FIDE Ratings March 2021

by André Schulz
3/2/2021 – So far, the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee was the only over-the-board top tournament this year. It was played in the second half of January, but its results did not affect the rating list of February 2021. But Wijk changed the rating list from March 2021: Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost points, other players gained rating.

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FIDE World Ranking List March 2021

Three of the current top ten players took part in Wijk aan Zee. Anish Giri gained 12 points and jumped from eleventh to seventh place, but Magnus Carlsen lost 15 points, while Fabiano Caruana played at about his level (-3).

The gap between the world's two best players has narrowed considerably, from 39 points before to 27 points now. That's about the size of the gap between Fabiano Caruana and the third best player, Ding Liren, who has not played any FIDE-rated games in the last months. Behind Ding Liren, the gaps between the players are much smaller.

Top Ten

1. Magnus Carlsen – 2847 (-15)
2. Fabiano Caruana – 2820 (-3)
3. Ding Liren – 2791
4. Ian Nepomniachtchi – 2789
5. Levon Aronian – 2781
6. Alexander Grischuk – 2777
7. Anish Giri – 2776 (+12)
8. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – 2770
9. Wesley So – 2770
10. Teimour Radjabov – 2765

Among the Elo-winners of the Tata Steel Tournament are tournament winner Jorden van Foreest (2701, +30), Andrey Esipenko (2701, +24), Alireza Firouzja (2759, +10), and Nils Grandelius (2670, +7).

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave suffered the biggest rating loss in Wijk. He lost 26 points and dropped from fifth to fourteenth place on the ranking list.

Top 100

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2847  13  1990
 2  Caruana, Fabiano  g  USA  2820  13  1992
 3  Ding, Liren  g  CHN  2791  0  1992
 4  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2789  0  1990
 5  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2781  0  1982
 6  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2777  0  1983
 7  Giri, Anish  g  NED  2776  13  1994
 8  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2770  0  1985
 9  So, Wesley  g  USA  2770  0  1993
 10  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2765  0  1987
 11  Rapport, Richard  g  HUN  2763  0  1996
 12  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2763  0  1989
 13  Firouzja, Alireza  g  FID  2759  13  2003
 14  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2758  13  1990
 15  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  g  USA  2758  0  1983
 16  Karjakin, Sergey  g  RUS  2757  0  1990
 17  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2753  0  1969
 18  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2736  0  1987
 19  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2735  0  1975
 20  Wei, Yi  g  CHN  2732  0  1999
 21  Harikrishna, Pentala  g  IND  2730  13  1986
 22  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof  g  POL  2729  13  1998
 23  Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi  g  IND  2726  0  1994
 24  Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2725  0  1990
 25  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2716  0  1971
 26  Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2715  0  1987
 27  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2714  0  1976
 28  Dubov, Daniil  g  RUS  2710  0  1996
 29  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2710  0  1982
 30  Artemiev, Vladislav  g  RUS  2709  0  1998
 31  Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2709  0  1991
 32  Xiong, Jeffery  g  USA  2709  0  2000
 33  Yu, Yangyi  g  CHN  2709  0  1994
 34  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2706  0  1987
 35  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2705  0  1985
 36  Esipenko, Andrey  g  RUS  2701  13  2002
 37  Van Foreest, Jorden  g  NED  2701  13  1999
 38  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  g  UKR  2699  0  1986
 39  Navara, David  g  CZE  2697  0  1985
 40  Alekseenko, Kirill  g  RUS  2696  0  1997
 41  Amin, Bassem  g  EGY  2695  0  1988
 42  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  g  POL  2694  13  1987
 43  Sadler, Matthew D  g  ENG  2694  0  1974
 44  Shankland, Sam  g  USA  2691  0  1991
 45  Predke, Alexandr  g  RUS  2690  0  1994
 46  Matlakov, Maxim  g  RUS  2688  0  1991
 47  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2687  0  1976
 48  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2687  0  1986
 49  Fedoseev, Vladimir  g  RUS  2687  0  1995
 50  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2684  0  1983
 51  Korobov, Anton  g  UKR  2683  0  1985
 52  Li, Chao b  g  CHN  2683  0  1989
 53  Salem, A.R. Saleh  g  UAE  2682  0  1993
 54  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2682  0  1983
 55  Ragger, Markus  g  AUT  2680  0  1988
 56  Nyzhnyk, Illya  g  UKR  2679  0  1996
 57  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2678  0  1983
 58  Ivanchuk, Vasyl  g  UKR  2678  0  1969
 59  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2676  0  1968
 60  Maghsoodloo, Parham  g  IRI  2676  0  2000
 61  McShane, Luke J  g  ENG  2674  0  1984
 62  Anton Guijarro, David  g  ESP  2673  13  1995
 63  Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2673  0  1985
 64  Robson, Ray  g  USA  2673  0  1994
 65  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2672  0  1983
 66  Grandelius, Nils  g  SWE  2670  13  1993
 67  Bluebaum, Matthias  g  GER  2670  0  1997
 68  Jones, Gawain C B  g  ENG  2670  0  1987
 69  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2669  0  1987
 70  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2667  0  1986
 71  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2667  0  1983
 72  Guseinov, Gadir  g  AZE  2665  0  1986
 73  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2665  0  1974
 74  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2665  0  1980
 75  Abasov, Nijat  g  AZE  2664  0  1995
 76  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2663  0  1979
 77  Melkumyan, Hrant  g  ARM  2663  0  1989
 78  Sjugirov, Sanan  g  RUS  2663  0  1993
 79  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2662  0  1979
 80  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2662  0  1972
 81  Sevian, Samuel  g  USA  2660  0  2000
 82  Donchenko, Alexander  g  GER  2659  13  1998
 83  Adhiban, B.  g  IND  2659  0  1992
 84  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2659  0  1977
 85  Hou, Yifan  g  CHN  2658  0  1994
 86  Howell, David W L  g  ENG  2658  0  1990
 87  Lupulescu, Constantin  g  ROU  2656  0  1984
 88  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  GER  2656  0  1976
 89  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2654  0  1985
 90  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2654  0  1988
 91  Cori, Jorge  g  PER  2652  0  1995
 92  Oparin, Grigoriy  g  RUS  2652  0  1997
 93  Rakhmanov, Aleksandr  g  RUS  2651  0  1989
 94  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2650  0  1986
 95  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  AZE  2649  0  1985
 96  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2649  0  1975
 97  Sarana, Alexey  g  RUS  2649  0  2000
 98  Swiercz, Dariusz  g  USA  2649  0  1994
 99  Kovalev, Vladislav  g  BLR  2648  0  1994
 100  Najer, Evgeniy  g  RUS  2648  0  1977
 101  Saric, Ivan  g  CRO  2648  0  1990

The other lists hardly changed at all. The only noteworthy women's tournament was the Armenian Women's National Championships, in which Anna Sargsyan won some points and climbed a little in the women's ranking and the girls' ranking.

The top two juniors are Alireza Firouzja and Andrey Esipenko though Firouzja is almost 60 points ahead of Esipenko.

All lists at the FIDE...


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Vidmar Vidmar 3/3/2021 03:24
Are Firouzja and/or Esipenko true championship contending prodigies like Carlson and Kasparov or just very good players at a young age?
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