SIMPLECHESS

Anand is top gun

Vishwanathan Anand: World No.1
World Champion Vishwanathan Anand stays top of the ELO-list in a week when the Candidates matchs begin in order to determine his next challenger. Notable risers this time are Vugar Gashimov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Arkadij Naiditsch and Alexey Dreev.

The top ten were relatively inactive recently so there has been little change here. The most significant advances, amongst the highest-ranked, were those of Vugar Gashimov and Ruslan Ponomariov who moved above Alexander Grischuk, both of these players now have their career highest ratings. Gashimov is the second Azeri in the top ten.

The lower part of the table sees quite some movement as those players who did well in the European Championship in Aix-les-Bains have moved up.

Fourteen players from these forty gained rating points on the last list and thirteen have their career highest rating.

 

Here are all the details:

Ranking Previous Ranking Name Country Age rating 1/5/11  rating 1/3/11 Rating 1/1/11 Rating One year ago Career Highest
1 1 Viswanathan Anand IND 41 2817 2817 2810 2789 2817
2 2 Magnus Carlsen NOR 20 2815  2815 2814 2813 2826
3 3 Levon Aronian ARM 28 2808  2808 2805 2783 2808
4 4 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 35 2785 2785 2784 2790 2811
5 5 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 42 2776 2779 2764 2741 2787
6 6 Sergey Karjakin RUS 21 2776 2776 2776 2739 2776
7 7 Veselin Topalov BUL 36 2775 2775 2775 2812 2813
8 8 Hikaru Nakamura USA 23 2774  2774 2751 2733 2774
9 9 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 26 2772 2772 2772 2763 2772
10 11 Vugar Gashimov  AZE 24  2760 2746  2736  2734 2760 
11 13 Ruslan Ponomariov  UKR  27  2754 2743 2744 2733 2754 
12 10 Alexander Grischuk RUS 27 2747  2747 2773 2760 2773
13 12 Teimour Radjabov AZE 24 2744  2744 2744 2740 2761
14 17 Peter Svidler RUS 34  2739 2730  2730 2735  2765 
15 23 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 24 2733 2720 2709 2707 2733 
16 16 Boris Gelfand ISR 42 2733  2733 2733 2741 2761
17 28 Dmitry Jakovenko  RUS 27 2732 2718 2718 2725 2760
18 15 Gata Kamsky  USA 36 2732 2733 2730  2702  2745 
19 20 Wang Hao  CHN  21  2732 2728 2731 2722  2732
20 19 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 20 2731 2728 2715 2710 2731 
21 31 Leinier Dominguez Perez  CUB 27 2726  2716  2716  2713 2726 
22 30 Michael Adams  ENG 39 2726 2716   2723 2697 2755
23 35 Francisco Vallejo Pons  ESP 28 2722 2707 2698 2703 2722 
24 33 Radoslaw Wojtaszek  POL 24 2721 2711 2726 2663 2726
25 24 Zoltan Almasi HUN 34 2719 2719 2719 2725 2725
26 27 Peter Leko HUN 31 2717 2717 2717 2735 2763
27 52 Arkadij Naiditsch GER 25 2716 2684 2685 2686 2716
28 28 Fabiano Caruana ITA 18 2714 2716 2721 2675 2721
29 14 Wang Yue  CHN 24 2714  2734  2734 2752 2756
30 21 Pavel Eljanov UKR 27 2712  2724 2724  2751 2761
31 18 Ian Nepomniachtchi  RUS 20 2711 2729 2733 2695 2733
32 38 Alexei Shirov ESP 38 2709 2701 2722 2742 2755
33 36 Evgeny Tomashevsky RUS 23 2707 2707 2695 2708 2708
34 25 Etienne Bacrot FRA 28 2705 2718 2723 2710 2731
35 29 Sergei Movsesian ARM 32 2705 2716 2721 2717 2751
36 37 Baadur Jobava GEO 27 2704 2707 2707 2715 2715
37 32 Vladimir Malakhov RUS 30 2704 2714 2714 2722 2732
38 39 Alexei Dreev RUS 42 2703 2697 2694 2655 2705
39 22 David Navara CZE 26 2702 2722 2708 2718 2731
40 34 Zahar Efimenko  UKR 25 2701 2708 2701  2677 2708
41 51 Judit Polgar HUN 34 2699 2686 2686 2682 2735

There are now forty 2700+ players, with two players coming back into this category: Arkadij Naiditsch, after an incredible Bundesliga season, and Alexey Dreev who has almost gained fifty points in a year. Age is no barrier, as Dreev is second oldest (to Gelfand) in the top 40.

In 41st place on the world ranking list, and only one point short of 2700 status, is Judit Polgar the highest-ranking female player of all time.

As for nationalities, Russia now has ten players in the top 40, Ukraine four, Azerbaijan three and USA, China, France, Hungary and Spain all have two. Sergei Movsesian has switched back to Armenia.

A good source of further information is the International Chess Federation site FIDE


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