The May FIDE rating list has GM Ding Liren back as the world’s number two player, 58 points behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen and just two points ahead of GM Alireza Firouzja, who was in second place before. Meanwhile, the list reflects that a lot of young players are on the rise.

Ding completed no fewer than 28 games in a month in different events in China, with which he became eligible to replace GM Sergey Karjakin in the FIDE Candidates Tournament in case the appeal from the Russian Chess Federation will be denied by the Ethics & Disciplinary Commission. Ding won 7.2 rating points, is back above 2800 and back as the number two player. Consequently, if he’d play the Candidates, he’d be the top seed.

Ding Liren in the Asian Games qualifier at the end of April.

Except for Ding and GM Fabiano Caruana, who won five points in The American Cup, the other top 10 players who were active in this period all lost rating. A result of that was GM Richard Rapport, one of the FIDE Candidates, reaching his career’s highest position as the new world number five.

The biggest change at the top was a 20-point drop for GM Levon Aronian. Another American player did much better: GM Hikaru Nakamura won 10 points, also qualified for the Candidates and is now in 11th position, just one point behind number 10 GM Anish Giri.

A bit further down the list we see GM Jorden van Foreest reaching his career’s highest rating so far (2715) although he was coming from 2714 after a gain of 12 points in March. GM Sam Sevian broke 2700 for the first time and now sits on 2703, having won nine points for the April list and another 10 last month.

The biggest gain was for GM Matthias Bluebaum, who won 26 points which included the 20.4 points he gained while winning the European Individual Championship. 

Other young players who reached career’s highs are GMs Arjun Erigaisi (2675), Vincent Keymer (2667), Narayanan S.L. (2662), Gukesh D. (2659), Hans Niemann (2656), Haik Martirosyan (2652), Alan Pichot (2652), Jules Moussard (2651), and Amin Tabatabaei (2650) with the latter six names having entered the world’s top 100 for the first time.

Especially Gukesh stands out in the above list. The 15-year-old Indian player won two open tournaments back-to-back in Spain: first the La Roda Open and then the Menorca Open. With his second place in the Reykjavik Open just before that, Gukesh gained 45 points in the last two months. It will be exciting to see him play in India’s B team at the Olympiad, where GM Viswanathan Anand sadly decided not to participate.

FIDE Standard Ratings Per May 1, 2022 (Top 20)

