 2014-10 1992 Formerly highest ranked Italian player (till 2015) - 2844, 2014–10, Highest ranked American player
4   Levon Aronian 2830 2014-03 1982 Highest ranked Armenian player.
5    Wesley So 2822 2017-02 1993 Formerly highest ranked Filipino player (till 2014) - 2755, 2014-08
6   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2820 2018-09 1985 Highest ranked Azerbaijani player
7   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2819 2016-08 1990 Highest ranked French player.
8=   Viswanathan Anand 2817 2011-09 1969 Highest ranked Indian player, former World Champion (FIDE 2000–2002, 2007–2013)
8=    Vladimir Kramnik 2817 2016-10 1975 Former World Champion (2000–2007)
10=   Veselin Topalov 2816 2015-07 1975 Highest ranked Bulgarian player, former FIDE World Champion (2005–2006)
10=   Hikaru Nakamura 2816 2015-10 1987
10=   Ding Liren 2816 2018-11 1992 Highest ranked Chinese player
13   Alexander Grischuk 2810 2014-12 1983

2775–2799Edit

14    Anish Giri 2798 2015-10 1994 Highest ranked Dutch player
15   Teimour Radjabov 2793 2012-10 1987
16=   Alexander Morozevich 2788 2008-07 1977
16=    Sergey Karjakin 2788 2011-07 1990
18    Vassily Ivanchuk 2787 2007-10 1969 Highest ranked Ukrainian player
19   Bobby Fischer 2785 1972-07 1943 2008 Former World Champion (1972–1975), first player to achieve 2700+ ranking
20    Anatoly Karpov 2780 1994-07 1951 Former World Champion (1975–1985, FIDE 1993–1999)
21     Boris Gelfand 2777 2013-11 1968 Highest ranked Israeli player,
formerly highest ranked Belarusian player (till 1998) - 2675 (Now Vladislav Kovalev)
22   Ian Nepomniachtchi 2775 2019-06 1990

2750–2774Edit

23   Pentala Harikrishna 2770 2016-12 1986
24   Peter Svidler 2769 2013-05 1976
25    Leinier Dominguez Perez 2768 2014-05 1983 Formerly highest ranked Cuban player (till 2018) - 2768, 2014-05
26=   Pavel Eljanov 2765 2016-03 1983
26=   Yu Yangyi 2762 2018-07 1994
28   Ruslan Ponomariov 2764 2011-07 1983 Former FIDE World Champion (2002–2004)
29=   Peter Leko 2763 2005-04 1979 Highest ranked Hungarian player
29=    Gata Kamsky 2763 2013-07 1974
31=   Vugar Gashimov 2761 2012-01 1986 2014
31=   Michael Adams 2761 2013-09 1971 Highest ranked English player
31=   Vladislav Artemiev 2761 2019-06 1998
34   Dmitry Jakovenko 2760 2009-01 1983
35=   Evgeny Tomashevsky 2758 2015-09 1987
35=   Li Chao 2758 2016-03 1989
37   Wang Yue 2756 2010-09 1987
38       Alexei Shirov 2755 2008-01 1972 highest ranked Spanish player, formerly highest ranked Latvian player (till 2018) - 2755, 2008-01
39   Wei Yi 2753 2017-08 1999 Youngest player to reach a rating over 2700.
40=   Wang Hao 2752 2013-01 1989
40=   Richárd Rapport 2752 2016-07 1996
42=       Sergei Movsesian 2751 2009-01 1978 Formerly highest ranked Slovak player (till 2010) - 2751, 2009-01
42=   David Navara 2751 2015-05 1985 Highest ranked Czech player
44   Radosław Wojtaszek 2750 2017-01 1987 Highest ranked Polish player

2725–2749Edit

45   Etienne Bacrot 2749 2013-11 1983
46   Nikita Vitiugov 2747 2014-03 1987
47   Dmitry Andreikin 2743 2016-06 1990
48   Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2740 2018-08 1998
49=     Evgeny Bareev 2739 2003-10 1966 Highest ranked Canadian player
49=   Le Quang Liem 2739 2017-08 1991 Highest ranked Vietnamese player
51   Maxim Matlakov 2738 2017-11 1991
52     Arkadij Naiditsch 2737 2013-12 1985 Formerly highest ranked German player (till 2015)
53   Judit Polgar 2735 2005-07 1976 Highest ranked female player
54=    Viktor Bologan 2734 2012-08 1971 Highest ranked Moldovan player
54=   Baadur Jobava 2734 2012-09 1983 Highest ranked Georgian player
56   Vladimir Fedoseev 2733 2017-10 1995
57=   Vladimir Malakhov 2732 2010-07 1980
57=   Ernesto Inarkiev 2732 2016-09 1985
59=   Bu Xiangzhi 2731 2019-02 1985
59=   Samuel Shankland 2731 2019-02 1991
61=   Zoltan Almasi 2726 2011-07 1976
61=   Alexander Moiseenko 2726 2011-09 1980
63=   Evgeny Alekseev 2725 2009-09 1985
63=   Andrei Volokitin 2725 2013-03 1986

