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Arjun Erigaisi topples world champ Ding Liren to become world no. 5 in FIDE ranking

The 20-year-old Indian grandmaster defeated 14-year-old GM Aryan Chopra with the White pieces in the Menorca Chess Open 2024 penultimate round.

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Arjun Erigaisi (FILE PHOTO: FIDE/X)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 7 April 2024 6:31 AM GMT

Arjun Erigaisi, who became India's no. 1 chess player early this week, attained the world no. 5 in the FIDE Classic Ranking with 2762 Elo rating points, making a four-place jump from his previous world ranking of 9.

The 20-year-old Indian grandmaster defeated 14-year-old GM Aryan Chopra with the White pieces in the penultimate round of the Menorca Chess Open 2024.

This win propelled him to the world no. 5 ranking, toppling the reigning world champion Ding Liren, who will be challenged by the winner of the ongoing Candidates event later this year.

Liren also has a 2762 Elo rating but the Indian GM has a +6.0 edge over the Chinese star for winning 17 games more than the former.

Arjun, who is not part of India's five-member Candidates contingent, has the sole lead with 7/8 points going into the final round of Menorca.

Meanwhile, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, the second-ranked Indian on the FIDE list, slipped to world no. 11 with a 2751 Elo rating.

Arjun benefitted from strong finishes at the Grenke Open, 5th Shengzhen Chess Masters and Bundesliga.

D Gukesh, who is currently competing at the Candidates in Canada, is India's third highest-ranked player with a 2748.1 Elo rating at world no. 13, as R Praggnanandhaa is ranked 15th with a 2746.8 elo rating.

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