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How Many Games Did Super GMs Play in 2014?

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Monday, 05 January 2015

Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744), a second of Viswanathan Anand, has become a super GM himself. In 2014 he overtook Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as the most active top player in the world.

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One of the common questions asked by chess fans is: "How many games per year should I play?". While the answer strongly depends on the player's personality and level, it is still worth taking a look at what the leading GMs are doing. We have been monitoring the tournament schedules of the world's top-20 players for the last 5 years and sharing our observations with you.

Data for years 2009-2013

Please read further to view the statistics for year 2014:


Sorted by January 1, 2015 FIDE rating:


Carlsen (2862) 55
Caruana (2820) 97
Grischuk (2810) 49
Topalov (2800) 48
Anand (2797) 43
Aronian (2797) 75
Giri (2784) 94
Kramnik (2783) 59
Nakamura (2776) 83
So (2762) 57
Karjakin (2760) 97
Mamedyarov (2759) 76
Vachier-Lagrave (2757) 92
Gelfand (2747) 56
Wojtaszek (2744) 107
Svidler (2739) 65
Adams (2738) 53
Andreikin (2737) 36
Vitiugov (2735) 30
Radjabov (2734) 48


Sorted by # of games, standard time control only:


Wojtaszek (2744) 107
Caruana (2820) 97
Karjakin (2760) 97
Giri (2784) 94
Vachier-Lagrave (2757) 92
Nakamura (2776) 83
Mamedyarov (2759) 76
Aronian (2797) 75
Svidler (2739) 65
Kramnik (2783) 59
So (2762) 57
Gelfand (2747) 56
Carlsen (2862) 55
Adams (2738) 53
Grischuk (2810) 49
Topalov (2800) 48
Radjabov (2734) 48
Anand (2797) 43
Andreikin (2737) 36
Vitiugov (2735) 30


The median number of games per year is 57-59. It is interesting to compare it to the previous years:

2009: 74-75
2010: 66-67 (decreased by 8 games)
2011-2012: 60 (decreased by 6-7 games)
2013: 79 (increased by 19 games)
2014: 57-59 (decreased by 20-22 games)

Natalia Pogonina played 58 standard time control games in 2014.
How about you?

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