It's official: Magnus Carlsen is number one!

31.12.2009 – FIDE has just released its January 1st 2010 rating list, and it has the 19-year-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen with 2810 in the number one slot, five points ahead of number two Veselin Topalov, and twenty points above World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Magnus is the youngest player to cross the 2800 mark and to top the world rankings. Congratulations!

FIDE January 2010 Rating List

Magnus Carlsen gained nine rating points in his last sixteen games to come in at 2810 Elo points and to occupy the number one slot in the world rankings. Below is this prodigy's rating progress in the last nine years.

In second place is Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov, who lost five points in four games (at the European Team Championships in Novi Sad), followed by World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who lost two points in nine games. Vladimir Kramnik is number four, having won a whopping sixteen points in sixteen games. Kramnik displaced Levon Aronian, who lost five points and is now in place five in the world rankings.

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