New FIDE Rating List: Wesley So Outstrips Nakamura Officially

Время публикации: 31.01.2015 16:01 | Последнее обновление: 31.01.2015 16:05

FIDE has published the official rating list for February 2015. The most remarkable changes in the men's top 10 compared to the previous month are the new records set by Anish Giri and Wesley So. The Dutch GM is now on the 5th position in the world, lacking only 3 points to join the 2800 club, while Wesley So (# 7) has outstripped Hikaru Nakamura (who has no games rated for January), thus becoming the top American chess player. Both Giri and So were able to do so thanks to their successful performances in the recent Tata Steel main competition.

Meanwhile, Levon Aronian has gone down to the 9th position, as his performance in the Dutch supertournament was far from fortunate.

In the women's top list, Hou Yifan is still 3 points below Judit Polgar who has announced her retirement from chess in August 2014. Right now, the World women's champion is playing in the Gibraltar Masters and has been having a good tournament so far. Whilst, in our opinion, the talks about rating records set in the process of a tournament are a bit unfounded, Hou Yifan has definite chances to surpass the great Hungarian after the Masters finish if she keeps doing like this.


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