List of chess players by peak FIDE rating

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This is the list of top ranked chess grandmasters, ordered by their peak Elo rating. The cut-off value is 2700.

Notably only six players achieved their over-2700 peak before the year 2000 and twenty-one players achieved their respective peak between the years 2000 and 2009 (inclusive).

List[edit]

FIDE players ordered by peak Elo rating[1][2]
Country Player Peak rating Achieved Birth year Death year Notes

2800+[edit]

1 Norway Magnus Carlsen 2882 2014-05 23rd 1990 Highest-ranked player, highest-ranked Norwegian player, current World Champion (2013–present)
2 Soviet UnionRussia Garry Kasparov 2851 1999-07 1963 Highest-ranked Russian player, former World Champion (1985–2000), first player to achieve 2800+ rating, longest-reigning World Champion
3 ItalyUnited States Fabiano Caruana 2844 2014-10 1992 Highest-ranked Italian player, highest ranked American player
4 ArmeniaGermany Levon Aronian 2830 2014-03 1982 Highest-ranked Armenian player
5 PhilippinesUnited States Wesley So 2822 2017-02 1993 highest ranked Filipino player
6 Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2820 2018-09 1985 Highest-ranked Azerbaijani player
7 France Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2819 2016-08 1990 Highest-ranked French player
8= India Viswanathan Anand 2817 2011-03 1969 Highest-ranked Indian player, former World Champion (2007–2013, FIDE 2000–2002)
8= Soviet UnionRussia Vladimir Kramnik 2817 2016-10 1975 Former World Champion (2000–2007)
10= Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 2816 2015-07 1975 Highest-ranked Bulgarian player, former FIDE World Champion (2005–2006)
10= China Ding Liren 2816 2018-11 1992 Highest-ranked Chinese player
10= United States Hikaru Nakamura 2816 2015-10 1987
13 Russia Alexander Grischuk 2810 2014-12 1983

2775–2799[edit]

14 RussiaNetherlands Anish Giri 2798 2015-10 1994 Highest-ranked Dutch player
15 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 2793 2012-10 1987
16 Russia Ian Nepomniachtchi 2792 2021-05 1990
17= Russia Alexander Morozevich 2788 2008-07 1977
17= UkraineRussia Sergey Karjakin 2788 2011-07 1990
19 Soviet UnionUkraine Vassily Ivanchuk 2787 2007-10 1969 Highest ranked Ukrainian player
20 United States Bobby Fischer 2785 1972-07 1943 2008 Former World Champion (1972–1975), first player to achieve 2700+ rating
21 Soviet UnionRussia Anatoly Karpov 2780 1994-07 1951 Former World Champion (1975–1985, FIDE 1993–1999)
22 Soviet UnionRussiaBelarusIsrael Boris Gelfand 2777 2013-11 1968 Highest ranked Israeli player,
formerly highest ranked Belarusian player (until 1998) at 2675

2750–2774[edit]

23= India Pentala Harikrishna 2770 2016-12 1986
23= Hungary Richard Rapport 2770 2021-10 1996 Highest ranked Hungarian player
23= IranFrance Alireza Firouzja 2770 2021-10 2003 Formerly highest ranked Iranian player (2720, November 2019) (prior to his decision to no longer play for Iran)

