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* THE GAMES OF THE BEST CHESS PLAYERS IN THE WORLD *
"Sjakktoppen"
and in Norway (above 2400)

No.
Name
Nation
Rating
Year / Month
1
Carlsen, Magnus
NOR
2882
2014 / 05
2
Kasparov, Garry
RUS
2851
1999 / 07
3
Caruana, Fabiano
ITA
2844
2014 / 10
4
Aronian, Levon
ARM
2830
2014 / 03
5
So, Wesley
USA
2822
2017 / 02
6
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
FRA
2819
2016 / 08
7
Anand, Viswanathan
IND
2817
2011 / 03
8
Kramnik, Vladimir
RUS
2817
2016 / 10
9
Topalov, Veselin
BUL
2816
2015 / 07
10
Nakamura, Hikaru
USA
2816
2015 / 10
11
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
AZE
2814
2018 / 02
12
Grischuk, Alexander
RUS
2810
2014 / 12

* Notice that 10 of 12 has achieved their record in 2014 or later *

Complete Highest-rated chess players list of all time; above 2700.

Everybody who has been No.1 at the official FIDE rating list.

It has been an inflation in chess rating, so Bobby Fischers 2785
April 1972 was a great rating. It was 125 more than no.2 Boris Spassky.
Few years ago 2785 was a top 10 achievement. Now it's no.19

The average rating for the 10 best players in each country; National rating for men.
The average rating for the 10 best players in each country;
National rating for women.
Click on the name of a country to look at the ranking of the best active players in that country!

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Below you can read about all players with 2700 or more in rating points.
If same rating, most recently activity, will be best placed.
Age is what they are, or will be, before 1 June 2018; next rating list.
+/- shows rating change since the previous rating list; 1 April 2018
Gms shows how many games played since the previous rating list; 1 April 2018
GM is the year when the player became Grandmaster in chess.

1 May 2018
* Players with 2700 or more in rating *

No
Name
Rating
Rp
Country
Born
Age
+/-
Gms
Information
GM
1
Carlsen, Magnus
2843
Rp
Norway
30 November 1990
27
0
18
Wikipedia
2004
2
Caruana, Fabiano
2822
Rp
USA
30 July 1992
25
+18
20
Wikipedia
2007
3
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
2808
Rp
Azerbaijan
12 April 1985
33
-6
9
Wikipedia
2002
4
Kramnik, Vladimir 2792
Rp
Russia 25 June 1975 42 0 0
Wikipedia
1992
5
Ding Liren
2791
Rp
China
24 October 1992
25
+13
11
Wikipedia
2009
6
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2789
Rp
France
21 October 1990
27
0
11
Wikipedia
2005
7
Karjakin, Sergey
2782
Rp
Russia
12 January 1990
28
+4
9
Wikipedia
2002
8
So, Wesley
2778
Rp
USA
9 October 1993
24
-8
11
Wikipedia
2007
9
Giri, Anish
2776
Rp
Netherlands
28 June 1994
23
-1
9
Wikipedia
2009
10
Nakamura, Hikaru
2769
Rp
USA
9 December 1987
30
-18
11
Wikipedia
2003
 
11
Grischuk, Alexander
2766
Rp
Russia
31 October 1983
34
0
0
Wikipedia
1999
12
Aronian, Levon
2764
Rp
Armenia
6 October 1982
35
-3
9
Wikipedia
2001
13
Anand, Viswanathan
2760
Rp
India
11 December 1969
48
-16
11
Wikipedia
1988
14
Svidler, Peter
2760
Rp
Russia
17 June 1976
41
0
2
Wikipedia
1994
15
Yu, Yangyi
2754
Rp
China
8 June 1994
23
-6
4
Wikipedia
2009
16
Radjabov, Teimour
2751
Rp
Azerbaijan
12 March 1987
31
+3
9
Wikipedia
2001
17
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2751
Rp
Russia
14 July 1990
27
0
0
Wikipedia
2007
18
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
2750
Rp
Poland
13 January 1987
31
+6
14
Wikipedia
2005
19
Topalov, Veselin
2747
Rp
Bulgaria
15 March 1975
43
-2
9
Wikipedia
1992
20
Vitiugov, Nikita
2740
Rp
Russia
4 February 1987
31
+5
9
Wikipedia
2007
 
