Chess: Aronian further down on FIDE rankings

Top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian went down by three positions on the latest rankings of international chess’s governing body, FIDE, and is now ninth with a rating of 2777.

The February 1, 2015 update of the list ranks Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champion, as the top player with a rating of 2865, followed by Italian American Fabiano Caruana (2811) and Russia’s Alexander Grischuk (2810).

Ahead of Aronian are also Bulgaria’s Vesilin Topalov, Anish Giri (the Netherlands), Viswanathan Anand (India), Wesley So (USA) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia).

Aronian stayed as number two in the FIDE rankings for several years, only occasionally dropping to third place, before sliding to fifth position in September-October 2-14. He further dropped to sixth place in December.

In January, the Armenian grandmaster finished only 10th at an annual prestigious tournament in the Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee.

Aronian is going to participate in another grand tournament to be held in Baden-Baden, Germany, on February 2-9. Among his rivals will also be Carlsen, Anand, Caruana, as well as Michael Adams (UK), Etienne Bacrot (France), Arkadij Naiditch and David Baramidze (both representing Germany).