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Carlsen stays on top; Vishy drops

Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen stayed comfortably at No. 1 in the Jan. 2018 world chess rankings that provided significant change at the top.

Carlsen’s ratings (2834) remained the same for the period.

The rest of the top 10 underwent reshuffling, with former world champion Vishy Anand (India), dropping out of that select group. The current world blitz champion has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time since 1991, ending a top 10 streak of 25 consecutive years.

American Fabiano Caruana (2811), moved up two notches to No. 2, replacing Levon Aronian, 2797 (Armenia), who fell two spots to No. 4. Azeri Shakriyar Mamedyarov (2804), again ranked third, while Frenchman Maxime Vachier Lagrave (2793), Wesley So (2792), USA and Russian Vladimir Kramnik (2787) were ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Hikaru Nakamura (2781), USA, Ding Liren (2769), China and Russian Peter Svidler (2768), rounded out the top 10. Russian champion Svidler, was new to the elite group.

Author: Edgar de Castro, Philippine Star
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