* 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
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
AZE
2820
2018 / 09
7
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
FRA
2819
2016 / 08
8
Anand, Viswanathan
IND
2817
2011 / 03
9
Kramnik, Vladimir
RUS
2817
2016 / 10
10
Topalov, Veselin
BUL
2816
2015 / 07
11
Nakamura, Hikaru
USA
2816
2015 / 10
12
Ding, Liren
CHN
2816
2018 / 11
13
Grischuk, Alexander
RUS
2810
2014 / 12

* Notice that 11 of 13 has achieved their record in 2014 or later *
Anand have better "live rating peak" than Kramnik.
Topalov have better "live rating peak" than Nakamura.
Nakamura have better "live rating peak" than Ding.
Anish Giri have
"live rating peak" above 2800 (2802.8) 15 February 2015

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 December 2018; next rating list.
+/- shows rating change since the previous rating list; 1 October 2018
Gms shows how many games played since the previous rating list; 1 October 2018
GM is the year when the player became Grandmaster in chess.

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

No
Name
Rating
Rp
Country
Born
Age
+/-
Gms
Information
GM
1
Carlsen, Magnus
2835
Rp
Norway
30 November 1990
28
-4
6
Wikipedia
2004
2
Caruana, Fabiano
2832
Rp
USA
30 July 1992
26
+5
10
Wikipedia
2007
3
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
2817
Rp
Azerbaijan
12 April 1985
33
-3
14
Wikipedia
2002
4
Ding, Liren
2816
Rp
China
24 October 1992
26
+12
14
Wikipedia
2009
5
Giri, Anish
2780
Rp
Netherlands
28 June 1994
24
0
20
Wikipedia
2009
6
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2778
Rp
France
21 October 1990
28
-2
19
Wikipedia
2005
7
Kramnik, Vladimir 2777
Rp
Russia 25 June 1975 43 -2 17
Wikipedia
1992
8
Anand, Viswanathan
2773
Rp
India
11 December 1969
48
+2
17
Wikipedia
1988
9
Grischuk, Alexander
2771
Rp
Russia
31 October 1983
35
+2
9
Wikipedia
1999
10
So, Wesley
2765
Rp
USA
9 October 1993
25
-11
20
Wikipedia
2007
 
11
Aronian, Levon
2765
Rp
Armenia
6 October 1982
36
-15
19
Wikipedia
2001
12
Yu, Yangyi
2764
Rp
China
8 June 1994
24
-1
21
Wikipedia
2009
13
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2763
Rp
Russia
14 July 1990
28
+4
10
Wikipedia
2007
14
Radjabov, Teimour
2757
Rp
Azerbaijan
12 March 1987
31
+6
10
Wikipedia
2001
15
Karjakin, Sergey
2753
Rp
Russia
12 January 1990
28
-7
18
Wikipedia
2002
16
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
2749
Rp
Poland
13 January 1987
31
+22
24
Wikipedia
2005
17
Nakamura, Hikaru
2746
Rp
USA
9 December 1987
30
-17
18
Wikipedia
2003
18
Topalov, Veselin
2740
Rp
Bulgaria
15 March 1975
43
0
0
Wikipedia
1992
19
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
2738
Rp
Poland
26 April 1998
20
-1
12
Wikipedia
2013
20
Naiditsch, Arkadij
2736
Rp
Azerbaijan
25 October 1985
33
+15
25
Wikipedia
2001
 
21
Svidler, Peter
2736
Rp
Russia
17 June 1976
42
-20
12
Wikipedia
1994
22
Jakovenko, Dmitry
2735
Rp
Russia
28 June 1983
35
-17
15
Wikipedia
2001
23
Navara, David
2733
Rp
Czech Republic
27 March 1985
33
-7
19
Wikipedia
2002
24
Wang, Hao
2730
Rp
China
4 August 1989
29
+8
15
Wikipedia
2005
25
Harikrishna, Pentala
2729
Rp
India
10 May 1986
32
-4
16
Wikipedia
2001
26
Wei, Yi
2728
Rp
China
2 June 1999
19
-14
7
Wikipedia
2013
27
Bu, Xiangzhi
2726
Rp
China
10 December 1985
32
+14
13
Wikipedia
1999
28
Rapport, Richárd
2726
Rp
Hungary
25 March 1996
22
+1
9
Wikipedia
2010
29
Shankland, Samuel
2724
Rp
USA
1 October 1991
27
+2
16
Wikipedia
2011
30
Andreikin, Dmitry
2719
Rp
Russia
5 February 1990
28
-4
10
Wikipedia
2007
 
