Sun-Herald, October 14
In contrast, Viswanathan Anand has been hit hard by his Dortmund flop, maintaining third place but falling well behind his fellow World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.
However the Indian is entitled to be peeved that the world body has failed to include his convincing tournament win in Merida, Mexico - an event held well before Dortmund.
An inactive Alexey Shirov has, for the first time in many years, fallen from the top 10, overtaken by Topalov and Holland's rising star Loek Van Wely.
Garry Kasparov also failed to play a rated game in the three month period covered by the rating list - his 11/12 in a rapid tournament in Georgia is not ratable - but his outstanding results in the first half of the year makes his number one position unchallengeable.
October 2001 FIDE World Rankings
The following game was the most spectacular played at the recent European Club Championship, won by the Russian team Norilsky Nikel. The winner is a young German International Master.
Black hopes for a chance to play 16...Bf8 but his king's shelter is now blown away by a series of sacrifices. 16.e5! dxe5 17.Nxe6! fxe6 18.Bxh7+! Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8
Black is ready for 20.Qxe8+ Nf8 but not for the remarkable... 20.Rxd7!! Bxd7 21.g6 Bxa3 On 21...Bf6 22.Ne4 gives a decisive attack. 22.fxe5 Qxe5 23.Qxe5 Bxb2+ 24.Kb1 Bxc3 25.Qh5 1-0