In the new world rankings of chess players only few changes have occurred. However, the best German chess player had to comply with a huge downgrade in the February edition of the FIDE rankings.
World Champion Magnus Carlsen remains in top position
Current world champion Magnus Carlsen continues to be front runner of the FIDE world rankings. The young Norwegian still holds an ELO-rating of 2872 points. On 2nd rank follows Levon Aronian who was able to enhance his rating severely; The Armenian gained 14 points compared to the January edition of the world rankings and now holds 2826 points. Due to Hikaru Nakamura’s (USA) downgrade to rank 7 (4 ranks down) Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana, and Alexander Grischuk were able to advance to ranks 3 to 6 (1 rank each). The biggest leap forward was made by Philippine chess player Wesley So whose Elo-rating increased by 19 points to a total of 2738 points. Compared to the January rakings, So moved up 18 ranks.
Arkadij Naiditsch’s ELO decreases by 16 points
The best German player among the world’s chess elite is facing difficult times these days. The Elo-rating of Arkadij Naiditsch dropped to only 2702 – 16 points less than in January. Therefore, the German fell behind 19 ranks and is now placed 48th. Naiditsch remains best German player in the FIDE’s February rankings and is even the only German-speaking chess player in the Top 100. An even harder setback suffered Sergei Zhigalko from Belarus whose rating declined from 2682 to 2661. With this setback of 21 points, the Byelorussian dropped from rank 63 to 84. Denis Khismatullin, on the contrary, enhanced from rank 75 to 51 and therefore made the greatest leap forward in rankings among all men. The Russian’s ELO-rating improved by 24 points and now amounts to 2698.
Women’s World Rankings: Polgar ahead off Hou and Koneru
The world rankings of women remain mostly unaltered in Feburary 2014. The Top 3 rated women are still Judith Polgar (2693), Yifan Hou (2629), and Humpy Koneru (2613). Only 4th and 5th place were switched, so that Anna Muzychuk (2583) is now ahead off Xue Zhao (2549). The best German player is Elisabeth Paehtz (2459) who remains in 31st place. The best Austrian chess player Eva Moser advanced to rank 35 (+17) and now holds an ELO-rating of 2452 points.
Picture: Frank Hoppe
written by Michael, translated by Birthe