31
Le, Quang Liem
2714
Rp
Vietnam
13 March 1991
27
-1
19
Wikipedia
2006
32
Fedoseev, Vladimir
2714
Rp
Russia
16 February 1995
23
+1
13
Wikipedia
2011
33
Ivanchuk, Vassily
2714
Rp
Ukraine
18 March 1969
49
+4
9
Wikipedia
1988
34
Cheparinov, Ivan
2711
Rp
Bulgaria
26 November 1986
32
-4
13
Wikipedia
2004
35
Bassem, Amin
2709
Rp
Egypt
9 September 1988
30
+23
19
Wikipedia
2006
36
Vitiugov, Nikita
2709
Rp
Russia
4 February 1987
31
0
16
Wikipedia
2007
37
Artemiev, Vladislav
2709
Rp
Russia
5 March 1998
20
+3
9
Wikipedia
2014
38
Adams, Michael
2706
Rp
England
17 November 1971
47
-6
19
Wikipedia
1989
39
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
2705
Rp
Russia
1 July 1987
31
0
0
Wikipedia
2005
40
Mamedov, Rauf
2703
Rp
Azerbaijan
26 April 1988
30
+4
15
Wikipedia
2004
 
41
Li, Chao b
2703
Rp
China
21 April 1989
29
-5
11
Wikipedia
2007
42
Korobov, Anton
2703
Rp
Ukraine
25 June 1985
33
+9
8
Wikipedia
2003
43
Dubov, Daniil
2703
Rp
Russia
18 April 1996
22
0
0
Wikipedia
2011
44
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
2702
Rp
India
24 October 1994
24
-9
24
Wikipedia
2013
45
Ragger, Markus
2701
Rp
Austria
5 February 1988
30
+11
15
Wikipedia
2008
46
Matlakov, Maxim
2700
Rp
Russia
5 March 1991
27
+17
9
Wikipedia
2010

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 November 2018

Top 100 women November 2018

Top 100 juniors November 2018
It's 3 juniors (no.19 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2738, no.26 Wei, Yi 2728 and no.37 Vladislav Artemiev 2709) with 2700 or more in rating.


Top 100 girls November 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.


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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 - 67 years old
1975 - 1985
Wikipedia
13 Kasparov, Garry  GM 1980
Russia
13 April 1963 - 55 years old
1985 - 2000 (1985 - 1993)
Wikipedia
14 Kramnik, Vladimir  GM 1992
Russia
25 June 1975 - 43 years old
2000 - 2007 (2006 - 2007)
Wikipedia
15 Anand, Viswanathan  GM 1988
India
11 December 1969 - 49 years old
2007 - 2013
Wikipedia
16 Carlsen, Magnus  GM 2004
Norway
30 November 1990 - 28 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 Champinship 2018 in Sarpsborg 6-14 July.

Norwegian Championship 2019 in Larvik 5-13 July.

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

Norwegian Championship 2021 in Bergen.

Top 100 in Norway with FIDE rating November 2018

* Active Norwegian players with 2400 or more in FIDE rating *

No
Title
Year
Name
Chess club
Born
Age
FIDE
+/-
Rp
1
GM
2004
Carlsen, Magnus
Vålerenga
30 November 1990
28
2835
-4
Rp
2
GM
2009
Hammer, Jon Ludvig
OSS
2 June 1990
28
2659
-3
Rp
3
GM
2016
Tari, Aryan
Vålerenga
4.june 1999
19
2614
-4
Rp
4
GM
1985
Agdestein, Simen
OSS
15 May 1967
51
2574
0
Rp
5
GM
2018
Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian
Vålerenga
10 June 1998
20
2515
+3
Rp
6
GM
2005
Lie, Kjetil Alexander
Vålerenga
18 November 1980
38
2539
+2
Rp
7
GM
2016
Urkedal, Frode Olav Olsen
1911
14 May 1993
25
2539
+4
Rp
8
IM
2017
Notkevich, Benjamin Arvola
Tromsø
? 1993
25
2506
+13
Rp
9
IM
2007
Lie, Espen
Akademisk
3 January 1984
34
2488
-4
Rp
10
GM
2017
Salomon, Johan
Nordstrand
7 May 1997
21
2485
+8
Rp
 
