International Chess Federation
Sunday, 01 May 2022 20:33
May rating list: five young players debut in Top-100 Open

The top ten places in the May rating list were mainly affected by the Berlin  FIDE Grand Prix and the American Cup, while the European Championship and several Swiss tournaments across the globe caused some shifts in the lower echelons of the top-100. 

Fabiano Caruana gained 5 rating points, climbing to the fourth position; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ascended to #7, while Wesley So, Levon Aronian and Anish Giri dropped 12, 20 and 12 points, respectively.

Ding Liren played no less than 28 games in three events in China from March 26 to April 25, earned 7 rating points and regained second place in the world rankings. It means that the top Chinese player has an excellent chance to participate in the FIDE Candidates Tournament that will take place this summer in Madrid. 

Photo: Lennart Ootes

Biggest gains in top-100 (open and women)

Bluebaum, Matthias


2663 (+26)

Gukesh D


2659 (+22)

Ma, Qun


2666 (+21)

Moussard, Jule


2651 (+21)

Niemann, Hans


2656 (+19)

Martirosyan, Haik


2652 (+19)

Tabatabaei, Amin


2650 (+18)

Bulmaga, Irina


2397 (+18)

Alinasab, Mobina


2373 (+18)

Santos Latasa, Jaime


2672 (+16)

Salimova, Nurgyul


2418 (+15)

Sargissian, Gabriel


2694 (+13)

Keymer, Vincent


2667 (+13)

Roebers, Eline


2369 (+13)

Milliet, Sophie


2410 (+12)

Matthias Bluebaum (pictured below) is the clear winner in this category. The newly-minted European Champion picked up a whopping 26 rating points and triumphally returned into the top-100 Open. Gabriel Sargissian and Vincent Keymer also did a great job at the European Championship, earning 13 points each. 

Photo: ŠZS/Luka Rifelj 

Gikesh D keeps climbing on the rating ladder – the young Indian gained another 22 rating points in two Swiss tournaments in Spain (48 Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez de La Roda 2022 and Menorca Open) and broke into the top-100 Open for the first time in his career. 

The same applies to Hans Moke Niemann (USA), Alan Pichot (Argentina), Jules Moussard (France) and Amin Tabatabaei (Iran), who are making their debut in the elite top-100 Open club. 

The young American dropped some rating in the Reykjavik Open but more than compensated for this loss by winning LV Torneo Internacional Capablanca in Memoriam - Grupo Elite - 2022 and grabbing 23 points. Irina Bulmaga steamrolled her opponents in the women’s section, scoring 8/9 and earning 18 rating points. 

Hans Moke Niemann / Photo: Anna Shtourman

The Frenchman turned in a decent performance in the European Championship (+7 points) first and then came as the winner of  VI Open Internacional de Ajedrez Semana Santa, which translates into another 14 points. 

The Iranian made some splash at the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin, advancing into the playoff stage and picking up 18 rating points. 

The Argentinean crushed the competition at the Torre Blanca Anniversario and increased his rating by 11 points.  

Following his good showings at the European Championship and two open tournaments in Spain Haik Martirosyan (pictured below) returned into the top-100 open after a nearly one-year absence. 

Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova 

The second qualifying tournament for the Chinese national team saw the triumph of Ma Qun, who tied for the top position with the rating-favourite Ding Liren and claimed the first place thanks to better tiebreaks. Last but not least, this result means +21 rating points. 

The young Iranian Mobina Alinasab continues her hot run that had started in March (+28 points). In the following month, she did very well in the Open Chess Menorca and picked up another 18 rating points.