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Wednesday, 01 Sep 2021 17:47
Kosteniuk and Danielian rocket up in September rating list

August 2021 was the month of four main events in the chess calendar:  the 2021 FIDE World Cup, Sinquefield Cup, the 2021 Women’s FIDE World Cup and the Women’s European Championship. Consequently, those who did well in those competitions became the primary beneficiaries in the September rating lists.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave dropped two rating points in the FIDE World Cup but more than compensated for it by winning the Sinquefield Cup. The Frenchman earned 14 rating points in Saint Louis and triumphantly returned into the top-10, kicking out Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The latter lost 20 points in the FIDE World Cup and the Sinquefield Cup.


Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova

The Women’s FIDE World Cup champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, gained 41 points, climbed from 18th to 8th place in the women’s rankings, and reappeared in the top-10 for the first time since August 2019. Tan Zhongyi also did a great job in Sochi, where she reached the semifinals and picked up 14 rating points moving up one step in the Women’s Top-10.


Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova

Biggest gains:

1

Danielian, Elina

GM

ARM

2450 (+43)

2

Kosteniuk, Alexandra

GM

RUS

2526 (+41)

3

Injac, Teodora

WGM

SRB

2405 (+35)

4

Garifullina, Leya

WGM

RUS

2409 (+24)

5

Vaishali R

WGM

IND

2414 (+21)

6

Duda, Jan-Krzysztof

GM

POL

2756 (+18)

7

Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel

IM

MGL

2398 (+16)

8

Sargsyan, Shant

GM

ARM

2642 (+16)

9

Tan, Zhongyi

GM

CHN

2525 (+14)

10

Abdusattorov, Nodirbek

GM

UZB

2648 (14)

11

Kamsky, Gata

GM

USA

2662 (+13)

12

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

GM

FRA

2763 (+12)

Elina Danielian is the winner in this category, thanks to her brilliant performance at the Women’s European Championship. The Armenian GM not only took the title but also netted swooping 43 rating points. Teodora Injac and Leya Garifullina put up a strong showing in the two main women’s competitions in August and notched up 35 and 24 points, respectively.


Photo: https://ecuwomen2021.ro/

Right outside the Top-10 Open, Jan-Krzysztof Duda picked up 18 points and ascended three positions to 15th after his impressive victory at the FIDE World Cup.


Photo: David Llada

Nodirbek Abusattorov and Shant Sargsian moved up one position each in the Top-10 Junior list. They earned 14 and 16 points, respectively, after producing good results at FIDE World Cup and Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent (won by the Armenian GM),  and now are close on the heels of Nihal Sarin, who still occupies third place.

Meanwhile, Gata Kamsky came out on top in the Biel Chess Festival 2021, which translates into 13 rating points and 23 positions up in the Top-100 Open.

Top lists, calculations, ratings, statistics and more: ratings.fide.com