The current FIDE World Rankings of men have undergone several changes from September to October. While Magnus Carlsen still leads in the men’s category, Judith Polgar clearly has the women’s category under control.
Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the rise
Magnus Carlsen was able to increase his Elo-rating by another eight points and therefore leads the field with a clear advantage at 2870 points. Carlsen is far ahead of runner-up Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2796 / +2) and Levon Aronian (Elo 2795 / -18), who switched ranks behind the Norwegian. Hikaru Nakamura, who plays for the United States, enhanced his overall score by eleven points (Elo 2783) and ascended from rank 9 to 5. World Champion Visvanathan Anand obtains a new Elo-rating of 2775 points, for which he loses one rank and now places 7th. Great leaps forward were made by Anish Giri (Elo 2749 / +12), playing for the Netherlands, who improved from rank 19 to 15, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2742 / +20), who ascended ten ranks to position 16.
Gata Kamsky crashes, while Arkadij Naiditsch jumps to Top-30
A clear improvement was made by Pavel Eljanov from the Ukraine (Elo 2729 / +23), who ascended from rank 42 to 23, and Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2720 / +17), who enhanced 15 ranks onto 29th place. Gata Kamsky, on the other hand, descended onto rank 25, which is nine ranks lower than last month (Elo 2725 / -16). To the pleasure of our German fans, the best German chess player Arkadij Naiditsch made the leap forward into the Top-30 of the FIDE World Rankings. Having improved his Elo-rating by 14 points (Elo 2724), Naiditsch ranks 26th now. The best Austrian player, Markus Ragger (Elo 2668 / -12) fell behind from rank 64 to 79.
New female Chess World Champion falls behind in world rankings
In the women’s division, Judith Polgar (Elo 2689 / -7) stays in the lead. However, rank 2 is now taken by the Indian Humpy Koneru (Elo 2607 / +-0).The new Chess World Champion of women, Yifan Hou (Elo 2601 / -8), had to switch her runner-up position to 3rd rank. Hou had recently reconquered the World Championship title by defeating Anna Ushenina. The Ukrainian descended from rank 17 to 24, as her Elo-rating shrunk by 14 points.
Pictures: flickr.com / Frans Peeters and Stefan64@wikipedia
written by Michael, translated by Birthe