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The Top Thirty for Women

Kateryna Lahno: World No.5
The new rating list gives a good picture of who has been in form recently. Amongst the leading group, there have been mixed fortunes on the chessboard recently, a fact which is reflected in our tables. Note in particular a marked progression of some youthful players who are challenging the more established names, Kateryna Lahno being at the forefront of this trend.

Here is the September list for female players:

g=Grandmaster m=International Master and wg=Women's Grandmaster

A detailed look at rating changes amongst the leading women follows below.

Judit Polgar is back above the 2700-mark, the first time for some years.

The most noticeable change has been a significant rise of the new generation, Kateryna Lahno, Anna Muzychuk and Wenjun Ju, all of whom are in their very early twenties and at the peak of their careers.

Rank Prev Rank Name Country Age

Rating

1/9/11

Rating

1/7/11

Rating 1/5/11 Rating 1/3/11 One year ago Career Highest
1 1 Judit Polgar HUN 35 2701 2699 2699 2686 2682 2735
2 2 Humpy Koneru IND 24 2600 2614 2614 2607 2593 2623
3 3 Hou Yifan CHN 17 2578 2575 2612 2602 2578 2612
4 4 Nadezhda Kosintseva (IM) RUS 26 2560 2560 2567 2567 2565 2576
5 8 Kateryna Lahno   UKR 21 2554 2536 2530 2531 2539 2554
6 6 Anna Muzychuk (IM) SLO 21 2545 2538 2537 2528 2535 2545
7 5 Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 25 2536 2557 2559 2559 2573 2581
8 13 Wenjun Ju (WGM) CHN 20 2536 2515 2511 2519 2516 2536 
9 10 Antoaneta Stefanova  BUL 32 2528 2524 2506 2523 2551 2560
10 7 Nana Dzagnidze  GEO 24 2525 2537 2557 2567 2534 2567
11 9 Viktorija Cmilyte   LTU 28 2525 2528 2504 2526  2513 2528 
12 12 Elina Danielian  ARM 33 2517 2521 2506  2475 2431 2521
13 15 Marie Sebag FRA 24 2512 2510 2504 2489 2499 2533
14 11 Anna Zatonskih (IM)  USA 33 2508 2522 2537 2499 2480 2537
15 14 Dronavalli Harika (IM) IND 20 2505 2513 2520 2524 2515 2525
16 16 Maia Chiburdanidze GEO 50 2500 2500 2500 2502 2500 2560

In the following table, those players who are just below the 2500-mark are featured.

There were no new 2500+ players this time, but there are several candidates knocking on the door. Both Valentina Gunina and Bela Khotenashvili are on the rise, and have achieved their career best again, whereas the more experienced Alisa Galliamova and Zhao Xue have both been well above 2500 in the past.

Rank Prev Rank Name Country Age

Rating

1/9/11

Rating

1/7/11

 Rating 1/5/11 Rating 1/3/11 One Year ago Career Highest
17 22 Valentina Gunina (IM) RUS 22 2499 2487 2487 2472 2462 2499
18 18 Alisa Galliamova (IM) RUS 39 2498 2492 2492 2497 2482 2560
19 29 Zhao Xue CHN 26 2497 2470 2475 2495 2469 2544
20 21 Bela Khotenashvili (IM) GEO 23 2497 2487 2470 2465 2423 2497
21 19 Monika Socko POL 33 2490 2490 2487 2495 2477 2505
22 23 Zhu Chen QAT 35 2490 2485 2485 2506 2476 2548
23 26 Pia Cramling SWE 48 2489 2472 2468 2484 2509 2550
24 44 Ekaterina Atalik (IM) TUR 28 2481 2436 2436 2444 2447 2481
25 24 Ruan Lufei (WGM) CHN 23 2477 2479 2479 2480 2480 2499

The most dramatic rise this time was that of Ekaterina Atalik who has gone well beyond her best ever Elo with her new rating.

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


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