# Fed Name May 2022 April Born
1 / 1 Carlsen, Magnus 2864 2864 1990
 2 / 3 Ding, Liren 2806 (+7) 2799 1992
3 / 2 Firouzja, Alireza 2804 2804 2003
 4 / 5 Caruana, Fabiano 2786 (+5) 2781 1992
5 / 7 Rapport, Richard 2776 2776 1996
6 / 9 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2773 2773 1990
 7 / 10 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2770 (-1) 2771 1985
 8 / 6 So, Wesley 2766 (-12) 2778 1993
 9 / 4 Aronian, Levon 2765 (-20) 2785 1982
10 / 8 Giri, Anish 2761 (-12) 2773 1994
11 / 16 Nakamura, Hikaru 2760 (+10) 2750 1987
12 / 12 Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2753 (-3) 2756 1983
13 / 13 Radjabov, Teimour 2753 2753 1987
14 / 14 Anand, Viswanathan 2751 2751 1969
15 / 11 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2750 (-8) 2758 1990
16 / 15 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2750 2750 1998
17 / 17 Karjakin, Sergey 2747 2747 1990
18 / 18 Wang, Hao 2744 2744 1989
19 / 19 Grischuk, Alexander 2742 2742 1983
20 / 20 Topalov, Veselin 2730 2730 1975
21 / 21 Andreikin, Dmitry 2729 2729 1990
22 / 22 Wei, Yi 2727 (-2) 2729 1999
23 / 24 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2723 2723 1994
24 / 23 Vitiugov, Nikita 2722 (-2) 2724 1987
25 / 29 Shankland, Sam 2718 (+9) 2709 1991
26 / 26 Van Foreest, Jorden 2715 (+1) 2714 1999
27 / 28 Yu, Yangyi 2710 2710 1994
28 / 30 Bu, Xiangzhi 2709 (+1) 2708 1985
29 / 25 Esipenko, Andrey 2709 (-14) 2723 2002
30 / 31 Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2708 2708 1987
31 / 32 Harikrishna, Pentala 2705 2705 1986
32 / 33 Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2704 2704 1982
33 / 45 Sevian, Samuel 2703 (+10) 2693 2000
34 / 27 Dubov, Daniil 2702 (-9) 2711 1996
35 / 34 Fedoseev, Vladimir 2701 2701 1995
36 / 35 Artemiev, Vladislav 2700 2700 1998
37 / 36 Maghsoodloo, Parham 2699 2699 2000
38 / 37 Adams, Michael 2698 2698 1971
39 / 38 Alekseenko, Kirill 2698 2698 1997
40 / 39 Sjugirov, Sanan 2696 2696 1993
41 / 40 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2696 2696 1987
42 / 46 Shirov, Alexei 2695 (+2) 2693 1972
43 / 58 Sargissian, Gabriel 2694 (+13) 2681 1983
44 / 41 Saric, Ivan 2693 (-2) 2695 1990
45 / 50 Nyzhnyk, Illya 2692 (+7) 2685 1996
46 / 43 Anton Guijarro, David 2691 (-3) 2694 1995
47 / 47 Salem, A.R. Saleh 2690 2690 1993
48 / 48 Predke, Alexandr 2688 2688 1994
49 / 51 Xiong, Jeffery 2688 (+3) 2685 2000
50 / 52 Amin, Bassem 2686 (+1) 2685 1988
51 / 66 Oparin, Grigoriy 2685 (+11) 2674 1997
52 / 49 Volokitin, Andrei 2684 (-3) 2687 1986
53 / 56 Robson, Ray 2684 (+3) 2681 1994
54 / 54 Svidler, Peter 2683 2683 1976
55 / 44 Navara, David 2682 (-11) 2693 1985
56 / 67 Cheparinov, Ivan 2682 (+10) 2672 1986
57 / 55 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2682 2682 1983
58 / 57 Eljanov, Pavel 2681 2681 1983
59 / 60 Li, Chao b 2679 2679 1989
60 / 61 Almasi, Zoltan 2677 2677 1976
61 / 62 Erigaisi Arjun 2675 2675 2003
62 / 63 Sarana, Alexey 2675 2675 2000
63 / 53 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2674 (-9) 2683 1986
64 / 64 Kovalenko, Igor 2674 2674 1988
65 / 65 Matlakov, Maxim 2674 2674 1991
66 / 81 Santos Latasa, Jaime 2672 (+16) 2656 1996
67 / 42 Korobov, Anton 2671 (-24) 2695 1985
68 / 59 Deac, Bogdan-Daniel 2671 (-8) 2679 2001
69 / 71 Jones, Gawain C B 2669 (+3) 2666 1987
70 / 76 Guseinov, Gadir 2668 (+7) 2661 1986
71 / 69 Gelfand, Boris 2668 (-2) 2670 1968
72 / 70 Ni, Hua 2668 2668 1983
73 / 68 Areshchenko, Alexander 2667 (-3) 2670 1986
74 / 85 Keymer, Vincent 2667 (+13) 2654 2004
75 / 100 Ma, Qun 2666 (+21) 2645 1991
76 / 72 Swiercz, Dariusz 2665 (+1) 2664 1994
77 / Bluebaum, Matthias 2663 1997
78 / 73 Narayanan.S.L 2662 2662 1998
79 / 75 Kamsky, Gata 2661 2661 1974
80 / 74 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 2661 2661 2004
81 / Gukesh D 2659 2006
82 / 82 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2659 (+3) 2656 1979
83 / 78 Inarkiev, Ernesto 2659 2659 1985
84 / 79 Najer, Evgeniy 2659 2659 1977
85 / Niemann, Hans Moke 2656 2003
86 / 83 Mamedov, Rauf 2656 2656 1988
87 / 96 Melkumyan, Hrant 2655 (+6) 2649 1989
88 / 93 Tari, Aryan 2654 (+4) 2650 1999
89 / 77 Berkes, Ferenc 2654 (-6) 2660 1985
90 / 86 Demchenko, Anton 2654 2654 1987
91 / 84 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2654 2654 1985
92 / 91 Mareco, Sandro 2653 (+1) 2652 1987
93 / 87 Howell, David W L 2653 2653 1990
94 / Martirosyan, Haik M. 2652 2000
95 / Pichot, Alan 2652 1998
96 / 90 Malakhov, Vladimir 2652 2652 1980
97 / Moussard, Jules 2651 1995
98 / 98 Svane, Rasmus 2651 (+3) 2648 1997
99 / 95 Sasikiran, Krishnan 2651 (+1) 2650 1981
100 / Tabatabaei, M. Amin 2650 2001

Data courtesy FIDE.

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