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Newly-Crowned World Champion Nakamura Wins Another Tournament

Newly-Crowned World Champion Nakamura Wins Another Tournament

NathanielGreen
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GM Hikaru Nakamura, who won the Fischer Random World Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 30, and is now in Toronto, Canada for the Chess.com Global Championship Finals starting November 2, found time to take home yet another Titled Tuesday trophy on November 1. He won the early tournament by a full point, scoring 10/11.

GM Oleksandr Bortnyk, who finished third early, then won the late tournament, edging out GM Alireza Firouzja on tiebreaks. 


Early Tournament

Nakamura hardly broke a sweat, only drawing Sarana in round six and Deac in round 11 while winning every other game. However, it was not until Sarana lost in the very last round to Bortnyk that Nakamura had the tournament fully locked up, although even a Sarana win might not have been enough for him after tiebreaks.

Nakamura, who abandoned the 1.g4/1...g5 ploy of recent weeks in favor of more rational openings, defeated Bortnyk himself in round nine.

Sarana still managed to finish in second place on the basis of his strong start, which included a win over GM Daniil Dubov in the 10th round.

At the same time, however, Nakamura added his final win of the tournament, over national teammate GM Leinier Dominguez, keeping enough distance to win easily despite the final-round draw.

November 1 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3247 10 68
2 9 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3040 9 58
3 13 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3003 9 52.5
4 21 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2948 9 50.5
5 15 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 2994 9 47.25
6 10 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 2998 8.5 58.75
7 12 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2991 8.5 52.75
8 47 GM @Rakhmanov_Aleksandr Aleksandr Rakhmanov 2861 8.5 52.25
9 25 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2933 8.5 44.75
10 23 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2938 8.5 43
11 5 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3030 8 57
12 2 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3092 8 52.25
13 7 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 3004 8 50.5
14 37 IM @Gareth-Bale11 Mamikon Gharibyan 2865 8 47.25
15 59 FM @Chessmissile07 Harsh Suresh  2799 8 46
16 52 FM @JimDiGrease Ivan Zemlyanskii 2844 8 41.5
17 58 GM @Mikhail_Bryakin Mikhail Bryakin 2813 8 36
18 49 IM @ckgchess Cem Kaan Gokerkan 2842 8 35.5
19 11 GM @Sebastian Leinier Dominguez Perez 2995 7.5 46.5
20 31 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2868 7.5 43.75
34 127 WGM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2630 7 39

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 for taking the tournament. Sarana finished second with the best tiebreaks out of four players on nine points, earning $750. Bortnyk won $350, GM Rasmus Svane $200, and Deac $100 for the next three places. WGM Meri Arabidze won the $100 women's prize with a 7/11 score. 

Late Tournament

Attendance at the late event is starting to creep up on the early one. A few months ago, the early tournament could receive 80 or more extra players than the late one. This week, the late tournament drew 367 participants compared to exactly 400 earlier in the day. This was without Nakamura, who reasonably took the late tournament off with a bigger event starting Wednesday.

Bortnyk sped out to an 8/8 start, defeating GM Vugar Rasulov in the eighth round with a checkmate on move 36. At that point, Bortnyk led the field by a full point.

From there, however, he made three draws, including against Firouzja in round nine. Firouzja, who dropped a game back in round three, then ended the tournament with two wins to even the score back up with Bortnyk. Firouzja defeated GM Baadur Jobava in the final round with Black in just 28 moves.

Nonetheless, Bortnyk maintained the edge in the final standings for his fourth Titled Tuesday win of the year.

November 1 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 9 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3032 9.5 61.75
2 3 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3129 9.5 60.75
3 6 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3043 9 61
4 174 IM @Vusatiuk_Vladimir Volodymyr Vusatiuk 2636 9 59
5 12 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3011 9 54.5
6 18 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2977 9 41.25
7 15 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2981 8.5 46.5
8 44 GM @VojtechPlat Vojtěch Plát 2883 8.5 39.25
9 69 GM @GM_Crest Sergey Shipov 2788 8 47.5
10 28 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2908 8 45
10 5 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3026 8 45
10 124 IM @I_am_Javi Ernesto Fernandez 2823 8 45
13 4 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3092 8 41.5
13 39 GM @DrVelja Velimir Ivic 2875 8 41.5
13 121 IM @Leon-Black Jake Kleiman 2633 8 41.5
16 23 GM @alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2931 8 41.25
17 10 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 3003 8 38.5
18 22 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra 2929 8 37
19 16 GM @Sam_ChessMood Samvel Ter-Sahakyan 2943 8 36
20 8 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3007 7.5 45.75
68 122 IM @karinachess1 Karina Ambartsumova 2596 6 27.25

(Full final standings here.)

Bortnyk took home $1,000, giving him the most total money on the day with $1,350. Firouzja won $750 in second while GM Jose Martinez won $350 for third place and IM Volodymyr Vusatiuk $200 for fourth. Deac finished fifth place yet again, for another $100 and a daily total of $200. The $100 women's prize went to IM Karina Ambartsumova, who scored 6/11.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a weekly Chess.com event held for titled players. Two 11-round Swiss tournaments are contested every Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/17:00 Central European and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/23:00 Central European.

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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