Andreikin, Le Tuan Minh Qualify For 2021 Bullet Chess Championship Presented By SIG

Andreikin, Le Tuan Minh Qualify For 2021 Bullet Chess Championship Presented By SIG

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GM Dmitry Andreikin and IM Le Tuan Minh qualified for the Main Event of the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship Presented By SIG. Both players did so by coming in second behind GM Hikaru Nakamura, who decided to play both qualifiers but was already seeded directly into the championship as the reigning champion.

Like the day before, Thursday saw two qualifiers for the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship Presented By SIG. Again, these were 20-round Swiss tournaments followed by a four-player knockout with a 1|0 time control. The big difference: Nakamura played!

The live broadcast of the last two qualifiers.

Qualifier 3: Dmitry Andreikin

The Swiss part of Thursday's early qualifier was won by Nakamura, despite suffering an early loss. It was GM Sanan Sjugirov who defeated him in round four; the Russian grandmaster was the only player to reach 6/6 before he lost his first.

By round 11, Nakamura was back sharing the lead with 9/11, and that was still the case after round 15 when a surprising name was on 12/15 as well: FM @German_Bazeev from St. Petersburg. While his rivals continued to beat each other, Nakamura finished with four more wins to end 2.5 points ahead of the pack.

Qualifier 3 | Swiss, Top 10

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3416 17 211.75
2 16 FM @ram1zan Ramazan Zhalmakhanov 3040 14.5 163.75
3 25 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3066 14.5 160.25
4 18 GM @DrVelja Velimir Ivic 3003 14.5 152.25
5 5 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3149 14 171.75
6 9 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 3033 14 163.75
7 8 GM @Genghis_K Federico Perez Ponsa 3145 14 162
8 6 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 3111 14 158.5
9 29 IM @renatoterrylujan Renato Terry 2975 14 156.75
10 11 GM @amintabatabaei Amin Tabatabaei 3023 14 156.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura continued showing his prowess as he went 5-0 before GM Velimir Ivic (@DrVelja) got one consolation win. By eliminating FM Ramazan Zhalmakhanov (@ram1zan) also 5-1, Andreikin secured his place in the Main Event next week.

The final was a "for the love of the game matchup" (as commentator IM Danny Rensch put it). Nakamura won, but it was very close. In fact, after a 3-3 score it was the first match that needed overtime, when Nakamura won the first sudden-death game.

Andreikin-Nakamura final | All games

Dmitry Andreikin Bullet Championship

Qualifier 4: Le Tuan Minh

By the time that the Andreikin-Nakamura match finished, the fourth qualifier was already underway. Nakamura hadn't seen enough yet and joined as a late entry, missing only the first round.

Commentator GM Aman Hambleton still considered him the favorite to win the tournament, and that wasn't far from the truth. Nakamura managed to finish among the top four, placing second behind Argentinian GM Federico Perez Ponsa (@Genghis_K).

With a final-round win, Le (@wonderfultime) leaped into the final four as well, kicking out world championship candidate GM Alexander Grischuk (@Grischuk) on tiebreak.

Qualifier 4 | Swiss, Top 10

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 5 GM @Genghis_K Federico Perez Ponsa 3145 15.5 170.25
2 48 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3416 15 176.5
3 10 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3095 14.5 178
4 3 IM @wonderfultime Le Tuan Minh 3149 14.5 168.25
5 12 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3082 14.5 165.25
6 22 GM @BrandonJacobson Brandon Jacobson 2992 14.5 158.25
7 4 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 3111 14 157.5
8 13 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 3054 13.5 155
9 1 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 3161 13.5 150.25
10 48 GM @youngKID Karthikeyan Murali 2948 13.5 137.75

(Full final standings here.)

Le defeated Perez 4-2 in the first match but not without stressful moments. Being 3-1 down, Perez continued playing a rook vs. rook endgame and actually managed to win to keep his chances, but then Le won the final game convincingly.

When Nakamura defeated GM Jose Martinez (@Jospem) 5-1, it meant that Le had qualified. On this Thursday, Nakamura was clearly in the mood to show who's the boss:

Le-Nakamura final | All games

Le Tuan Minh Bullet Championship

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