Arjun, Gukesh, and Praggnanandhaa make it to top 10 in the lastest FIDE Rankings

FIDE Rankings

In a groundbreaking achievement for Indian chess, three players have secured spots in the world’s top ten in the FIDE Rankings list for July 2024. This marks the first time in history that three Indian players have simultaneously entered the top echelons of global chess rankings.

Indians in the Top 10 FIDE Rankings

Arjun Erigaisi now holds the prestigious position of World No. 4. His consistent performance and strategic prowess have propelled him to this remarkable ranking. Following closely, D. Gukesh stands at World No. 7. His tactical brilliance and dedication to the game have earned him this well-deserved spot. Praggnanandhaa completes the trio, securing world No. 8. His young age and exceptional talent make this achievement even more impressive.

Aravindh Chithambaram, another rising star, has made a remarkable ascent to World no. 29, gaining 18.5 Elo rating points. His impressive performance continues to elevate him within both national and international standings, solidifying his position as one of India’s top chess talents.

India’s growing dominance in chess is evident across various rankings. Currently, there are four Indians in the top 11, five in the top 22, six in the top 29, seven in the top 37, and eight in the top 46 worldwide. This widespread representation underscores India’s emergence as a powerhouse in the global chess arena.

In the women’s category, Indian players have also demonstrated exceptional prowess. GM Harika Dronavalli has reclaimed her position as India’s No. 2 player, showcasing resilience and skill in her recent performances.

IM Divya Deshmukh’s outstanding victory at the FIDE World Junior Girls Championship 2024 has propelled her to World No. 20, marking a significant jump from her previous rank of 24. Additionally, IM Bhakti Kulkarni’s advancement to 80th place, up from 88th, reflects the depth of talent among Indian women chess players.

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