The Russian Peter Svidler is on everyone’s lips these days; after the 37 year-old recently became Russian National Champion, there is yet another great reason for celebration.
Svidler advances four ranks in World Rankings
In the November edition of the FIDE World Rankings, Svidler took a great leap forward. Placing 17th at an Elo-rating of 2740 in October, the 7 times Russian Champion now holds an Elo of 2752 points and therefore takes rank 13 in the November edition of the rankings. Thus, Peter Svidler is the fourth best Russian player in the world of chess. The table is still lead by World Championship Challenger Magnus Carlsen, who will try to dethrone Visvanathan Anand (8th / Elo 2775) in a duel starting by the end of the week. Carlsen hold an unaltered Elo-rating of 2870 points.
Aronian and Kramnik switch positions in World Rankings
Behind Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik switched positions again. The Armenian was able to enhance his Elo-rating by 6 points to 2801 and is back in the runner-up position. Kramnik, on the other hand, hold an Elo of 2793 (-3) in November 2013 and fell back on 3rd place. Best German player is still Arkadij Naiditsch with an Elo of 2727 (+3), who advanced from rank 26 to 25.
In the women’s category, the World Rankings remain unchanged. The Hungarian Judith Polgar leads the rankings at an Elo-rating of 2689 points, followed by the Chinese World Champion Yifan Hou (Elo 2629 / +8) and Humpy Koneru from India (Elo 2618 / +11). Elisabeth Paehtz increased her Elo-rating by 9 points (now 2449) and is still the best German player. Paehtz leaped forward from rank 41 to 35!
Organizers of Candidates’ Tournament 2014 nominated Peter Svidler
Over and above the great progress in World Rankings, Peter Svidler may celebrate another Milestone in his career. The Russian world-class player was nominated to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament 2014, which will be hosted by the Russian city Chanty-Mansijsk. From March 12th to 30th, he will not only face the loser of the World Championship duel between Anand and Carlsen, but also his fellow countrymen Andreikin, Kramnik, and Karjakin. Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will also be among the eight participants in Chanty-Mansijsk.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe