Korobov Wins June 22 Titled Tuesday With Record-Setting Performance

Korobov Wins June 22 Titled Tuesday With Record-Setting Performance

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While others have come close, GM Anton Korobov became the first player to score 10.5/11 in Titled Tuesday, earning him a full-point tournament victory on June 22. GM Aryan Tari came in second with 9.5/11 on a tiebreak over GM Oleksandr Bortnyk. Rounding out the top five was GM David Howell in fourth with 9/11 on the tiebreak over GM Aleksandar Indjic.

583 titled players participated in this week's Titled Tuesday, the exact same number as last week. The tournament was the typical 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

The live broadcast of the tournament, hosted this week by GM Aman Hambleton.

Korobov started with 9/9, including wins over GM Hikaru Nakamura in round six, GM Daniil Dubov in round eight, and Tari in round nine. He was finally held to a draw by Bortnyk in the 10th round. 

Korobov's win over Dubov in the battle of 7/7 scores was perhaps his best game of the event. He obtained a strong position out of the Exchange Grunfeld and found a Puzzle Rush-like checkmate, which he got to play on the board for a 31-move win.

In the 11th and final round, Korobov only needed a draw to clinch outright tournament victory. His opponent, GM Vladimir Onischuk, needed a win to move up in the standings, however. Korobov won as Black from a drawish position to set the Titled Tuesday scoring record.

Also in the final round, Tari defeated Dubov and Bortnyk took down Nakamura to lock up their top-three finishes. Bortnyk's win was particularly impressive, as he built up up a winning attack without much time on the clock.

There was also an interesting positional game in round six that Hambleton called a "really, really nice game" on the live broadcast. Argentina's GM Federico Perez Ponsa defeated FM Roman Yanchenko

June 22 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 23 GM @GOGIEFF Anton Korobov 2972 10.5 77.75
2 17 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2961 9.5 62
3 7 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3015 9.5 56.75
4 10 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 2975 9 64.5
5 37 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2860 9 50
6 46 GM @Alexander_Donchenko Alexander Donchenko 2832 8.5 57.5
7 2 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 3006 8.5 55.75
8 5 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3006 8.5 54.25
9 65 GM @Izoria123 Zviad Izoria 2817 8.5 54
10 64 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2820 8.5 49.75
11 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3167 8.5 49.5
12 25 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 2908 8.5 48.75
13 34 IM @nrvignesh Vignesh N.R 2872 8.5 48.5
14 38 IM @ChessLover0108 Mahammad Muradli 2860 8.5 45
15 8 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2978 8.5 43.25
16 78 GM @MarkParagua Mark Paragua 2727 8.5 42.75
16 60 GM @Onischuk_V Vladimir Onischuk 2854 8.5 42.75
18 59 GM @Gabrielian_Artur Artur Gabrielian 2819 8 54.75
19 26 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2867 8 51
20 28 GM @crescentmoon2411 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2865 8 49.75

(Full final standings here.)

Korobov won $750 for first place, Tari $400 for finishing second, Bortnyk $150 for third place, and Howell taking $100 for fourth. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina, who scored 8/11, took the $100 prize for the top female player.

Titled Tuesday is's weekly tournament for titled players. It begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time/19:00 Central European every Tuesday. 

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Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green is a staff writer for 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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