Armenia’s top grandmaster Levon Aronyan has moved one position up to third place among the world’s best chess players in the latest rating released by the game’s international governing body FIDE.
The November 1 Top 100 players list (released every second month) shows Aronyan with a rating of 2801 and trailing Norway’s Magnus Carlsen (rating 2802) and India’s Viswanathan Anand (rating 2804).
Since the publication of the latest rankings in which Aronyan was fourth, the 28-year-old Armenian grandmaster played a total of 22 games, including 10 for Armenia at the World Chess Olympiad in Khanti-Mansiysk, Russia, in late September and early October. Aronyan won an informal silver medal among Board #1 players at the Olympiad.
In contrast, during the same period of time Carlsen played 14 games and Anand only 6.
The FIDE (www.fide.com) latest rankings also includes Armenian grandmasters Vladimir Hakobyan (65) and Gabriel Sargsyan (76). Sergey Movsesian representing Slovakia is 24th on the list.
The FIDE top 100 female players list includes three Armenian grandmasters. The highest rank among them is held by Lilit Mkrtchyan (22nd; rating 2479), followed by Elina Danielyan (31) and Lilit Galoyan (76). Hungary’s Judit Polgar tops the rankings with a rating of 2686.
In the list of 161 chess nations ranked by the average rating of their top 10 players Armenia is 10th (average rating 2631; has 32 grandmasters and 19 international masters; ‘total titled’ – 74).
The FIDE nations rating list is topped by Russia (2731), followed by Ukraine (2699) and China (2652).