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GM Gukesh overtakes Viswanathan Anand to become highest Indian in FIDE rankings

The 17-year-old chess prodigy, D. Gukesh, has dethroned Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand as India’s top-ranked chess player in the live world rankings. Gukesh achieved this feat by defeating Mistradin Iskandarov in the second round of the FIDE World Cup, reaching a live rating of 2755.9 and climbing to the 9th position in the classic open category. In contrast, Anand’s rating of 2754.0 caused him to drop to the 10th spot. This is only the second time since 1986 that Anand has been displaced from the top position.

Gukesh’s recent gain of 2.5 rating points pushed his live rating to 2755.9, while Anand’s rating remains at 2754.0. As a result, Gukesh is now ranked as the 9th best chess player in the world, and Anand stands at 10th place. Anand had held the top position in India’s chess rankings since January 1987 and has been one of the country’s most prominent players since July 1991.

Gukesh, who recently became the youngest player to reach a live rating of 2750, is determined to break the 2800-mark. Despite this significant achievement, Gukesh is currently focused on his upcoming match against fellow Indian player S. L. Narayanan in the World Cup. Celebrations for his achievement will have to wait as he prepares for the next round.

List of top 10 Chess players in FIDE rankings

Rank Player Rating Country
1 Magnus Carlsen 2838 Norway
2 Fabiano Caruana 2786 United States
3 Hikaru Nakamura 2781 United States
4 Ding Liren 2780 China
5 Ian Nepomniachtchi 2779 Russia
6 Alireza Firouzja 2777 France
7 Anish Giri 2764 Netherlands
7 Wesley So 2764 United States
9 Gukesh D 2756 India
10 Viswanathan Anand 2754 India

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