Highest ranked junior

26 Russia Peter Svidler 2769 2013-05 1976
27 CubaUnited States Leinier Dominguez Perez 2768 2014-05 1983 Formerly highest ranked Cuban player (until 2018)
28= Ukraine Pavel Eljanov 2765 2016-03 1983
28= China Yu Yangyi 2765 2018-09 1994
30 Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov 2764 2011-07 1983 Former FIDE World Champion (2002–2004)
31= Hungary Peter Leko 2763 2005-04 1979
31= Soviet UnionUnited States Gata Kamsky 2763 2013-07 1974
31= China Wang Hao 2763 2020-04 1989
34= Azerbaijan Vugar Gashimov 2761 2012-01 1986 2014
34= England Michael Adams 2761 2013-09 1971 Highest ranked English player
34= Russia Vladislav Artemiev 2761 2019-06 1998
37 Russia Dmitry Jakovenko 2760 2009-01 1983
38= Russia Evgeny Tomashevsky 2758 2015-09 1987
38= China Li Chao 2758 2016-06 1989
38= Poland Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2758 2019-12 1998 Highest ranked Polish player
41 China Wang Yue 2756 2010-11 1987
42 Soviet UnionLatviaSpain Alexei Shirov 2755 2008-01 1972 Highest ranked Spanish player, formerly highest ranked Latvian player (until 2018)
43 China Wei Yi 2753 2017-08 1999 Youngest player to reach a rating over 2700
44= Georgia (country)Czech RepublicSlovakiaArmenia Sergei Movsesian 2751 2009-01 1978 Formerly highest ranked Slovak player (until 2010)
44= Czech Republic David Navara 2751 2015-05 1985 Highest ranked Czech player
44= Russia Nikita Vitiugov 2751 2019-11 1987
47 Poland Radosław Wojtaszek 2750 2017-01 1987

2725–2749[edit]

48 France Étienne Bacrot 2749 2013-11 1983 Formerly highest ranked French player (till 2008)
49 Russia Dmitry Andreikin 2743 2016-06 1990
50= Soviet UnionRussiaCanada Evgeny Bareev 2739 2003-10 1966 Highest ranked Canadian player
50= Vietnam Lê Quang Liêm 2739 2017-08 1991 Highest ranked Vietnamese player
52 Russia Maxim Matlakov 2738 2017-11 1991
53 LatviaGermanyAzerbaijan Arkadij Naiditsch 2737 2013-12 1985 Formerly highest ranked German player (until 2015)
54 Hungary Judit Polgár 2735 2005-07 1976 Highest ranked female player; first and only female player so far to achieve 2700+ rating
55= Soviet UnionMoldova Viktor Bologan 2734 2012-08 1971 Highest ranked Moldovan player
55= Georgia (country) Baadur Jobava 2734 2012-09 1983 Highest ranked Georgian player
57 Russia Vladimir Fedoseev 2733 2017-10 1995
58= Russia Vladimir Malakhov 2732 2010-07 1980
58= KyrgyzstanRussia Ernesto Inarkiev 2732 2016-09 1985
60= China Bu Xiangzhi 2731 2019-02 1985
60= United States Samuel Shankland 2731 2019-02 1991
62 India Vidit Gujrathi 2727 2021-09 1994
63= Hungary Zoltán Almási 2726 2011-07 1976
63= Ukraine Alexander Moiseenko 2726 2011-09 1980
65= Russia Evgeny Alekseev 2725 2009-09 1985
65= Ukraine Andrei Volokitin 2725 2013-03 1986

2700–2724[edit]

