Top 10 Chess Players in the World

10. Giri Anish

Anish Kumar Giri is a Dutch Chess player born in Russia. A former chess prodigy, at the age of 14 years, 7 months and 2 days he completed the criteria for the title Grandmaster which made him the youngest Grandmaster in the world at the time. In 2009 FIDE gave him the nickname.

Giri is a four-time Netherlands Champion (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015) and won the 2010 Corus Chess B Tournament. He was represented at five Chess Olympiads in the Netherlands (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018). He also won a number of major international tournaments including the 2012 Reggio Emilia cup, the 2017 Reykjavik Open and the 2015 London Chess Classic and 2018 Wijk aan Zee shared 1st place. In 2019 he won clear first at the Shenzhen Masters Third Edition, considered by some to be his first victory in the supertournament.

9. Radjabov, Teimour

At the age of 14, Radjabov received the title of grandmaster in March 2001, making him then the second-youngest grandmaster in history. After beating the then World No. 1 Garry Kasparov in the Linares tournament in 2003, Radjabov received international recognition, followed by victories over former World Champions Anand and Ponomariov all in the same year. Over the years Radjabov continued his advance to become an outstanding chess player. He achieved his peak ranking of 2793 in November 2012, and was ranked # 4 in the world.

8. So, Wesley

Wesley Barbasa So is a Filipino-American chess grandmaster and reigning random chess champion in the World Fischer. He is a three-time champion of Filipino Chess and was a U.S. 2017 Chess Champion. He was rated number two in the world on the FIDE rating list of March 2017, and had an Elo rating of 2822, making him the fifth highest ranked player in history.

A former chess prodigy, So in October 2008 it became the youngest player to reach a 2600 Elo ranking, shattering the record previously held by Magnus Carlsen. John M. Burke has held the record ever since. So reached 2700 in early 2013, and became the 11th player to pass 2800 Elo in January 2017.

7. Aronian, Levon

Levon Grigori Aronian is a Chess player from Armenia. In 2000 FIDE gave him the title of Grandmaster. He was rated number two in the world on the FIDE rating list for March 2014 and had an Elo rating of 2830, making him the fourth highest rated player in history. Aronian had won the 2005 and 2017 FIDE World Cup.
Since the early 2000s Aronian has been the leading Armenian chess player. His fame in Armenia caused him to be named a celebrity and a hero. He was named Armenia ‘s best sportsman in 2005, and was awarded the Republic of Armenia’s Honored Master of Sport title in 2009. He received the Order of St. Mesrop Mashtots in 2012.

6. Grischuk, Alexander

Alexander Grishuk Igorevich is a Russian chess player. In 2000 FIDE gave him the title of Grandmaster. In 2009 Grishuk was the Russian champion. He’s already a three-time champion in world blitz chess. He has played in five tournaments for the Candidates: in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2018 and 2020.
At Chess Olympiads, Grischuk won two team gold medals, three team silvers, one team bronze and one individual bronze medal. He also won the World Team Chess Championship three team gold medals, one team silver and one individual gold, two silver, and one bronze.

5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is a French Chess player, his country’s top ranked. In 2005, at age 14, FIDE gave him the title of Grandmaster. His max 2819 Elo rating makes him the seventh-highest rated player of all time. His initials, MVL, often apply to him.

In 2009, he was world junior champion, and is a three-time French champion (2007, 2011, 2012 shared). Vachier-Lagrave is a five-time Biel Grandmaster Tournament winner (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and has won the 2016 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting and 2017 Sinquefield Cup.He also played in the World Youth Chess Championship, placing sixth in the 2000 U-10 division (81⁄2/11), sixth in the 2001 U-12 competition (8/11), second in the 2003 U-14 event (9/11) and third in the 2005 U-16 group (81⁄2/11).

4. Nepomniachtchi, Ian

Nepomniachtchi won the 2010 Russian Superfinals and Individual European titles. He also won the Tal Memorial 2016, and the Aeroflot Open 2008 and 2015. As a member of the Russian team in Antalya (2013), and Astana (2019), he won the World Team Chess Championship. Nepomniachtchi and the Russian team won the 2015 European Team Chess Championship at Reykjavík.

Nepomniachtchi finished fourth in the world in both rapid chess and blitz chess in October 2016. He won two silver medals at the World Rapid Championship and one silver medal at the World Blitz Championship, as well as the Ordix Open in 2008.At the age of 4.5 Nepomniachtchi had learned to play chess. His grandfather Boris Iosifovich Nepomniashchy (1929-1998) was a renowned Bryansk teacher and lyricist. Ian’s first coaches were Valentin Evdokimenko, as well as Master Valery Zilberstein and Grandmaster Sergei Yanovsky, except for his uncle Igor Nepomniashchy. Around the age of five Ian and his first mentor Valentin Evdokimenko came to Bryansk and trained until Ian was thirteen. He participated in the World and European Championships, under the guidance of his mentor.

3. Ding, Liren

Ding Liren is a Grandmaster of Chinese Chess. He is history’s highest-rated Chinese chess player and is also a three-time Chinese Chess Champion. He consecutively reached the Chess World Cup finals in 2017 and 2019 but ended up becoming the runner-up on both occasions.

Since August 2017 until November 2018, Ding was unbeaten in classical chess, posting 29 wins and 71 draws. This 100-game undefeated run was the longest in the history of top-level chess, before it was overtaken by Magnus Carlsen in 2019.Ding is a three-time Chinese Chess Champion (2009, 2011, 2012) and represented China at all four Chess Olympiads from 2012 to 2018, winning team gold medals in 2014 and 2018, as well as individual bronze and gold medals in 2014 and 2018. He also won the 2015 World Team Championships in team gold and individual silver.

2. Caruana, Fabiano

Caruana was born to Italian-American parents in Miami, and grew up in Brooklyn, Park Slope. He played for the U.S. until 2005, when he moved to Italy. He received his grandmaster ‘s title in 2007, and captured his first Italian Chess Championship in the same year, a feat he repeated in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He had won the 2012, 2014 and 2015 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. He also won the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, posting a landmark success rating of 3103 and raising his rating of Elo to 2844, becoming the third-highest scoring player in history. He came back to the US in 2015.

Caruana had won the 2014–15 FIDE Grand Prix, qualifying for the 2016 Candidates Tournament, where he was runner-up to Sergey Karjakin. He won the U.S. Chess Championship in 2016 and led the U.S. on board 1 at the 42nd Chess Olympiad, winning gold team and bronze individual. He won Chess Classic in London in 2017. He won the 2018 Candidates Tournament becoming the first American challenger since Bobby Fischer in 1972 for the undisputed World Chess Championship.

1. Carlsen, Magnus

A prodigy of chess, Carlsen won second place in the 2002 World U12 Chess Championship. He finished first in the Corus chess tournament’s C division shortly after turning 13, and received the grandmaster title a few months later. He won the Norwegian Chess Championship at the age of 15, and at 17, he placed first joint in Corus’ top table. At age 18 he achieved a mark of 2800 and reached number one in the 19-year-old FIDE world rankings, becoming the youngest person ever to accomplish such feats.Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand and became World Chess Champion in 2013. He maintained his title against Anand the following year, winning both the 2014 World Rapid Championship and the World Blitz Championship, thereby becoming the first player to hold all three titles at the same time; a feat he repeated in 2019. In 2016 he defended his classic world title against Sergey Karjakin, and in 2018 against Fabiano Caruana.