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Monday 26 September 2016

A few days ago FIDE published its new rating lists. The top five players are Carlsen (Norway, 2,876); Caruana (Italy, 2,805); Anand (India, 2,804); Nakamura (USA, 2,802), and Topalov (Bulgaria, 2,798).

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

A few days ago FIDE published its new rating lists. The top five players are Carlsen (Norway, 2,876); Caruana (Italy, 2,805); Anand (India, 2,804); Nakamura (USA, 2,802), and Topalov (Bulgaria, 2,798).

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The strongest female players are Hou Yifan (China, 2,676); J Polgar (Hungary, 2,675); Koneru (India, 2,589); Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2,573), and A Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2,549).

The top juniors are Wei Yi (China, 2721); Fedoseev (Russia, 2674); Rapport (Hungary, 2671); Dubov (Russia, 2661) and Artemiev (Russia, 2660).

There is no shortage of talented young players. One of them is 17-year-old Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2,610). Last December he won the European Rapid Chess Championship. Duda's great potential can be seen in this game he played a week ago in the French Club Championship.

Duda - Ider

1.e4 e62.d4 d5

3.Nc3 h6?!

This waiting move is sometimes played after 3.Nd2, but here it looks dubious.

4.Bd3 Nc6

5.Nf3 Nb4 6.Bb5+! c6

7.Be2 Nf6 8.e5 Ne4

9.a3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Na6

11.c4 Be7 12.0-0 0-0

13.c3 Nc7

Black's opening experiment has backfired - his knight is passive, while his bishops lack clear prospects. GM Duda started to regroup his pieces for an attack on the kingside:

14.Bd3! b6

15.Bb1! h5?! 16.Qd3 g6

17.Qe3! Re8 (D)

Black prepared to meet 18.Qh6 with 18...Bf8 but couldn't defuse all White's attack ideas:

18.Bxg6! fxg6

19.Qh6 Rf8 20.Qxg6+ Kh8

21.Qxh5+ Kg8 22.Bh6 1-0

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