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D Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi become the second Indian duo to make into World Top 10 since November 2016

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/05/2024

D Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi have created a new record in FIDE Rating list May 2024. They both became the first Indian duo since November 2016, to make it into the World top 10 of a published rating list. D Gukesh's historic triumph at the FIDE Candidates 2024 moved him up from World no.16 to 6. Arjun is now World no.7. Arjun's live ranking is no.5, but the next change will take place in June. Currently, there are four Indians in top 14, five in top 28, six in top 37, eight in top 53 and ten in top 81. D Gukesh is the biggest gainer of this list in the Open at the top. He gained 20.4 Elo rating points and stormed into World top ten at no.6. Among the Women, there are three Indians in top 13, four in top 29, five in top 51 and 11 in top 100. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Seven and a half years later, Vishy Anand and Pentala Harikrishna's record is broken

GM D Gukesh gained 20.4 Elo rating points at FIDE Candidates 2024. He is now the World no.6 and India no.1 in May 2024 FIDE Rating list. GM Arjun Erigaisi gained 5.1 Elo rating points at GRENKE Open 2024 and 3rd Menorca Open 2024. He is now at World no.7 and India no.2. Vishy Anand and R Praggnanandhaa maintained their places at World no.11 and 14 respectively.

D Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi became the first Indian duo since Vishy Anand and Pentala Harikrishna to make it into a published World Top 10 rating list | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Vishy Anand and Pentala Harikrishna were World no.7 and 10 respectively. Gukesh and Arjun improved that as they secure the sixth and seventh place in the world.

D Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi, Vishy Anand and R Praggnanandhaa are now in World top 14 | Source: FIDE

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

Women: Three in Top 15, Five in Top 51

Three Indian women are in top 13, four in top 29 and five in top 51. GM R Vaishali's fantastic comeback helped her gain 14.2 Elo rating points. She moved up to World no.13 from 15. IM Divya Deshmukh's 13.4 Elo rating points gain moved her from 39 to 29th in the rank. WGM Nandhidhaa P V and WGM Priyanka Nutakki returned to World Top 100 among Women. They gained 81.4 and 82.6 Elo rating points to claim 92nd and 94th places respectively. Currently, there are eleven Indian women among top 100 which is one more than the Open rankings.

GM R Vaishali's five game winning streak at FIDE Women's Candidates 2024 helped her gain 14.2 move two places from 15th to 13th | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

IM Divya Deshmukh gained 13.4 Elo rating points to move up by ten places from 39th to 29th | Photo: Angelika Valkova/GRENKE Chess

WGM Nandhidhaa P V increased her Elo rating by 81.4 points. She is now at World no.92 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WGM Priyanka Nutakki gained 82.6 Elo rating points to move to World no.94 | Photo: Academia de Xadres Portugal

Three Indian women among top 13 | Source: FIDE


India was no.2 in terms of average rating of top ten players, 11 Elo rating points behind the USA. We will update this section once the info is available on


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