Titled Tuesday: Nakamura Back To Winning Ways

Titled Tuesday: Nakamura Back To Winning Ways

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GM Hikaru Nakamura returned as the winner of Titled Tuesday on February 2. The American grandmaster was the only player to score 10/11 and finished ahead of GMs Jeffery Xiong, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

This week's Titled Tuesday tournament had a total of 811 participants, the highest number in six months. It was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

The live broadcast of the tournament.

As in recent weeks, Nakamura suffered an early loss in the tournament—this time in the third round. However, in this edition it was the only flaw in an otherwise perfect event. He finished with eight straight wins, and the victims included GMs Matthias Bluebaum, Eric Hansen, Vachier-Lagrave, and Dmitry Andreikin.

The game with Hansen was spectacular, as the Canadian grandmaster and Chessbrah streamer threw everything but the kitchen sink toward his opponent. By the way, could it be that this game is theoretically relevant for the 3...g6 Ruy Lopez?

A long and tough battle was Nakamura's game with Vachier-Lagrave, who played shortly after a disastrous Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The Frenchman, who lost three times with his Najdorf in Wijk aan Zee, chose the Caro-Kann for this game. His mistake came only deep in the endgame:

Like last week, Xiong finished in a tie for second place. In the final round, the 20-year-old grandmaster from Texas defeated the 18-year-old Dutch IM Liam Vrolijk, who has been doing well in Titled Tuesdays lately. Last week, and also on November 24, Vrolijk finished in 10th place.

This week the Dutchman came in 14th, but he could have shared second. Xiong ended up having the strongest nerves:

Jeffery Xiong
Jeffery Xiong. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Feb. 2 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 10 75
2 10 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 9.5 69.5
3 26 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 9.5 68.25
4 2 GM @LyonBeast Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 9.5 65
5 18 GM @Chopper1905 Mustafa Yilmaz 9 59
5 17 IM @renatoterrylujan Renato Terry 9 59
7 25 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 9 55.5
8 15 GM @Man-Chuk Manuel Petrosyan 9 54.75
9 20 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 9 54.5
9 34 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 9 54.5
11 72 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 9 53.5
12 9 GM @EvgenyT Evgeny Tomashevsky 9 51.5
13 42 GM @Smirnov_Pavel Pavel Smirnov 8.5 54.25
14 63 IM @LiamVrolijk Liam Vrolijk 8.5 52.75
15 36 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 8.5 51.75
16 37 GM @Paralinch Daniil Lintchevski 8.5 50.25
16 32 IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 8.5 50.25
18 69 GM @bocah_sakit Novendra Priasmoro 8.5 48.75
19 62 GM @Sam_ChessMood Samvel Ter-Sahakyan 8.5 47.75
20 14 GM @Annawel Jules Moussard 8.5 46.25

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $750 for first place, Xiong $400 for second, Abdusattorov $150 for third, and MVL $100 for fourth. The $100 prize for the best female player went to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (@ChessQueen), who scored 8/11.

Titled Tuesday is's weekly tournament for titled players. It starts each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time (19:00 Central Europe). 

Titled Tuesday Format

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