Leading ladies!

The top three women stay as they were, but the Kosintseva sisters keep gaining ground, both having their career best in the latest rating list that came out today.
Judit Polgar is still comfortably the No.1 but the race for second place is hotting up!

There are fifteen women in the world with 2500 or more. Two of these, Dzagnidze and Wenjun, have returned to this elevated status, the latter being one of five players who have their career best at present.

Nine of the fifteen in the table gained rating points over the summer period, suggesting perhaps that there is an overall rise in progress. The majority are quite youthful which lends further evidence to my premise that the general standard is going up.

Tatiana Kosintseva and her elder sister Nadezhda seem to be going from strength-to-strength and these two plus Hou Yifan could well break the 2600 barrier in the next twelve months.

RankingNameCountryAgeRating 1/9/10Rating 1/7/10Rating 1/5/10rating 1/3/10Career Highest
1Judit Polgar HUN3426822682268226822735
2Humpy Koneru IND2325932600262226222623
3Hou YifanCHN1625782577258925702590
4Tatiana Kosintseva RUS2425732562253425242573
5Nadezhda Kosintseva (IM) RUS2525652551255325542565
6Antoaneta Stefanova BUL3125512560256025552560
7Kateryna Lahno UKR2025392535252725182539
8Anna Muzychuk (IM) SLO2025352527252925332542
9Nana DzagnidzeGEO2325342498247824792547
10Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS2625242519251925242540
11Wenjun Ju (WGM)CHN1925162496250025002516
12Dronavalli Harika (IM) IND1925152504249124732515
13Viktorija Cmilyte LTU2725132527251424852527
14Pia Cramling SWE4725092517253625232550
15Maia Chiburdanidze GEO4925002514251425142560

The players are all considered to be 'GMs' except for four of the above (marked in brackets) who have yet to achieve this title. Two players dropped out of the list, Marie Sebag (France) and Natalija Pogonina (Russia) after showing mediocre form.

In terms of age, Hou Yifan is the youngest (still only 16) and Chiburdanidze the senior woman at 49.

Overall, there are three teenagers (Hou Yifan and Wenjun Ju both of China, plus Harika from India), two in their thirties (Polgar and Stefanova), two in their forties (Cramling and Chiburdanidze) and eight between 20 and 29 years old which is also the peak age group amongst the top male players.

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