Artemiev Wins 1st Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Vladislav Artemiev. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Artemiev Wins 1st Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix

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GM Vladislav Artemiev became the winner of the first Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix, formerly known as Titled Tuesday. The Russian grandmaster beat his compatriot GM Sergey Karjakin in the final, an eight-player knockout held after 10 rounds of Swiss.

The next Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix will be played on June 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 Central Europe.

The very first Speed Chess Grand Prix tournament was held on Tuesday, June 2. It was a revamped version of Chess.com's good old Titled Tuesday, with more chess, more prize money, as well as Grand Prix points to be earned.


The live broadcast of the tournament.

Former world championship challenger Karjakin (@SergeyKarjakin on Chess.com) decided to try his luck this Tuesday evening (it started 8 p.m. Moscow time), and he ended up winning the Swiss segment of the event. He was the only player on 8/8, and then finished with two draws.

Many of his games showed wonderful determination, such as the following. After squandering a winning advantage in a rook endgame (missing a typical tactic), Karjakin just continued playing good moves, and won anyway:

Besides Karjakin, seven other grandmasters qualified for the knockout phase—the new addition to the tournament—including Artemiev (@Sibelephant) and also GM Anish Giri (@AnishGiri). This part of the tournament was played with all players visible via their webcams.

June 2 Speed Chess Grand Prix | Swiss Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 GM @SergeyKarjakin Sergey Karjakin 9 62.75
2 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 9 57.75
3 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 8.5 54.75
4 GM @abykhovsky Anatoly Bykhovsky 8.5 52
5 GM @Shtembuliak Evgeny Shtembuliak 8.5 51.75
6 GM @AnishGiri Anish Giri 8.5 51.5
7 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 8.5 49.75
8 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 8.5 48.75
9 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 8.5 48.25
9 GM @Radzio1987 Radoslaw Wojtaszek 8.5 48.25
11 GM @Parhamov Parham Maghsoodloo 8.5 46.25
12 GM @hanzo_hasashi1 Nodirbek Yakubboev 8.5 42.25
13 GM @2Vladimirovich90 Dmitry Andreikin 8.5 39.25
14 GM @Dr-Bassem Bassem Amin 8 49.5
15 GM @Jumbo Rinat Jumabayev 8 48
16-17 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8 47
16-17 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 8 47
18 FM @AlexSuv - 8 46.5
19 GM @LittlePeasant Alejandro Ramirez 8 45.5
20 GM @Rybka1989 Petro Golubka 8 44.5

The eight-player knockout starts with a round of quarterfinals, when a single 3+1 game is played with the higher seed having white. The winner moves on to the semifinals. 

In case of a draw, a 1+0 sudden-death game is played with the same player starting with white, and then another one with reversed colors until someone wins. The semifinals and final are played over two 3+1 games and if needed, one or more 1+0 games. 

This final in this first edition was played between two Russian top GMs, Artemiev and Karjakin. The latter had beaten GM Vladislav Kovalev (@vladislavkovalev) and GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (@abykhovsky), while Artemiev had eliminated Giri and then his compatriot GM Grigoryi Oparin (@OparinGrigoriy).

After a loss in game one (see below, alongside all other games of the final eight), Karjakin seemed to be scoring 1-1 with a crushing win until he suddenly went for the wrong plan:

The tournaments have a $50,000 prize fund spanning 20 weeks and will take place every Tuesday from June 2 through October 13—that's $2,500 in cash prizes available every week.

Artemiev won the $1,000 first prize, while Karjakin took second ($500). Oparin and Bykhovsky won $200 while the losing quarterfinalists got $100. 

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (@ChessQueen) won the $100 for best female player, while GM Alexander Zubov (@Alexander_Zubov) won the Chess.com streamers' prize of $100 that was given as 20 gifted subs to his channel.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix Prizes
Players will look to improve their season score, as their eight best individual performances and all bonus points will count towards the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix standings. At the end of the season, the players with the four best grand prix scores will advance to the Speed Chess Championship to be hosted later this year.

Titled Tuesday Grand Prix Points
Points will accumulate throughout the 20 Titled Tuesday events.

Based on the points system mentioned above, here are the final standings of the tournament with grand prix points included:

June 2 Speed Chess Grand Prix | Overall Final Standings (Top 20)

# Fed Title Name Username Swiss
Points
Bonus
Points
Overall
Points
1 GM Vladislav Artemiev Sibelephant 8.5 12 20.5
2 GM Sergey Karjakin SergeyKarjakin 9 8 17
3 GM Grigoriy Oparin OparinGrigoriy 9 4 13
4 GM Anatoly Bykhovsky abykhovsky 8.5 4 12.5
5 GM Vincent Keymer VincentKeymer 8.5 2 10.5
6 GM Vladislav Kovalev vladislavkovalev 8.5 2 10.5
7 GM Anish Giri AnishGiri 8.5 2 10.5
8 GM Evgeny Shtembuliak Shtembuliak 8.5 2 10.5
9 GM Vladimir Fedoseev Bigfish1995 8.5 0 8.5
10 GM Dmitry Andreikin 2Vladimirovich90 8.5 0 8.5
11 GM Parham Maghsoodloo Parhamov 8.5 0 8.5
12 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek Radzio1987 8.5 0 8.5
13 GM Nodirbek Yakubboev hanzo_hasashi1 8.5 0 8.5
14 GM Maksim Chigaev Fandorine 8 0 8
15 GM Rinat Jumabayev Jumbo 8 0 8
16 GM Victor Mikhalevski VMikhalevski 8 0 8
17 GM Petro Golubka Rybka1989 8 0 8
18 GM Alexander Grischuk Grischuk 8 0 8
19 GM Alejandro Ramirez LittlePeasant 8 0 8
20 GM Bassem Amin Dr-Bassem 8 0 8

Games final eight

The Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix is presented by Gambit, where you can play classic games like Reversi, Backgammon, and Oh Ship by playing with players from around the world.

More information about the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix can be found here.

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