International Chess Federation
Thursday, 02 Feb 2023 16:49
Abdusattorov enters top 20 Open in February 2023 rating list

The 2023 Tata Steel Chess festival was the major event in the previous month that brought about significant changes at the top.

The champion, Anish Giri (pictured below) picked up 16 points and climbed to #5 (the last time he mounted that high was back in November 2019), while Ian Nepomniachtchi, who was inactive in January, reached #2 for the first time in his career, after Ding Liren's lackluster performance in Wijk ann Zee that cost him 23 rating points. Magnus Carlsen also dropped 7 points in Tata Steel Masters, but his top position remains uncontested.

Photo: | Maaike Brink

There were no changes at the top of the Women's list, but not for long, as 12 of the top female players are taking part in the second leg of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Munich, Germany, which opened yesterday and will last until February 14.

Biggest gains in Top 100 Open and Women

Donchenko, Alexander


2654 (+27)

Abdusattorov, Nodirbek


2734 (+21)

Vantika Agrawal


2370 (+18)

Giri, Anish


2780 (+16)

Divya Deshmukh


2363 (+14)

Yip, Carissa


2369 (+12)

Sargsyan, Anna


2371 (+10)

Maghsoodloo, Parham


2728 (+9)

Guichard, Pauline


2379 (+9)

Alexander Donchenko lost some rating points in November and December of 2022, but he turned things around in the first month of 2023, convincingly winning Tata Steel Challengers. This success translates into +27 rating points and his debut in the top 100 Open.

Photo: | Lennart Ootes

Nodirbek Abdusattorov (pictured above) also made a huge leap following his solid performance in Tata Steel Masters. Despite losing in the final round and missing the title, the Uzbek youngster netted 21 rating points and broke into the top 20 Open for the first time in his career. Parham Maghsoodloo demonstrated his fighting spirit in Wijk aan Zee and, after a strong finish, earned 9 rating points.

The winner of the 48th Edition of the Indian Women's National Championship Divya Deshmukh (pictured below), got 14 rating points, but the bronze-winner, Vantika Agrawal, did even better in this domain, increasing her rating by 18 points.

Photo: All India Chess Federation

Carissa Yip steamrolled the competition at the 2023 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship, gaining 12 rating points, while Anna Sargsyan also did a great job in this competition and picked up 10 points.