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We’ve updated our listing of the top FIDE players (see the bottom left margin of the blog) to reflect the rankings as of January 2015. There were some interesting changes in the top 5 rankings. First of all, there are actually 6 players in the list since there is a 2-way tie for 5th place.

Vladimir Kramnik fell out of the top 5, falling from #3 to #8. He still holds an impressive rating of 2783, but all of the members in the top 5 have ratings at or above 2797.

The new #3 player, Alexander Grischuk is a 32 year old Russian GM who is also a top rated blitz player. A recent article in the Guadrian mentioned that Grischuk supplements his income by playing professional poker. The YouTube video below shows a recent blitz match against Magnus Carlsen.

The remaining players on the list are all familiar names. Vishy Anand is back in the list at #5 after his strong showing in 2014. Even though he didn’t regain the world title, he did show that he is still able to play at a very high level.

Here is the official list:

FIDE #1 - Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

FIDE #2 - Fabiano-Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

FIDE #3 alexander-grischuk-square-14814

Alexander Grischuk

FIDE #4 - Topalov

Veselin Topalov

FIDE #5 - Aronian

Levon Aronian

FIDE #5 - Vishy Anand

Viswanathan Anand



The chess world championship is underway. Everybody in the chess world will be fixated on the games. Each move has the potential to determine who will ultimately win or lose the tournament.

Most people are unaware of the amount of preparation and strategy that goes on behind the scenes. Each of the participants, the organizers, and FIDE must agree on all aspects of the tournament arrangements. A review of the official rules provides a peek into some of the negotiations that happened before the event.

For example, each player in the tournament has access to their own car and chauffeur for the duration of the event.

Test your knowledge of the rules and negotiations by navigating the following quiz. All questions are True/False:

  • If both players refused to play the tournament, they would be stripped of their Grandmaster titles
  • Each player has access to their own personal bathroom
  • Cell phones must be held by the player’s handlers in the playing area
  • Players must arrive 10 minutes before the start of play for a security check
  • No draw claims are allowed before the 30th move
  • Players will be fined 1,000 euros for missing the closing ceremony
  • Free snacks and coffee, tea and soft drinks must be supplied to the players and FIDE principals and the press
  • Players will be disqualified if they refuse to sign their score sheet
  • At the end of the match, the arbiter must write a report and send it to FIDE
  • Players may dress as they like, but no sponsor logos are allowed on their clothes
  • The winner gets 60% of the prize fund (but only 55% if it goes to a tie break)

*Click on the Fun Stuff/Trivia tab to see the answers to the quiz.

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