#1 Rated Woman Chess Player in World – December 2019

China's Yifan Hou, rated 2662, #1 Rated Woman in the World

China’s Yifan Hou

Rated 2664

The #79 Rated Player Overall in the World

Born: February 27, 1994 (age 25 years) in Xinghua, China

The #1 ranked woman in the world, China’s Hou Yifan, took a short break from her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, to play a couple Classical Chess games and maintain her #1 rated woman in the world status. She gained five rating points, moving from 2659 to 2664! Overall, Hou Yifan is the #79 strongest rated chess player in the world!

Hou Yifan, relinquished her Women’s World Chess Champion title in 2018 to pursue her studies at Oxford University, and has not actively played Classical Chess until now.

The Women’s World Chess Champion title is presently held by the #2 rated woman in the world, China’s Ju Wenjun, who will defend her title in January 2020 against the # 4 rated woman in the world, Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina. See below.


World Chess Champion

2019 November Magnus Carlsen hand to face Ding Liren behind him over left shoulder

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen

Rated 2872!

Born: November 30, 1990 (age 29 years) in Tønsberg, Norway


Magnus at 2872! Will he reach 2900 in 2020?

28-points to go!

Magnus Sets Two World Records!


On October 21, 2019, Magnus Carlsen broke Ding Liren’s record of 100 games for the longest unbeaten streak in classical chess by drawing Levon Aronian in the Grand Swiss Chess Tournament.

The first World Record! Magnus Carlsen now has remained unbeaten for 101 straight classical chess games.

Carlsen’s last loss in classical chess was to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the Biel tournament on July 31, 2018!

The second World Record! Carlsen’s current streak is also the longest unbeaten streak by a reigning World Chess Champion and includes a stretch of 12 undefeated games against Fabiano Caruana at the 2018 World Chess Championship.


Top 10 Players in World – December 2019

2019 Dec Top 10 Overall


Top 10 Women in World – December 2019

2019 Dec Top 10 WOMEN

2020 Women’s World Chess Champoionship – January 2020!

The Women’s World Chess Champion title is presently held by the #2 rated woman in the world, China’s Ju Wenjun, who will defend her title in January 2020 against the # 4 rated woman in the world, Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina.

China’s Ju Wenjun rated 2586 is the Women’s World Chess Champion

Women’s World Champion
China’s Ju Wenjun

 

Aleksandra Goryachkina in white sitting at chess board behind black pieces.

Challenger
Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachikina


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Chess Rules For Students is a workbook for students learning the game of chess and for beginning students returning to the game. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Parents unfamiliar with chess will find this booklet a valuable guide to their child’s new interest.

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