Posts Tagged ‘Topalov’

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 world championship match between Anand and Topalov starts next Friday in Sofia Bulgeria.  The highly anticipated match will be played in a two and a half week timespan in late April to mid May.  A prize fund of 2 million Euros is at stake.  The winner will receive 1.8 million Euros and the loser will receive 800,000 Euros.

A total of 12 games will be played at traditional time controls of 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for an additional 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes + a 30 second increment for the remainder of the match.  If the match is not decided over the course of standard play, then a series of tiebreaks will be held.  First, four games of Game 25 with a 10 second increment will be played.  If they are still tied, a series of Five 2 game blitz matches will be held under a time control of Game 5 with a 3 second increment.

If they are still tied, then a final odds match will be played with 5 minutes for White vs. 4 minutes for Black.  White must obtain a victory, while Black wins with a victory or a draw.

Tune into the following website to review the results –


Here in the US, we always talk about chess and what is going on in our neck of the woods (especially in New York), but sometimes we forget to take a step back and see the big picture.

So, to keep the global perspective, we have added a link to FIDE to the front page.  This site is an excellent resource to read about global tournament events with the highest rated players.  We’ve also added a short list of the top 5 players in the world.  It is interesting to note that all of these players are rated above 2,750!  The top player on the list, Veselin Topalov is rated above 2,800 and is also featured in the attached You Tube link in a humorous commercial.  The good news is that you don’t have to know Bulgarian to get the jokes.

Speaking of big, we’ve also updated the news section with a feature on the world’s largest chess game.  Check out the article to see what a board “4 football fields square” looks like.