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Anand touches 2800 again

Four-time World champion Viswanathan Anand touched the magic mark of 2800 for the first time since April 2008 while World number one Magnus Carlsen jumped to 2826 to be second on the all time rating list after the latest world chess ratings were released on Thursday.

Anand, who gained 11 rating points from 12 games on way to retaining his world title against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov in May, moved to the third place, up one spot since May 1.

Carlsen, the 19-year-old Norwegian prodigy who is busy exceeding all expectations in the past two years, gained 13 points in the past two months to inch closer to Garry Kasparov’s all-time high rating of 2851, achieved precisely 11 years ago.

Anand is fifth on the all-time list at 2803, behind third-placed Topalov (2813) and Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik (2809).

Among the leading Indians, while Anand improved his rating, K. Sasikiran, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, P. Hari Krishna lost points in double-digits. In addition, K. Humpy lost 22 points. Sasikiran (2679) lost 11 points and dropped 12 places to be 56th.

Ganguly (2655) slipped 24 places to be 84th after losing 17 points. Hari (2646) dropped to the 76th spot from 90th following a loss of 14 points.

On the brighter side, young duo of S. P. Sethuraman and D. Harika crossed the rating of 2500 for the first time. Harika, after Humpy, is the only Indian to cross the coveted mark.

Most interestingly, Tejas Bakre (2509), a Grandmaster since 2004, crossed the 2500-mark for the first time in a published rating list. Six years ago, Bakre reached 2500 for only a day but that was enough to make him the country’s 11th GM.

The lists:

World Top-10: 1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2826), 2. Veselin Topalov (Bul, 2803), 3. Viswanathan Anand (2800), 4. Vladimir Kramnik ((Rus, 2790), 5. Levon Aronian (Arm, 2783), 6. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2761), 7. Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 2760), 8. Pavel Eljanov (Ukr, 2755), 9. Alexei Shirov (Esp, 2749), 10. Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 2748).

India Top-15: 1. Viswanathan Anand (2800), 2. K. Sasikiran (2679), 3. Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2655), 4. P. Hari Krishna (2646), 5. Sandipan Chanda (2637), 6. Parimarjan Negi (2615), 7. G. N. Gopal (2611), 8. K. Humpy (2600), 9. Abhijeet Gupta (2587), 10. S. Arun Prasad (2535), 11. P. Magesh Chandran (2533), 12. Deep Sengupta (2527), 13. Abhijit Kunte (2521), 14. S. P. Sethuraman (2513), 15. Tejas Bakre (2509).

India (women) Top-10: 1. K. Humpy (2600), 2. D. Harika (2504), 3. S. Vijayalakshmi (2466), 4. Tania Sachdev (2396), 5. Eesha Karavade (2378), 6. S. Meenakshi (2331), 7. Swati Ghate (2322), 8. Nisha Mohota (2295), 9. Mary Ann Gomes (2284), 10. Soumya Swaminathan (2281).


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