67= China Ni Hua 2724 2009-04 1983
67= Spain Francisco Vallejo Pons 2724 2011-07 1982 Highest ranked Spanish player (excluding Shirov)
69 Ukraine Anton Korobov 2723 2014-01 1985
70= India Krishnan Sasikiran 2720 2012-05 1981
70= Russia Alexander Riazantsev 2720 2012-07 1985
70= Ukraine Alexander Areshchenko 2720 2012-12 1986
70= France Laurent Fressinet 2720 2015-06 1981
70= Russia Andrey Esipenko 2720 2021-09 2002
75 BulgariaGeorgia (country) Ivan Cheparinov 2718 2018-08 1986
76= CubaUnited States Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2717 2012-10 1982
76= Ukraine Yuriy Kryvoruchko 2717 2015-11 1986
78= Soviet UnionRussia Valery Salov 2715 1995-01 1964
78= Uzbekistan Rustam Kasimdzhanov 2715 2015-05 1979 Highest ranked Uzbek player, former FIDE World Champion (2004–2005)
78= Russia Kirill Alekseenko 2715 2019-11 1997
81= Netherlands Loek van Wely 2714 2001-10 1972
81= Russia Denis Khismatullin 2714 2014-03 1984
81= Russia Daniil Dubov 2714 2021-06 1996
84= Soviet UnionArmeniaUnited States Vladimir Akopian 2713 2006-07 1971
84= England Luke McShane 2713 2012-07 1984
86= England Nigel Short 2712 2004-04 1965
86= England David Howell 2712 2015-08 1990
86= Egypt Bassem Amin 2712 2019-01 1988 Highest ranked Egyptian player
86= United States Jeffery Xiong 2712 2019-11 2000
90 Soviet UnionRussia Alexey Dreev 2711 2011-07 1969
91= Soviet UnionUkraineSlovenia Alexander Beliavsky 2710 1997-07 1953 Highest ranked Slovenian player
91= Russia Alexander Motylev 2710 2009-07 1979
91= Israel Maxim Rodshtein 2710 2016-03 1989
94= Azerbaijan Rauf Mamedov 2709 2017-12 1988
94= England Gawain Jones 2709 2019-06 1987
96 Ukraine Zahar Efimenko 2708 2011-03 1985
97= RomaniaGermany Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2707 2005-10 1976 Highest ranked German player, formerly highest ranked Romanian player (until 2014) - 2707, 2005–10
97= Russia Evgeny Najer 2707 2017-08 1977
99= Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBosnia and HerzegovinaNetherlands Ivan Sokolov 2706 2004-01 1968 Formerly highest ranked Bosnian player (until 1994) - 2650 (Now Predrag Nikolić - 2676, 2004–10)
99= Hungary Ferenc Berkes 2706 2011-09 1985
99= Soviet UnionRussia Sergei Rublevsky 2706 2013-11 1974
99= Iran Parham Maghsoodloo 2706 2021-11 2000 Latest player to attain a 2700+ rating
Highest ranked Iranian player
103= Soviet UnionLatvia Mikhail Tal 2705 1980-01 1936 1992 Former world champion (1960–1961)
103= Soviet UnionRussiaIsraelSwitzerland Vadim Milov 2705 2008-07 1972 Highest ranked Swiss player
103= Russia Boris Grachev 2705 2012-03 1986
103= Norway Jon Ludvig Hammer 2705 2016-02 1990
107 Czech Republic Viktor Láznička 2704 2012-01 1989
108= Soviet UnionIsrael Emil Sutovsky 2703 2012-01 1977
108= Austria Markus Ragger 2703 2017-02 1988 Highest ranked Austrian player
108= Belarus Vladislav Kovalev 2703 2019-02 1994 Highest ranked Belarusian player
108= Croatia Ivan Šarić 2703 2019-03 1990 Highest ranked Croatian player
108= Spain David Antón Guijarro 2703 2020-03 1995
113= Soviet UnionRussiaPoland Michał Krasenkow 2702 2000-07 1963
113= Soviet UnionIsrael Ilia Smirin 2702 2001-07 1968
113= Soviet UnionGermanyRussia Alexander Khalifman 2702 2001-10 1966 Former FIDE World Champion (1999–2000)
113= Soviet Union Bosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgia (country) Zurab Azmaiparashvili 2702 2003-07 1960
113= France Romain Edouard 2702 2014-06 1990
113= UkraineLatvia Igor Kovalenko 2702 2015-08 1988
113= Armenia Gabriel Sargissian 2702 2015-12 1983
120= UkraineUnited States Alexander Onischuk 2701 2010-07 1975
120= India Baskaran Adhiban 2701 2019-04 1992
120= Netherlands Jorden van Foreest 2701 2021-03 1999
124= Denmark Peter Heine Nielsen 2700 2010-07 1973 Highest ranked Danish player
124= Russia Igor Lysyj 2700 2015-01 1987

Highest ratings by decade[edit]

This section lists the top 20 active[a] players by peak FIDE rating achieved in every decade since 1971, when FIDE started officially publishing rating lists.

