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June FIDE Ratings: Carlsen Holds 51 Point Lead

By June 4, 2013

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It's no surprise that Magnus Carlsen is still on top of the June FIDE Rating List. Even if the world's #1 were to have a bad tournament (and losing a handful of rating points at the Norway Chess tournament hardly applies), the huge buffer he's built up pretty much ensures we'll see him at the top for some time to come now.That 2864 rating is going to be hard to beat, and the question of whether Carlsen can break 2900 at some point might be more relevant in the medium-term than whether he'll slip from the #1 spot.

There hasn't been much movement in the spots behind Carlsen, either. Levon Aronian is still a strong #2 at 2813, and Kramnik remains in 3rd place as the only other 2800+ player in the world at the moment (2803). World Champion Viswanathan Anand sits in 4th at 2786, just two points ahead of Hikaru Nakamura. The American is tied with Veselin Topalov, who also has a 2786 rating.

Of course, since those ratings are now a few days old, they're almost obsolete in today's chess landscape. The up-to-date live ratings at 2700 Chess already show changes from the latest Grand Prix event, with Fabiano Caruana riding a strong performance to move up to 4th place in the rankings, while both Topalov and Nakamura have slipped down the list.

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