Nepomniachtchi World Number 4 In April FIDE Ratings

Nepomniachtchi World Number 4 In April FIDE Ratings

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GM Ian Nepomniachtchi is the new number four in the world rankings. The Russian grandmaster reached a career-high rating in the April FIDE rating list, published by the International Chess Federation on Wednesday. 

Note that the new ratings can also be found here on Chess.com via the easy link Chess.com/ratings, with direct links to the players' profile pages.


The top of the new rating list, which won't see any changes in the coming months due to the coronavirus crisis, reflects the first seven rounds of the Candidates Tournament. As one of the current leaders of the tournament, with a plus-two score, Nepomniachtchi gained 10 Elo points to reach his highest rating so far: 2784.

Ian Nepomniachtchi
Nepomniachtchi reached his highest rating ever. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Pre-tournament favorite GM Ding Liren is on the wrong side of the leaderboard at the halfway point. He lost 14 points and dropped to a new rating of 2791. He fell below 2800 for the first time since August 2018.

The previous number four, GM Alexander Grischuk, saw no change to his rating of 2777 after playing seven draws in Yekaterinburg. He is now in sixth place as GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, also on plus two in the Candidates, gained 11 points to reach 2778.

GM Anish Giri, who gained one point in Yekaterinburg, is back into the top 10. He now has the same rating as GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov but is placed higher because he actually played chess while the Azerbaijani didn't.

By the way, the world number one played one game as well in March, in the Norwegian league.

FIDE Standard Ratings, April 2020 (Top 20)

# Fed Name Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus 2863 1 1990
2 Caruana, Fabiano 2835 7 1992
3 Ding, Liren 2791 7 1992
4 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2784 7 1990
5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2778 7 1990
6 Grischuk, Alexander 2777 7 1983
7 Aronian, Levon 2773 0 1982
8 So, Wesley 2770 0 1993
9 Radjabov, Teimour 2765 0 1987
10 Giri, Anish 2764 7 1994
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 1985
12 Wang, Hao 2763 7 1989
13 Rapport, Richard 2760 0 1996
14 Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2758 0 1983
15 Anand, Viswanathan 2753 0 1969
16 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2753 0 1998
17 Karjakin, Sergey 2752 0 1990
18 Nakamura, Hikaru 2736 0 1987
19 Topalov, Veselin 2735 0 1975
20 Wei, Yi 2732 0 1999

The top 20 among the women saw more changes, and all of those were based on the FIDE Grand Prix in Lausanne which ran from March 2-13. The biggest winner in terms of Elo was the winner of the tournament itself, GM Nana Dzagnidze. With an Elo gain of 15 points, she re-entered the world's top 10.

The biggest change, however, was the staggering 23-point loss for GM Ju Wenjun. That's what one tournament can do, even with a K-factor of just 10. The Women's World Champion scored 4.5/11 in Lausanne, and is now in fourth place in the rankings.

Ju Wenjun FIDE Grand Prix Lausanne
Ju Wenjun, the world number four after the FIDE Grand Prix in Lausanne Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

The new number three is GM Aleksandra Goryachkina, who gained thee points herself in that tournament. She also won three games, one of them against Ju.

IM Zhansaya Abdumalik played an excellent tournament which got her into the world's top 20. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, however, lost 11 points and now finds herself in the 20th place, her worst since October 2013.

FIDE Standard Ratings (Women), April 2020 (Top 20)

# Fed Title Name Rating Games B-Year
1 GM Hou, Yifan 2658 0 1994
2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2586 0 1987
3 GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2582 11 1998
4 GM Ju, Wenjun 2560 11 1991
5 GM Lagno, Kateryna 2546 0 1989
6 GM Muzychuk, Mariya 2544 11 1992
7 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2535 11 1990
8 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2524 11 1987
9 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2515 11 1991
10 GM Tan, Zhongyi 2510 0 1991
11 GM Lei, Tingjie 2505 0 1997
12 IM Saduakassova, Dinara 2500 0 1996
13 IM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2494 11 1993
14 IM Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 2494 0 1997
15 GM Zhao, Xue 2486 0 1985
16 IM Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2478 11 2000
17 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2475 0 1984
18 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2475 0 1985
19 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2473 0 1985
20 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2471 11 1984

All data courtesy FIDE.

Chess.com Blitz and Bullet

We can also have a look at the current blitz and bullet ratings on Chess.com. As usual, GM Hikaru Nakamura tops both lists.

While the top 10 includes almost only fairly well-known games, a new one has entered as well: GM Arjun Erigaisi, a 16-year-old Indian grandmaster from Telangana, India. As his rating is based on just 32 blitz games so far, it remains to be seen if he can keep it up.

Chess.com Blitz ratings per 1 April 2020

# Fed Player Username Rating Won/Lost/Draw
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura @Hikaru 3311 14586/2630/1794
2 GM Alireza Firouzja @Firouzja2003 3161 4822/3197/1124
3 GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda @Polish_fighter3000 3137 1128/636/228
4 GM Daniel Naroditsky @DanielNaroditsky 3124 10205/5519/1717
5 GM Parham Maghsoodloo @Parhamov 3109 1609/1466/396
6 GM Vladislav Artemiev @Sibelephant 3104 335/104/72
7 GM Vladimir Fedoseev @Bigfish1995 3100 3803/2770/835
8 GM Wesley So @GMWSO 3086 489/256/201
9 GM Ian Nepomniachtchi @lachesisQ 3082 1385/809/333
10 GM Arjun Erigaisi @ArjunErigaisi2003 3060 22/8/2

(See the full and most up-to-date list here.)

Also in the bullet list, one name really stands out this time. CM Elie Milikow, a 13-year-old player from Israel, has played over 31,000(!) bullet games on our site since he joined in April 2013 (wait, he was six years old back then!?) and is now the number-six bullet player. Impressive!

Chess.com Bullet ratings per 1 April 2020

# Fed Player Username Rating Won/Lost/Draw
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura @Hikaru 3246 8886/1109/462
2 GM Nihal Sarin @nihalsarin 3204 6510/3881/875
3 GM Haik Martirosyan @Micki-taryan 3204 10962/8523/1198
4 GM Alireza Firouzja @Firouzja2003 3145 10039/6588/1144
5 GM Dmitry Andreikin @2Vladimirovich90 3105 323/202/46
6 CM Elie Milikow @elm2007 3091 14144/15621/1297
7 GM Salem Saleh @Arabicfalcon 3085 1224/848/129
8 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave @LyonBeast 3083 724/280/100
9 GM Andrew Tang @penguingm1 3075 10594/5685/836
10 GM Daniel Naroditsky @DanielNaroditsky 3069 12662/7137/1296

See the full and most up-to-date list here.)

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