2700–2724Edit

65=   Ni Hua 2724 2009-04 1983
65=   Francisco Vallejo Pons 2724 2011-07 1982 Highest ranked Spanish player
67=   Anton Korobov 2723 2014-01 1985
67=   Santosh Gujrathi Vidit 2723 2018-02 1994
69=   Krishnan Sasikiran 2720 2012-05 1981
69=   Alexander Riazantsev 2720 2012-07 1985
69=   Alexander Areshchenko 2720 2012-12 1986
69=   Laurent Fressinet 2720 2015-06 1981
73    Ivan Cheparinov 2718 2018-08 1986
74=   Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2717 2012-10 1982 Highest ranked Cuban player
74=   Yuriy Kryvoruchko 2717 2015-11 1986
76=    Valery Salov 2715 1995-01 1964
76=   Rustam Kasimdzhanov 2715 2015-05 1979 Highest ranked Uzbek player, former FIDE World Champion (2004–2005)
78=   Loek Van Wely 2714 2001-10 1972
78=   Denis Khismatullin 2714 2014-03 1984
80=    Vladimir Akopian 2713 2006-07 1971
80=   Luke McShane 2713 2012-07 1984
82=   Nigel Short 2712 2004-04 1965
82=   David Howell 2712 2015-08 1990
82=   Bassem Amin 2712 2019-01 1988
85    Alexey Dreev 2711 2011-07 1969
86=     Alexander Beliavsky 2710 1997-07 1953 Highest ranked Slovenian player
86=   Alexander Motylev 2710 2009-07 1979
86=   Maxim Rodshtein 2710 2016-03 1989
89=   Rauf Mamedov 2709 2017-12 1988
89=   Daniil Dubov 2709 2018-09 1996
89=   Gawain Jones 2709 2019-06 1987
92   Zahar Efimenko 2708 2011-03 1985
93=    Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2707 2005-10 1976 Highest ranked German player, formerly highest ranked Romanian player (till 2014) - 2707, 2005–10
93=   Evgeny Najer 2707 2017-08 1977
95=     Ivan Sokolov 2706 2004-01 1968 Formerly highest ranked Bosnian player (till 1994) - 2650 (Now Predrag Nikolić - 2676, 2004–10)
95=   Ferenc Berkes 2706 2011-09 1985
95=    Sergei Rublevsky 2706 2013-11 1974
98=    Mikhail Tal 2705 1980-01 1936 1992 Former world champion (1960–1961)
98=      Vadim Milov 2705 2008-07 1972 Highest ranked Swiss player
98=   Boris Grachev 2705 2012-03 1986
98=   Jon Ludvig Hammer 2705 2016-02 1990
102   Viktor Laznicka 2704 2012-01 1989
103=    Emil Sutovsky 2703 2012-01 1977
103=   Markus Ragger 2703 2017-02 1988 Highest ranked Austrian player
103=   Vladislav Kovalev 2703 2019-02 1994 Highest ranked Belarusian player
103=   Ivan Šarić 2703 2019-03 1990 Highest ranked Croatian player
107=    Michal Krasenkow 2702 2000-07 1963
107=    Ilia Smirin 2702 2001-07 1968
107=   Alexander Khalifman 2702 2001-10 1966 Former FIDE World Champion (1999–2000)
107=        Zurab Azmaiparashvili 2702 2003-07 1960
107=   Romain Edouard 2702 2014-06 1990
107=    Igor Kovalenko 2702 2015-08 1988
107=   Gabriel Sargissian 2702 2015-12 1983
114=    Alexander Onischuk 2701 2010-07 1975
114=   Baskaran Adhiban 2701 2019-04 1992
116=   Peter Heine Nielsen 2700 2010-07 1973 Highest ranked Danish player
116=   Igor Lysyj 2700 2015-01 1987

Highest ratings by decadeEdit

This section lists the top 20 players by peak FIDE rating achieved in every decade since 1971, when FIDE started officially publishing rating lists.

1970sEdit

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 1970s
Country Player Peak rating in 1970s Achieved
1   Bobby Fischer 2785 1972-07
2   Anatoly Karpov 2725 1978-01
3    Viktor Korchnoi 2695 1979-01
4   Boris Spassky 2690 1971-07
5=   Bent Larsen 2660 1971-07
5=   Mikhail Tal 2660 1973-07
7   Lajos Portisch 2650 1973-07
8=   Tigran Petrosian 2645 1972-07
8=   Lev Polugaevsky 2645 1972-07
10   Henrique Mecking 2635 1977-01
11   Mikhail Botvinnik 2630 1971-07
12=    Lubomir Kavalek 2625 1974-05
12=   Jan Timman 2625 1979-01
14=   Vassily Smyslov 2620 1971-01
14=   Leonid Stein 2620 1972-01
14=   Ljubomir Ljubojevic 2620 1976-01
14=   Efim Geller 2620 1976-01
14=   Vlastimil Hort 2620 1977-01
19=   Paul Keres 2615 1971-07
19=   Robert Hübner 2615 1974-05
19=   Jan Smejkal 2615 1976-01

