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Duda Rings In New Year With Tournament Victory

Duda Rings In New Year With Tournament Victory

NathanielGreen
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The first Titled Tuesday tournaments of 2023 were won by GMs Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Dmitrij Kollars on January 3. Duda won the first event of the year outright with a score of 10/11. Kollars followed with a 9.5/11 performance and won on tiebreaks.

The year also began with the largest Titled Tuesday fields since moving to two tournaments a day last February: 542 players in the early tournament and 447 in the late one were records for each time slot.


Early Tournament

Duda began a perfect 8/8 and never lost a game on his way to victory. In rounds five through eight, he won all four games against players who finished in the top 16 in the standings. After drawing GM Hikaru Nakamura in round nine, Duda retained his half-point lead with a win over GM Vladimir Fedoseev.

The player half a point behind Duda was GM Maksim Chigaev, who stayed in range with a win over GM Jeffery Xiong. Earlier, in round eight, Chigaev scored this win with Black over GM Magnus Carlsen.

In the final round, however, Duda held his ground against Chigaev and secured the tournament victory. Nakamura climbed into second place by flagging Carlsen.

January 3 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 6 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3117 10
2 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3217 9.5
3 28 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2978 9.5
4 46 GM @sergiochess83 Sergey Grigoriants 2925 9
5 10 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3033 9
6 20 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 2986 9
7 27 GM @shimastream Aleksandr Shimanov 2967 9
8 12 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3040 8.5
9 29 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2944 8.5
10 32 GM @abhidabhi Abhimanyu Puranik 2950 8.5
11 17 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3009 8.5
12 49 GM @ActorXu Xu Yi 2912 8.5
13 34 GM @DanielDardha2005 Daniel Dardha 2951 8.5
14 23 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 2983 8.5
15 44 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2923 8.5
16 14 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3014 8
16 2 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3163 8
18 7 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3064 8
19 79 IM @PLAYER_2006_M Mukhiddin Madaminov 2834 8
20 95 FM @JimDiGrease Ivan Zemlyanskii 2815 8
33 234 IM @Vesper2018 Anastasia Bodnaruk 2604 7.5

(Full final standings here.)

Duda won the first $1,000 of the year with his victory. Nakamura took $750 for second place while Chigaev earned $350 for third. GM Sergey Grigoriants won $200 for fourth place, GM Oleksandr Bortnyk $100 for fifth, and IM Anastasia Bodnaruk the $100 women's prize.

Late Tournament

The late tournament was good for German players as not only did Kollars win, but GM Matthias Bluebaum came in second place. 

Carlsen's rough day—although "rough" is relative, as he scored 16.5/22 with two top-17 finishes on the day—continued as he lost two more games in the late tournament, the first one of them against Kollars in the sixth round. (He also lost to GM Daniel Dardha after missing a mate-in-two in a queen endgame in round eight.)

Kollars, of course, ran toward victory with that win. After another win in the seventh round to reach a 7/7 score, he drew three times in a row. That allowed GM Aleksandr Lenderman not only to catch up but to take the lead with 9/10.

Kollars, however, defeated Lenderman to reclaim the tournament edge in the final standings.

Bluebaum, meanwhile, checkmated GM Andrew Tang to finish the tournament on a five-game winning streak and glide into second place.

January 3 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 13 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 3040 9.5
2 15 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3016 9.5
3 44 GM @Masmos97 Masoud Mosadeghpour 2941 9.5
4 16 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3009 9
5 7 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3051 9
6 30 GM @AlexanderL Aleksandr Lenderman 2946 9
7 2 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3154 8.5
8 24 GM @DanielDardha2005 Daniel Dardha 2984 8.5
9 17 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2978 8.5
10 37 GM @penguingm1 Andrew Tang 2935 8.5
11 56 GM @Cayse Martyn Kravtsiv 2861 8.5
12 38 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2926 8.5
13 20 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2977 8
14 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3186 8
15 14 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3019 8
16 34 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2909 8
17 78 IM @I_am_Javi Ernesto Javier Fernandez Guillen 2794 8
18 5 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3060 8
19 40 CM @stollenmonster Egor Baskakov 2894 8
20 41 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2875 8
26 88 IM @nurgyulsalimova Nurgyul Salimova 2745 7.5

(Full final standings here.)

Kollars won the $1,000 first-place prize while Bluebaum took home the $750 for second. GM Masoud Mosadeghpour in third place claimed $350, and Xiong took $200 for fourth place. The $100 prizes went to GM Jose Martinez for fifth place and IM Nurgyul Salimova for the highest women's score.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a Swiss tournament held every week for titled players on Chess.com. Two 11-round tournaments are contested every Tuesday 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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