1970s[edit]

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 1970s
Country Player Peak rating in 1970s Achieved
1 United States Bobby Fischer 2785 1972-07
2 Soviet Union Anatoly Karpov 2725 1978-01
3 Soviet UnionSwitzerland Viktor Korchnoi 2695 1979-01
4 Soviet Union Boris Spassky 2690 1971-07
5= Denmark Bent Larsen 2660 1971-07
5= Soviet Union Mikhail Tal 2660 1973-07
7 Hungary Lajos Portisch 2650 1973-07
8= Soviet Union Tigran Petrosian 2645 1972-07
8= Soviet Union Lev Polugaevsky 2645 1972-07
10 Brazil Henrique Mecking 2635 1977-01
11 Soviet Union Mikhail Botvinnik 2630 1971-07
12= CzechoslovakiaUnited States Lubomir Kavalek 2625 1974-05
12= Netherlands Jan Timman 2625 1979-01
14= Soviet Union Vassily Smyslov 2620 1971-07
14= Soviet Union Leonid Stein 2620 1972-07
14= Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Ljubojević 2620 1976-01
14= Soviet Union Efim Geller 2620 1976-01
14= Czechoslovakia Vlastimil Hort 2620 1977-01
19= Soviet Union Paul Keres 2615 1971-07
19= West Germany Robert Hübner 2615 1974-05
19= Czechoslovakia Jan Smejkal 2615 1976-01

1980s[edit]

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 1980s
Country Player Peak rating in 1980s Achieved
1 Soviet Union Garry Kasparov 2775 1989-01
2 Soviet Union Anatoly Karpov 2755 1989-07
3 Soviet Union Mikhail Tal 2705 1980-01
4 Switzerland Viktor Korchnoi 2695 1980-01
5 Netherlands Jan Timman 2675 1988-01
6 England Nigel Short 2665 1988-07
7= Soviet Union Artur Yusupov 2660 1986-07
7= Soviet Union Vassily Ivanchuk 2660 1989-07
9= Hungary Lajos Portisch 2655 1980-01
9= Soviet Union Alexander Beliavsky 2655 1988-07
11= Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Ljubojević 2645 1983-01
11= Soviet Union Rafael Vaganian 2645 1986-01
11= Soviet Union Andrei Sokolov 2645 1987-01
11= England Jonathan Speelman 2645 1988-07
11= Soviet Union Valery Salov 2645 1989-07
16= West Germany Robert Hübner 2640 1981-07
16= Sweden Ulf Andersson 2640 1983-07
16= Soviet Union Mikhail Gurevich 2640 1989-07
19= Soviet Union Lev Polugaevsky 2635 1980-01
19= Soviet UnionFrance Boris Spassky 2635 1981-01

1990s[edit]

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 1990s
Country Player Peak rating in 1990s Achieved
1 Soviet UnionRussia Garry Kasparov 2851 1999-07
2 India Viswanathan Anand 2795 1998-07
3 Soviet UnionRussia Vladimir Kramnik 2790 1998-01
4 Soviet UnionRussia Anatoly Karpov 2780 1994-07
5 Russia Alexander Morozevich 2758 1999-07
6 Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 2750 1996-07
7 United States Gata Kamsky 2745 1996-07
8 Soviet UnionLatviaSpain Alexei Shirov 2740 1994-07
8= Soviet UnionUkraine Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 1995-07
10 England Michael Adams 2716 1999-01
11 Soviet UnionRussia Valery Salov 2715 1995-01
12 Soviet UnionRussia Peter Svidler 2713 1999-01
12= Soviet UnionRussiaBelarusIsrael Boris Gelfand 2713 1999-07
14 Soviet UnionUkraineSlovenia Alexander Beliavsky 2710 1997-07
15 Hungary Peter Leko 2701 1999-07
16 Soviet UnionRussia Evgeny Bareev 2698 1999-07
17 England Nigel Short 2697 1999-01
18 Soviet UnionRussia Sergei Rublevsky 2685 1998-07
19 Soviet UnionBosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgia (country) Zurab Azmaiparashvili 2681 1999-01
20= Netherlands Jan Timman 2680 1990-01
20= Soviet UnionRussiaGermany Artur Yusupov 2680 1995-07

2000s[edit]

