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Firouzja Wins March 30 Titled Tuesday
Firouzja won his second Titled Tuesday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Firouzja Wins March 30 Titled Tuesday

PeterDoggers
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GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003) won the Chess.com Titled Tuesday tournament on March 30 with an undefeated 10/11 score. It was his second Titled Tuesday victory, after having won on June 23, 2020. 

This week's Titled Tuesday tournament had a total of 740 participants. As always, it was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

This time, Firouzja managed to remain undefeated throughout the tournament. He started with seven wins, then drew twice, with GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Aleksei Pridorozhni (@Alexsur1981), and next finished with two more wins.

In round two, he won with a nice little trick in the opening:

If you were wondering how these super GMs perform when given the basic endgame of bishop and knight vs. lone king, the answer is: perfectly—at least in Firouzja's case. He showed textbook technique and won it effortlessly:

A bamboozling game was the one between GM Daniel Naroditsky and Nakamura, where the wild tactics eventually led to a winning position for White. All the way to the end in a pawn endgame, Naroditsky continued to spoil things:

Daniel Naroditsky chess
Daniel Naroditsky played a big role in this tournament. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Another crucial encounter in this tournament was Firouzja's clash with Naroditsky in the penultimate round. The American was doing well during the first half of the game but eventually blundered in time trouble:

March 30 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 2 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3118 10 73.25
2 43 GM @Alexsur1981 Aleksei Pridorozhni 2918 9.5 70.75
3 29 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2921 9.5 66
4 31 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2924 9.5 58.75
5 42 GM @Eltaj_Safarli Eltaj Safarli 2903 9.5 58.25
6 18 GM @igorkovalenko Igor Kovalenko 2951 9 64.25
7 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3200 9 64
8 4 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3040 9 59.25
9 24 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2916 9 52
10 13 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2998 9 50.5
11 17 GM @Srinavasan Undisclosed 2985 8.5 57.75
12 6 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3028 8.5 54.75
13 12 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 2990 8.5 51.75
13 32 GM @Smirnov_Pavel Pavel Smirnov 2846 8.5 51.75
15 61 GM @superchess02 Undisclosed 2820 8.5 50
16 56 FM @liczner Lukasz Licznerski 2840 8.5 49.5
17 9 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3002 8.5 48.75
17 58 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2837 8.5 48.75
19 23 GM @EvgenyT Evgeny Tomashevsky 2933 8.5 48.5
20 27 GM @BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2895 8.5 48.25

(Full final standings here.)

Firouzja won $750 for first place, Pridorozhni $400 for second, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (@ChessWarrior7197) $150, and GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei) $100.

The $100 prize for the best female player went to WGM Nafisa Muminova (@Tenamu) who scored 8/11.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's weekly tournament for titled players. It starts each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time (19:00 Central Europe). 

Titled Tuesday Format

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