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International Woman's day

Here are the top 25 ratings for women, an appropriate subject for International women's day. The notable risers in the top ten were Nana Dzagnidze and Kateryna Lahno, whilst former US champion Anna Zatonskih is knocking on the door of the 2500-club.

Unfortunately for them, the most out-of-form players in recent months have been Antoaneta Stefanova and Pia Cramling, the latter having dropped below 2500.

Although the strength in depth of women has been improving, at the top only two of the leading 15 have their highest ever ranking including Hou Yifan.

Ranking Previous Ranking Name Country Age Rating 1/3/11 Rating 1/1/11 Rating 1/11/10 Rating 1/9/10 Rating 1/7/10 Rating 1/5/10 One year ago Career Highest
1 1 Judit Polgar HUN 34 2686 2686 2686 2682 2682 2682 2682 2735
2 2 Humpy Koneru IND 23 2607 2607 2600 2593 2600 2622 2622 2623
3 3 Hou Yifan CHN 17 2602 2602 2591 2578 2577 2589 2570 2602
4 6 Nana Dzagnidze GEO 24 2567 2550 2551 2534 2498 2478 2479 2567
5 5 Nadezhda Kosintseva (IM) RUS 26 2567 2552 2576 2565 2551 2553 2554 2576
6 4 Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 24 2559 2570 2581 2573 2562 2534 2524 2581
7 11 Kateryna Lahno UKR 21 2531 2518 2522 2539 2535 2527 2518 2539
8 8 Anna Muzychuk (IM) SLO 21 2528 2529 2530 2535 2527 2529 2533 2542
9 9 Viktorija Cmilyte LTU 27 2526 2526 2514 2513 2527 2514 2485 2527
10 10 Dronavalli Harika (IM) IND 20 2524 2520 2525 2515 2504 2491 2473 2525
11 7 Antoaneta Stefanova BUL 31 2523 2546 2548 2551 2560 2560 2555 2560
12 13 Wenjun Ju (WGM) CHN 20 2519 2514 2524 2516 2496 2500 2500 2524
13 18 Zhu Chen QAT 34 2506 2495 2477 2480 2476 2476 2476 2548
14 15 Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS 26 2503 2498 2507 2524 2519 2519 2524 2540
15 14 Maia Chiburdanidze GEO 50 2502 2502 2502 2500 2514 2514 2514 2560

The US No.1, (now that she has overtaken Irina Krush) Anna Zatonskih, has made further progress, and now leads the remaining players in the top 25. Note the new entry, Elina Danielian, who was already in good form before the recent Doha Grand Prix:

Ranking Previous Ranking Name Country Age Rating 1/3/11 Rating 1/1/11 Rating 1/11/10 Rating 1/9/10 Rating 1/7/10 Rating 1/5/10 One year ago Career Highest
16 19 Anna Zatonskih (IM) USA 32 2499 2493 2478 2480 2470 2470 2461 2499
17 16 Alisa Galliamova (IM) RUS 39 2497 2497 2487 2482 2482 2487 2487 2560
18 17 Zhao Xue CHN 25 2495 2496 2474 2469 2462 2493 2490 2544
19 20 Monika Socko POL 32 2495 2489 2495 2486 2477 2485 2465 2505
20 21 Marie Sebag FRA 24 2489 2489 2494 2499 2519 2524 2506 2533
21 12 Pia Cramling SWE 47 2484 2516 2526 2509 2517 2536 2523 2550
22 22 Xu Yuhua CHN 34 2484 2484 2483 2475 2488 2484 2478 2517
23 24 Ruan Lufei (WGM) CHN 23 2480 2480 2480 2480 2480 2474 2479 2499
24 25 Mariya Muzychuk (IM) UKR 18 2476 2476 2462 2464 2452 2452 2444 2476
25 37 Elina Danielian ARM 32 2475 2454 2466 2466 2431 2473 2491 2513

Finally, there are now 68 women rated 2400 or more, whereas ten years ago there were only 38.

A good source of further information is the International Chess Federation site FIDE


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