Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday
GM Gadir Guseinov wins January Titled Tuesday.

Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

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Evidently, many titled players resolved to play more Titled Tuesdays in 2018! With 259 entrants, this month's Titled Tuesday was easily the largest yet.

With an impressive 9/10, GM Gadir Guseinov was clear first.

I recently read GM Judit Polgar's excellent book, A Game of Queens, in which she recounts her experience playing the excellent Azerbaijani team with Teimor Radjabov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vugar Gashimov, and Guseinov in the 2002 Bled Olympiad. A more talented team would be hard to come by: Their ages were 15, 17, 15, and 15!

Gadir Guseinov, Titled Tuesday

GM Gadir Guseinov, January 2018 Titled Tuesday champion.

It's hard to imagine that the "old man" of the group, Mamedyarov, would have had possibly his best year 15 years later and crash into the world's top five. Also GM Rauf Mamedov was not on that team, but he is in roughly the same peer group. This year he broke 2700 for the first time.

Returning to Titled Tuesday, the fourth board, Guseinov, also had a nice 2017, qualifying for the Speed Chess Championship and playing Magnus Carlsen.

He won many fine games in this Titled Tuesday, but the one I must share is this lovely third-round win against the popular streamer, GM Krikor Mekhitarian.

Another game and achievement that must be mentioned is GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's beautiful win with a double rook sacrifice like the immortal game between Anderssen and Keiseritsky. This game was played in round two as Kosteniuk was en route to an excellent 4.5/5 start.

Alexandra Kosteniuk, Women's World Chess Champion

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Kosteniuk finished tied for third with 8/10, and while she is always a contender, it is the first time she has won a cash prize. It is also the first time any female player has won a place prize in Titled Tuesday.

Another beautiful game from a third-place finisher was GM Yuniesky Quesada's classic double-bishop sacrifice.

Thanks to all for playing in our first Titled Tuesday tournament of the new year! Will we break 300 players in 2018?

Final Standings | Titled Tuesday, January 2018

Place Seed Fed Title Username Name Score
1 40 GM GGuseinov Gadir Guseinov 9
2 20 GM AkshatChandra Akshat Chandra 8.5
3 29 GM severomorskij Aleksandr Moiseenko 8
4 1 GM DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 8
5 49 GM ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 8
6 16 GM TenisMaster Yuniesky Quesada 8
7 44 FM ZapataCharlesS Santiago Zapata Charles 8
8 223 IM ViktorMatviishen Viktor Matviishen 8
9 85 IM Korchmar_Vasiliy Vasiliy Korchmar 7.5
10 43 GM gkchesstiger Gata Kamsky 7.5
11 74 FM SmoothAsAHedgehog Andrew P Horton 7.5
12 28 IM renatoterrylujan Renato Alfredo Terry Lujan 7
12 101 GM RoelandPruijssers Roeland Pruijssers 7
14 122 IM asms9699 Atulya Shetty 7
15 22 GM VerdeNotte Gawain Jones 7
16 42 GM Andrejs_Sokolov Andrejs Sokolovs 7
16 2 GM mishanick Alexey Sarana 7
18 7 GM 2Vladimirovich90 Dmitry Andreikin 7
19 189 FM timator Gabriel Quispe 7
20 6 GM Msb2 7
21 25 GM Trade09 Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian 7
22 88 FM TheBigBoss04 7
23 109 FM Marian90 Marek Zakrzewski 7
24 163 FM Abrito99 Ruben Domingo Nuñez 7

Find the complete standings here.

Newly shaven GM-elect Aman Hambleton returned for his first commentary gig since his masterly crowning and shaving. He was sporting a new hairdo. Many thought Aman's hair had even been colored, but that was just the lighting. Not sure why so many were confused.

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For clear first place, Guseinov pocketed a $500. GM Akshat Chandra received $400 for second place. Sharing third were GMs Alexander Moiseenko, Daniel Naroditsky, Kosteniuk, Quesada, IM Viktor Matviishen, and FM Santiago Zapata. Each receives $83.33.

We had many great streamers competing for the $100 streamer prize this month. Cast your vote on Twitter for your favorite stream! If you want to be considered in future, just stream your event and tweet a link at @chesscom!

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