Firouzja, Nakamura, Naroditsky, Tang Among Bullet Qualifiers
Alireza Firouzja is one of the favorites to win the Bullet Open. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Firouzja, Nakamura, Naroditsky, Tang Among Bullet Qualifiers

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GMs Alireza Firouzja, Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel Naroditsky, and Andrew Tang are the favorites to win the Bullet Open Championship on Sunday. Among 12 qualifiers, these four grandmasters are directly seeded into the quarterfinals.

You can watch the knockout phase starting from Sunday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 Central Europe at and

The live broadcast of the first day.

Nakamura and Naroditsky finished in first and second place in the first of two 21-round Swiss qualifier tournaments held on Saturday. Tang and Firouzja took first and second in the other qualifier. The other qualifiers are GMs Jeffery Xiong, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladislav Artemiev, Arjun Erigaisi, Jose Martinez, and Brandon Jacobson as well as IMs Le Tuan Minh and Mykola Bortnyk.

Swiss qualifier 1 (Top 10)

Place Seed Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 3 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 19.5 251
2 4 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 18 239.5
3 9 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 16 206
4 14 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 15.5 198
5 6 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 14.5 184.25
6 7 IM @wonderfultime Le Tuan Minh 14.5 175.25
7 8 GM @ArjunErigaisi2003 Arjun Erigaisi 14.5 174.25
8 13 GM @RaunakSadhwani2005 Raunak Sadhwani 14 165.5
9 2 GM @penguingm1 Andrew Tang 14 155
10 30 FM @KazakhFighter04 Kazybek Nogerbek 14 145.5

(Full final standings here.)

Swiss qualifier 2 (Top 10)

Place Seed Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 1 GM @penguingm1 Andrew Tang 18.5 229
2 2 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 17.5 222.75
3 4 GM @ArjunErigaisi2003 Arjun Erigaisi 17 206.5
4 12 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 15.5 173
5 8 IM @Mykola-Bortnyk Mykola Bortnyk 14 169.75
6 22 GM @BrandonJacobson Brandon Jacobson 14 169
7 10 IM @yosephtaher Yoseph Taher 14 148.5
8 36 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 14 146.25
9 18 GM @platy3 Alan Pichot 13.5 159.75
10 6 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 13.5 157.5

(Full final standings here.)

The pairings for Sunday's knockout phase.

One player who unexpectedly didn't qualify is the Indian prodigy GM Nihal Sarin. He just missed out on qualification in the 21st and final round of the second qualifier in dramatic fashion:

The lucky one here was 17-year-old GM Jacobson of New Jersey who clinched sixth place, thanks to Nihal's mishap.

The Bullet Open Championship is a two-day tournament on December 19-20 with the winner clinching a spot in next year's Bullet Chess Championship. With a $10,000 prize fund on the line, this event features a 1|0 time control in all games and is open to all titled players. Bullet Open prizes

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