International Chess Federation
Monday, 01 Aug 2022 12:16
Nepomniachtchi enters top-3 Open in August 2022 rating list

The FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 dominated the action in July and brought several changes at the top. The winner, Ian Nepomniachtchi, picked up 26 rating points, rose to #3 and entered the top 3 open for the first time in his career. Hikaru Nakamura earned 8 points in this competition and re-entered the top 10 at #8 after a three-year absence.

Photo: Maria Emelianova /

On the other end of the spectrum are Alireza Firouzja (-15) and Fabiano Caruana (-7), who lost some rating points and slid down to fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Other notable firsts were Sanan Sjugirov crossing 2700 and Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa making the top 100, while the women's top 10 remained mostly unchanged.

Biggest gains in top 100 Open and Women

Fataliyeva, Ulviyya


2413 (+41)

Nepomniachtchi, Ian


2792 (+26)

Narva, Mai


2405 (+20)

Padmini, Rout


2391 (+17)

Injac, Teodora


2389 (+17)

Gukesh D


2699 (+15)

Eljanov, Pavel


2695 (+14)

Shuvalova, Polina


2510 (+12)

Kamsky, Gata


2666 (+11)

Melamed, Tatjana


2391 (+11)

Esipenko, Andrey


2692 (+10)

There were several traditional chess festivals across Europe in July, including the competitions in Dortmund, Biel and Belgrade. Those who made a mark in these events ended up on the biggest gains list.

Photo: Lennart Ootes

Ulviyya Fataliyeva (pictured above) won this nomination following her excellent performance in a strong Serbia Open Masters 2022, where she netted impressive 41 rating points. Several female players, namely Mai Narva, Rout Radmini and Teodora Injac, also did a very good job in this competition, substantially increasing their rating.

Pavel Eljanov (pictured below), the winner of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2022 Deutschland Grand Prix, became the primary rating beneficiary of this event, earning 14 points.

Photo: Biel International Chess Festival

Gukesh D has been steadily accumulating rating points since March, and July was no exception. The talented youngster notched up another 15 rating points after good showings in Cerrado Ciudad de Gijon XIV and Biel and came at the touching distance to the 2700 mark. Gata Kamsky and Andrey Esipenko also delivered in Biel, earning 11 and 10 rating points, respectively.