Nakamura Puts On Tactical Masterclass To Win 14th Bullet Brawl Title
Nakamura claimed his fourth straight Bullet Brawl title on Saturday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Nakamura Puts On Tactical Masterclass To Win 14th Bullet Brawl Title

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GM Hikaru Nakamura's supremacy over Bullet Brawl has continued into December as the world number-three coasted to a 253 score and his fourth-straight $400 victory. Landing in second place on Saturday was GM Oleksandr Bortnyk, who finished on 229, and GM Daniel Naroditsky rounded out the podium.

Fighting chess was the name of the game for FM Anastasia Avramidou, who scored 39 wins, 39 losses, and no draws en route to claiming the $100 best female prize, while streamer Ros1999 won the community event by a 14-point margin.

December's second Bullet Brawl will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 1 p.m. ET/19:00 CEST.


Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura Hikaru 3274 253
2 GM Oleksandr Bortnyk Oleksandr_Bortnyk 3175 229
3 GM Daniel Naroditsky DanielNaroditsky 3214 215
4 IM Renato Terry MITerryble 3107 181
5 GM Tuan Minh Le wonderfultime 3115 180
6 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3125 166
7 GM Rauf Mamedov Baku_Boulevard 3121 164
8 IM Yoseph Taher yosephtaher 3014 159
9 GM David Paravyan dropstoneDP 3096 159
10 GM Dmitry Andreikin FairChess_on_YouTube 3004 150
10 IM Kacper Drozdowski Kacparov 3006 150
11 FM Arthur De Winter IM_ArthurDW08 2862 144
12 GM Salem AR Saleh Salem-AR 3033 141
13 GM Eric Hansen hansen 2979 133
14 NM Janak Awatramani 12teen 2901 131
15 FM Toivo Keinanen ToivoK3 3009 129
16 GM Sergei Zhigalko Zhigalko_Sergei 3044 127
17 FM Artavazd Hayrapetyan Artooooo 2748 115
18 GM Pranav V vi_pranav 2987 115
19 CM Eqor Baskakov stollenmonster 2870 113
20 CM Nika Volkov NikaVolkov 2863 109
(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura's name has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, and the American streamer has been able to brush aside media commentary and continue performing at the highest level. During Saturday's Bullet Brawl, Nakamura racked up 70 wins, many of which were marked by cunning tactics.

The highlight of Nakamura's performance was a 21-move miniature against the 2729 FIDE-rated GM Dmitry Andreikin, where a move-eight brilliancy forced his opponent to give up his queen.'s game review would mark Nakamura's performance rating as 3550!

There was no need for an endgame after Nakamura's remarkable opening and middlegame effort.

Of Nakamura's eight losses, two of them came at the hands of the eventual second-place Bortnyk. These wins were a major part of how the Ukrainian came to finish second place, as he didn't let Nakamura get in the way of his streaks.

The 155-strong titled event continues to draw in the top bullet talent on the site as well as popular content creators. WFM Anna Cramling and GM Tuan Minh Le were two such creators to play in Saturday's Bullet Brawl and take their viewers along for the ride.

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

Bullet Brawl is an exciting new titled arena that features's top bullet specialists and now 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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