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Arjun Erigaisi becomes the new India no.1 officially

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/04/2024

Arjun Erigaisi became India no.1 officially in FIDE Rating list for April 2024. He becomes the second Indian since D Gukesh to cross Vishy Anand as India no.1 in a published rating list. Gukesh achieved it on 1st September 2023. Seven months later, Arjun did it. Arjun is now World no.9. After Vishy Anand, Pentala Harikrishna and D Gukesh, Arjun became the fourth Indian to make into World top 10. Currently, there are four Indians in top 16, five in top 25, eight in top 41 and ten in top 81. Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the biggest gainer of this list at the top. He gained 15.2 Elo rating points and stormed into World top ten at no.4. Among the Women, there are no changes at the top. Currently there are three in top 15, four in top 40, five in top 50 and nine in top 100. Photo: Angelika Valkova / GRENKE Chess

Arjun Erigaisi and Nodirbek Abdusattorov storm into World top 10

GM Arjun Erigaisi gained 8.3 Elo rating points combining two events - 5th Shengzhen Masters and Bundesliga West. He is the World no.9 and India no.1 in April 2024 FIDE Rating list. Currently he is playing at GRENKE Chess Open 2024. He is at 6/7, trailing three leaders by a half point.

Arjun Erigaisi moved up from World no.14 to World no.9 | Photo: Angelika Valkova/GRENKE Chess

Arjun Erigaisi became the second Indian after D Gukesh to surpass Vishy Anand on a published FIDE Rating list | Source: FIDE

There are ten Indians in World Top 100 | Source: FIDE

Women: Three in Top 15, Five in Top 50

Three Indian women are in top 15, four in top 40 and five in top 50. There are no major changes in the rankings of Indian women. GM R Vaishali, IM Divya Deshmukh and IM Vantika Agrawal all three of them dropped only one place to 15th, 39th and 50th respectively. Currently there are nine Indian women among top 100 which is very close to the Open rankings.

Three Indian women among top 15 | Source: FIDE


India is currently at no.2 in terms of average rating of top ten players, 11 Elo rating points behind the USA. The gap got slightly increased from 9 to 11 from March to April 2024 FIDE Rating list.

Top ten federations | Source: FIDE


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