21
Jakovenko, Dmitry
2735
Rp
Russia
28 June 1983
34
+3
6
Wikipedia
2001
22
Wei, Yi
2734
Rp
China
2 June 1999
18
0
0
Wikipedia
2013
23
Le, Quang Liem
2728
Rp
Vietnam
13 March 1991
27
0
0
Wikipedia
2006
24
Navara, David
2727
Rp
Czech Republic
27 March 1985
33
-18
14
Wikipedia
2002
25
Harikrishna, Pentala
2727
Rp
India
10 May 1986
32
0
6
Wikipedia
2001
26
Li, Chao b
2724
Rp
China
21 April 1989
29
-8
4
Wikipedia
2007
27
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
2724
Rp
Poland
26 April 1998
20
0
0
Wikipedia
2013
28
Bu, Xiangzhi
2718
Rp
China
10 December 1985
32
-7
4
Wikipedia
1999
29
Bacrot, Étienne
2714
Rp
France
22 January 1983
35
-4
11
Wikipedia
1997
30
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
2714
Rp
Russia
1 July 1987
30
0
0
Wikipedia
2005
 
31
Wang, Hao
2710
Rp
China
4 August 1989
28
+3
18
Wikipedia
2005
32
Pons, Francisco Vallejo
2709
Rp
Spain
21 August 1982
35
+4
2
Wikipedia
1999
33
Mamedov, Rauf
2708
Rp
Azerbaijan
26 April 1988
30
+4
9
Wikipedia
2004
34
Ivanchuk, Vassily
2708
Rp
Ukraine
18 March 1969
49
0
0
Wikipedia
1988
35
Rapport, Richárd
2707
Rp
Hungary
25 March 1996
22
-6
9
Wikipedia
2010
36
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
2707
Rp
India
24 October 1994
23
0
0
Wikipedia
2013
37
Fedoseev, Vladimir
2706
Rp
Russia
16 February 1995
23
0
0
Wikipedia
2011
38
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy
2705
Rp
Ukraine
19 December 1986
31
+2
18
Wikipedia
2006
39
Cheparinov, Ivan
2705
Rp
Bulgaria
26 November 1986
31
+3
4
Wikipedia
2004
40
Artemiev, Vladislav
2704
Rp
Russia
5 March 1998
20
+3
9
Wikipedia
2014
 
41
Matlakov, Maxim
2704
Rp
Russia
5 March 1991
27
0
0
Wikipedia
2010
42
Andreikin, Dmitry
2702
Rp
Russia
5 February 1990
28
0
13
Wikipedia
2007
43
Eljanov, Pavel
2702
Rp
Ukraine
10 May 1983
35
+2
9
Wikipedia
2001
44
Shankland, Samuel
2701
Rp
USA
1 October 1991
26
+30
11
Wikipedia
2011
45
Adams, Michael
2701
Rp
England
17 November 1971
46
-4
2
Wikipedia
1989
46
Howell, David W. L.
2701
Rp
England
14 November 1990
27
+2
2
Wikipedia
2007

If you will look at the personal best for each player, use the link "Highest-rated chess players" above!
Leinier Domínguez Pérez, Cuba, with 2739 is out of the list, because of no rated games since 2016


Click on the name to look at the games for the player!
Click on "Rp" for rating progress (chart) for the chess player! Scroll down at that website!
After you have clicked on "Rp", then click on "Profile" to look at the picture of the chosen player.

Click on "Wikipedia" for more details, where you also can scroll down to external links.
Below you will find a link to the list of chess prodigies, if you miss details about young grandmasters.

Earlier: Karjakin played for Ukraine, So played for Philippines, Caruana played for Italy
and Naiditsch played for Germany. You can read more about it if you click on Wikipedia!

Li Chao with an extra letter "b", since it's two chess players with exact same name.
This Li Chao is the youngest, so the oldest are discribed without an extra letter.


Magnus Carlsen (the picture) with the official rating record 1 May 2014 with 2882
 Magnus Carlsen with the live rating record as well 21 April 2014 with 2889.2

Statistics who shown the latest rating progress and activity.

Top 100 players May 2018

Top 100 women May 2018

Top 100 juniors May 2018
It's 3 juniors (no.22 Wei Yi, China 2734, no.27 Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Poland 2724 and no.40 Vladislav Artemiev 2704) with 2700 or more in rating.


Top 100 girls May 2018

Live rating for all players with 2700 or more in rating.

List of Chess grandmasters alphabetical after the family name.

History behind the title Grandmaster (chess).

