The world rankings of chess remain unaltered in December 2013 with Magnus Carlsen still in the leading position. Compared to before the World Championship though, the Norwegian was only able to slightly increase his ELO-rating.
Peter Svidler ascends into Top 10
A look at the December 2013 edition of the Chess World Rankings tells us that Magnus Carlsen is still in the leading position with an ELO of 2872 points. The young Norwegian was able to increase his rating by 2 points, like the runner-up Levon Aronian. At 2803 points though, he is still far behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Aronian is followed by the best Russian player and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (ELO 2793). Within the Top 10 of the list, Veselin Topalov was able to advance from rank 9 to 5, as he improved his ELO-rating by 11 points to 2785. The dethroned World Champion Visvanathan Anand from India fell back one rank and is now in 9th place with an ELO of 2773 instead of the previous 2775 points. Peter Svidler can newly be found among the Top 10 too, whose increase in ELO from 2652 to 2758 rewarded him with advancement from rank 13 to rank 10. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, however, dropped out of the Top 10.
Arkadij Naiditsch advanced seven ranks in world rankings
From a German point of view, a look at the Top 20 players of the world gives great pleasure; the best German player, Arkadij Naiditsch, enhanced his ELO-rating by a total of 10 points to 2737 and therefore moved forward from rank 25 onto rank 18. Likewise, the Russian grandmaster Vladimir Malakhov took a great leap forward and improved from rank 40 onto rank 31 with an altered ELO of 2716 (+8).
Slight changes in Women’s World Rankings
The top of the Women’s World Rankings remains completely unchanged in December 2013. Undisputed leader is still Judith Polgar from Hungary (ELO 2693), followed by Chinese talent Yifan Hou (ELO 2629), and Humpy Koneru from India (ELO 2607). Switched were positions 4 and 5 – the Chinese Xue Zhao (ELO 2566 / +3) is now ahead off Slovenian Anna Muzychuk (ELO 2566 / +0). Furthermore, former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia was able to fight her way back into the Top 10. With a remarkably improved ELO of 2527 (+17 !!) she advanced from rank 13 onto rank 9. The best German chess player, Elisabeth Paethz moved three ranks forward and is now in 32nd place.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe