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The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) governs international chess competition. Each month, FIDE publishes the lists "Top 100 Players", "Top 100 Women", "Top 100 Juniors" and "Top 100 Girls", as well as rankings of countries according to the average rating of their top 10 players and top 10 female players. The Elo rating system is used.

Top players[edit]

The top 20 players were ranked on 1 January 2021 as follows:[1]

Rank Rank change* Player Rating Rating change*
1 Steady Norway Magnus Carlsen 2862 Steady
2 Steady United States Fabiano Caruana 2823 Steady
3 Steady China Ding Liren 2791 Steady
4 Steady Russia Ian Nepomniachtchi 2789 Increase 5
5 Steady France Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2784 Steady
6 Steady Armenia Levon Aronian 2781 Steady
7 Steady Russia Alexander Grischuk 2777 Steady
8 Steady Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2770 Steady
9 Steady United States Wesley So 2770 Steady
10 Steady Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 2765 Steady
11 Steady Netherlands Anish Giri 2764 Steady
12 Steady China Wang Hao 2763 Steady
13 Steady Hungary Richard Rapport 2760 Steady
14 Steady United States Leinier Domínguez 2758 Steady
15 Increase 2 Russia Sergey Karjakin 2757 Increase 5
16 Decrease 1 India Viswanathan Anand 2753 Steady
17 Decrease 1 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2753 Steady
18 Steady Iran Alireza Firouzja 2749 Steady
19 Steady Poland Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2743 Steady
20 Steady United States Hikaru Nakamura 2736 Steady
*Change from the previous month[2]

Top women[edit]

The top 20 female players were ranked on 1 January 2021 as follows:[3]

Rank Player Rating
1 China Yifan Hou 2658
2 Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina 2593
3 India Humpy Koneru 2586
4 China Wenjun Ju 2560
5 Russia Kateryna Lagno 2546
6 Ukraine Mariya Muzychuk 2544
7 Lithuania Viktorija Cmilyte 2538
8 Ukraine Anna Muzychuk 2535
9 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze 2524
10 India Dronavalli Harika 2515
11 China Zhongyi Tan 2510
12 China Tingjie Lei 2505
13 Kazakhstan Dinara Saduakassova 2500
14 Russia Alina Kashlinskaya 2494
15 Iran Sarasadat Khademalsharieh 2494
16 China Xue Zhao 2486
17 Georgia (country) Nino Batsiashvili 2480
18 Russia Polina Shuvalova 2476
19 Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk 2474
20 Georgia (country) Lela Javakhishvili 2473


Top juniors[edit]

Juniors are considered to be players who will remain under the age of 21 years for the duration of the current calendar year.

The top 20 positions were ranked on 1 January 2021 as follows:[4]

Rank Rank change* Player Rating Rating change*
1 Steady Iran Alireza Firouzja 2749 Steady
2 Increase 1 Russia Andrey Esipenko 2677 Decrease 9
3 Increase 4 Iran Amin Tabatabaei 2629 Steady
4 Increase 4 Uzbekistan Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2627 Steady
5 Increase 4 Romania Bogdan-Daniel Deac 2625 Steady
6 Increase 5 India Nihal Sarin 2620 Steady
7 Increase 5 India Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa 2608 Steady
8 Increase 5 Uzbekistan Nodirbek Yakubboev 2605 Steady
9 Increase 5 Ukraine Kirill Shevchenko 2599 Steady
10 Increase 5 Armenia Aram Hakobyan 2598 Steady
11 Increase 5 Australia Anton Smirnov 2597 Steady
12 Increase 5 Armenia Shant Sargsyan 2596 Steady
13 Increase 5 United States Awonder Liang 2592 Steady
14 Increase 5 Germany Vincent Keymer 2591 Steady
15 Increase 5 India Aryan Chopra 2585 Steady
16 Increase 6 Serbia Velimir Ivic 2581 Steady
17 Increase 7 Azerbaijan Vugar Asadli 2572 Steady
18 Increase 7 Czech Republic Thai Dai Van Nguyen 2571 Steady
19 Increase 7 India D Gukesh 2563 Steady
20 Increase 8 India Arjun Erigaisi 2559 Steady
*Change from the previous month[5]

Top girls[edit]

Girls are considered to be female players who will remain under the age of 21 years for the duration of the current calendar year.

The top 20 positions were ranked on 1 January 2021 as follows:[6]

Rank Rank change* Player Rating Rating change*
1 Increase 2 Russia Polina Shuvalova 2476 Increase 20
2 Steady China Zhu Jiner 2459 Steady
3 Increase 2 Belarus Olga Badelka 2440 Steady
4 Increase 2 United States Carissa Yip 2421 Steady
5 Increase 2 Armenia Anna M. Sargsyan 2402 Steady
6 Increase 2 Bulgaria Nurgyul Salimova 2397 Steady
7 Increase 8 Russia Leya Garifullina 2394 Increase 46
8 Increase 1 India Vaishali Rameshbabu 2393 Steady
9 Increase 1 United States Annie Wang 2384 Steady
10 Increase 3 Kazakhstan Bibisara Assaubayeva 2378 Steady
11 Increase 3 Azerbaijan Khanim Balajayeva 2376 Steady
12 Increase 4 Cuba Ineymig Hernandez Gil 2348 Steady
13 Increase 6 Hungary Annamaria Marjanovic 2338 Steady
14 Increase 6 Poland Alicja Sliwicka 2333 Steady
15 Increase 6 United States Jennifer Yu 2328 Steady
16 Increase 11 United States Aleksandra Maltsevskaya 2327 Increase 16
17 Increase 5 China Ning Kaiyu 2327 Steady
18 Increase 5 Bulgaria Nadya Toncheva 2321 Steady
19 Increase 7 Bulgaria Beloslava Krasteva 2315 Steady
20 Increase 9 Bulgaria Viktoria Radeva 2313 Increase 5
*Change from the previous month[7]

Top countries[edit]

FIDE publishes two lists ranking countries. The first ranks them according to the average rating of their top 10 players, while the second ranks them according to the average rating of their top 10 female players. The top 20 positions in the former list were ranked on 1 January 2021 as follows:[8]

Rank Country Average top 10 rating
1  Russia 2736
2  United States 2713
3  China 2703
4  India 2670
5  Ukraine 2666
6  Armenia 2661
7  Azerbaijan 2656
8  Hungary 2645
9  France 2640
10  Poland 2632
11  Germany 2630
12  Netherlands 2628
13  Spain 2626
14  England 2617
15  Israel 2610
16  Czech Republic 2605
17  Norway 2583
18  Croatia 2576
19  Georgia 2575
20  Argentina 2568

Women's list[edit]

The top 20 countries by average rating of the top 10 female players were ranked on 1 January 2020 as follows:[9]

Rank Country Average top 10 rating
1  China 2488
2  Russia 2483
3  India 2404
4  Georgia 2401
5  Ukraine 2386
6  United States 2352
7  Poland 2341
8  Germany 2338
9  Kazakhstan 2329
10  Hungary 2327
11  Azerbaijan 2323
12  France 2313
13  Serbia 2294
14  Bulgaria 2291
15  Romania 2288
16  Netherlands 2285
17  Armenia 2261
18  Spain 2260
19  Vietnam 2258
20  Iran 2252

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 100 Players January 2021 - Archive". FIDE. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  2. ^ Administrator. "Lists compared: Top 100 Players January 2021 - Top 100 Players December 2020". FIDE. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Women January 2021". FIDE. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  4. ^ "FIDE Online. FIDE Top players - Standard Top 100 Juniors January 2021". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  5. ^ "FIDE Top players Statistics". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Girls January 2021 - Archive". FIDE. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  7. ^ Administrator. "Lists compared: Top 100 Girls January 2021- Top 100 Girls December 2020". FIDE. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Top Chess Federations". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  9. ^ Administrator. "Federations Ranking: Women". FIDE. Retrieved 1 January 2020.

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