The World Chess Federation FIDE has released the world rankings for September 2013. Among others, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams took a leap forward.
Kramnik among Top 3 of the world’s best chess players
In the men’s division, the World Championship challenger Magnus Carlsen is still in the leading position. In the beginning of the month, the Norwegian still holds an unaltered Elo-rating of 2862 and therefore remains number 1 of the world ahead off the Armenian Levon Aronian at an Elo of 2813. Aronian is now followed by Vladimir Kramnik who advanced his ranking from 5th to 3rd place and his Elo-rating from 2784 to 2794 points. The Russian grandmaster replaces the prior 3rd place Fabiano Caruana who was downgraded from 2796 to 2779 points and now takes rank 5 behind Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785) who remains in 4th place. As is known, Vladimir Kramnik is a current finalist in the Chess World Cup 2013.
Michael Adams improves eight ranks in FIDE World Rankings
A very clear upgrade in the world rankings was accomplished by Michael Adams. The Englishman received an enhancement from 2740 to 2761 points after his great success in Dortmund. Thus, Adams advances from rank 18 to 12 of the FIDE World Rankings. The German player Arkadij Naiditsch was also able to improve his positioning; he holds and unmodified Elo-rating of 2710 points and still moved up three ranks onto 32nd place. Over and above that, Pentala Harikrishna significantly improved his performance from August to September. The Indian was able to precede 13 ranks in August and even 17 in September, as his Elo-rating increased from 2696 to 2703 points. Harikrishna ranks 35th now and is therefore ahead off the current finalist of the Chess World Cup, Dmitry Andreikin, whose Elo-rating was levelled down from 2716 to 2709 points.
European Champion in women’s division from Hungary took leap forward
Other than the rankings in the men’s division, the top of the women’s placement remains the same. The Hungarian Judith Polgar (Elo 2696) ranks ahead off Yifan Hou from China (Elo 2609) and Humpy Koneru from India (Elo 2607). As expected, the new European Champion Thanh Trang Hoang took a great leap forward in the ranking list. Hoang improved her Elo from 2467 to 2493 and thus advanced 10 positions onto 21st place.
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written by Michael, translated by Birthe