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Naroditsky Records 48-Game Unbeaten Streak In Bullet Brawl
Naroditsky scored 69/80 on his way to a 12th Bullet Brawl title. Image: GMNaroditsky/Twitch.

Naroditsky Records 48-Game Unbeaten Streak In Bullet Brawl

JackRodgers
| 19 | Chess Event Coverage

In a Bullet Brawl showdown between two of the quickest players in chess, GMs Daniel Naroditsky and Andrew Tang, Naroditsky came out on top on Saturday. Claiming his 12th title and the $400 first prize, the U.S. commentator scored 247 points in the two-hour arena and posted a 48-game unbeaten streak in the middle of the event.

With an inaugural Bullet Brawl title still escaping him, ultra-bullet virtuoso Tang dominated the majority of the field to slip into second, while GM Oleksandr Bortnyk scored 198 points and won $150 for third place.

Finishing in 22nd place with 86 points, IM Karina Ambartsumova received $100 for being the highest-placed female finisher, and a new contender, "DRM_CHAMP3," won the community event by a convincing margin.

The next edition of Bullet Brawl will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at noon ET/18:00 CEST.

Standings

Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 GM Daniel Naroditsky DanielNaroditsky 3268 247
2 GM Andrew Tang penguimgm1 3164 213
3 GM Oleksandr Bortnyk Oleksandr_Bortnyk 3207 198
4 GM Alan Pichot platy3 3015 182
5 GM Tuan Minh Le wonderfultime 3140 178
6 IM Ediz Gurel gurelediz 3048 168
7 GM Arash Tahbaz Arash_Tahbaz 3013 167
8 GM Andrew Hong SpeedofLight0 2972 155
9 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3079 149
10 GM Shant Sargsyan Sargsyan_Shant 2995 137
11 GM Vi Pranav vi_pranav 2981 136
12 GM Christopher Yoo ChristopherYoo 2968 132
13 IM Andy Woodward Philippians46 2834 132
14 GM Raunak Sadhwani RaunakSadhwani2005 3021 130
15 FM Dmitry Goltsev GoltsevDmitry2000 2840 121
16 CM Eqor Baskakov stollenmonster 2814 102
17 GM Daniel Gormally SirGerhard 2742 102
18 FM Suresh Harsh Chessmissile07 2849 100
19 IM Ryo Chen chenxiaoyuer 2865 98
20 CM Lorner Acosta LornerAcosta 2751 90

Ahead of his highly anticipated Team Chess Battle quarterfinal matchup, which will see him link up with GM Robert Hess to take on GMs Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson, Naroditsky has shown that he is as sharp as ever with a crushing victory in Saturday's Bullet Brawl. 

Hess and Naroditsky are one of the favorites in Team Chess Battle.

In a stacked field featuring bullet titans like GMs Tuan Minh Le, Jose Martinez, Rauf Mamedov, and Raunak Sadhwani, Naroditsky had his work cut out but started in the best way possible, dropping only two and a half points in the first hour of play.

Whether it was Greek gifts or rook lifts, Naroditsky barely missed a beat, and it soon became clear that his closest rivals, Tang and Bortnyk, would need a miracle to keep up with the content creator. Tang did end up with a small window of opportunity when he paired with Naroditsky late in the piece but blundered checkmate in one while up by a knight.

Even grandmasters weren't immune to Naroditsky's rampant run, and GM Alan Pichot was one of many to fall to one of the eventual winner's tactical shots. While Pichot seemed to be holding on after employing the Modern Defense, Naroditsky found a delectable knight sacrifice on move 25 to shred the Spanish representative's kingside.

A sluggish finish for the American GM did little to mar his impressive performance, and a statistic that stood out when the time expired was that he had beaten Bortnyk, a longtime rival and the site's third highest-rated bullet chess player, six out of seven times.

Few players on Earth could pull off a performance like this against the likes of Bortnyk.

Finishing in third place, Bortnyk was no slouch either and showed off his tactical prowess while streaming live on Twitch.

Aside from Naroditsky's exhibition, several junior players stood out during Saturday's Bullet Brawl including GM Pranav Venkatesh as well as IMs Ediz Gurel and Andy Woodward. The 13-year-old Woodward, who proved himself as a Puzzle Rush extraordinaire in early 2023, almost finished in the top 10 and scored wins over Sadhwani, Mamedov, and GM Vugar Rasulov.

Woodward is now a GM-elect thanks to recent gains that saw him cross the 2500 mark. Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar.

Naroditsky and GM Hikaru Nakamura, who was busy playing the legendary GM Viswanathan Anand in the Bundesliga on Saturday, combined have won over 75 percent (31 out of 41) editions of Bullet Brawl since its inception. 

Will it take a player from the new generation to knock Bullet Brawl's top dogs off the top?

(Full final standings here)

How to review games?
The games from this week's Bullet Brawl can be found here.



Bullet Brawl is an exciting new titled arena that features Chess.com's top bullet specialists and takes place weekly on Saturdays. The format is a two-hour arena with a 1+0 time control; the prize fund is $1,000.

Much like Titled Tuesday and Arena Kings, Bullet Brawl often features top GMs, including Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel Naroditsky, Andrew Tang, Tuan Minh Le, and many more!


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