Magnus Carlsen regains the top spot in the FIDE rating list after being displaced by World Champion Viswanathan Anand in November. At that time the Pearl Spring tournament in China had finished too late for inclusion in the list which would have kept him at number one. Both players had roughly the same rating performance in London. Carlsen on 2814 is four points in front of Anand 2810 with Levon Aronian just behind on 2805 after a good result in the Tal Memorial. Vladimir Kramnik remains at four, Sergey Karjakin rises to 5 in the World after gains in the Tal Memorial and Russian Championships. Veselin Topalov drops one to 6, Alexander Grischuk is at 7, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is at 8, Vassily Ivanchuk at 9 and Hikaru Nakamura reaches a new high at 2751 and enters the top 10 for the first time.
Top 100 Players January 2011