A changing of the guard was anticipated in the top ranks this year. It was the men’s chess champion, now 43, whom many thought to be vulnerable. But it was the teenage women’s chess champion who was dethroned. The men’s titleholder, Viswanathan Anand of India, successfully defended the chess championship in May in a grueling match against Boris Gelfand, an Israeli grandmaster. Still, there are signs that Anand’s time at the top is coming to an end. Magnus Carlsen, 22, is now the world’s top-ranked chess player, and he will have a record high rating when the next rankings are released on Tuesday. On the women’s side, Hou Yifan — who became the youngest world chess champion when she won the title in 2010 at 16 — failed to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news