List of Chess prodigies who became grandmasters early.

From here you can download almost all Chessgames (PGN files) or just view.

A lot of good Chess links will you find here.

Men and women who are primarily known as Chess players
and have an article at the English Wikipedia.

* NOT UPDATED BELOW YET *

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Name
Country
Born + dead/age
World Champion
Information
Staunton, Howard
England
?? April 1810 - 22 June 1874
1843 - 1851
Wikipedia
Anderssen, Adolf
Germany
6 July 1818 - 13 March 1879
1851 - 1858 and 1862 - 1866
Wikipedia
Morphy, Paul
USA
22 June 1837 - 10 July 1884
1858 - 1862
Wikipedia
Zukertort, Johannes
Poland
7 September 1842 – 20 June 1888
1878 - 1886
Wikipedia
1 Steinitz, Wilhelm
Austria
17 May 1836 - 12 August 1900
1866 - 1878 and 1886 - 1894
Wikipedia
2 Lasker, Emanuel
Germany
24 December 1868 - 11 January 1941
1894 - 1921
Wikipedia
3 Capablanca, José Raoul
Cuba
19 November 1888 - 8 March 1942
1921 - 1927
Wikipedia
4 Alekhine, Alexander
France
1 November 1892 - 24 March 1946
1927 - 1935 and 1937 - 1946
Wikipedia
5 Euwe, Max  GM 1950
Netherlands
20 May 1901 - 26 November 1981
1935 - 1937
Wikipedia
  6 Botvinnik, Mikhail  GM 1950
Russia
17 August 1911 - 5 May 1995
1948 - 1957, 1958 - 1960 and 1961 - 1963
Wikipedia
7 Smyslov, Vasily  GM 1950
Russia
24 March 1921 - 27 March 2010
1957 - 1958
Wikipedia
8 Tal, Mikhail  GM 1957
Latvia
9 November 1936 - 28 June 1992
1960 - 1961
Wikipedia
9 Petrosian, Tigran Vartanovich  GM 1952
Armenia
17 June 1929 - 13 August 1984
1963 - 1969
Wikipedia
10 Spassky, Boris  GM 1955
Russia
30 January 1937 - 81 years old
1969 - 1972
Wikipedia
11 Fischer, Robert James  GM 1958
USA
9 March 1943 - 17 January 2008
1972 - 1975
Wikipedia
12 Karpov, Anatoly  GM 1970
Russia
23 May 1951 - 66 years old
1975 - 1985
Wikipedia
13 Kasparov, Garry  GM 1980
Russia
13 April 1963 - 54 years old
1985 - 2000 (1985 - 1993)
Wikipedia
14 Kramnik, Vladimir  GM 1992
Russia
25 June 1975 - 42 years old
2000 - 2007 (2006 - 2007)
Wikipedia
15 Anand, Viswanathan  GM 1988
India
11 December 1969 - 48 years old
2007 - 2013
Wikipedia
16 Carlsen, Magnus  GM 2004
Norway
30 November 1990 - 27 years old
2013 - ?
Wikipedia

Only undisputed world champions in the table above.
1993-2006 is a disputable period in chess.

GM is when the player became Grandmaster in chess.

In the table above the first four players was unofficial world champions.
Click on the name for games and "Wikipedia" for information!

First official World Champion was Wilhelm Steinitz in 1886

Robert James "Bobby" Fischer played for USA, when he became world champion.
In March 2005 he got full Icelandic citizenship.

FIDE World Champions 1993 - 2006:
Karpov, Anatoly 1993 - 1999

Khalifman, Alexander 1999 - 2000
Anand, Viswanathan 2000 - 2002

Ponomariov, Ruslan 2002 - 2004
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2004 - 2005
Topalov, Veselin 2005 - 2006

World Chess Championship

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Name
Country
Born + dead/age
Information
Korchnoi, Victor  GM 1956
Switzerland
23 March 1931 - 6 June 2016
Wikipedia
Keres, Paul  GM 1950
Estonia
7 January 1916 - 5 June 1975
Wikipedia
Bronstein, David  GM 1950
Russia
19 February 1924 - 5 December 2006
Wikipedia
Tarrasch, Siegbert
Germany
5 March 1862 - 17 February 1934
Wikipedia
Reshevsky, Samuel Herman  GM 1950
USA
26 November 1911 - 4 April 1992
Wikipedia
Chigorin, Mikhail Ivanovich
Russia
12 November 1850 - 25 January 1908
Wikipedia
Pillsbury, Harry Nelson
USA
5 December 1872 - 17 June 1906
Wikipedia
Maróczy, Géza  GM 1950
Hungary
3 March 1870 - 29 May 1951
Wikipedia
Rubinstein, Akiba  GM 1950
Poland
1 December 1880 - 15 March 1961
Wikipedia
Najdorf, Miguel  GM 1950
Argentina
15 April 1910 - 4 July 1997
Wikipedia

10 chess greatnesses that never became world champion in the table above!
GM is when the player became Grandmaster in chess.
Click on the name for games and "Wikipedia" for information!

