July 2004 FIDE Rating list released!

The July FIDE Rating list is now available for download at the FIDE website. GM Garry Kasparov toppled to 2817, but still holds the #1 position. The biggest news amongst the top three players is that India's Viswanathan Anand (2782, +8) continues to climb and hold a substantial lead over Vladimir Kramnik (2770, +6) who has been in good form. Alexander Morezevich stormed back to the #4 spot (2743, +11) after falling into the mid-teens. Peter Leko had no rated tournaments in the quarter dropped to #5. Michael Adams (2738, +7), Veselin Topalov (2737, +0), Judit Polgar (2728), Peter Svidler (2727, -6), and   Alexij Shirov (2725, +12) round out the top ten.

No change in the top two women's positions…
Judit Polgar (2728) and Xie Jun (2564).Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova vaulted into third (2527) over Alexandra Kosteniuk (2508,-3). Koneru Humpy (2503, -8) and Maia Chiburdanidze round out the top five women. Kosteniuk and Koneru remain the highest rated girls.

Azerbaijan still has a good contingent of talent among the under-21 group with
Teimour Radjabov (2663, -1) holds the #1 position ahead of compatriot Shakhriyaz Mamedyarov (2660, -2). Both will lead the powerful Azerbaijani team in Mallorca. The Ukraine's Andrei Voloktin has exploded by virtue of his performance in the Ukrainian Championship and is now at #3 (2652, +14). Hungary's Ferenc Berkes (2630, +16) and England's Luke McShane (2629, -14) round out the top five.  The biggest story has to be the rapid rise of  Hikaru Nakamura (2601, +21) of the USA. The 16-year old has gained 40 points in the last two supplements and is now holds America's third highest FIDE rating.  Despite his improvement, he has been left off the country's Olympiad team in favor of a number of inactive players.

In Africa, Morocco's
Hichem Hamdouchi rebounds after losing a massive 44 points last quarter (2556, +12). He is still Africa's #1 player and will increase after his performance in the FIDE Knockout Championship. Egyptian duo of Essam El-Gindy (2497, -10) and  Fouad El-Taher (2484, -17) drop point, but still hold the next two positions. Ahmed Adly  (2475, -15) is Africa's top junior. South of the Sahara Amon Simutowe (2438, -4) of Zambia and George Michelakis (2438) of South Africa are  tops.

In the Caribbean, Cuba's
Lenier Domínguez (2629, +17) and his compatriot Lázaro Bruzon (2628, +26) are improving rapidly. Barbados' Kevin Denny (2319) remains the highest-rated player from the English-speaking Caribbean and has become active after a two-year hiatus.

In North America, the top player of African descent is
Maurice Ashley (2465) followed by Stephen Muhammad gains (2378, +0), William Morrison (2364), Emory Tate  (2340) and Michael Schleifer of Canada (2340).  Sweden's Pontus Carlsson is steady (2360).

FIDE Ratings (July 2004)

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Posted by The Chess Drum: 9 July 2004