Anand out of top-3 rank, placed 5th in World Rankings

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New Delhi, Sep 30 (UNI) With a bottom finish in the Chess Masters tournament at Bilbao recently, World Champion Viswanathan Anand today further slipped down the ladder to be placed fifth in the latest world rankings issued by the game's world governing body FIDE.

It was for the first time in over a decade that Anand moved out of the top three.

He was crowned the world number one in April 2007 but fell to the second place in January, this year, only to regain the top spot in April.

His old rival Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, who clinched the Chess Masters title earlier this month at Bilbao, was at the top spot and pushing Anand out of the top three.

Topalov is rated ELO 2791, while Anand is 2783 and a further 10 ELO points away is former World Champion of Russia, Vladimir Kramnik, who is placed one rung below Anand at sixth.

All eyes will be on the World Championship starting from October 11-28, in Bonn, Germany where Anand plays against Kramnik after the new rankings.

Norway's Magnus Carlson is also nearing the top-3 positions as he is ranked fourth ahead of Anand.

The second and third positions are however, grabbed by Alexander Morozevich of Russia and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine.


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