There have been no changes in the top five, but Nana Dzagnidze (up from 9th to 6th) and Pia Cramling (up from 14th to 9th) have risen strongly into the top ten. Six players have their career highest, including Dzagnidze, the Kosintseva sisters and Hou Yifan. A sign perhaps that the general level is going up, as is the fact that eleven of the fifteen involved gained rating points. The youthful Asian pair Dronavalli Harika and Wenjun Ju continue to advance, as of course are the Kosintseva sisters.
Humpy Koneru has regained her 2600 status, but the race to see who will be the third 2600 woman in history is hotting up.
|Humpy Koneru: 2600 again (chessbase)|
|Hou Yifan: career highest (chessanytime)|
|Tatiana Kosintseva: racing her sister towards 2600 (chessanytime)|
|Nadezhda Kosintseva: edging always upwards (chessanytime)|
|Nana Dzagnidze: up to sixth (chessanytime)|
|Antoaneta Stefanova: a consistent 2010 (chessanytime)|
|Ranking||Previous Ranking||Name||Country||Age||Rating 1/11/10||Rating 1/9/10||Rating 1/7/10||Rating 1/5/10||rating 1/3/10||Career Highest|
|1||1||Judit Polgar ||HUN||34||2686||2682||2682||2682||2682||2735|
|2||2||Humpy Koneru ||IND||23||2600||2593||2600||2622||2622||2623|
|4||4||Tatiana Kosintseva ||RUS||24||2581||2573||2562||2534||2524||2581|
|5||5||Nadezhda Kosintseva (IM) ||RUS||25||2576||2565||2551||2553||2554||2576|
|7||6||Antoaneta Stefanova ||BUL||31||2548||2551||2560||2560||2555||2560|
|8||8||Anna Muzychuk (IM) ||SLO||20||2530||2535||2527||2529||2533||2542|
|9||14||Pia Cramling ||SWE||47||2526||2509||2517||2536||2523||2550|
|10||12||Dronavalli Harika (IM) ||IND||19||2525||2515||2504||2491||2473||2525|
|11||11||Wenjun Ju (WGM)||CHN||19||2524||2516||2496||2500||2500||2524|
|12||7||Kateryna Lahno ||UKR||20||2522||2539||2535||2527||2518||2539|
|13||13||Viktorija Cmilyte ||LTU||27||2514||2513||2527||2514||2485||2527|
|14||10||Alexandra Kosteniuk ||RUS||26||2507||2524||2519||2519||2524||2540|
|15||15||Maia Chiburdanidze ||GEO||49||2502||2500||2514||2514||2514||2560|
The same fifteen players occupy the 2500+ arena as two months ago.
Just below, and within one victory of the magic 2500 mark, are the following three players Monika Socko (Poland, 2495), Irina Krush (USA, 2495) and Marie Sebag (FRA 2494). Each of whom are the top ranking player in their respective countries.
|Anna Muzychuk: well-established in the top ten, but not yet a GM (chessanytime)|
|Pia Cramling: forever young (chessgames)|
|Dronavalli Harika: Top Ten for the first time (chessanytime)|
|Irina Krush: Can she make it to 2500? (chessanytime)|