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Howell Wins January 4 Titled Tuesday

Howell Wins January 4 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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The first Titled Tuesday of 2022 went to GM David Howell on January 4. He scored 10/11 for an outright victory. In second place, also untied at 9.5/11, was GM Alexey Sarana. Meanwhile, seven players tied with nine points, with IM Pranav V in third on his particularly strong tiebreak score, and GM Vahap Sanal in fourth.

A week after GM Gadir Guseinov won on December 28, 2021, in a field of 370, this week's Titled Tuesday was joined by 652 titled players, the first time cracking 600 since June 8, 2021, and boding well for 2022. It was the usual 11-round Swiss tournament at a 3+1 time control. 

The live broadcast of this week's tournament, hosted by WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili.

The only blemish on Howell's tournament was a third-round loss to FM Maksim Tsaruk. It was clear sailing for Howell after that, but he didn't clinch the tournament until the final round against GM Jeffery Xiong. Both were on 9/10 while the third player with that score, Sarana, drew his game against GM Hikaru Nakamura. Xiong ended up in fifth place.

It was Xiong who had stopped the tournament's last perfect run after GM Sanan Sjugirov had reached 7/7 with the following win over Sanal.

Xiong also played a position, in round eight, that brought out the arrows from host Tsatsalashvili.

Pranav's third-place finish was notable for coming against unusually strong opposition, much stronger than that faced by either Howell or Sarana above him. Pranav played a top-50 finisher as early as round one, and 10 of his opponents finished in the top 100 with at least 7/11.

He toppled his biggest name, GM Alexander Grischuk, in the final round to lock up third.

January 4 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 6 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 10 57.5
2 4 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 9.5 54.25
3 28 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 9 64
4 30 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 9 60
5 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 9 58.75
6 10 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 9 58.5
6 21 GM @Zhuu96 Zhamsaran Tsydypov 9 58.5
8 34 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 9 57.25
9 32 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 9 52.5
10 26 GM @Arseniy_Nesterov Arseniy Nesterov 8.5 56.25
11 47 GM @Grandelicious Nils Grandelius 8.5 55.5
12 18 GM @platy3 Alan Pichot 8.5 53.75
13 7 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 8.5 50.25
14 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 8.5 49.25
14 20 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 8.5 49.25
14 76 IM @Supernotar Maly Alexey 8.5 49.25
17 206 GM @Buffy7 Burak Firat 8.5 47
17 2 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 8.5 47
19 42 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 8 55
20 13 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 8 54.5
20 3 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8 54.5
51 140 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 7.5 37.75

(Full final standings here.)

Howell earned $750 for his win. Sarana won $400 for second place, Pranav $150 for third, and Sanal $100 for fourth. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won $100 as the top-scoring female player.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's tournament for titled players, a Swiss-system event played every week at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time/19:00 Central European.

Titled Tuesday Format

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