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[lang_nl]Topalov nog altijd nr. 1 - Nee, Anand![/lang_nl][lang_en]Topalov still no. 1 - no, Anand![/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Update 2 april 12.32 uur: zoals in het commentaar al aangegeven, staat Anand nu inderdaad als nummer 1 op de ratinglijst op de FIDE-website!

Update 1 april 12.40 uur: Chessbase claimt dat FIDE de aprillijst zo spoedig mogelijk zal 'corrigeren' door Morelia/Linares en Gibraltar alsnog te laten meetellen. Dus we kunnen op korte termijn een update op de FIDE-website verwachten.

De nieuwe ratinglijst voor april van de FIDE is inmiddels gepubliceerd. Verrassend genoeg staat Veselin Topalov nog altijd op de eerste plaats. Hij was ingehaald door Viswanathan Anand tijdens Morelia/Linares, maar dit toernooi is niet meegerekend. Een vreemde gang van zaken, als je bedenkt dat dit toernooi in voorgaande jaren wel meedeed voor de aprillijst. Mark Crowther, die ook ontdekte dat Gibraltar niet is meegeteld, noemde het zelfs een fout. Maar strikt genomen is het vreemder d?ɬ°t Linares altijd meetelde voor de lijst van april, aangezien de deadline voor een ratinglijst ?ɬ©?ɬ©n maand is. Met andere woorden: FIDE gehoorzaamt opeens netjes aan haar eigen regels. Niet dus. Zoals werd aangegeven op Migs blog, zijn enkele andere toernooien die na 1 maart eindigden, wel meegeteld...[/lang_nl][lang_en]Update April 2, 12.32 CET: as was already noted in the comments below, Anand is now indeed the no. 1 on the rating list on the FIDE website!

Update April 1, 12.40 CET: Chessbase claims FIDE will 'correct' the April list as soon as possible by including Morelia/Linares and Gibraltar. So I guess we can expect an update on de FIDE website in the coming days.

The FIDE rating list of April 2007 has been published. Surprise, surprise: Veselin Topalov is still the no. 1. He was overtaken by Viswananthan Anand during Morelia/Linares, but this tournament was not calculated. A strange thing, if you consider that this tournament always counted for the April list in recent years. Mark Crowther, who noticed that Gibraltar wasn't included either, even considers it to be an error. But stricktly speaking, it's even stranger that Linares was always included in the April list, since the deadline for a rating list is always one month. In other words: FIDE is suddenly stricktly obeying to their own rules. Not. As was remarked on Mig's blog, some other tournaments that ended after March 1st, were included...[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Voor het eerst in de geschiedenis werd gebruikgemaakt van de FIDE Ratings Server. National Federation Rating Officers konden hiermee direct toernooiresultaten invoeren en misschien dat hiermee iets is misgegaan in Gibraltar. Morelia/Linares zal gewoon mee gaan tellen voor de lijst van 1 juli.

In de top is er niet veel veranderd dit keer. Aronian is gestegen van de 7e naar de 4e plaats. Radjabov is nu een top 10-speler. Jakovenko zette zijn stijging voort en ging van 22 naar 18.

Plaats Naam                   Land    Rating Part. Geb. 
   1    Topalov, Veselin       BUL     2791  13    1975 
   2    Anand, Viswanathan     IND     2778  13    1969 
   3    Kramnik, Vladimir      RUS     2772  13    1975 
   4    Aronian, Levon         ARM     2759  13    1982 
   5    Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE     2757   3    1985 
   6    Morozevich, Alexander  RUS     2756   7    1977 
   7    Leko, Peter            HON     2749   0    1979 
   8    Radjabov, Teimour      AZE     2747  13    1987 
   9    Ivanchuk, Vassily      OEK     2735  10    1969 
  10    Adams, Michael         ENG     2734   1    1971 
  11    Gelfand, Boris         ISR     2733   0    1968 
  12    Svidler, Peter         RUS     2731  13    1976 
  13    Polgar, Judit          HON     2727   0    1976 
  14    Navara, David          TSJ     2720  19    1985 
  15    Ponomariov, Ruslan     OEK     2717  13    1983 
  16    Grischuk, Alexander    RUS     2717   0    1983 
  17    Bacrot, Etienne        FRA     2709   3    1983 
  18    Jakovenko, Dmitry      RUS     2708  32    1983 
  19    Kamsky, Gata            VS     2705   0    1974 
  20    Shirov, Alexei         SPA     2699  20    1972

Ziehier de top 100.

