28 ( +1 | -1 ) Found him !He has zoomed up from 74 to No.46 in the world. Now he faces a tricky decision, does he give up Chess to pursue his Academic career or does he take the risky decision to become a Chess professional. He has the potential to become a world title contender.....as I say, a tricky decision.
56 ( +1 | -1 ) CalIt must be a very tough decision to make for Luke McShane. He had made a giant step on this last list, so I could imagine he would be very tempted, to try an make a living as a professional. Bent Larsen was asked many-many times, if he could live of, being a professional chessplayer and his answer everytime was NO!!!, but he made a quite a good living of being a writer! I'm glad we don't have to make that kind of decisions, or? :-))
62 ( +1 | -1 ) Luke McShaneLuke McShane has just won the Young Masters title in Lausanne, ahead of all the best young players in the world. This probably makes him the best young prospect in the world.
Please.... please.... Luke, don't retire from Chess as you are planning to do. If he gives up three of the most important Chess years in his life to pursue a University education he will never make up the ground that he will have lost on his rivals.
The pity of it is that if Luke was American, corporate sponsors would be throwing money at him as he has every chance of eventually becoming World Champion.
21 ( +1 | -1 ) I thoughtI could lure you into a spelling error,but no such luck. Roman could have been a contender if his temperament for gambling didn't get the better of him...thanks for finding the 2542 rating for him (not too shabby).
35 ( +1 | -1 ) My favourite ...is xukrer, though not on the top players list. I recently played a blitz-match against her - Wow!! - she is very, very strong. We have to watch out. Hope she will continue her chess efforts!