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What do GM Dmitry Andreikin, GM Denis Lazavik, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Maksim Chigaev, GM Vladimir Fedoseev, GM Jose Martinez, FM Ivan Yeletsky, GM Levon Aronian, GM Alexey Sarana, GM David Paravyan, and IM Mahdi Gholami Orimi have in common? They all scored nine points in the first Titled Tuesday tournament of August 8. But, as in the Highlander movies, there can only be one, and Andreikin took home the tournament victory on tiebreaks.

The late tournament was a little less crowded at the top, with Paravyan scoring 9.5 to win outright. There was still a seven-player tie for second, though.


Early Tournament

614 players, the new high of 2023, tried their luck, and almost two percent of them wound up in a tie for first. Caruana and Carlsen were taking advantage of an off day in the FIDE World Cup and managed to make the top five, while GM Hikaru Nakamura decided to forego Titled Tuesday in advance of the start of the fourth round on Wednesday (he wouldn't play the late tournament either).

GM Arjun Erigaisi was also on a rest day in his World Cup, and he was the only perfect player left after just six rounds, but by the end of the eighth round it was time for Martinez to be in the sole lead, which he retained in the ninth round with a win over Caruana.

The tenth round is when chaos began to reign as Carlsen was able to knock Martinez off of his perch, resulting in a six-way tie for first place.

One of the players to join that tie was the eventual victor Andreikin, with his checkmate over GM Mitrabha Guha.

The chaos of a six-player tie only bloated further when all six of them made draws in the last round. Carlsen and Andreikin did it in 89 moves, while Fedoseev and Yeletsky used 44 moves. Lazavik and Martinez, however, only played 15 moves. It paid off for Lazavik, who ended up in second place, and not so much in Martinez, who took an unpaid seventh.

Meanwhile, no fewer than six players who had been a half-point back also won. The highest finisher from that list was Caruana, who climbed into third place by beating GM Aleksandar Indjic.

After the Andreikin-Lazavik-Caruana podium, the tiebreak system had to dig deep to find the rightful fourth-place finisher. Carlsen's five wins with Black—the sixth tiebreaker—beat out Matlakov's four. It was that kind of a tournament.

August 8 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 20 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3017 9 79
2 11 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3058 9 78
3 6 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3105 9 77.5
4 1 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3243 9 74.5
5 23 GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 3010 9 74.5
6 7 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3095 9 74.5
7 15 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3051 9 73.5
8 55 FM @snowlord Ivan Yeletsky 2903 9 72
9 16 GM @LevonAronian Levon Aronian 3047 9 70.5
10 4 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3085 9 68.5
11 13 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3033 9 68
12 1 IM @MetiForce Mahdi Gholami Orimi 2923 9 55.5
13 50 IM @MatthewG-p4p Matvey Galchenko 2894 8.5 74.5
14 12 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3038 8.5 72.5
15 43 GM @ContrVersia Valery Kazakouski 2914 8.5 71
16 35 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2945 8.5 69.5
17 46 GM @evgchess5 Evgeny Alekseev 2964 8.5 62
18 5 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3086 8 76.5
19 82 IM @Eduard_Limonov Yaroslav Remizov 2843 8 71.5
20 94 FM @PeshkaCh Tykhon Cherniaiev 2786 8 68.5
71 149 WGM @meoluoi91 Hoang Thi Bao Tram 2692 7 60.5

(Full final standings here.)

Fewer players won cash—Andreikin $1,000, Lazavik $750, Caruana $350, Carlsen $200, and Matlakov $100—on nine points than did not. The $100 women's prize went to WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram.

Late Tournament

The late tournament, which saw 462 players, was a bit calmer at the end: Someone actually emerged from the five-way tie entering the final round with a victory.

That someone was Paravyan, who won with Black against GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

He had gotten into that position despite losing in the seventh round to GM Daniel Naroditsky, who ended up in third place after draws in the last two rounds of the tournament.

But Paravyan finished with three straight wins, including in the 10th round against eventual second-place finisher GM Eduardo Iturrizaga.

Iturrizaga himself was a perfect 8/8 through eight rounds, the highlight being a win over GM Alireza Firouzja in round eight. It's already impressive to beat Firouzja at all, but even more so to do it in just 32 moves.

August 8 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 7 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3059 9.5 69
2 15 GM @iturrizaga Eduardo Iturrizaga 2986 9 72.5
3 1 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3176 9 70
4 5 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3047 9 69
5 9 GM @Baku_Boulevard Rauf Mamedov 3033 9 68.5
6 4 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3089 9 67.5
7 27 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2912 9 64.5
8 34 GM @Genghis_K Federico Perez Ponsa 2919 9 63
9 18 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2967 8.5 78
10 86 FM @ChessicallyInclined Jason Morefield 2754 8.5 54.5
11 3 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3083 8 76.5
12 8 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3007 8 73
13 40 GM @vugarrasulov Vugar Rasulov 2876 8 71
14 52 GM @Igor_Lysyj Igor Lysyj 2878 8 70
15 12 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 2973 8 67
16 43 GM @alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2832 8 66.5
17 16 GM @crescentmoon2411 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2956 8 66
18 62 GM @A-Fier Alex Fier 2802 8 64.5
19 38 GM @jcibarra José Ibarra 2861 8 60.5
20 70 IM @AradNazari Arad Nazari 2779 8 60
35 232 IM @zajka-molotok Yuliia Osmak 2533 7.5 44.5

(Full final standings here.)

Paravyan earned $1,000 for the win. Iturrizaga took home $750 in second place and Naroditsky $350 in third. Martinez won $200 in fourth place, recouping some of what he missed out in the earlier tie. The $100 prizes went to GM Rauf Mamedov in fifth place and IM Yuliia Osmak for the highest score out of the women in the field.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's long-running weekly event for titled players. There are two 11-round Swiss tournaments, the first tournament starting at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time/17:00 Central European/20:30 Indian Standard Time, and the second at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/23:00 Central European/2:30 Indian Standard Time (next day).

NathanielGreen
Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green is a staff writer for Chess.com who writes articles, player biographies, Titled Tuesday reports, video scripts, and more. He has been playing chess for about 30 years and resides near Washington, DC, USA.

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