De dames:

Plaats Naam                  Land Rating Part.  Geb. 
   1   Polgar, Judit         HON   2727    0    1976 
   2   Koneru, Humpy         IND   2575    8    1987 
   3   Cramling, Pia         ZWE   2535   11    1963 
   4   Zhu, Chen             QAT   2518    0    1976 
   5   Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS   2515    0    1984 
   6   Hou, Yifan            CHN   2513   22    1994 
   7   Chiburdanidze, Maia   GEO   2510    0    1961 
   8   Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL   2496    9    1979 
   9   Harika, Dronavalli    IND   2491   33    1991 
  10   Socko, Monika         POL   2481    0    1978 
  11   Sebag, Marie          FRA   2479    3    1986 
  12   Galliamova, Alisa     RUS   2477   14    1972 
  13   Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS   2475   22    1985 
  14   Ushenina, Anna        OEK   2475   20    1985 
  15   Muzychuk, Anna        SLO   2474   12    1990 
  16   Hoang Thanh Trang     HON   2472   12    1980 
  17   Dembo, Yelena         GRE   2470    9    1983 
  18   Khurtsidze, Nino      GEO   2469   12    1975 
  19   Lahno, Kateryna       OEK   2467   15    1989 
  20   Zhao, Xue             CHN   2467    9    1985

De Nederlandse top:

Plaats Naam                   Rating Part. Geb. 
   1   Van Wely, Loek          2674   15  1972 
   2   Tiviakov, Sergei        2663   30  1973 
   3   Sokolov, Ivan           2655    4  1968 
   4   L'Ami, Erwin            2617   27  1985 
   5   Nijboer, Friso          2606   21  1965 
   6   Stellwagen, Daniel      2600   25  1987 
   7   Van Den Doel, Erik      2580   13  1979 
   8   Werle, Jan              2556   24  1984 
   9   Ernst, Sipke            2554   16  1979 
  10   Smeets, Jan             2552   24  1985 
  11   Timman, Jan H           2545    4  1951 
  12   Reinderman, Dimitri     2516    5  1972 
  13   Van Der Weide, Karel    2502   20  1973 
  13   Visser, Yge             2502    9  1963 
  15   Cuijpers, Frans Andre   2497    3  1962 
  16   Brenninkmeijer, Joris   2496    4  1969 
  17   Janssen, Ruud           2489   11  1979 
  18   Van Der Wiel, John T.H. 2483   21  1959 
  19   Delemarre, Jop          2475   13  1977 
  20   Solleveld, Maarten      2468    8  1979

Hier vind je de top 99 van Nederland.

De volledige ranglijst in text-formaat (gezipt) kan hier worden gedownload. Of je gebruikt de box in de gele kolom op de ChessVibes-website, waarboven staat 'FIDE-RATING?' ;-)[/lang_nl][lang_en]For the first time the FIDE Ratings Server was used. National Federation Rating Officers were able to enter tournament results directly online and perhaps this is where something went wrong in in Gibraltar. Morelia/Linares will simply be included in the July 1st list.

The top hasn't changed much this time. Aronian climbed from no. 7 to the 4th spot. Radjabov is now a top 10 player. Jakovenko continued his progress and went from 22 to 18.

