General Apr 1, 2020 | 8:02 AMby Colin McGourty

Nepo at career best 4th as FIDE ratings freeze

Ian Nepomniachtchi set a new peak rating of 2784 as the official April 1st FIDE rating list was published. It’s no normal list, as this is how we can expect things to stay for many months now, with all over-the-board chess cancelled or postponed to an uncertain future. Ding Liren has dropped out of the 2800 club for the first time since August 2018, while Candidates Tournament leader MVL is back in the Top 5. Elsewhere Ju Wenjun dropped 22.7 points but just one place, while 18-year-old Andrey Esipenko reached the Top 50.

MVL's win over Nepomniachtchi was a huge game for both the World Championship cycle and the FIDE rating list, as well as one of the last official FIDE rated games for a very long time | photo: Lennart Ootes, FIDE/Candidates 2020

April 2020 FIDE Rating List

World Champion and World no. 1 Magnus Carlsen played just one Norwegian League game that counted for the April 2020 FIDE rating list (gaining 0.8 points), but the Candidates Tournament has shaken up the standings at the top. Ding Liren’s disastrous 2667 performance has seen the Chinese no. 1 drop out of the 2800 club for the first time since August 2018, while there were two clear winners.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s win over Ian Nepomniachtchi in Round 7 meant he was the top performer and climbed three places into the Top 5 with a 2876 performance, but Nepo’s 2875 wasn’t too shabby and took the 29-year-old to a new career best 2784 and world no. 4. Here’s the new Top 100, showing the changes from March:    

RankOld RankNameCountryTitleRatingOld RatingGames
  11Carlsen, MagnusGM2863 +128621
  22Caruana, FabianoGM2835 -728427
  33Ding, LirenGM2791 -1428057
 ▲ 4 5Nepomniachtchi, IanGM2784 +1027747
 ▲ 58Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeGM2778 +1127677
 ▼ 64Grischuk, AlexanderGM2777  27777
 ▼ 76Aronian, LevonGM2773  27730
 ▼ 87So, WesleyGM2770  27700
  99Radjabov, TeimourGM2765  27650
 ▲ 1011Giri, AnishGM2764 +127637
 ▼ 1110Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarGM2764  27640
  1212Wang, HaoGM2763 +127627
  1313Rapport, RichardGM2760  27600
  1414Dominguez Perez, LeinierGM2758  27580
 ▲ 1516Anand, ViswanathanGM2753  27530
 ▼ 1615Duda, Jan-KrzysztofGM2753  27530
  1717Karjakin, SergeyGM2752  27520
  1818Nakamura, HikaruGM2736  27360
  1919Topalov, VeselinGM2735  27350
  2020Wei, YiGM2732  27320
  2121Firouzja, AlirezaGM2728  27280
 ▲ 2223Andreikin, DmitryGM2726  27260
 ▼ 2322Vidit, Santosh GujrathiGM2726  27260
  2424Svidler, PeterGM2723  27230
  2525Vitiugov, NikitaGM2722  27220
  2626Navara, DavidGM2719  27192
  2727Harikrishna, PentalaGM2719  27190
  2828Wojtaszek, RadoslawGM2719  27190
  2929Artemiev, VladislavGM2716  27160
  3030Vallejo Pons, FranciscoGM2710  27100
  3131Le, Quang LiemGM2709  27090
  3232Xiong, JefferyGM2709  27090
  3333Yu, YangyiGM2709  27090
 ▲ 3437Tomashevsky, EvgenyGM2706 +527014
 ▼ 3534Bu, XiangzhiGM2705  27050
 ▼ 3635Anton Guijarro, DavidGM2703  27030
 ▼ 3736Adams, MichaelGM2701  27010
  3838Dubov, DaniilGM2699  26990
  3939Alekseenko, KirillGM2696 -226987
  4040Sadler, Matthew DGM2694  26940
  4141Shankland, SamGM2691  26910
  4242Korobov, AntonGM2688  26880
  4343Almasi, ZoltanGM2687  26871
 ▲ 4469Amin, BassemGM2686 +19266715
 ▼ 4544Cheparinov, IvanGM2686  26860
 ▼ 4645Matlakov, MaximGM2685  26850
  4747Jakovenko, DmitryGM2684  26840
  4848Predke, AlexandrGM2684  26840
  4949Li, Chao bGM2683  26830
 ▲ 5065Esipenko, AndreyGM2682 +1026724
 ▲ 5155Van Foreest, JordenGM2682 +426781
 ▼ 5251Kryvoruchko, YuriyGM2682  26820
 ▼ 5352Salem, A.R. SalehGM2682  26820
 ▼ 5450Sargissian, GabrielGM2682  26820
 ▲ 5561McShane, Luke JGM2680 +526752
 ▲ 5659Ragger, MarkusGM2679 +426753
  5757Areshchenko, AlexanderGM2678  26780
 ▼ 5856Fedoseev, VladimirGM2678  26780
 ▼ 5954Ivanchuk, VassilyGM2678  26780
 ▼ 6046Gelfand, BorisGM2676 -926854
 ▼ 6158Maghsoodloo, ParhamGM2676  26760
 ▼ 6260Sjugirov, SananGM2675  26750
 ▼ 6362Kamsky, GataGM2674  26740
 ▼ 6463Bacrot, EtienneGM2673  26730
 ▼ 6564Robson, RayGM2673  26730
  6666Eljanov, PavelGM2672  26720
 ▼ 6753Jones, Gawain C BGM2670 -826782
 ▼ 6867Malakhov, VladimirGM2669  26690
 ▼ 6968Wang, YueGM2669  26690
  7070Ni, HuaGM2667  26670
 ▲ 7177Grigoryan, Karen H.GM2665 +326626
 ▼ 7271Guseinov, GadirGM2665  26650
 ▼ 7372Nyzhnyk, IllyaGM2665  26650
 ▼ 7473Abasov, NijatGM2664  26640
 ▲ 7592Howell, David W LGM2663 +1026535
 ▼ 7675Leko, PeterGM2663  26630
 ▼ 7776Melkumyan, HrantGM2663  26630
 ▲ 7879Berkes, FerencGM2661  26611
 ▼ 7978Inarkiev, ErnestoGM2661  26610
  8080Kasimdzhanov, RustamGM2661  26610
 ▲ 8182Sevian, SamuelGM2660  26600
 ▲ 8283Adhiban, B.GM2659  26590
 ▲ 8384Morozevich, AlexanderGM2659  26590
 ▲ 8486Hou, YifanGM2658  26580
 ▲ 8594Lupulescu, ConstantinGM2656 +426522
 ▼ 8685Lagarde, MaximeGM2655 -326582
 ▲ 8788Dreev, AlekseyGM2655  26550
 ▼ 8887Nisipeanu, Liviu-DieterGM2655  26550
 ▲ 8993Sarana, AlexeyGM2654 +226524
 ▼ 9089Jumabayev, RinatGM2654  26540
 ▼ 9190Mamedov, RaufGM2654  26540
 ▼ 9291Paravyan, DavidGM2653  26530
 ▲ 9396Cori, JorgeGM2652  26520
 ▲ 9497Oparin, GrigoriyGM2652  26520
 ▲ 9598Grandelius, NilsGM2651  26510
 ▲ 9699Rublevsky, SergeiGM2651  26510
 ▼ 9795Volokitin, AndreiGM2650 -226521
 ▲ 98100Edouard, RomainGM2649  26496
 ▲ 99101Movsesian, SergeiGM2649  26490
 ▲ 100103Swiercz, DariuszGM2649  26490

