P. Hari Krishna broke the 2700-Elo point barrier by reaching his career-best rating of 2705 in the World chess ranking list released on Friday.

The gain of seven points in the past month has also helped Hari reach 41st in World rankings. Currently, Hari is the second strongest Indian in the game behind World champion Viswanathan Anand who moved to the sixth place with a rating of 2780 — a gain of eight points and one spot since January 1.

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, winner of the year-opener Tata Steel championship in Wijk aan Zee, in the Netherlands, last month, reinforced his place at the top with a record rating of 2872 – the highest ever in the sport. The 22-year-old Carlsen enjoys a lead of a whopping 62 points over second-placed Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik.

The lists:

World (top-10): 1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2872); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2810), 3. Levon Aronian (Arm, 2809), 4. Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 2793), 5, Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 2786), 6. Viswanathan Anand (2780), 7. Veselin Topalov (Bul, 2771), 8. Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2767), 9. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2766), 10. Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 2764).

India (top-10): 1. Viswanathan Anand (2780), 2. P. Hari Krishna (2705), 3. K. Sasikiran (2677), 4. Parimarjan Negi (2638), 5. Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2626), 6. Abhijeet Gupta (2612), 7. K. Humpy (2597), 8. Sandipan Chanda (2590), 9. P. Magesh Chandran 2579), 10. M. R. Lalith Babu (2559).

India women (top-10): 1. K. Humpy (2597), 2. D. Harika (2514), 3. Tania Sachdev (2397), 4. Mary Ann Gomes (2394), 5. Eesha Karavade (2391), 6. S. Vijayalakshmi (2365), 7. Nisha Mohota (2327), 8. Padmini Rout (2307), 9. Soumya Swaminathan (2291), 10. S. Meenakshi (2249). — Special Correspondent

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