Rank Name                  Country Rating Games B-Year 
  1  Topalov, Veselin       BUL     2791  13   1975 
  2  Anand, Viswanathan     IND     2778  13   1969 
  3  Kramnik, Vladimir      RUS     2772  13   1975 
  4  Aronian, Levon         ARM     2759  13   1982 
  5  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE     2757   3    1985 
  6  Morozevich, Alexander  RUS     2756   7    1977 
  7  Leko, Peter            HUN     2749   0    1979 
  8  Radjabov, Teimour      AZE     2747  13    1987 
  9  Ivanchuk, Vassily      UKR     2735  10    1969 
 10  Adams, Michael         ENG     2734   1    1971 
 11  Gelfand, Boris         ISR     2733   0    1968 
 12  Svidler, Peter         RUS     2731  13    1976 
 13  Polgar, Judit          HUN     2727   0    1976 
 14  Navara, David          CZE     2720  19    1985 
 15  Ponomariov, Ruslan     UKR     2717  13    1983 
 16  Grischuk, Alexander    RUS     2717   0    1983 
 17  Bacrot, Etienne        FRA     2709   3    1983 
 18  Jakovenko, Dmitry      RUS     2708  32    1983 
 19  Kamsky, Gata           USA     2705   0    1974 
 20  Shirov, Alexei         ESP     2699  20    1972

Here you find the top 100.

The ladies:

Rank Name                Country Rating Games B-Year 
  1  Polgar, Judit         HUN   2727    0     1976 
  2  Koneru, Humpy         IND   2575    8     1987 
  3  Cramling, Pia         SWE   2535   11     1963 
  4  Zhu, Chen             QAT   2518    0     1976 
  5  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS   2515    0     1984 
  6  Hou, Yifan            CHN   2513   22     1994 
  7  Chiburdanidze, Maia   GEO   2510    0     1961 
  8  Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL   2496    9     1979 
  9  Harika, Dronavalli    IND   2491   33     1991 
 10  Socko, Monika         POL   2481    0     1978 
 11  Sebag, Marie          FRA   2479    3     1986 
 12  Galliamova, Alisa     RUS   2477   14     1972 
 13  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS   2475   22     1985 
 14  Ushenina, Anna        UKR   2475   20     1985 
 15  Muzychuk, Anna        SLO   2474   12     1990 
 16  Hoang Thanh Trang     HUN   2472   12     1980 
 17  Dembo, Yelena         GRE   2470    9     1983 
 18  Khurtsidze, Nino      GEO   2469   12     1975 
 19  Lahno, Kateryna       UKR   2467   15     1989 
 20  Zhao, Xue             CHN   2467    9     1985

The full rating list in text format (zipped) can be downloaded here. You can also just use the box in the yellow column of the ChessVibes website, where it says "FIDE RATING?" ;-)[/lang_en]

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Vivek's picture

There are few in FIDE , apparantly from the countries who hardly ever have produced any chess player of repute ( may down in the line) who would not like to see a brown face on the top. Whether its in relation to eastern culture which is atleast 5000 years older than any where on the earth or it is the matter of scientist or sports, there are few who are unable to accept the fact. Hey forget to mention that India and China are rising without colonising or using slavery!

acirce's picture

Congratulations, Vishy!

It is still far from clear why the bizarre decision was made to begin with. No good explanation has been given. It's hard to believe it's some big conspiracy when they change their minds as soon as people start to protest - which they of course knew would happen. But it's really odd.

peter's picture

No Gerard, you're actually one of the first to discover that FIDE did correct their mistake, first thing Monday morning!

Vishy no. 1!

Gerard D.'s picture

I'm sorry, but I see on the list number 1: Anand with 2786 and number 2: Topalov 2772. Am I wrong?

Ron's picture

I don't mind who's first Anand or Topalov, because we all know that V.Kramnik is the strongest.

centercounter's picture

Well, unless it's another one of their April Fools jokes, Chessbase reports that FIDE has changed their minds and will include Morella/Linares. Of course, this is only right.

