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Highest Scores In Over A Month Set In Tuesday Blitz Tournaments

Highest Scores In Over A Month Set In Tuesday Blitz Tournaments

NathanielGreen
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GMs Daniil Dubov and David Paravyan each won a Titled Tuesday tournament on March 28, both winning outright. They became the first players to score 10 points since February 14. Each second-place finish also belonged to the only two players to score 9.5 points, GM Hikaru Nakamura in the early tournament and GM Denis Lazavik in the late.


Early Tournament

Dubov, who also won last week's early tournament, outlasted a field of 552 players this week, the largest field since January 31. In doing so, he went undefeated, only making draws in the seventh and eighth rounds.

Those consecutive draws actually dropped Dubov into a tie for second place. He rejoined the lead after round nine by defeating GM Alexey Sarana while GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew with Nakamura. Then, Dubov defeated Vachier-Lagrave in the 10th round to claim first place with one round left.

Dubov wasn't in sole first yet, as he was still tied with GM Oleksandr Bortnyk. But Dubov trapped Bortnyk's queen and won their matchup, leaving him unable to be caught by anyone else.

Nakamura, meanwhile, played last week's late winner GM Vladimir Kramnik and won that game to finish in second place by himself.

Vachier-Lagrave and Bortnyk settled for third and fourth place respectively.

March 28 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 6 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3109 10
2 2 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3180 9.5
3 4 GM @LyonBeast Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 3123 9
4 8 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3093 9
5 24 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 2994 9
6 29 GM @BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2979 9
7 53 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2928 9
8 15 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3053 8.5
9 36 IM @MetiForce Mahdi Gholami Orimi 2976 8.5
10 1 GM @GMWSO Wesley So 3168 8.5
11 14 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3051 8.5
12 10 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3065 8.5
13 21 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 3000 8.5
14 5 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3075 8.5
15 28 GM @VladimirKramnik Vladimir Kramnik 2976 8.5
16 59 GM @shimastream Aleksandr Shimanov 2930 8
17 18 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3023 8
18 75 GM @DrVelja Velimir Ivic 2893 8
19 35 IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 2957 8
20 38 GM @xxysoul6 Xu Xiangyu 2947 8
77 196 IM @Vesper2018 Anastasia Bodnaruk 2630 7

(Full final standings here.)

Dubov won $1,000 while Nakamura won $750. Vachier-Lagrave scored $350, Bortnyk $200, and GM Jose Martinez finished fifth for $100. IM Anastasia Bodnaruk won the $100 women's prize with a 7/11 score.

Late Tournament

Paravyan, like Dubov, went undefeated while drawing twice. For Paravyan, those draws came in rounds five and seven.

But the show was almost stolen by GM Raunak Sadhwani, who began the tournament with a 9/9 score, including an incredible run in rounds six through nine where he defeated Bortnyk, GM Vladimir Fedoseev, Nakamura (below), and GM Alireza Firouzja.

That kind of opposition would wear anyone out, and when it came time for Sadhwani to try for 10/10, he ran into Paravyan and lost to the eventual tournament winner.

That result put the two of them into a tie for first, but they could not face each other again. Instead, Paravyan hit double-digit points by outlasting GM Shant Sargsyan with checkmate on move 115.

Meanwhile, Lazavik and Sadhwani played in a battle of teenagers. Lazavik won in a relatively few 37 moves to claim second place in the field of 439.

March 28 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 28 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3008 10
2 10 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3071 9.5
3 8 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3072 9
4 25 GM @Parhamov Parham Maghsoodloo 3006 9
5 18 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 3039 9
6 12 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 3045 9
7 47 GM @vugarrasulov Vugar Rasulov 2929 9
8 17 GM @Sargsyan_Shant Shant Sargsyan 3030 8.5
9 16 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3014 8.5
10 4 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3077 8.5
11 34 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 2933 8.5
12 3 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3094 8
13 38 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2927 8
14 22 GM @VladimirKramnik Vladimir Kramnik 2970 8
15 32 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2943 8
16 58 GM @Matibar Mateusz Bartel 2862 8
17 52 GM @Annawel Jules Moussard 2875 8
18 14 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3012 8
19 56 GM @VitaliyBernadskiy Vitaliy Bernadskiy 2855 8
20 54 IM @jacky72 Mihnea Costachi 2875 8
38 360 WFM @koteRV1610 Lera Reger 2668 7

(Full final standings here.)

Paravyan earned $1,000 for his victory while Lazavik claimed $750 as the runner-up. Firouzja finished third for $350, GM Parham Maghsoodloo fourth for $200, and Sadhwani stayed in the money winning $100 for fifth place. WFM Lera Reger won the $100 women's prize with a 7/11 finish.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a weekly Chess.com tournament for titled players, made up of two 11-round Swiss tournaments played every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/17:00 Central European and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/23:00 Central European. 

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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