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By Jennifer Shahade   
June 9, 2006

Rating Update- April to June
Gatta move up to the top and Rusa breaks 2400

The biggest story of the June rating list is that for the first time in over a year (since February 2005 to be exact) GM Hikaru Nakamura, 2005 U.S. Champion does not occupy the number one spot in U.S. rankings! In fact, he dropped to third, losing almost 60 points. Most of the problem is not with Hikaru’s results, but with his consistency. In both Foxwoods and the U.S. Championship (both rated for this list), he lost to much lower rated players, but bounced back in the Swiss system to do O.K in the final standings.

Gata’s rise to the top was quiet, and more about watching Hikaru drop. Still, it’s fitting that he’s ranked number one these days, considering his awesome performances in both Mtel Sofia and the Olympiad, neither of which will be officially rated by the USCF.

The biggest overall gainers are Yury Shulman and Alex Wojtkiewicz, who was vastly under-rated at 2587.

The top female gainers are Rusudan Goletiani and Anna Zatonskih, winners of their respective groups in San Diego. Rusa broke 2400 USCF for the first time in her career while Anna gained 15 points, a single point shy of her goal of 2500.
Josh Friedel was the biggest junior earner,( some of his points came from Hikaru at the U.S. Championship) so he slid into second place, trading places with Lev Milman.

Top Overall

Gata Kamsky
Alexander Onischuk
Hikaru Nakamura
Gregory Kaidanov
Ildar Ibragimov
Jaan Ehlvest
Alexander Shabalov
Larry Christiansen
Alexander Ivanov
Yury Shulman
Boris Gulko
Alex Stripunsky
Igor Novikov
Varuzhan Akobian
Ben Finegold
Alexander Goldin
Patrick Wolff
Alex Wojtkiewicz
Sergey Kudrin
Eugene Perelshteyn
Joel Benjamin
Alexander Fishbein
Alex Yermolinsky
Julio Becerra


Women
Anna Zatonskih
Irina Krush
Rusudan Goletiani
Camilla Baginskaite
Tatev Abrahamyan
Laura Ross
Yuliya Levitan
Beatriz Marinello
6/06 rating

2736
2704
2697
2696
2692
2685
2671
2663
2660
2660
2659
2659
2650
2649
2648
2626
2623
2615
2613
2610
2605
2603
2602
2596
2586


2499
2449
2412
2342
2297
2252
2228
2206
4/06 Rating

2730
2686
2755
2722
2702
2676
2666
2647
2638
2623
2684
2647
2643
2662
2653
2643
2623
2587
2624
2593
2618
2593
2590
2640
N/A


2484
2449
2391
2331
2293
2247
2228
2206
+/-

6
18
-58
-26
-10
9
5
16
22
37
-25
12
7
-13
-5
-17
0
28
-11
17
-13
10
12
-44
35


15
0
21
11
4
5
0
0
 
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