Carlsen will be the world's no. 2

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On July 1, 2008 Magnus Carlsen will be the world's no. 2. He just drew his game against Sergey Karjakin in Foros and earlier today, FIDE confirmed to ChessVibes that the Aerosvit tournament will indeed be included in the July 1st rating list.

A final report on the Aerosvit tournament will be published later on, but first this "breaking news". Because of Carlsen's new succes in Foros, many chess fans have been closely following Hans Arild Runde's live rating list this week. The Norwegian (no coincidence, of course) keeps track of the daily rating changes of the world's top 30 and because of him, we've known for a few days already that Carlsen has virtually overtaken Topalov, Morozevich and Kramnik.

Today, Gennady Rakhvalov of FIDE confirmed by email that the Aerosvit tournament will indeed be included in the July 1st rating list, just like the 2007 Morelia/Linares tournament was included in the April 2007 list. This means the live list shows a realistic situation and that Magnus Carlsen has indeed continued his fantastic march to the top. On the last list he had gone up from number thirteen to number five, and on the next list this will be an incredible second spot.

We congratulate Magnus Carlsen with this fantastic result, which reminds me of a 17-year-old Boris Becker who stunned the world in 1985 by winning Wimbledon as the first unseeded player. Because the Carlsen's like a good game of tennis, let's enjoy it one more time, as a present for Magnus:

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By the way, from now on, here at ChessVibes you can always watch the current (virtual) standings of the world's top 10 in the far right column. With a little PHP script, Hans Arild Runde's data (which he updates daily whenever a top tournament is on) will automatically be refreshed here too!

Update 19:22 CET Vassily Ivanchuk beat Pavel Eljanov to finish clear second in Foros. This means he will end up with a new rating of 2791, just one point below Carlsen's new rating 2972. Ivanchuk will be the new number three, and the world's five best players will all be in the rating range 2788-2798!

Update June 20, 20:01 CET FIDE won't include Aerosvit in the July 1 list...
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