Artemiev Wins Feb. 16 Titled Tuesday

Artemiev Wins Feb. 16 Titled Tuesday

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GM Vladislav Artemiev won the Titled Tuesday blitz tournament on February 16, his second victory so far. The Russian grandmaster had the best tiebreak among a group of six players who finished on 9.5/11.

This week's Titled Tuesday tournament had a total of 719 participants. It was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control. Artemiev had won on August 18, 2020, and half a year later he won for the second time.

GM Le Quang Liem (@LiemLe) had the best start of all. The Vietnamese grandmaster, who happens to be a former world blitz champion (he won the title in 2013), was the only player to score 8/8. That included a win vs. GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003) in round seven, the only other player who had won his first seven games.

In the same round, Artemiev won an interesting battle with GM Aryan Tari (@AryanTari). The young Norwegian eventually lost the rook endgame after neglecting the rule to use the king:

Chessbrah GM Eric Hansen (@erichansen) played his best Titled Tuesday ever as he tied for first place and came in second on tiebreaks. His finish was impressive as he won his last five games against GMs Viorel Iordachescu (@Violord), Pavel Ponkratov (@Infernal_XaM), Aleksei Pridorozhni (@Alexsur1981), and then the big names Firouzja and GM Dmitry Andreikin (@mishanick).

Here's Hansen's win vs. Firouzja:

Feb. 16 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 4 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 9.5 69.25
2 20 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 9.5 64.75
3 12 GM @LiemLe Le Quang Liem 9.5 61.25
3 206 GM @Krakozia Denis Khismatullin 9.5 61.25
5 3 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 9.5 60.75
6 42 GM @RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 9.5 56.75
7 31 GM @Arabicfalcon Salem Saleh 9 55.5
8 27 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 9 55.25
9 46 GM @bocah_sakit Novendra Priasmoro 9 48.5
10 39 GM @Grandelicious Nils Grandelius 8.5 58.5
11 2 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 8.5 57.75
12 28 GM @Genghis_K Federico Perez Ponsa 8.5 55.75
13 38 IM @kuban1991 Oleg Vastrukhin 8.5 53.75
14 5 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 8.5 53.5
15 114 FM @seorobert1971 Jung Min Seo 8.5 52.5
16 17 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 8.5 52.25
17 45 NM @12teen Janak Awatramani 8.5 50
18 100 GM @1977Ivan Ivan Ivanisevic 8.5 49.75
19 8 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 8.5 48.5
20 14 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 8.5 48.25

(Full final standings here.)

Artemiev won $750 for first place and Hansen $400 for second. Finishing on the same amount of SB points, Le and GM Denis Khismatullin shared the prizes for third and fourth place and both earned $125.

The $100 prize for the best female player went to the GM Valentina Gunina (@Vanina1989) who scored 8/11.

Titled Tuesday is'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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