1980sEdit

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 1980s
Country Player Peak rating in 1980s Achieved
1   Garry Kasparov 2775 1989-01
2   Anatoly Karpov 2755 1989-07
3   Mikhail Tal 2705 1980-01
4   Viktor Korchnoi 2695 1980-01
5   Jan Timman 2675 1988-01
6   Nigel Short 2665 1988-07
7=   Artur Yusupov 2660 1986-07
7=   Vassily Ivanchuk 2660 1989-07
9=   Lajos Portisch 2655 1980-01
9=   Alexander Beliavsky 2655 1988-07
11=   Ljubomir Ljubojevic 2645 1983-01
11=   Rafael Vaganian 2645 1986-01
11=   Andrei Sokolov 2645 1987-01
11=   Jonathan Speelman 2645 1988-07
11=   Valery Salov 2645 1989-07
16=   Robert Hübner 2640 1981-07
16=   Ulf Andersson 2640 1983-01
16=   Mikhail Gurevich 2640 1989-07
19=   Lev Polugaevsky 2635 1980-01
19=   Boris Spassky 2635 1981-01

1990sEdit

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 1990s
Country Player Peak rating in 1990s Achieved
1    Garry Kasparov 2851 1999-07
2   Viswanathan Anand 2795 1998-07
3    Vladimir Kramnik 2790 1998-01
4    Anatoly Karpov 2780 1994-07
5   Alexander Morozevich 2758 1999-07
6   Veselin Topalov 2750 1996-07
7   Gata Kamsky 2745 1996-07
8     Alexei Shirov 2740 1994-07
9    Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 1995-07
10   Michael Adams 2716 1999-01
11    Valery Salov 2715 1995-01
12    Peter Svidler 2713 1999-01
13      Boris Gelfand 2712 1999-07
14     Alexander Beliavsky 2710 1997-07
15   Peter Leko 2701 1999-07
16    Evgeny Bareev 2698 1999-07
17   Nigel Short 2697 1999-01
18    Sergei Rublevsky 2685 1998-07
19    Zurab Azmaiparashvili 2681 1999-01
20=   Jan Timman 2680 1990-01
20=     Artur Yusupov 2680 1995-07

2000sEdit

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 2000s
Country Player Peak rating in 2000s Achieved
1   Garry Kasparov 2851 2000-01
2   Veselin Topalov 2813 2006-07
3   Vladimir Kramnik 2809[3] 2002-01
4   Viswanathan Anand 2803 2006-04
5   Magnus Carlsen 2801 2009-11
6   Alexander Morozevich 2788 2008-07
7   Vassily Ivanchuk 2787 2007-10
8     Levon Aronian 2786 2009-11
9   Peter Svidler 2765 2006-01
10   Peter Leko 2763 2005-04
11   Teimour Radjabov 2761 2009-01
12=   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2760 2008-01
12=   Dmitry Jakovenko 2760 2009-01
14   Vugar Gashimov 2758 2009-11
15   Boris Gelfand 2758 2009-11
16=   Alexei Shirov 2755 2008-01
16=   Michael Adams 2755 2000-07
18    Sergei Movsesian 2751 2009-01
19   Alexander Grischuk 2748 2009-04
20   Ruslan Ponomariov 2741 2009-09

2010sEdit

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 2010s
Country Player Peak rating in 2010s Achieved
1   Magnus Carlsen 2882 2014-05
2    Fabiano Caruana 2844 2014-10
3   Levon Aronian 2830 2014-03
4    Wesley So 2822 2017-02
5   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2820 2018-09
6   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2819 2016-08
7=   Viswanathan Anand 2817 2011-09
7=   Vladimir Kramnik 2817 2016-10
9=   Veselin Topalov 2816 2015-07
9=   Hikaru Nakamura 2816 2015-10
9=   Ding Liren 2816 2018-11
12   Alexander Grischuk 2810 2014-12
13   Anish Giri 2798 2015-10
14   Teimour Radjabov 2793 2012-10
15   Sergey Karjakin 2788 2011-07
16   Vassily Ivanchuk 2779 2011-03
17   Boris Gelfand 2777 2013-11
18   Ian Nepomniachtchi 2775 2019-06
19=   Alexander Morozevich 2770 2012-07
19=   Pentala Harikrishna 2770 2016-12

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All time Top 100 by Highest ELO Rating". Chess-db.com. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  2. ^ "Records". 2700chess.com. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  3. ^ The graph on the FIDE site gives Kramnik's January 2002 rating as 2811,[1] but this appears to be incorrect: it is contradicted by FIDE's published ratings for January [2] and April [3] 2002; and also by the reports in TWIC for January [4] and April [5] 2002 (Whether FIDE rated or not his four-game match against Kasparov of December 2001).

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