People often ask me why the world’s highest ranked player is not also the world champion. Normally I have to tediously go through how they have qualification tournaments followed a one-on-one match between champion and challenger, and how the world’s highest ranked player would not necessarily be able to overcome all the obstacles to become world champion. (In general, winning the world championship is more prestigious than being the highest ranked player.) However, finally, the world champion has become the highest ranked player! Magnus Carlsen (NOR) has lost a whopping 24 points, but to his great credit, he is still floats above 2800 at 2802. World Champion Viswanathan “Vishy” Anand (IND) is now number 1 with a rating of 2804. Levon Aronian (ARM) has gained a lot of rating points and is now in 3rd position with a rating of 2801.