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Nakamura, Nihal Take Tied Tuesday Tournaments

Nakamura, Nihal Take Tied Tuesday Tournaments

NathanielGreen
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GM Hikaru Nakamura returned to the winner's column in the early Titled Tuesday on April 25, and GM Nihal Sarin followed with his first win of the year in the late tournament. Both scored 9.5 points out of a possible 11 and won on the tiebreak score. GM Oleksandr Bortnyk made the top five in both events.


Early Tournament

The podium in the early tournament was maybe the strongest ever: GM Alireza Firouzja finished second, falling just short of Nakamura on tiebreaks, while GM Fabiano Caruana finished third with the best tiebreaks among players on nine points (actually in the entire field of 531).

Both Nakamura and Firouzja actually lost in round five, to GMs Abhijeet Gupta and Robby Kevlishvili, respectively, while perfection for Caruana lasted until a round-seven loss to Gupta as well. However, Gupta scored just 0.5 in the last three rounds and fell out of contention.

Of the five players who reached an 8/9 score, not one won their 10th-round game. The key player of the round was Firouzja, who began half a point behind, on 7.5 points, and toppled Caruana.

Meanwhile, Nakamura made a draw with GM Wesley So in the 10th round, setting him up for a showdown with GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the final round. Nakamura was ahead in the computer's evaluation by a couple points when he won on time.

Meanwhile, Firouzja did what Nakamura and Caruana could not, defeating Gupta to secure second place.

IM Polina Shuvalova, who scored 7/11 while defeating GM Jorden van Foreest and Vladimir Kramnik in rounds three and four, finished with the highest score among the women playing.

April 25 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3186 9.5
2 6 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3095 9.5
3 4 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3106 9
4 22 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2990 9
5 17 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3044 9
6 5 GM @GMWSO Wesley So 3095 9
7 31 GM @Andreikka Andrey Esipenko 2965 9
8 25 GM @eljanov Pavel Eljanov 2969 9
9 35 GM @abhijeetgupta Abhijeet Gupta 2974 8.5
10 12 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3044 8.5
11 63 GM @Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2889 8.5
12 18 GM @GOGIEFF Anton Korobov 3025 8.5
13 39 GM @GukeshDommaraju Gukesh D 2928 8.5
14 36 GM @frederiksvane Frederik Svane 2941 8.5
15 53 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2879 8.5
16 21 GM @shimastream Aleksandr Shimanov 2974 8
17 2 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3127 8
18 3 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3078 8
19 89 IM @Vuk2000 Vuk Djordjevic 2788 8
20 11 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3029 8
58 123 IM @Flawless_Fighter Polina Shuvalova 2721 7

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 while Firouzja took home $750. Caruana earned $350, Bortnyk $200 in fourth place, GM Bogdan Daniel Deac $100 in fifth, and Shuvalova $100 as well.

Late Tournament

For much of the late tournament, GM Jose Martinez was holding the best performance in the group of 414. After nine rounds, he had conceded just half of a point.

Nihal held him off for a draw in the 10th round before defeating GM Daniel Naroditsky in a battle between currently two of the five highest-rated blitz players on Chess.com.

Martinez had held the sole lead entering the round, but it did not last against GM Alexey Sarana. Sarana improved to a 9.5/11 score but it was not enough to pass Nihal in the tiebreak as he finished in second place. Martinez ended up in fourth.

April 25 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 2 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 3168 9.5
2 7 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3099 9.5
3 35 GM @KuzubovYuriy Yuriy Kuzubov 2943 9.5
4 14 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3052 9
5 17 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3022 9
6 86 NM @Valera_B5 Valery Sviridov 2839 9
7 30 GM @sergiochess83 Sergey Grigoriants 2941 9
8 41 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2899 9
9 8 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3055 8.5
10 27 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2974 8.5
11 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3121 8
12 46 GM @YQPerez Yasser Quesada Perez 2853 8
13 16 IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 3001 8
14 11 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3032 8
15 10 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3046 8
16 5 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3082 8
17 38 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2909 8
18 89 IM @Kubas1010 Piotr Sabuk 2724 8
19 9 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3040 8
20 37 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2903 8
48 184 IM @gshwbedhkhd Eline Roebers 2556 7

(Full final standings here.)

Nihal won $1,000 with Sarana winning $750. GM Yuriy Kuzubov also scored 9.5 points but finished in third for $350. Martinez won $200 for fourth place and Bortnyk $100 for fifth, giving Bortnyk $300 on the day in total. IM Eline Roebers won the women's prize and $100.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is an 11-round Swiss tournament held every week for titled players on Chess.com, occurring twice every Tuesday. They begin 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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