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Khusnutdinov Wins November 9 Titled Tuesday

Khusnutdinov Wins November 9 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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In the most active Titled Tuesday since August, GM Rustam Khusnutdinov took home the victory with a 9.5/11 score, winning on the tiebreak system over second-place finisher GM Dmitrij Kollars. In a logjam on 9 points out of 11, two well-known GMs took third and fourth place on the tiebreaks: Baadur Jobava and Alexander Grischuk, respectively. 

538 players participated in this week's Titled Tuesday, as usual, an 11-round Swiss tournament with a 3+1 time control. It was the most players in a Titled Tuesday since August 31.

Live broadcast of this week's tournament, hosted by WCM Rebecca Selkirk.

The lead changed hands several times in the mid-to-late rounds: Kollars was the last perfect player, on 7/7, but lost in round eight to GM Hikaru Nakamura, who took the tournament lead on 7.5/8. Nakamura drew with Jobava the next round, however, allowing several players to catch up with him with two rounds to go.

After nine rounds the tournament was wide open with five players tied for first on 8/9, but Khusnutdinov was the only of them to win in round 10 (against GM Aryan Tari), establishing himself as the favorite entering the last round of play.

Khusnutdinov quickly drew in the final round with fellow Kazakh GM Denis Makhnev, leaving him to watch two other players on 8.5/10 who could catch up. Kollars did so with a win over GM Jose Martinez. However, Khusnutdinov's tiebreaks were much better.

The other relevant game featured two Speed Chess Championship (SCC) competitors. Grischuk (who will face GM Nihal Sarin in the SCC on Thursday) stopped Nakamura to reach nine points, while Nakamura stayed at 8.5 points and finished 10th. Nakamura plays GM Peter Svidler in the SCC on Friday.

The top two finishers Khusnutdinov and Kollars had something in common: losses to Nakamura, who ultimately had to play all of the top five finishers. Third-place Jobava was actually the only undefeated player in the tournament, scoring +7 =4.

November 9 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB Prize
1 30 GM @RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 2937 9.5 61 $750
2 23 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2954 9.5 54.5 $400
3 15 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2963 9 66 $150
4 2 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3045 9 60.75 $100
5 17 GM @Denis_Makhnyov Denis Makhnev 2958 9 60.5
6 56 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2846 9 59.5
7 46 FM @Vugar_Manafov Vugar Manafov 2863 9 58.5
8 25 GM @Parhamov Parham Maghsoodloo 2953 9 56
9 24 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2941 9 52.5
10 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3270 8.5 64
11 57 GM @GMCarlosAObregon Carlos Andres Obregón 2825 8.5 52.25
12 41 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2863 8.5 51.75
13 12 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2947 8.5 48.5
14 98 IM @jacky72 Mihnea Costachi 2758 8.5 47.75
15 43 GM @nrvisakh Visakh NR 2840 8.5 47.5
16 18 IM @swimmerchess Siva Mahadevan 2932 8 59
17 49 IM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2862 8 53.75
18 22 IM @Murad_Ibrahimli Murad ─░brahimli 2902 8 52.75
19 35 GM @Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2883 8 52.25
20 63 GM @alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2790 8 50.25
20 11 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2962 8 50.25
82 252 WCM @Lady_Nika Veronika Shubenkova 2514 7 30 $100

(Full final standings here.)

WCM Veronika Shubenkova won the $100 prize for the highest-scoring female player.

Titled Tuesday is a weekly Swiss tournament for titled players on Chess.com. It starts at 10 a.m. Pacific time/19:00 Central European every Tuesday.

Titled Tuesday Format

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