Aleksey Sarana Wins Jan. 12 Titled Tuesday

Aleksey Sarana Wins Jan. 12 Titled Tuesday

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GM Aleksey Sarana won the January 12 Titled Tuesday tournament. The Russian grandmaster edged out GM Aleksandar Indjic on tiebreak after both finished on 10/11.

This week's Titled Tuesday tournament had a total of 773 participants. It was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.


The live broadcast of the tournament.

Sarana emerged at the top after round eight when he was on 7.5/8 together with GM Sergei Zhigalko, who outplayed his opponent completely as White with a Qxd4 Sicilian, one of his specialties. However, Sarana managed to escape and take the sole lead:

At this point, Sarana was in the lead with 8.5, and six grandmasters were close behind with eight points. GM Hikaru Nakamura, who had the highest tiebreak, was Sarana's next opponent but lost as well: 

Jan 12. Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Place Seed Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 3 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 10 74
2 53 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 10 61.5
3 9 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 9.5 68
4 123 GM @Sunerorlater Sune Berg Hansen 9 63
5-6 80 GM @Aravindhchess1999 Aravindh Chithambaram 9 61.75
5-6 51 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 9 61.75
7 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 9 59.25
8 92 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 9 58.75
9 54 GM @PSvidler Peter Svidler 9 57.5
10 146 IM @Sippp Muhammad Lutfi Ali 9 55.5
11 8 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 9 55
12 98 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrov 9 50.5
13 47 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 8.5 59
14 10 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 8.5 57.75
15 37 GM @GMHess Robert L. Hess 8.5 53.75
16 25 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 8.5 52.25
17 12 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 8.5 52
18 39 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 8.5 51.75
19-20 7 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 8.5 47.75
19-20 116 GM @swisspower96 Noël Studer 8.5 47.75

(Full final standings here.)

Sarana won $750 for first place, Indjic $400 for second, Andreikin $150 for third, and Hansen $100 for fourth. The $100 prize for the best female player went to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (@ChessQueen), who scored 8/11.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's weekly tournament for titled players. It starts each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time (19:00 Central Europe). 

Titled Tuesday Format

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