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Nakamura, 22-Year-Old Dominate Tuesday

Nakamura, 22-Year-Old Dominate Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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GM Hikaru Nakamura claimed another Titled Tuesday victory early on July 26 and then finished fourth in the late event. GM Alexey Sarana, who finished just behind Nakamura on tiebreaks early, won the late tournament.


Early Tournament

Nakamura won the first tournament of the day on the back of the last perfect start, at 6/6, defeating IM (GM-elect) Tuan Minh Le with an exchange sacrifice in the sixth round.

But round nine was the key moment in the early tournament as Nakamura delivered Sarana's first and only loss of the day.

The win put Nakamura in the sole lead with two rounds to go. He drew his last two games, including a moveless final round against third-place finisher GM Hrant Melkumyan. Sarana returned to second place with wins in his last two games, against GMs Alex Shimanov and Jose Martinez.

The early field consisted of 380 players.

July 26 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3154 9.5 69.25
2 12 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3010 9.5 65.25
3 21 GM @Hrant_ChessMood Hrant Melkumyan 2932 9.5 54.75
4 5 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2991 9 61
5 84 IM @Nikolas1408 Nikolas Lubbe 2729 8.5 56.25
6 4 IM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3018 8.5 54.75
7 7 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2997 8.5 52.75
8 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3118 8.5 52.5
9 27 IM @OhanyanEminChess Emin Ohanyan 2925 8.5 49
10 17 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2900 8.5 42.25
10 34 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2862 8.5 42.25
12 14 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 2940 8 49.75
13 43 IM @seorobert1971 Jung Min Seo 2837 8 48.75
14 16 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2925 8 48.5
15 36 IM @MolecularChemist Dimitar Mardov 2864 8 47
16 45 GM @ActorXu Xu Yi 2822 8 42.75
17 61 IM @Legendinunknown Harshavardhan GB 2750 8 41
17 153 IM @korason34 Ariel Erenberg 2642 8 41
19 67 FM @Chessmissile07 Suresh Harsh 2743 8 38.25
20 172 GM @lukas_111111 Lukasz Jarmula 2570 8 37.5
24 35 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2824 7.5 40.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 as Sarana took home $750 and Melkumyan $300. GM Oleksandr Bortnyk earned $150 in fourth, IM Nikolas Lubbe $100 for fifth, and GM Valentina Gunina $100 for the best women's score, 7.5/11 in 24th place.

Late Tournament

Sarana and Nakamura continued their strong play in the late tournament, both reaching the top five yet again, in a field of 301 players. But while Nakamura needed a comeback to get there after starting 3/5 with two losses, Sarana never lost despite four draws. 

Round nine once again featured the eventual one-two finishers, this time Sarana and GM Dmitry Andreikin. They drew their game, however, helping to create a six-way tie for first on 7.5/9 points. Of that group, Andreikin and IM Pranav V won in round 10. Andreikin defeated GM Christopher Yoo from a Catalan Opening.

The standings changed in the last round as Sarana came through with a round 11 checkmate over Pranav, giving the 15-year-old Indian lad a tough-luck sixth-place finish. 

Meanwhile, Andreikin's draw with GM David Howell ended up costing him the first-place finish by just one quarter of a tiebreak point.

July 26 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating . SB
1 11 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3010 9 59.75
2 3 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3118 9 59.5
3 4 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3055 8.5 56.5
4 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3154 8.5 53.75
5 43 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2844 8.5 52
6 25 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2917 8.5 51.75
7 8 GM @Salem-AR Salem AR Saleh 2979 8.5 49.75
8 1 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 2940 8.5 46
9 26 GM @sergiochess83 Sergey Grigoriants 2898 8.5 40.5
10 15 GM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2947 8 52.5
11 10 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 3003 8 49.75
12 18 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2900 8 46.75
12 21 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2929 8 46.75
14 33 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2851 8 43
15 46 FM @siciliannaga Arif Abdul Hafiz 2824 8 39
16 31 GM @Byniolus Zbigniew Pakleza 2841 7.5 43.25
16 41 NM @Abund Yuan Qingyu 2786 7.5 43.25
18 6 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2991 7.5 42.75
18 22 GM @BrandonJacobson Brandon Jacobson 2904 7.5 42.75
20 53 FM @xinzhaooo Anish Vivekananthan 2810 7.5 42.25
44 76 WGM @jinbojinbo Jiner Zhu 2670 6.5 36.25

(Full final standings here.)

Sarana's $1,000 prize gave him the day's highest total with $1,750. Andreikin earned $750 for his second-place finish. GM Alexander Grischuk ended up in third to claim $300, while Nakamura won $150 by finishing in fourth, for a daily total of $1,150. Finally, $100 prizes went to GM Rodrigo Vasquez for fifth place and WGM Jiner Zhu as the highest-scoring woman (6.5/11).

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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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