11
IM
2015
Holm, Kristian Stuvik
Vålerenga
16 February 1998
20
2467
-7
Rp
12
IM
2018
Haldorsen, Benjamin
Bergens
? 1999
19
2461
0
Rp
13
GM
1996
Djurhuus, Rune
Nordstrand
25 January 1970
48
2458
+19
Rp
14
IM
2016
Hauge, Lars Oskar
OSS
17 November 1998
20
2449
0
Rp
14
GM
2002
Johannessen, Leif Erlend
OSS
14 May 1980
38
2449
0
Rp
16
IM
2010
Daskevics, Vadims
Sandnes
? 1986
32
2448
0
Rp
17
IM
2001
Elsness, Frode
1911
15 June 1973
45
2447
-3
Rp
17
GM
1995
Gausel, Einar Johan
OSS
30 November 1963
55
2447
0
Rp
19
GM
2003
Østenstad, Berge
Asker
15 September 1964
54
2443
0
Rp
20
IM
2011
Østmoe, Geir Sune Tallaksen
Asker
14 March 1985
33
2440
0
Rp
 
21
GM
2015
Hansen, Torbjørn Ringdal
1911
1 March 1979
39
2420
-3
Rp
22
IM
2017
Nilsen, Joachim Birger
1911
2 June 1993
25
2405
0
Rp
23
GM
1993
Tisdall, Jonathan David
Asker
26 August 1958
60
2400
0
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 - 51 years old
1985
2 Tisdall, Jonathan
26 August 1958 - 60 years old
1995
3 Gausel, Einar Johan
30 November 1963 - 55 years old
1995
4 Djurhuus, Rune
25 January 1970 - 48 years old
1996
5 Johannessen, Leif Erlend
14 April 1980 - 38 years old
2002
6 Østenstad, Berge
15 September 1964 - 54 years old
2003
7 Carlsen, Magnus
30 November 1990 - 28 years old
2004
8 Lie, Kjetil Alexander
18 November 1980 - 38 years old
2005
9 Øgaard, Leif
5 January 1952 - 66 years old
2007
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig
2 June 1990 - 28 years old
2009
11 Hansen, Torbjørn Ringdal 1 March 1979 - 39 years old 2015
12 Tari, Aryan 4 June 1999 - 19 years old 2016
13 Urkedal Frode Olav Olsen 14 May 1993 - 25 years old 2016
14 Salomon, Johan 7 May 1997 - 21 years old 2017
15 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian 10 June 1998 - 22 years old 2018

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

Tournaments 1843 - 2018 and last 5 years:

All
1843 - 2018
2251- 2300
2018-2019
2201- 2250
2017-2018
2151 - 2200
2017
2101 - 2150
2017
2051 - 2100
2016 - 2017
2001 - 2050
2016
1951 - 2000
2015-2016
1901 - 1950
2015
Chessbomb
Live games

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

Nordic active players outside Norway >2500:

Name
Rating
Information
Sweden >2500
 Grandelius, Nils     GM 2010
2678
Wikipedia
Hellers, Ferdinand  GM 1989
2601
?
Agrest, Evgenij  GM 1997
2577
Wikipedia
Hillarp Persson, Tiger  GM 1999
2548
Wikipedia
Berg, Emanuel  GM 2004
2536
Wikipedia
Andersson, Ulf  GM 1972
2530
Wikipedia
Tikkanen, Hans  GM 2010
2527
Wikipedia
Westerberg, Jonathan  IM 2014
2523
?
Denmark >2500
Nielsen, Peter Heine  GM 1994
2635
Wikipedia
Andersen Mads  GM 2016
2594
?
Hansen, Sune Berg  GM 1998
2581
?
Glud, Jakob Vang  GM 2014
2549
?
Rasmussen, Allan Stig  GM 2009
2543
?
Chatalbasev, Boris Nikolov  GM 1997
2531
?
Thybo, Jesper Søndergård  IM 2017
2511
?
Iceland >2500
Steingrimsson, Hedinn  GM 2007
2561
?
Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn  GM 2013
2557
?
Hjartarson, Johann  GM 1985
2524
Wikipedia
Olafsson, Helgi  GM 1985
2513
Wikipedia
Danielsen, Henrik  GM 1996
2504
?
Finland >2500
 
Nyback, Tomi    GM 2013
2571
Wikipedia
Faroe Islands >2500
Ziska, Helgi Dam   IM 2007
2544
Wikipedia

Other famous Nordic chess players:

Name
 
Information
Larsen, Bent  GM 1956
 
Wikipedia
Hansen, Curt  GM 1985
2596
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.
Click on the name for games and "Wikipedia" for information!

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