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 2000s
Country Player Peak rating in 2000s Achieved
1 Russia Garry Kasparov 2851 2000-01
2 Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 2813 2006-07
3 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2811[b] 2002-01
4 India Viswanathan Anand 2803 2006-04
5 Norway Magnus Carlsen 2801 2009-11
6 Russia Alexander Morozevich 2788 2008-07
7 Ukraine Vassily Ivanchuk 2787 2007-10
8 ArmeniaGermany Levon Aronian 2786 2009-11
9 Russia Peter Svidler 2765 2006-01
10 Hungary Peter Leko 2763 2005-04
11 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 2761 2009-01
12= Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2760 2008-01
12= Russia Dmitry Jakovenko 2760 2009-01
14 Azerbaijan Vugar Gashimov 2758 2009-11
14= Israel Boris Gelfand 2758 2009-11
16= Spain Alexei Shirov 2755 2008-01
16= England Michael Adams 2755 2000-07
18 Czech RepublicSlovakia Sergei Movsesian 2751 2009-01
19 Russia Alexander Grischuk 2748 2009-04
20 Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov 2743 2002-04

2010s[edit]

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 2010s
Country Player Peak rating in 2010s Achieved
1 Norway Magnus Carlsen 2882 2014-05
2 ItalyUnited States Fabiano Caruana 2844 2014-10
3 Armenia Levon Aronian 2830 2014-03
4 PhilippinesUnited States Wesley So 2822 2017-02
5 Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2820 2018-09
6 France Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2819 2016-08
7= India Viswanathan Anand 2817 2011-03
7= Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2817 2016-10
9= Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 2816 2015-07
9= United States Hikaru Nakamura 2816 2015-10
9= China Ding Liren 2816 2018-11
12 Russia Alexander Grischuk 2810 2014-12
13 Netherlands Anish Giri 2798 2015-10
14 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 2793 2012-11
15 Russia Sergey Karjakin 2788 2011-07
16 Ukraine Vassily Ivanchuk 2779 2011-03
17 Israel Boris Gelfand 2777 2013-11
18 Russia Ian Nepomniachtchi 2776 2019-09
19= Russia Alexander Morozevich 2770 2012-07
19= India Pentala Harikrishna 2770 2016-12

2020s[edit]

Chess players ordered by peak FIDE rating in 2020s
Country Player Peak rating in 2020s Achieved
1 Norway Magnus Carlsen 2872 2020-01
2 United States Fabiano Caruana 2842 2020-02
3 China Ding Liren 2805 2020-01
4 Russia Ian Nepomniachtchi 2792 2021-05
5 France Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2784 2020-10
6= Armenia Levon Aronian 2782 2021-07
6= Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2782 2021-07
8 Netherlands Anish Giri 2780 2021-05
9= Russia Alexander Grischuk 2778 2021-07
9= United States Wesley So 2778 2021-09
11= Hungary Richard Rapport 2770 2021-10
11= France Alireza Firouzja 2770 2021-10
13 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 2765 2020-01
14 China Wang Hao 2763 2020-04
15 United States Leinier Dominguez Perez 2760 2021-09
16= India Viswanathan Anand 2758 2020-01
16= Poland Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2758 2020-01
16= Russia Sergey Karjakin 2758 2021-09
19 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2753 2020-01
20 Russia Nikita Vitiugov 2747 2020-01

List of rating peaks throughout history[edit]

Player Rating Achieved
Bobby Fischer 2760 1971-07
2785 1972-07
Garry Kasparov 2800 1990-01
2805 1993-01
2815 1993-07
2820 1997-07
2825 1998-01
2851 1999-07
Magnus Carlsen 2861 2013-01
2872 2013-02
2881 2014-03
2882 2014-05

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIDE considers a player active if they played a rated game within the past 12 months.[3]
  2. ^ The chart on Kramnik's FIDE profile gives his January 2002 rating as 2811.[4] The top 100 list for January 2002 gives 2809.[5] The discrepancy appears to be due to a delay in including the rating change of +2 from Kramnik's four draws with Garry Kasparov in the Botvinnik Memorial Match in December 2001 in the top 100 lists, where it only appears in October 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All time Top 100 by Highest ELO Rating". Chess-db.com. Archived from the original on 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  2. ^ "Records". 2700chess.com. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  3. ^ "FIDE Rating Regulations". FIDE. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "Profile Info – Kramnik, Vladimir". FIDE. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Players January 2002 - Archive". FIDE. Retrieved August 5, 2021.

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