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Bortnyk Breaks Titled Tuesday Drought, Nepomniachtchi Wins Late

Bortnyk Breaks Titled Tuesday Drought, Nepomniachtchi Wins Late

NathanielGreen
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GM Oleksandr Bortnyk and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi earned Titled Tuesday victories on April 5. GM Vladimir Fedoseev had to settle for second place in both events, and by a thin tiebreak margin in the late tournament. GM Alexey Sarana and IM Volodar Murzin also finished in the top five in both tournaments.


Early Tournament

Bortnyk emerged out of a 363-player field in the first tournament with a 9.5/11 score that won outright. The rest of the top five—Fedoseev, Murzin in third, Sarana in fourth, and GM Jose Martinez in fifth—all scored nine points and were sorted out by tiebreaks, but no one else scored nine and got left out.

Broadcast of the early tournament hosted by FM Anna-Maja Kazarian.

Bortnyk's victory ended some period of sure frustration for the talented blitz player. Despite being a fixture in Titled Tuesday, it was his first win since a perfect 9/9 back in 2016.

The final two rounds must have been particularly gratifying. In round ten, he beat Titled Tuesday's hottest player from the last month, GM Dmitry Andreikin, whose streak of top-two finishes ended here with a sixth-place result.

Then, in the final round, Bortnyk, on eight and a half points, was matched with Fedoseev, on nine, while no one else had exceeded eight. Desperately needing a win, Bortnyk delivered.

Fedoseev had reached his leading position with a 10th-round win over Murzin.

April 5 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 15 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2959 9.5 67.75
2 8 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3014 9 65
3 47 IM @Volodar_Murzin Volodar Murzin 2839 9 63
4 3 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3056 9 53.5
5 12 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2960 9 46.5
6 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3115 8.5 63
7 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3021 8.5 62
8 6 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 3027 8.5 58.75
9 7 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3002 8.5 51.25
10 4 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3028 8.5 47.5
11 81 CM @WhiteKnight2612 Rohith Krishna 2753 8.5 44
12 13 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrov 2933 8 49.75
13 64 GM @GM_Crest Sergey Shipov 2808 8 49
14 51 GM @Byniolus Zbigniew Pakleza 2809 8 47.5
15 11 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2941 8 47
16 18 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2912 8 46.75
17 35 GM @ActorXu Xu Yi 2834 8 46.5
18 30 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2873 8 46
19 29 FM @Shubinkirill2003 Kirill Shubin 2873 8 44.5
20 71 NM @BeanScreen Zachary Tanenbaum 2718 8 41
51 92 GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2656 7 33.75

(Full final standings here.)

Bortnyk earned $1,000 for winning the tournament. Fedoseev claimed the $750 second-place prize and Murzin won $300 for third. Sarana earned $150 in fourth place and Martinez won $100 in fifth. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina won the $100 prize as the top-female player.

Late Tournament

In a field of 294, the recent world championship challenger emerged victoriously. He was one of only two players in the late top five who hadn't also reached that position in the early tournament as Fedoseev, Sarana, and Murzin all returned.

Broadcast of the late tournament hosted by GM Irina Krush.

Nepomniachtchi has now won three Titled Tuesdays since February 8, and in two of the three, he drew in the first round. But, once again, that proved to be a small roadblock. In round eight, Nepo needed just 23 seconds and 16 moves to dispatch GM Rinat Jumabayev.

Two more wins, against Andreikin and GM Rodrigo Vasquez, gave Nepomniachtchi nine points out of 10. Fedoseev had reached the same score with wins over Murzin and GM Aram Hakobyan. Only GM Raunak Sadhwani was within half a point of the leaders, but Sarana ended up defeating Sadhwani to take third place for himself.

Meanwhile, Fedoseev-Nepomniachtchi was the antithesis of the early tournament's Fedoseev-Bortnyk in terms of drama; this time, the players agreed to a draw without making any moves. But Nepomniachtchi had played the somewhat tougher slate, winning the tiebreak by less than a point.

April 5 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 3 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 3101 9.5 63.5
2 9 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3050 9.5 62.75
3 4 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3072 9 55
4 27 GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2925 9 54.5
5 39 IM @Volodar_Murzin Volodar Murzin 2882 9 45.5
6 8 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3022 8.5 55
7 7 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 3043 8.5 46.5
8 20 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2948 8.5 40.75
9 1 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3118 8 48
10 31 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2877 8 47.5
11 30 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2894 8 46.5
12 40 GM @Experience_Chess Valery Kazakouski 2849 8 44.5
13 28 GM @Jumbo Rinat Jumabayev 2912 8 43.5
14 24 GM @Hrant_ChessMood Hrant Melkumyan 2918 8 42.5
15 49 GM @KNVB Aman Hambleton 2827 8 38.5
16 15 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2935 8 37
17 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3118 7.5 57.5
18 5 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3017 7.5 46
19 112 FM @FMJoseHerrera Jose Herrera 2638 7.5 42.25
20 138 WIM @M-Mar04 Mariam Mkrtchyan 2602 7.5 41

(Full final standings here.)

Nepomniachtchi claimed the $1,000 first prize. Fedoseev earned another $750 for a daily total of $1,500. Sarana's $300 third-place prize gave him $450 on the day. Demchenko earned $150 for fourth and Murzin $100 for fifth, giving the latter $400 on the day. WIM Mariam Mkrtchyan won the $100 prize as the highest-scoring woman in the field.

Titled Tuesday is a weekly tournament hosted by Chess.com for titled players. Every Tuesday there are two 11-round Swiss tournaments which commence at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 17:00 Central European and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 23:00 Central European.

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NathanielGreen
Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green is a staff writer for Chess.com who writes articles, player biographies, Titled Tuesday reports, video scripts, and more. He has been playing chess for about 30 years and resides near Washington, DC, USA.

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