Artemiev Wins 3rd Titled Tuesday in 4 Weeks

Artemiev Wins 3rd Titled Tuesday in 4 Weeks

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GM Vladislav Artemiev is having an incredible run in Chess.com's Titled Tuesday blitz events. On March 9, he won his third tournament in four weeks, again as the only player to score 10/11.

This week's Titled Tuesday tournament had a total of 788 participants. It was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control. Artemiev (@Sibelephant) had previously won on August 18, 2020 as well as on February 16 this year and last week.

Watch the live broadcast above.

This week, Artemiev's start was more impressive than ever as he won his first nine(!) games. That included a win vs. top seed GM Hikaru Nakamura (@Hikaru), whom he faced in round eight.

Nakamura's opening wasn't a success, but he was doing alright again in the early middlegame. It seems the snatch of a pawn on c5 was too risky:

Artemiev's ninth win was against another big star of the game these days: GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003). The Russian GM was successful with the Botvinnik System as Firouzja underestimated a pawn push in the center:

Unlike last week, Artemiev didn't stay undefeated this time. His only loss came in round 10 against his compatriot GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (@lachesisQ), when the two Russian stars then shared the lead together with GM Eltaj Safarli of Azerbaijan. 

Ian Nepomniachtchi Titled Tuesday
Nepomniachtchi was the only player who could beat Artemiev. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

While Nepomniachtchi drew in his last round game with Firouzja (following what was most probably a mouse slip on move two: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d5), Artemiev finished with a win to clinch the first prize yet again. Safarli missed a nasty double attack over a long distance:

March 16 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 3 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 3116 10 67.5
2 4 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 3101 9.5 66
3 6 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3019 9.5 64.75
4 99 GM @VitaliyBernadskiy Vitaliy Bernadskiy 2786 9.5 64.5
5 51 GM @Zhuu96 Zhamsaran Tsydypov 2927 9.5 64.25
6 2 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3119 9 63.75
7 35 GM @Eltaj_Safarli Eltaj Safarli 2924 9 59
8 20 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2952 9 58.75
9 100 GM @chessdjw Dennis Wagner 2765 9 53.5
10 247 IM @goldihouse Lars Stark 2625 9 50
11 15 IM @renatoterrylujan Renato Terry 2953 8.5 57.5
12 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3202 8.5 55.5
13 41 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2902 8.5 54.25
14 87 FM @Tooweak2slow03 Bence Leszko 2797 8.5 54
15 9 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 2988 8.5 53.5
16 173 IM @rquery98 Rohan Ahuja 2680 8.5 52.75
17 5 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 3012 8.5 52.25
18 38 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2900 8.5 51.25
19 30 GM @RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 2908 8.5 49.75
20 207 FM @PopMilan95 Milan Popovic 2673 8.5 49.5

(Full final standings here.)

Artemiev won $750 for first place, Nepomniachtchi $400 for second, GM Daniil Dubov (@Duhless) $150, and GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (@VitaliyBernadskiy) $100.

The $100 prize for the best female player went to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (@ChessQueen) who scored 6.5/11.

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). 

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