How the highest Elo rating has been changing over time? Is there such an abstract data? Preferably FIDE rating.

I've been trying to find a graph or a table, but all I can find is a list of peak ratings for best players. Meanwhile I want to know the "maximum achieved rating vs time", regardless to a player, i.e. maximum of all players rating.

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    You can just find the top rated player for every year and look at their ELO trajectory during that time. Overall, because of 'ELO inflation', highest ELOs have been increasing. For example Fischer's top score was 2789.7 (according to 2700chess.com), Kasparov's was 2856.7, and Carlsen's 2889.2. I would image this to continue its trajectory upwards. Dec 17, 2021 at 21:36
  • @odinchess.com how do I find the top rated player for every year and their rating for that year?
    – klm123
    Dec 18, 2021 at 7:09
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    Should be somewhat helpful: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_players_by_peak_FIDE_rating Dec 18, 2021 at 8:49
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    @HaukeReddmann, actually there is "List of rating peaks throughout history" at the end, which gives a 10 points from the graph I want! Unfortunately it records only records, but nothing in-between.
    – klm123
    Dec 18, 2021 at 11:10
  • 2700chess.com ?
    – BCLC
    Dec 18, 2021 at 18:21

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I wrote some queries against the database I constructed from the FIDE downloadable data, for post 2001, and Olimpbase for pre 2001.

This gave me (horizontal axis is year plus 2 digit month):

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The large drop in 1975 was when Fischer (2780) retired and Karpov (2695) became world number 1. Gary Kasparov (2710) took over in 1984 and became the first 2800 player in 1990.

  • It would be nice if you could add years instead of months :)
    – klm123
    Aug 2, 2022 at 6:15

Your basic question seems to be if there are lists of top FIDE ratings. The obvious ones can be found at https://ratings.fide.com/toplist.phtml, and tell you the top 100 ratings per month from 2000. If you want earlier lists, you can typically find them printed in major chess periodicals (such as British Chess Magazine) shortly after they were issued by FIDE; a library can help you with that. I expect FIDE also could help, but there may be fees involved.

If I interpret your first question correctly, it would be answered simply by tabulating the the top rating 100 found in the lists from the referenced site.


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