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10/31/09 - November 2009 FIDE Rating List

In yet another change, FIDE has gone to bi-monthly lists, so they released lists in September and November instead of the normal October. Their new progress page gives a good view of what has changed in the Top 100. Of course the big news for this period was Magnus Carlsen crossing the 2800 barrier to move into the number 2 spot. Not sure how the World Championship cycle is set up now beyond Topalov challenging World Champion Anand next year, but Carlsen will clearly be a big favorite in the next round.

US chess has finally seen a shakeup since I last reported. US Champ Hikaru Nakamura (2713) has finally succeeded Gata Kamsky (2696) in the top spot. Kamsky even slipped to third behind Alexander Onischuk (2681) on the September list, but recovered this month with a big 7.5/9 in the Baku Open while Onischuk only manged 5/11 in the Montreal International. Varuzhan Akobian (2624) has slowly climbed his way up the US list, he's now 5th behind veteran Yasser Seirawan (2649). Yuri Shulman (2623) holds the 6th spot while the Tempo's Baltic Bash Brothers Shabalov and Ehlvest are equal 7th at 2606. Kaidanov and Christiansen round out the top 10.

I continue to hover just outside the top 100 at #114 at 2307. I had an unfortunate result at the US Open from a FIDE rating perspective. I lost 21 points from a 2.5/5 result against FIDE rated opponents. I scored 2.5/3 against other opponents who had very similar USCF ratings to those 5 players, but who did not have FIDE ratings.