Believe it or not, as competition gets tougher and tougher here and abroad, GM Wesley So is experiencing a minor recession recently. For the first time in nearly a year, Wesley So who just turns 16 last month now finds himself out of the elite top 100 chess players in the world based on FIDE rankings. After reaching his highest peak of 2646 last July, Wesley shed just 6 points but that is enough to topple him in the top 100, ranking him at no. 102 (active) in the world. To add some consolation, So is still the “youngest” player among the top 102 players and remains the top under 16 in the world today. So still holds in the top 20 junior players, at no.8 from his previous spot at no.7
And yes. The Philippines is no longer invisible and is back in the FIDE list. Despite improving in our individual rankings, the country is still placidly rank no 32 based on the average rating of the top ten players of 2525. Norway, who used to be the Philippines major rivals in the fight for the first to barge in the top 30 spot along other ex-soviet nations like Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Slovenia etc has finally entered the top 30 at no 29. Probably for the first time. Blame it on Magnus Calsen who is now officially the youngest player ever in history to break the 2800 mark.
Behind Wesley So, it is GM Joey Antonio, one of the best performer at the Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam, Team Blitz preliminary event with 8 wins and a draw is the Philippines second best with 2574, followed by GM Darwin Laylo (2552), GM elect Rogelio Barcenilla (2518), GM John Paul Gomez (2507), GM Eugenio Torre (2506), GM Mark Paragua (2497), GM Roland Salvador (2491), GM Joseph Sanchez (2487) and IM Julio Catalino Sadorra (2478), completing Pinoys top 10.
FIDE NOVEMBER 2009 RATING LIST: TOP 20 JUNIORS
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2801 10 1990
2 Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2723 12 1990
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2718 0 1990
4 Wang, Hao g CHN 2708 13 1989
5 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2652 21 1992
6 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2646 0 1989
7 So, Wesley g PHI 2640 15 1993
8 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2636 23 1990
9 Kuzubov, Yuriy g UKR 2634 16 1990
10 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2626 22 1990
11 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2624 10 1991
12 Rodshtein, Maxim g ISR 2623 7 1989
13 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2620 33 1993
14 Edouard, Romain g FRA 2620 0 1990
15 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2616 36 1990
16 Andriasian, Zaven g ARM 2613 25 1989
17 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2613 20 1990
18 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2612 20 1993
19 Iturrizaga, Eduardo g VEN 2605 0 1989
20 Kovalyov, Anton g ARG 2601 20 1992
Carlsen officially world’s number 2 at 2801
Magnus Carlsen officialy broke the 2800 barrier today. On the November 1st FIDE rating list the Norwegian is the new world’s number 2, only 9 points behind Veselin Topalov (2810). Radjabov and Ivanchuk left the top 10 for Gashimov and Svidler.
We all know the story of Magnus Carlsen’s amazing performance at the Nanjing super-tournament, but it still takes your breath away to see that magical 2801 next to his name, now officially, on the November 1st FIDE rating list. The European Team Championship is not yet included in the official list. In Novi Sad Veselin Topalov lost a bit, and so Magnus Carlsen is in fact only 3.9 points behind the Bulgarian; a gap that could be closed during the upcoming Tal Memorial.
In about one and a half years time Vugar Gashimov has become one of the world’s very best players – he entered the top 10 for the first time and is now on a fine 6th place, behind Topalov, Carlsen, Anand, Aronian and Kramnik. It’s good to see Peter Svidler back there too; the grandmaster from St Petersburg is 8th now, one place behind Boris Gelfand.
Leko dropped from 6th to 9th place and Radjabov and Ivanchuk are just out of the top 10; on spots 11 and 12 respectively. Eljanov climbed to 17th, but on the live list that’s already 11th (!) thanks to his top performance in Novi Sad. Nakamura and Alekseev dropped out of the top 20. New or back in the top 100 are Surya Ganguly, Jan Smeets, Giovanni Vescovi, Boris Savchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Bartosz Socko and Anton Korobov.
The women’s top 10 has barely changed since the September list. Judit Polgar dropped 7 rating points at the Univé Tournament in Hoogeveen but is still 77 points ahead of Humpy Koneru. Nana Dzagnidze is now the 4th female player in the world, 41 points behind Hou Yifan. Nadezhda Kosintseva already climbed to 9th place and her 8/9 in Novi Sad still needs to be added to that! Zhao Xue dropped from 4th to 14th place. The names in the Juniors and Girls top 10s are the same as two months ago.