Harikrishna moves to career-best World No. 14; Anand slips to No. 8

The new year began on a happy note for Pendyala Harikrishna, who has moved to a career-best World No. 14 in the latest ranking list released by world chess governing body FIDE on Friday. He moved five places up from the last list.

He is only the second Indian to break into the world’s top twenty after Viswanathan Anand.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

The new year began on a happy note for Pendyala Harikrishna, who has moved to a career-best World No. 14 in the latest ranking list released by world chess governing body FIDE on Friday. He moved five places up from the last list.

He is only the second Indian to break into the world’s top twenty; the first one, Viswanathan Anand, dropped five slots down to No. 8, though. World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway continues to be the No. 1, while Russia’s veteran Vladimir Kramnik is ranked second.

India’s Koneru Humpy maintained her No. 2 position among women, behind Hou Yifan of China. Dronavalli Harika is ranked 12th.

The top 20: Men: 1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor), 2. Vladimir Kramnik (Rus), 3. Anish Giri (Ned), 4. Levon Aronian (Arm), 5. Fabiana Caruana (US), 6. Hikaru Nakamura (US), 7. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra), 8. Viswanathan Anand (Ind), 9. Veselin Topalov (Bul), 10. Wesly So (US), 11. Sergey Karjakin (Rus), 12. Ding Liren (Chn), 13. Pavel Eljanov (Ukr), 14. P. Harikrishna (Ind), 15. Alexander Grischuk (Rus), 16. Li Chao (Chn), 17. Peter Svidler (Rus), 18. Yu Yangyi (Chn), 19. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze), 20. Michael Adams (Eng).

Women: 1. Hou Yifan (Chn), 2. Koneru Humpy (Ind), 3. Mariya Muzychuk (Ukr), 4. Alexandra Kosteniuk (Rus), 5. Ju Wenjun (Chn), 6. Anna Muzychuk (Ukr), 7. Nana Dzagnidze (Geo), 8. Viktorija Cmilyte (Ltu), 9. Kateryna Lagno (Rus), 10. Pia Cramling (Swe), 11. Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul), 12. Dronavalli Harika (Ind), 13. Zhao Xue (Chn), 14. Tan Zhongyi (Chn), 15. Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus), 16. Bela Khotenashvili, 17. Valentina Gunina (Rus), 18. Marie Sebag (Fra), 19. Lela Javakhishvili (Geo), 20. Nino Batsiashvili (Geo).