Participants of the Invitational Supertournamants in 2014 (alphabetically)
Adams (ENG), 2: Dortmund, London
Almasi (HUN), 1: Havana (4.5/10, one game win)
*Agdestein (NOR), 1: Stavanger
(3.5/9, no game win)
Anand (IND), 3: Bilbao, London (1st on tie-break), Zurich
(ARM), 6: Wijk, Bilbao, St. Louis, Stavanger, Tashir, Zurich
Bruzon Batista (CUB), 1: Havana (5.5/10, one game win)
*Baramidze (GER), 1: Dortmund (2/7, no game win)
Carlsen (NOR), 4: St. Louis, Shamkir, Stavanger, Zurich
Caruana (ITA), 6: Wijk, Dortmund,
London, Shamkir, St. Louis, Zurich
Ding, Liren (CHN), 1: Tashir (3.5/7, seven draws)
Dominguez Perez (CUB), 2: Havana, Wijk
Gelfand (ISR), 3:
Wijk, Tashir, Zurich
Giri (NED), 4: Wijk, Biel, London (co-winner), Stavanger
Grischuk (RUS), 2: Stavanger, Tashir
Harikrishna (IND), 2: Wijk, Biel
*Hou, Yifan (CHN), 1: Biel (5/10, two game wins), the only woman in this field
Inarkiev (RUS), 1: Tashir (2/7, no game win)
1: Havana (4/10, no game win)
Karjakin (RUS), 3: Wijk, Shamkir, Stavanger
Kramnik (RUS), 4: Dortmund, London (co-winner),
Leko (HUN), 2: Dortmund, Tashir
Mamedyarov (AZE), 1: Shamkir (3/10, one game win)
*Meier (GER), 1: Dortmund (4/7, two game wins)
Morozevich (RUS), 1:
Tashir (2/7, no game win)
Motylev (RUS), 1: Biel (3.5/10, one game win)
Naiditsch (GER), 2: Wijk, Dortmund
Nakamura (USA), 5 – no title / subtitle: Wijk, London, Shamkir, St. Louis, Zurich
Ponomariov (UKR), 2: Bilbao, Dortmund
Radjabov (AZE), 1: Shamkir (5/10, one game win)
Rapport (UNG), 1: Wijk (3.5/11, two game wins)
So (then PHI), 2: Havanna, Wijk
(RUS), 1: Stavanger (4/7, no game win)
Topalov (BUL), 2: St. Louis, Stavanger
Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), 2: Biel, St. Louis
Vallejo Pons (ESP), 2:
Van Wely (NED), 1: Wijk (5/11, two game wins)
Wojtaszek (POL), 1: Biel (5.5/10, two game wins)
* = never achieved ELO 2700+ so far, that means, a player who once surpassed this notorious barrier
during his/her chess career has no asterisk, even when (s)he's rated below 2700 in the corresponding tournament - or / and afterwards, as eg. Van Wely.
A small, exclusive circle of elite players: 37 players to be invited into a supertournament 2014,
among them 17 with only one invitation! Andreikin, a Candiate in 2014 got none.
For ELO rating fetishists: In 2014, the Sinquefield Cup (six players) has had the highest average, Dortmund the comparatively lowest average of all supertournaments,
defined as an international tournament with a player average of ELO 2700+.
Because of galloping ELO inflation, this rather rough definition could be used (if ever) only for current events, it is clearly not
sound for historical comparisons!
In the rush of daily Liverating hysteria, Youth mania, ELO fetishism and CATEGORY madness,
The smaller the number of participants, the easier to pimp up the average! We should not be focussed (only) on the the average, but on median and number of players
of a tournament.
Tournaments with only four players should be regarded as an own category ("Mini-tournament"). From a statistical point of view, chances to (co-)win a tournament with four or six invited major
players, increases considerably compared to the old-fashioned all-play-all tournaments with 16, 18, 20 players even if among them always some local minor entrants were included. Look at London 2014, a single round robin of six players: after just five rounds
which is little reliable, 50% of the <invited> participants were co-winning...
The number of players does have an impact on the individual chances to win, not only average counts! The probability to win for instance a round robin tournament such as Wijk aan Zee with normally 14 players, mostly top hundred including a handful
from the top ten, could be therefore statistically lower than to win any tournament with four or six players even if all of them are in the top ten and their average of players subsequently higher. Of course, the gap in strength and rating
between 'major' and 'minor' players shouldn't be too much.
The fifteen “strongest” chess tournaments in terms of pure category numbers (average ELO rating of players) all
took place in the 21th century, see Historical Calendar - www.chessdiagonals.ch.