Anand slips low at ELO ratings
03.07.06: Indian GM Vishwanathan Anand slips low in ELO rankings with Topalov opening up a up a 34-point lead. The latest ELO world chess-ranking list was released on Sunday. Anand's unsatisfactory performance in the Chess Olympiad cost him some precious points resulting in his being dropped out of the prestigious ELO club. Topalov, who retained the Mtel Masters title with a memorable comeback in the second half of the premier event in May, gained nine points in the current list to move to 2813. Anand, who was just one point behind the Bulgarian in the previous list released in April, slipped to 2779 after losing precious points in the Mtel Masters and the Chess Olympiad in Turin. This loss of 24 rating points in a single list is the biggest for Anand since losing 27 points in the October 2001 list following the loss in Dortmund. Vladimir Kramnik, who made a grand comeback in Turin, moved to the fourth spot, behind Armenia's Levon Aronian after gaining 14 points.