Korobov Wins April's Final Titled Tuesday

Korobov Wins April's Final Titled Tuesday

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The last Titled Tuesday tournament in the month of April was won by GM Anton Korobov. The Ukrainian grandmasters scored 8.5/9 and finished ahead of a group of 10 players on 8 points, including GM Alexander Grischuk and GM Hikaru Nakamura.

The next Titled Tuesday will be played on May 5, 2020 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 Central Europe.

Korobov (@GOGIEFF) isn't a regular participant in our Titled Tuesday events, but that might change after his success in this week's event. Winning the $750 first prize is a likely motivation for the Ukrainian to try his luck some more.

It's fascinating to see that, for a few weeks in a row now (Titled Tuesdays are now held weekly at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 CEST on our server.), super grandmasters like Grischuk and Nakamura keep trying but keep on missing out on that top spot.

This is partly related to the fact that nine rounds might be not enough for a playing field that now has over a thousand participants each week. Even with so many players, we continue to have a sole (and worthy) winner with 8.5/9. Chess.com is considering adding some changes to the format soon.

Korobov was definitely in excellent shape as he started with a perfect 8/8. By then, a slightly disappointing but very sensible nine-move draw in the final round was enough to keep the distance with the rest of the pack.

The winner's games all have something in common: strictly classical, logical chess based on solid positional grounds and decided by better calculation in the tactical phase. Here's a nice combination from his game in round two—a game which, admittedly, had one flaw:

Both Grischuk (@Grischuk) and Nakamura (@Hikaru) suffered early losses in the tournament and then won all other games to come just half a point shy of first place. The American grandmaster went down as early as the first round when Serbian FM Filip Kumic (@Confer77) managed to bamboozle him with highly aggressive play:

Korobov won the $750 first prize for finishing clear first with 8.5/9. A group of 10 grandmasters, including Grischuk, Nakamura, and Oleksandr Bortnyk, scored half a point less and all won $55.

GM Antoaneta Stefanova (@GMStefanova) won the $100 prize for the best female player, and Bortnyk won the Chess.com streamers' prize of $100 that was given as 20 gifted subs to his channel.

Bortnyk's stream last Tuesday.

April 28, 2020 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Players on 7.5 or more)

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 14 GM @GOGIEFF Anton Korobov 8.5 51
2 88 IM @Angry_Twin Andrey Drygalov 8 45
3 60 GM @Sychev_Klementy Klementy Sychev 8 42.75
4 10 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 8 42
5 67 GM @GM_Levan_Pantsulaia Levan Pantsulaia 8 41.75
6 23 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 8 41.5
7 160 GM @Man-Chuk Manuel Petrosyan 8 41
8 3 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8 40.5
9 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 8 39.5
10 137 GM @Spartakus1975 Spartak Vysochin 8 37.75
11 122 GM @Jumbo Rinat Jumabayev 8 35.5
12 6 GM @2Vladimirovich90 Dmitry Andreikin 7.5 42.5
13 118 GM @GukeshDommaraju Gukesh D 7.5 38.75
14 9 GM @GeorgMeier Georg Meier 7.5 37.5
15 79 IM @19283645 David Gorodetzky 7.5 37.25
16 16 GM @YQPerez Yasser Quesada Perez 7.5 36.75
17 75 GM @rpragchess Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu 7.5 35.75
18 52 IM @swimmerchess Siva Mahadevan 7.5 35.25
19 54 GM @Borsch7 Maxim Matlakov 7.5 33.25
20 96 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 7.5 30

(Full final standings here.)


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