Once again, Magnus Carlsen has surpassed his own record with his current ELO-rating of 2881 points. Levon Aronian is the only other player exceeding the 2800 mark. Judith Polgar remains in the top position in the women’s category. Arkadij Naiditsch, Elisabeth Pähtz, Matthias Blühbaum, and Rasmus Svane (Juniors), as well as Filiz Osmanodja and Hanna-Marie Klek (girls) are best German players.
Exactly 50 players are currently classified as Super Grandmasters which are Grandmasters with ELO-ratings of 2700 points and above. To become part of the Top 100, one has to have an ELO of 2651 at the moment. With his new rating of 2881, Magnus Carlsen has again raised the bar and surpassed his own record of 2872 points in February 2014.
Magnus Carlsen’s deviation from the average ELO-rating of the Top 100 (2703) now amounts to 178 points. In July 2000, the very beginning of FIDE statistics, Kasparov held an ELO of 2849 points, being 195 above the average of 2644 points at that point in time. Without wanting to degrade Carlsen’s performance; Kasparov’s advantage towards the Top players of the early 2000s was slightly larger than Carlsen’s is today.
Behind Carlsen follows Levon Aronian who is the only other player with an ELO-rating of over 2800 points. Aronian also enhanced his performance indicator by several points.
Best German player continues to be Arkadij Naiditsch who suffered from a short period of crisis. Although he had to sacrifice a few points, he is still above the 2700 mark. Naiditsch is the only German player among the Top 100.
written by Philipp, translated by Birthe