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Carlsen Wins Surprise Titled Tuesday Appearance

Carlsen Wins Surprise Titled Tuesday Appearance

NathanielGreen
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Titled Tuesday presented by SEOcrawl took a surprising turn on May 10 as none other than GM Magnus Carlsen played in the early event, his first games on Chess.com since February 2021. Carlsen delivered, effectively clinching the tournament with a round to spare and ending with a 10/11 score for a full-point victory.

GM Dmitry Andreikin won the late tournament with a score of 9.5/11.


Early Tournament

The early tournament was joined by 393 players but perhaps no name bigger, and definitely no name more shocking, than Carlsen.

Using the Nimzo-Larsen (1.b3) as White and Owen Defense (1...b6) as Black, only draws in rounds four and 11 kept Carlsen from GM Hikaru Nakamura's Titled Tuesday record of 11/11. GMs Axel Bachmann, Jeffery Xiong, and Vladimir Fedoseev were tied with nine points for the next best score.


Broadcast of the early tournament hosted by FM James Canty III.

Carlsen defeated Xiong in round eight on his way to the victory. During the break after that round, Canty analyzed the game on-air (starting around 1:37:40 in the embedded broadcast above).

Carlsen then defeated GM Grigoriy Oparin in round nine after Oparin allowed the tactic 28...Bh6 and 29...Qg7.

In round 10, GM Parham Maghsoodloo was duly punished for a daring yet dubious sacrifice out of the opening.

By this point, Carlsen's tiebreaks were so strong that his full-point lead entering the final round was insurmountable, and he accepted Fedoseev's draw offer instead of playing out an equal rook ending. Despite the tournament-clinching draw, Carlsen now has the highest blitz rating on Chess.com:

GM Magnus Carlsen chess.com TT

May 10 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 2 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3189 10 68.5
2 277 GM @chito89 Axel Bachmann 2492 9 59
3 4 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3064 9 55
4 6 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3038 9 54.25
5 22 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2903 8.5 59.5
6 142 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 3036 8.5 56.25
7 8 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3006 8.5 52.5
8 24 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2913 8.5 48.25
9 26 GM @Nitzan_Steinberg Nitzan Steinberg 2911 8.5 47.75
10 7 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3002 8.5 46.75
11 40 GM @MrTattaglia Kozak Adam 2874 8.5 44.25
12 129 GM @A-Fier Alex Fier 2708 8 52.75
13 10 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 2988 8 52
14 21 GM @Parhamov Parham Maghsoodloo 2907 8 51
15 51 FM @honestgames Egor Lashkin 2829 8 48.5
16 48 GM @Chopper1905 Mustafa Yilmaz 2847 8 48
17 50 IM @RobertoJBM Roberto Junio Brito Molina 2829 8 47.75
18 37 FM @KazakhFighter04 Kazybek Nogerbek 2870 8 47.25
19 42 GM @nrvisakh Visakh NR 2862 8 46.5
20 5 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3015 8 46
58 181 WIM @bsnsun Dinara Wagner 2554 7 30

(Full final standings here.)

Carlsen won $1,000 for first. Bachmann had the best tiebreaks of the players on nine and won $750, while Xiong won $300 and Fedoseev earned $150. GM Sergei Zhigalko won the $100 prize for fifth (on tiebreaks) while WIM Dinara Wagner won the $100 prize as the top woman.

Late Tournament

One tournament ended up being enough for Carlsen as Andreikin won the late tournament (which was not broadcast) in a field of 293 players.

Fedoseev was leading for much of the tournament, including a win over Nakamura in the 10th round. That gave Fedoseev a full-point lead entering the final round.

But Andreikin defeated Fedoseev in their matchup, and in the process took the tiebreak advantage as well, leaving Fedoseev in second place.

May 10 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3050 9.5 67.5
2 3 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3069 9.5 62.25
3 7 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3021 9 57.5
4 18 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2953 9 55.75
5 47 GM @Experience_Chess Valery Kazakouski 2870 8.5 52.75
6 6 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3016 8.5 51.5
7 20 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2919 8.5 45.75
8 24 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2926 8.5 44
9 11 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2963 8 55.5
10 29 IM @frederiksvane Frederik Svane 2877 8 52.25
11 17 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2947 8 47.75
12 35 GM @Igrok3069 Alexey Dreev 2886 8 45.5
13 8 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 2975 8 45
14 39 GM @shimastream Alex Shimanov 2860 8 42.5
15 27 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2900 8 42.25
16 34 GM @VerdeNotte Gawain Jones 2862 8 41.5
17 25 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2878 8 40.75
18 32 GM @LastGladiator1 Aydin Suleymanli 2881 8 40.5
19 51 CM @ymoy Vadym Petrovskyi 2794 8 30.5
20 4 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 3003 7.5 48.75
40 92 WGM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2642 7 32.25

(Full final standings here.)

Andreikin earned $1,000 while Fedoseev settled for $750 and a total of $900 on the day. GM Baadur Jobava won $300 for third place, GM David Paravyan $150 for fourth, and GM Valery Kazakouski for fifth. With the highest score among women at 7/11, WGM Meri Arabidze won $100.

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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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