This has been one of the most anticipated rating lists for quite some time. Viswanathan Anand maintains his position at #1 (2798, -5). Everyone wanted to see whether Magnus Carlsen (pictured left) would vault into the #2 position. Many were disappointed that his Foros Aersovit event (3100 TPR) was not counted, so he sits at #6 (2775, +10).
Alexander Morozevich is now in a virtual tie for 2nd-3rd with Vladimir Kramnik on 2788. This is not surprising if you have been following the creative player from Russia, but he has not been in the conversations of those threatening Anand or even Kramnik. Morozevich dominated the Russian SuperFinal and won the Supertournament in Bosna by 1.5 points! Vassily Ivanchuk holds the #4 spot (2781, +41) followed by Bulgarian Veselin Topalov, a former World Champion who was just over 2800 less than two years ago (2777, -10).
In the women’s category, Judit Polgar remains atop a gradually improving cadre of young females. However, Polgar will not have to worry about losing her mantle as the world’s top female player (2711, +2). Humpy Koneru (2622, +19) has cut into the lead and for the first time in many years, someone is within 100 points of Polgar.
Xie Jun (2574) is hold the #3 position, but is closely followed by her young compatriot Hou Yifan (2557, +8). Antoaneta Stefanova (2550, +12) has increased her form dramatically since taking in a steady diet of strong, open tournaments.
There are no dramatic changes, but there seem to be an increasing number of female players over 2500.Viktorija Cmilyte (2508, +41) made a huge leap over 2500 with strong showings in the European Championships and the Russian Team Championship.
In terms of Juniors, it is no surprise that Magnus Carlsen (2775, +10) has increased his lead and is now a robust 48 points ahead of Sergey Karjakin (2727, -5). China’s Wang Hao (2691, +7) is closing in on 2700 and is poised to join his three compatriots. The Asian region has several of the world’s top juniors and it is testament that there is momentum building. France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2681, +49) and Italy’s Fabiano Caruana (2630, +10) round out the top five.
In the Girl’s list, Hou Yifan is still atop the field, but what is more amazing is the cadre of other Chinese players in tow. Out of the top 20 girls, five are from China. Russia has six.
GM Hikaru Nakamura at 2004 World Open… now at 2697!!
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.
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