Have you noticed that when one of their own (Nigel Freedman, Georgios Makropoulos, Zurab Azmaiparashvili) speak on FIDEs behalf, their explanations cast FIDE in a worse light than before? Lies will generally do that...

Mr X's picture

FIDE really can find ways to screw up even the simple things! If one told them to buy a tomato I bet they'd bring you a cucumber... Anyway, this kind of changes in procedures how tournaments are included in calculations should be published well in advance and preferably introduce the change starting Jan. 1st (here January 1st 2008). What they have done now is inconsistent (some March events calculated and some not) and mysterious. Very unprofessional!

Yvan's picture

How long the chess world will tolerate those clowns in charge of FIDE?
Why is a liar and probably cheater in the first place of the ranking?

But to almost everybody is public and well-known that Anand and Kramnik are the top players now, in contrast with the FIDE N?Ǭ?1 who finished almost the last in Morelia-Linares.

So, I will use that FIDE list, to wipe my ...

Centercounter's picture

FIDE can say what they want. Anand is the official #1 by fact of (1) precedent of rating Linares despite its time frame and (2) the fact that FIDE rated other events during the March time period this year.

Really, what's surprising is this came with no warning. I'm sure that deciding not to rate Linares was an irregularity that would have raised some flags somewhere within FIDE's statistical team, so some type of news pre-release would have been appropriate.

In any case, congratulations to Anand on his new #1 ranking.

acirce's picture

"In other words: FIDE is suddenly stricktly obeying to their own rules. Not. As was remarked on Mig?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s blog, some other tournaments that ended after March 1st, were included?¢‚Ǩ¬¶"

It's not even that. FIDE does not at all now obey their own rules. There are PLENTY of tournaments whose reports were submitted after deadline, no matter when they ended, but were still counted.

Now the word is, from Freeman, that the ratings committee made up a completely new rule that nobody had heard of before and that hardly even makes sense.

The questions are 1) WHY did they decide on this new rule, 2) WHEN did they decide on this new rule, 3) WHO made the phone call.

vivek's picture

Peter, I understand that this is just a list and just a chess ; then why was Anand not put on the First FIDE list as No 1. As a journalist have you investigated the reason?

a) Who in FIDE brokethe 15 year traditin to deprive Anand of his legitimate claim?
b) For lots of chess fans,FIDE is no more legitimate and may be its a rascist organisation. It needs to investigated ?
c) The names of FIDE personnel who debutted Anand's claim in interview should be brought forward so that they are removed from FIDE.

Until thee answers and official statement from FIDE for their rascist poicies come, the chess would remain divided

peter's picture

Vivek, I really didn't need 'investigation' to find out why Anand was not 1st on the 1st list. FIDE just suddenly applied their rules very stricktly. Saying they did this because Anand has a darker colour of skin is just nonsense. I encourage you to criticize FIDE on their many flaws, but calling them racists?? Come on.

vivek's picture

Peter, being rascist does not only mean calling some body bad or mistreating but also ( especially presently in many parts of world who boasts of some superiority because they were oppressors and not victims during the age of slavery and colonism) when denying some one an opportunity or using rules in a way to deny some one an opportunity but not others.

So your adjective 'nonsense' is not correct. Ask FIDE about its policies, that gentleman from FIDE who gave an interview stating that they preferred to apply the rules this year but not previously in 15 years. So what is 'nonsense' , you decide as a journalist , Peter. The cardinal rule of being a journalist is no assumption.

peter's picture

Wow Vivek, take it easy. It's just a list. And it's just chess.

centercounter's picture

I just read Anand's comments on Chessbase. He is grateful for those who stood up for him regarding the rating list and, in the several interviews that are either quoted or broadcast, hasn't a negative word to say about anyone.

It is this quality about Anand, more than his chess, that I've always admired. Mr. and Mrs. Viswanathan, you have every right to be very proud of your son - he has turned out to be first, a good man, and second, a great chess player.

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