Victor Korchnoi was a candidate for the World Championship on ten occasions:
1962, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1991
In late December 2012, it was reported that he was recovering
from a stroke and was unlikely to play competitive chess again.

He had 2602 in rating as late as in July 2008; 77 years and 3 months old.
From March to May 2012 - 81 years old - he increased(!) the rating from 2549 to 2558

Paul Keres might have been world champion if not World War II

Victor Korchnoi was born in Russia.
Samuel Herman Reshevsky was born in Poland.
Miguel Najdorf was born in Poland and died in Spain.

Norwegian Championship 2017 in Stavanger 1-8 July.

Norwegian Champinship 2018 in Sarpsborg 6-14 July.

Norwegian Championship 2019 in Larvik.

Norwegian Championship 2020 at Hell
(funny name in English, but not in Norwegian)

Top 100 in Norway with FIDE rating January 2018

Norwegian Elo Top players September 2017. From above:
Norway top 112; Women top 64; Junior (younger than 20 years old) top 40;
Junior girls top 33; Cadet (younger than 16 years old) top 40, Cadet girls top 23;
Peewee (younger than 13 years old) top 42, Peewee girls top 15;
Senior (at least 60 years old) top 175, Senior old (at least 75 years old) top 29;
Most active players top 55, Most active players latest two years (at least 150 games) top 78.
In the Norwegian championship they also have a "midget" class (younger than 11 years old).

* Active Norwegian players with 2400 or more in Norwegian Elo *

No
Title
Year
Name
Elo
+/-
Chess club
Born
Age
FIDE
+/-
Rp
1
GM
2004
Carlsen, Magnus
2814
+2
Stavanger
30 November 1990
27
2834
-3
Rp
2
GM
2009
Hammer, Jon Ludvig
2616
+5
OSS
2 June 1990
27
2621
+1
Rp
3
GM
2016
Urkedal, Frode Olav Olsen
2580
+53
1911
14 May 1993
24
2572
+1
Rp
4
GM
1985
Agdestein, Simen
2577
-3
OSS
15 May 1967
50
2586
-2
Rp
5
GM
2016
Tari, Aryan
2574
-6
Vålerenga
4.june 1999
18
2599
+6
Rp
6
GM
2005
Lie, Kjetil Alexander
2521
-4
Vålerenga
18 November 1980
37
2537
-1
Rp
7
IM
2001
Elsness, Frode
2472
-2
1911
15 June 1973
44
2481
+4
Rp
8
GM
2002
Johannessen, Leif Erlend
2463
0
OSS
14 May 1980
37
2469
0
Rp
9
GM
2017
Salomon, Johan
2463
-50
Nordstrand
7 May 1997
20
2476
+1
Rp
10
GM
1995
Gausel, Einar Johan
2445
0
OSS
30 November 1963
54
2470
-9
Rp
 
11
IM
2011
Østmoe, Geir Sune Tallaksen
2445
0
Asker
14 March 1985
32
2461
-3
Rp
12
IM
2015
Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian
2435
-25
Vålerenga
10 June 1998
19
2492
-3
Rp
13
IM
2007
Lie, Espen
2433
-7
Akademisk
3 January 1984
34
2467
+8
Rp
14
IM
2015
Holm, Kristian Stuvik
2433
+56
Vålerenga
16 February 1998
19
2436
+5
Rp
15
IM
2016
Hauge, Lars Oskar
2428
-31
OSS
17 November 1998
19
2436
-3
Rp
16
IM
2017
Notkevich, Benjamin Arvola
2425
0
Alta
? 1993
24
2456
+1
Rp
17
GM
1996
Djurhuus, Rune
2411
-8
Nordstrand
25 January 1970
48
2420
-1
Rp
18
IM
2017
Nilsen, Joachim Birger
2410
0
1911
2 June 1993
24
2413
-3
Rp
19
GM
2015
Hansen, Torbjørn Ringdal
2402
-35
1911
1 March 1979
38
2410
+2
Rp

Click on the name to look at the games for the player!
Click on "Rp" for rating progress (chart) for the chess player! Scroll down at that website!
After you have clicked on "Rp", then click on "Profile" to look at the picture of the chosen player.

