The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has released its May 2018 Ratings and Guyana is included. The nation’s highest ranked chess player is Anthony Drayton who surpassed Wendell Meusa as the top achiever. Two months ago, Drayton and Meusa contested a playoff for the title of National Chess Champion of Guyana. Although Meusa won, he failed to hinder Drayton’s upward rise in the FIDE rank. The top ten local chess players according to the FIDE points system are:

Taffin Khan (left) facing National Chess Champion Wendell Meusa (right) during the 2018 National Championship. Khan placed fourth and is likely to be on the team representing Guyana at the 2018 Chess Olympiad in September in Batumi, Georgia. At the 2016 Olympiad, Khan gained a number of FIDE Elo rating points owing to a credible performance.

1. Anthony Drayton – 1973

2. Wendell Meusa – 1972

3. Jason Fredericks – 1965

4. Taffin Khan – 1900

5. Haifeng Su – 1817

6. Kriskal Persaud – 1781

7. Loris Nathoo – 1765

8. Maria Varona-Thomas – 1762

9. Ronuel Greenidge – 1728

10. Joshua Pedro – 1723

The other rankings given to local players were:

Sherrifa Ali – 1365

Joshua Gopaul – 1312

Jessica Clementson – 1203

Jaden Taylor – 1131

Nellisha Johnson – 1123

Ethan Lee – 1121

Yolander Persaud – 1113

The highest FIDE chess rating is held by Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen who is rated at 2843. Fabiano Caruana is 2822 in second place.

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