Women's April 2020 FIDE Rating List

21-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina is the player to set a new career best of 2582 on the women's list after finishing joint top of the Lausanne FIDE Women's Grand Prix and picking up 3 rating points, while Nana Dzagnidze, who took first on tiebreaks, gained 15 points to re-enter the Top 10. 

Ju Wenjun, who earlier lost to 16-year-old Carissa Yip in the Cairns Cup, has had a tough couple of events, but was no doubt simply hoping to finally get back home safely | photo: Lennart Ootes, official website

The big loser was Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun, who finally “hit the wall” after the World Championship match and the Cairns Cup in St. Louis, losing 3 games in Lausanne. That cost 23 rating points, but just one place on the rating list:

RankOld RankNameCountryTitleRatingOld RatingGames
  11Hou, YifanGM2658  26580
  22Koneru, HumpyGM2586  25860
 ▲ 34Goryachkina, AleksandraGM2582 +3257911
 ▼ 43Ju, WenjunGM2560 -23258311
 ▲ 56Lagno, KaterynaGM2546  25460
 ▼ 65Muzychuk, MariyaGM2544 -7255111
 ▲ 78Muzychuk, AnnaGM2535  253511
 ▲ 811Dzagnidze, NanaGM2524 +15250911
  99Harika, DronavalliGM2515 -2251711
  1010Tan, ZhongyiGM2510  25100

Junior April 2020 FIDE List

The rise of Andrey Esipenko continued, with wins over Boris Gelfand and Evgeniy Najer in the Nutcracker Battle of the Generations in Moscow seeing him gain another 10 points to climb to exactly world no. 50 on the overall rating list. The Russian, who turned 18 last month, also gained experience by working as a second for Kirill Alekseenko (alongside Peter Svidler and Daniil Yuffa), and moved up one place ahead of Parham Maghsoodloo.

Andrey Esipenko facing Alexei Shirov in the Nutcracker Battle of the Generations in Moscow | photo: Vladimir Barsky, Russian Chess Federation

16-year-old Alireza Firouzja and 19-year-old Jeffery Xiong are the two juniors currently in the 2700 club:

RankOld RankNameCountryTitleRatingOld RatingGames
  11Firouzja, AlirezaGM2728  27280
  22Xiong, JefferyGM2709  27090
 ▲ 34Esipenko, AndreyGM2682 +1026724
 ▼ 43Maghsoodloo, ParhamGM2676  26760
  55Sevian, SamuelGM2660  26600
  66Sarana, AlexeyGM2654 +226524
  77Tabatabaei, M.aminGM2629  26290
  88Abdusattorov, NodirbekGM2627  26270
  99Deac, Bogdan-DanielGM2625  26250
  1010Nihal SarinGM2620  26200

As you can see, the juniors haven't been very active this month (and it's going to be harder for young prodigies to break any records soon) but they're much more active online. Alireza Firouzja plays Duda's conqueror Georg Meier in the Banter Blitz Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, while 15-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov takes on Venezuela's Eduardo Iturrizaga today in the last Round 4 match. That takes place at 20:00 CEST:

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