Other Norwegian famous player:

Name
Information
Olaf Barda  IM 1952
Wikipedia

Olaf Barda, from Norway, was the first Norwegian International Master.
He became no 4 in the 1st World Correspondence Chess, 1950 - 1953

IM is when the player became International Master in chess.
Click on the name for games and "Wikipedia" for information!

Ivar Bern was first Norwegian ICCF World Champion.
He won the 17th World Correspondence Chess, 2002 - 2007

Norwegian Grandmaster gallery:

Name
Born
GM
1 Agdestein, Simen
15 May 1967 - 50 years old
1985
2 Tisdall, Jonathan
26 August 1958 - 59 years old
1995
3 Gausel, Einar Johan
30 November 1963 - 54 years old
1995
4 Djurhuus, Rune
25 January 1970 - 48 years old
1996
5 Johannessen, Leif Erlend
14 April 1980 - 37 years old
2002
6 Østenstad, Berge
15 September 1964 - 53 years old
2003
7 Carlsen, Magnus
30 November 1990 - 27 years old
2004
8 Lie, Kjetil Alexander
18 November 1980 - 37 years old
2005
9 Øgaard, Leif
5 January 1952 - 66 years old
2007
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig
2 June 1990 - 27 years old
2009
11 Hansen, Torbjørn Ringdal 1 March 1979 - 38 years old 2015
12 Tari, Aryan 4 June 1999 - 18 years old 2016
13 Urkedal Frode Olav Olsen 14 May 1993 - 24 years old 2016
14 Salomon, Johan 7 May 1997 - 20 years old 2017

Click on the name to look at the games for the player!

Tournaments 1843 - 2016 and last 5 years:

All
1843 - 2018
2151 - 2200
2017 - 2018
2101 - 2150
2017
2051 - 2100
2016 - 2017
2001 - 2050
2016
1951 - 2000
2016
1901 - 1950
2015 - 2016
1851 - 1900
2014 - 2015
Chessbomb
Live games

Tournament number in green (link) and
year when the tournaments was played.
It will be 50 tournaments at each site.

* Not updated below, yet *

Nordic players outside Norway >2500:

Name
Information
Sweden >2500
 Grandelius, Nils     GM 2010
Wikipedia
Agrest, Evgenij  GM 1997
Wikipedia
Berg, Emanuel  GM 2004
Wikipedia
Blomqvist, Erik  GM 2013
?
Tikkanen, Hans  GM 2010
Wikipedia
Hillarp Persson, Tiger  GM 1999
Wikipedia
Andersson, Ulf  GM 1972
Wikipedia
Hector, Jonny  GM 1991
Wikipedia
   Smith, Axel     GM 2016
?
Cicak, Slavko  GM 2001
Wikipedia
Denmark >2500
Nielsen, Peter Heine  GM 1994
Wikipedia
Hansen, Curt  GM 1985
Wikipedia
Hansen, Sune Berg  GM 1998
?
Hansen, Lars Bo GM 1990
Wikipedia
Andersen Mads  GM 2016
?
Glud, Jakob Vang  GM 2014
?
Rasmussen, Allan Stig  GM 2009
?
Schandorff, Lars  GM 1996
?
Iceland >2500
Stefansson, Hannes  GM 1993
Wikipedia
Steingrimsson, Hedinn  GM 2007
?
Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn  GM 2013
?
Hjartarson, Johann  GM 1985
Wikipedia
Olafsson, Helgi  GM 1985
Wikipedia
Petursson, Margeir  GM 1986
?
Finland >2500
 
Nyback, Tomi    GM 2013
Wikipedia
Faroe Islands >2500
Ziska, Helgi Dam   IM 2007
?

Other famous Nordic chess player:

Name
Information
Larsen, Bent  GM 1956
Wikipedia

Bent Larsen, from Denmark, was the first Western player to pose a serious challenge to the Soviet Union's dominance in chess.

GM is the year when the player became Grandmaster in chess.
IM is the year when the player became International Master in chess.
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