Anand only player above 2800 in new chess list


New Delhi : At 2801, newly crowned World Champion Viswanathan Anand is the only player above the 2800 level in the latest list of elo ratings released by world chess body FIDE on Monday.

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This is the second time the Indian has gone past the 2800 level.

The list ranks the players as on Oct 1 at the end of the just-concluded World Chess Championships in Mexico.

Indian chess shows great depth as three men and five women figure in the top-50s of the two sections.

Interestingly, Anand a huge 14 points ahead of second-placed Vassily Ivanchuk, who did not play the Mexico event. Ivanchuk is rated at 2787 and Vladimir Kramnik, who finished second to Anand, is rated at 2785.

This is the third consecutive list that sees Anand at No. 1.

On April 1, he was first at 2786, in July he was rated at 2792 and now he is 2801.

India has two other players P. Harikrishna at 45th place with a rating of 2668 and Krishnan Sasikiran is 49th at 2661.

India’s Koneru Humpy continues to hold No. 2 place among women at 2606 Dronavalli Harika at 2480 is 12th, S. Vijayalakshmi at 2464 is 20th, Nisha Mohota 2416 is 43rd, and newly-crowned Asian women’s champion Tania Sachdev at 2413 makes her first entry into the top 50 in 46th place.