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Nakamura Nearly Perfect Early, Nearly Sweeps Late

Nakamura Nearly Perfect Early, Nearly Sweeps Late

NathanielGreen
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GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Daniil Dubov were big winners in Titled Tuesday on September 6, both winning a tournament and finishing top three in the other. Nakamura began the early tournament with 9/9 before drawing his last two games against GM Vasyl Ivanchuk and Dubov. Ivanchuk (fifth place early) and GM Gata Kamsky (third place late) were among the other notable prize winners on the day.


Early Tournament

Nakamura's perfect start gave him a 1.5-point lead with two rounds remaining. His victims in those first nine games included three other players who have won a Titled Tuesday in 2022: GM Aryan Tari in round five, GM Salem Saleh in round eight, and GM-elect Tuan Minh Le in round nine.

His shortest win, however, came against eventual second-place finisher GM Steven Zierk in round seven, in what ended up perhaps the most important game of the tournament. The game was a 13-move miniature featuring a quickly devastating kingside attack. Nakamura barely needed 30 seconds to play the entire game.

It was the only blemish on Zierk's tournament, who drew one other game. Like Nakamura, Zierk defeated Saleh and Minh Le in consecutive rounds, his coming in rounds 10 and 11 to secure second place. The game against Minh Le took 97 moves and included an exchange sacrifice.

September 6 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3229 10 65.5
2 15 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2996 9.5 59.75
3 10 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 2998 9 66.5
4 4 GM @Azzaro25 Anish Giri 3088 9 63
5 53 GM @viviania Vassily Ivanchuk 2962 9 57
6 21 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 2932 8.5 55.75
7 46 FM @Iball95 Vakhlamov Igor 2849 8.5 51.75
8 8 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 2995 8.5 48.75
9 22 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2938 8.5 48.25
10 11 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2993 8.5 48
11 42 IM @ckgchess Cem Kaan Gokerkan 2856 8.5 41.75
12 52 GM @VladimirBelous Vladimir Belous 2852 8 50
13 23 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2912 8 48
14 7 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2992 8 47.5
15 35 GM @DrVelja Velimir Ivic 2877 8 46.25
16 33 FM @TrahtarBelarus Artiom Stribuk 2877 8 45.75
17 12 GM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2949 8 44
18 14 GM @abhidabhi Abhimanyu Puranik 2945 8 42.5
19 20 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2913 7.5 47.5
20 9 GM @Salem-AR Salem AR Saleh 2993 7.5 45.75
23 43 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2843 7.5 41.75

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 and Zierk $750 at the top of the standings. Dubov finished third for a $350 prize while GM Anish Giri won $200 for fourth place. Ivanchuk won the $100 fifth-place prize, and GM Valentina Gunina won the $100 women's prize with a 7.5/11 performance.

Late Tournament

The late tournament was time for Dubov to break through for his second Titled Tuesday victory in the last three weeks. It was a tough road, with five of his last six opponents all finishing in the top 17 of the standings.

The only exception was hardly a break, though: GM Daniel Naroditsky, one of the few players who can boast a higher Chess.com Blitz rating than Dubov, in round nine. The game was decided by a pin resulting in an extremely fast c-pawn.

The result kept Dubov in a share of first place with IM Bojan Maksimovic. They drew in the 10th round, allowing Nakamura to catch up. Nakamura played Maksimovic in the last round and ended the IM's upset bid.

However, Dubov kept pace with Nakamura by defeating GM Jose Martinez, and Dubov's tiebreaks were stronger. Nakamura's would-be third sweep of Titled Tuesday was thus barely averted.

September 6 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 4 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3026 9.5 63
2 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3221 9.5 53.5
3 11 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2944 9 50.25
4 42 GM @Cayse Martyn Kravtsiv 2825 9 46
5 31 IM @mbojan Bojan Maksimović 2854 8.5 56.75
6 33 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2842 8.5 55.75
7 50 FM @dragos420 Dragos Ceres 2813 8.5 52
8 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 2982 8.5 46.25
9 51 IM @Fins0905 John Bartholomew 2742 8 48.75
10 36 IM @Murad_Ibrahimli Murad İbrahimli 2829 8 47.5
11 3 GM @GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 2963 8 44
11 2 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2994 8 44
13 35 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2825 8 43.5
14 6 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2975 8 42
15 69 FM @peonrojo150 Gonzalo Navarrete 2668 8 33.5
16 65 CM @AlexPapasimakopoulos Alexandros Papasimakopoulos 2700 7.5 47.5
17 40 FM @MarcoRiehle Marco Riehle 2801 7.5 45.25
18 9 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2907 7.5 44.5
19 62 IM @DeTimmerman Mark Timmermans 2702 7.5 42.25
20 71 IM @bazar-wokzal Nikolai Vlassov 2687 7.5 37.75
30 72 GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2676 7 37.75

(Full final standings here.)

Dubov earned $1,000 for his win for a total of $1,350 on the day. Nakamura's $750 for second place gave him the highest total winnings of the day at $1,750. Kamsky won $350 in third place and Chess.com Global Championship qualifier GM Martyn Kravtsiv $200 for fourth place. The $100 prizes went to Maksimovic for fifth place and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina for the highest score among the women who participated, 7/11.

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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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