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Nakamura Sweeps New Titled Tuesday

Nakamura Sweeps New Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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On the first Tuesday of the revamped Titled Tuesday with two tournaments a day, a familiar face won both events: GM Hikaru Nakamura, who twice scored 9.5/11. Also earning a prize in both tournaments was GM Jose Martinez, who finished fourth in the 8 a.m. Pacific tournament and second in the 2 p.m. Pacific tournament. Second place in the early field belonged to GM Eric Hansen.


Early Tournament

The first tournament on Tuesday was entered by 477 players, including several from India taking advantage of the 21:00 start time for them, two hours earlier than before.

Live broadcast of the early tournament, hosted by GM Benjamin Bok.

The most surprising game of the early tournament was IM Le Tuan Minh's round-four win. The final position looks like a self-mate puzzle.

It became important when Le and Nakamura were tied at eight points entering round 10. They played, and Nakamura's head-to-head victory in that round ultimately made the difference in the tournament. 

Hansen won in the last round to catch up with a drawing Nakamura, but the tiebreak score was not close between the two.

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

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3218 9.5 70
2 14 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2992 9.5 62.25
3 6 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3016 9 65
4 12 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3049 9 55.5
5 8 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3009 9 55
6 41 GM @tigra Boris Savchenko 2907 9 54.5
7 25 GM @Arseniy_Nesterov Arseniy Nesterov 2908 8.5 52.25
8 9 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3015 8.5 51.75
9 36 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2870 8.5 48.75
9 13 NM @Sviridov_Valery Валерий Свиридов 2998 8.5 48.75
11 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3038 8 54.75
12 4 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3004 8 53
13 34 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2910 8 49
13 39 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2913 8 49
15 50 GM @shimastream Alex Shimanov 2892 8 48
16 56 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 2852 8 47.25
17 9 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2791 8 46.25
18 75 GM @nrvisakh Visakh NR 2781 8 45.5
19 195 IM @bardiya_Daneshvar Bardiya Daneshvar 2781 8 44.5
20 35 GM @g3god Sasikiran Krishnan 2873 8 42.75
51 100 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 2712 7 34.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won the new $1,000 first place prize with Hansen earning $750 with a second-place finish. GM Jeffery Xiong won $300 for third place, Martinez $150 for fourth, and GM Fabiano Caruana $100 for fifth. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won the $100 prize as the top-scoring female player.

Late Tournament

The second tournament of the day had 328 players, but the result at the very top of the standings was the same.

Live broadcast of the late tournament, hosted by GM Aman Hambleton.

The final round was decisive, as it often is. Martinez, in fact, led the tournament with 9/10 beforehand, having drawn Nakamura in round nine. Nakamura and GM Aram Hakobyan were just behind on 8.5 points. Martinez played Hakobyan and they drew.

But Nakamura defeated another community favorite, GM Daniel Naroditsky, in the last round to join Martinez on 9.5/11. Once again, Nakamura's large advantage in the tiebreaks score earned him the tournament win.

And so, it didn't take long to get the first sweep of a doubled Titled Tuesday. How about someone commentating once and winning once on the same day? Bok had a chance today, finishing 23rd in the second tournament, after commentating on the first one.

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

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3218 9.5 68.75
2 11 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3049 9.5 56.75
3 6 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 3054 9 53.75
4 12 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3012 9 51.75
5 10 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3038 9 51.5
6 53 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2823 8.5 54
7 13 NM @Sviridov_Valery Валерий Свиридов 2998 8.5 52.25
8 21 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2952 8.5 50.5
9 36 GM @XDPS Pablo Salinas Herrera 2903 8.5 47.25
10 8 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3004 8 56
11 2 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3115 8 50
12 25 FM @Twitch_ElhamBlitz05 Elham Abdrlauf 2952 8 49.75
13 20 GM @joppie2 Jorden van Foreest 2973 8 48.5
14 22 IM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2933 8 48
15 48 GM @GMHess Robert L. Hess 2845 8 43.5
16 189 FM @ApacheSVD Guenther Wachinger 2521 8 40.5
17 49 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrov 2830 8 37
18 28 IM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2913 8 36
19 32 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2870 7.5 45
20 37 GM @AlexanderL Aleksandr Lenderman 2870 7.5 43.25
20 29 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2897 7.5 43.25
25 76 IM @Marta_gm Marta Garcia 2779 7.5 39

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won another $1,000 for the late victory while Martinez earned an additional $750 for his second-place finish. Hakobyan took $300 for third, GM Hans Niemann $150 for fourth, and GM Dmitry Andreikin $100 for fifth. IM Marta Garcia won the $100 prizes as the top woman in the field.

Titled Tuesday is a weekly pair of tournaments held by Chess.com for titled players. They are Swiss-system events starting 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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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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