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Firouzja Joins Tuesday Sweep Club

Firouzja Joins Tuesday Sweep Club

NathanielGreen
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GM Alireza Firouzja has become the fourth player to sweep both ends of a Titled Tuesday, joining GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in accomplishing the feat. Firouzja won the early event on August 29 with 9.5 points, then returned to win the late event with 10 points. 


Early Tournament

The early tournament was Firouzja's closer call of the two tournaments, as he wound up in a four-way tie for first place but had the best tiebreaks of the group.

It didn't appear that would be the case after the ninth round, when Firouzja improved to 8.5/9, with a clear half-point lead on the field by defeating GM Alexey Sarana in an endgame.

Things only got better for Firouzja in the 10th, when he increased his lead on the field to a full point with his win over GM Igor Kovalenko in yet another ending, this one with Black.

Now Firouzja found himself only needing a draw in the last round to clinch the whole event, but GM Nihal Sarin threatened to spoil the show. Apparently, the trick to beat Firouzja was to avoid an endgame, as Nihal won in 28 moves.

Nonetheless, Firouzja held on to win the tournament thanks to tiebreaks, while Nihal climbed into third place. GM Jorden van Foreest scooped second with wins in the last three rounds, ending with one over FM Sina Movahed.

August 29 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 4 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3105 9.5 73
2 33 GM @joppie2 Jorden van Foreest 2978 9.5 68.5
3 2 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 3155 9.5 68
4 3 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3138 9.5 66.5
5 7 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3067 9 74.5
6 9 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3048 9 68.5
7 13 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3026 9 67.5
8 16 GM @BrandonJacobson Brandon Jacobson 3009 8.5 77.5
9 6 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3055 8.5 77.5
10 12 GM @Andreikka Andrey Esipenko 3033 8.5 71.5
11 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3054 8.5 71
12 23 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2982 8.5 71
13 32 GM @sergoy Sergey Drygalov 2958 8.5 68.5
14 8 GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 3038 8.5 68.5
15 28 GM @amintabatabaei Amin Tabatabaei 2976 8.5 67
16 21 FM @Sina_Movahed Sina Movahed 2988 8.5 63.5
17 70 GM @XDPS Pablo Salinas Herrera 2871 8.5 58.5
18 101 FM @Bauman_Guy Konstantin Popov 2845 8.5 56.5
19 369 FM @FREDERICKtheMATE Frederick Waldhausen Gordon 2548 8.5 56
20 59 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2915 8 76.5
76 163 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2706 7 58.5

(Full final standings here.)

The four-way tie shook out with Firouzja winning $1,000, Van Foreest $750, Nihal $350, and Sarana $200. GM Denis Lazavik finished fifth for $100, and GM Valentina Gunina won the $100 women's prize.

Late Tournament

Firouzja didn't leave the late result to tiebreaks, scoring 10/11 to complete the sweep with an outright victory. But his position entering the final round was actually more precarious than before, with a half-point (not full-point) lead on three opponents.

This time, Firouzja left nothing to chance by beating GM Grigoriy Oparin, in the process obtaining a second queen in less than 35 moves.

GM Aleksandar Indjic was the only of the three players directly behind Firouzja to get a win in the last round, defeating teenage FM Artin Ashraf.

The way the last round turned out, it ended up a big deal that Firouzja was able to beat Indjic in the battle of future top-two finishers back in round six. A surprisingly calm Najdorf Sicilian turned into a 55-move win for Firouzja after he found the sequence beginning with 38.Qg8+.

Indjic never lost again, and Firouzja would need every point he got going forward to outlast him in the standings. But Firouzja did just that, and so joined the exclusive ranks of players who have won both Titled Tuesday tournaments in a single day.

August 29 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 4 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3127 10 71
2 30 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2984 9.5 73
3 15 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3035 9 67.5
4 26 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2970 9 67
5 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3105 9 64.5
6 16 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3023 9 62.5
7 71 FM @artin10862 Artin Ashraf 2885 8.5 75.5
8 22 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2985 8.5 67.5
9 2 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 3117 8.5 67
10 13 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3022 8.5 64.5
11 21 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 2983 8.5 63.5
12 19 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3000 8.5 59.5
13 24 GM @sergoy Sergey Drygalov 2970 8 74
14 6 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3054 8 72
15 9 GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 3042 8 72
16 70 FM @MarcoRiehle Marco Riehle 2849 8 71
17 63 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2893 8 69.5
18 37 GM @platy3 Alan Pichot 2916 8 66.5
19 33 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2931 8 66.5
20 98 GM @cassoulet Jonathan Dourérassou 2757 8 64
34 121 GM @jinbojinbo Jiner Zhu 2692 7.5 57

(Full final standings here.)

Firouzja won another $1,000 for a $2,000 total on the day, while Indjic brought home $750. GM Jeffery Xiong won $350 in third place, GM Pranav V $200 in fourth, and GM Daniel Naroditsky $100 in fifth. The $100 women's prize went to GM Zhu Jiner on 7.5 points.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is the 11-round Swiss tournament that Chess.com hosts two of every week on Tuesdays. The first tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time/17:00 Central European/20:30 Indian Standard Time, with the second one following at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/23:00 Central European/2:30 Indian Standard Time (next day).

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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