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Deac Edges Out Carlsen After Nakamura Wins Another

Deac Edges Out Carlsen After Nakamura Wins Another

NathanielGreen
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For the third week in a row, GM Hikaru Nakamura took home first place in a Titled Tuesday tournament. This week it earned him $2,000 of a $5,000 prize fund in the early event on January 31. Normal prizes resumed for the late tournament, won by GM Bogdan Daniel Deac.

Both winners scored 9.5 points and needed tiebreaks to finish ahead of a 2018 World Championship participant: GM Fabiano Caruana placed second early, and GM Magnus Carlsen came in second place late.


Early Tournament

Nakamura began the early tournament, which included 576 players, on a 6/6 score before hitting a roadblock against Caruana in round seven.

Caruana, who had drawn with IM Ruben Kollner in round two, padded his lead over Nakamura in the eighth round, defeating GM Vugar Rasulov, while Nakamura drew GM Matthias Bluebaum

However, it would be their performances against eighth-place GM Baadur Jobava that ultimately decided the outcome. In the ninth round, Jobava defeated Caruana while Nakamura checkmated Rasulov.

Both players were now on 7.5/9, and neither lost again. However, Nakamura's final-round win over Jobava was enough to claim the tournament.

January 31 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3162 9.5
2 12 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3056 9.5
3 147 FM @BegmuratovKh2010 Khumoyun Begmuratov 2882 9
4 45 IM @KhazarBabazada007 Khazar Babazada 2965 9
5 46 GM @sergoy Sergey Drygalov 2944 9
6 20 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 3044 8.5
7 3 GM @GMWSO Wesley So 3114 8.5
8 8 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2989 8.5
9 30 GM @Sebastian Leinier Dominguez Perez 2966 8.5
10 95 GM @baki83 Etienne Bacrot 2853 8.5
11 15 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3019 8.5
12 10 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3033 8.5
13 60 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2901 8.5
14 35 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2946 8
15 6 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3041 8
16 16 GM @Denis_Makhnyov Denis Makhnev 2942 8
17 9 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3067 8
18 7 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 3034 8
19 47 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 2907 8
20 38 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 2979 8
30 210 WGM @jinbojinbo Jiner Zhu 2649 7.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura took home the $2,000 first-place prize, while Caruana won $1,500. FM Khumoyun Begmuratov claimed third place, $700. IM Khazar Babazada finished fourth for $400, and GM Sergey Drygalov fifth for $200. WGM Jiner Zhu won this week's $200 women's prize, scoring 7.5 points.

Late Tournament

The last perfect score, now in a late field of 451, was again 6/6. This time, however, it was held by three players, none of whom won in round seven: GMs Masoud Mosadeghpour, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, and Yu Yangyi. In fact, all three wound up barely outside the top five on scores of 8.5/11 each. Deac contributed by defeating Duda in round eight.

By the time the final round arrived, the tournament standings were still a mess. Five players shared the lead with scores of 8.5/10: Mosadeghpour, Yu, Deac, Carlsen, and Caruana. Another six players had eight points.

Deac faced one of the eight-point players, GM Daniil Dubov, and needed 71 moves to stay apace with the field.

The only other player on 8.5 to win his game, however, was Carlsen, and he did it against Caruana. It was enough to come in second place but not enough to displace Deac on the tiebreak scores.

In a bit of a glitch-in-the-Matrix moment, both tournaments ended with two players on 9.5 points, three players on 9 points, and eight players on 8.5/11. 

January 31 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 14 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3067 9.5
2 1 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3211 9.5
3 34 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2964 9
4 4 GM @GMWSO Wesley So 3114 9
5 16 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3019 9
6 36 GM @Masmos97 Masoud Mosadeghpour 2974 8.5
7 8 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3074 8.5
8 6 GM @chesspanda123 Yu Yangyi 3107 8.5
9 9 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3056 8.5
10 7 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3088 8.5
11 15 GM @Salem-AR Salem AR Saleh 3029 8.5
12 12 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 3034 8.5
13 22 GM @GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 2977 8.5
14 5 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3091 8
15 27 GM @Sebastian Leinier Dominguez Perez 2966 8
16 49 GM @Cayse Martyn Kravtsiv 2885 8
17 35 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2942 8
18 42 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2901 8
19 13 GM @NotYetFinish José Martínez 3014 8
20 130 GM @MomchilPetkov05 Momchil Petkov 2749 8
32 76 IM @nurgyulsalimova Nurgyul Salimova 2780 7.5

(Full final standings here.)

Deac won $1,000, while Carlsen took home $750. GM Steven Zierk won the $350 third place prize, with GM Wesley So winning $200 in fourth place and GM Oleksandr Bortnyk $100 in fifth. IM Nurgyul Salimova, who recently made a splash in the Bulgarian Championship, won the $100 women's prize for the second time in three weeks.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a tournament hosted by Chess.com for titled players every Tuesday, consisting of two 11-round Swiss tournaments each week 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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