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Nakamura Wins Titled Tuesday On Break, Andreikin Continues Run

Nakamura Wins Titled Tuesday On Break, Andreikin Continues Run

NathanielGreen
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On a well-deserved off day in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix after becoming a candidate for the world championship for the first time since 2016, GM Hikaru Nakamura won the early Titled Tuesday tournament on March 29.

Meanwhile, GM Dmitry Andreikin continued his torrid pace with a second-place finish in the early event and a tournament victory in the late. Andreikin has now placed in the top two in five straight Titled Tuesdays spanning three weeks. GM Jeffery Xiong also had a strong showing this Tuesday, finishing in the top three in both events of the day.


Early Tournament

The early tournament saw 341 players join as Nakamura stormed back late to claim victory.

Broadcast of the early tournament hosted by FM James Canty III.

Andreikin actually won the one-on-one showdown with Nakamura in round eight, which threw the tournament into chaos with four players including Andreikin tied for the lead on 7/8, with Nakamura being one of six players just behind on 6.5/8.

After that, however, the tournament was all Nakamura, who won in the last three rounds against GM Jose Martinez, GM Aram Hakobyan, and IM Le Tuan Minh. That final game brought his's overall tournament score to 9.5/11.

Andreikin, meanwhile, drew in the last two rounds against Le and Xiong as no one who held that 7/8 score got more than two points in the last three rounds. And so Nakamura's win in the final round earned him a clear first place.

March 29 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3221 9.5 68.25
2 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3109 9 66.5
3 10 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3001 9 58.75
4 47 GM @XDPS Pablo Salinas Herrera 2862 9 57.5
5 19 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2945 9 57
6 17 GM @Parhamov Parham Maghsoodloo 2944 9 54.5
7 9 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3013 9 54
8 6 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3008 8 51.75
9 3 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3039 8 51.5
10 24 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2874 8 49
11 36 FM @Twitch_ElhamBlitz05 Elham Abdrlauf 2864 8 48.75
12 28 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2875 8 48.5
13 5 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 2984 8 48
14 44 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2842 8 47.25
15 15 GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 2951 8 45.25
16 20 GM @Vaathi_Coming Aravindh Chithambaram 2907 8 44.5
17 12 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2964 8 43.25
18 32 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2868 8 42.5
19 18 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2918 8 42.25
20 31 GM @TimurGareyev Timur Gareyev 2900 7.5 46
60 64 WGM @Flawless_Fighter Polina Shuvalova 2704 6.5 32.25

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 for his victory and Andreikin settled for the $750 second-place prize. Xiong won $300 for third, GM Pablo Salinas $150 for fourth, and GM Vahap Sanal $100 for fifth. WGM Polina Shuvalova was the highest-scoring woman, winning $100.

Late Tournament

Nakamura was not one of the 259 players in the second tournament, presumably preparing for the next day in the Grand Prix. Andreikin took full advantage as, like Nakamura, he won the tournament outright on 9.5/11, although they took different paths to get there. Xiong finished second and GM Vugar Rasulov third, both on nine points.

Broadcast of the late tournament hosted by GM Krikor Mekhitarian.

The interesting games began early for Andreikin, who defeated IM Renato Quintiliano in round two after the Brazilian GM-elect sacrificed a piece for three pawns.

Andreikin toppled GM David Paravyan in round nine, which gave Andreikin 8.5/9 and a full-point lead on the field after Xiong checkmated GM Alexey Sarana in the same round.

Although Andreikin drew his last two rounds just as he had done in the early edition, this time he was just wrapping up an easily winning performance. One of those draws came against Xiong, who went on to defeat Paravyan in the last round to take second place.

March 29 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3124 9.5 65.5
2 9 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3025 9 60.25
3 43 GM @vugarrasulov Vugar Rasulov 2825 9 43
4 3 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3064 8.5 58.25
5 11 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 2997 8.5 53.75
6 70 IM @QuintilianoR Renato Quintiliano 2745 8.5 49.25
7 47 NM @Abund Yuan Qingyu 2792 8.5 46.25
8 12 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2990 8.5 44.75
9 33 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2878 8 49
9 22 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 2910 8 49
11 66 IM @Kosak12 Jakub Kosakowski 2732 8 46
12 7 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3008 8 44
13 80 GM @eldur16 Johann Hjartarson 2708 8 40.5
14 13 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2960 8 40.25
14 85 FM @AradNazari Arad Nazari 2697 8 40.25
16 46 FM @TheBigBoss04 Jose Gabriel Cardoso 2777 8 37.5
17 31 GM @Igrok3069 Alexey Dreev 2861 7.5 47.25
18 27 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2877 7.5 43
19 17 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2922 7.5 39.75
20 111 FM @OriTaichman Ori Taichman 2646 7.5 38.75
44 57 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 2728 6.5 29.75

(Full final standings here.)

Andreikin's $1,000 claim for the first tournament gave him a total of $1,750 for the day. Xiong took $750 for second place and $1,050 in total. Rasulov won $300 for third. Sarana took $150 for fourth place and GM Fabiano Caruana was in the mix with $100 for fifth. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won the $100 prize for top female.

Titled Tuesday is a Swiss tournament for titled players hosted by Chess.com every week. There are two events each Tuesday, starting at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 17:00 Central European and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 23:00 Central European.

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NathanielGreen
Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green is a staff writer for Chess.com 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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