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Nakamura Wins July 13 Titled Tuesday

Nakamura Wins July 13 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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GM Hikaru Nakamura won Titled Tuesday for the second consecutive week, scoring 9.5/11 and finishing ahead of GM Giga Quparadze on tiebreakers. There was a tie for third as both GM Sergei Zhigalko and GM Tamir Nabaty finished with 9/11 and the same tiebreaker score, ahead of GMs Nodirbek Abdusattorov and David Howell.

502 titled players played in this week's Titled Tuesday, which coincided with the first round of the FIDE World Cup. As usual, the tournament was an 11-round Swiss at a 3+1 time control.

Live broadcast of the tournament, hosted by WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili this week.

Nakamura did not lose a game but was held to a draw by three well-known strong players: IM Minh Le in round five, Quparadze in round eight, and Howell in round 10. Nakamura's somewhat harder slate of games compared to Quparadze was the difference in the tiebreak.

Nabaty was the last perfect player, with 6/6 entering the seventh round, but that score did not survive the ensuing endgame encounter with Nakamura.

Entering the final round, Quparadze was in the lead by himself, but his game with Abdusattorov ended in a draw. The door was thus open for Nakamura to defeat Winner Stays participant GM Jose Martinez and take the tournament.

A 10th round game between top-20 finishers IM Renato Terry and GM Conrad Holt showed the stress and dangers of blitz. The players were each under 30 seconds by move 30, and the roughly 75 moves in time trouble resulted in a back-and-forth endgame that ultimately ended in lone kings.

July 13 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3224 9.5 60.25
2 10 GM @GigaQuparadze Giga Quparadze 2976 9.5 56.75
3 12 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2934 9 63
3 8 GM @TamirNabaty Tamir Nabaty 2978 9 63
5 3 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 3024 9 60
6 7 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2960 9 57
7 20 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2879 8.5 54.5
8 30 IM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2844 8.5 54.25
9 18 GM @kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 2872 8.5 51.75
10 55 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2784 8.5 50.25
11 5 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2974 8.5 49.5
11 6 IM @renatoterrylujan Renato Terry 2960 8.5 49.5
13 11 IM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2945 8.5 45.5
14 154 IM @elohunter1999 Robert Baskin 2590 8 49.5
15 43 GM @alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2790 8 48
16 139 FM @eduardoperalta Eduardo Peralta 2622 8 47.5
16 25 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2862 8 47.5
18 83 FM @mbojan Bojan Maksimovic 2694 8 47
19 44 IM @Rsnr Arseny Kukhmazov 2769 8 46.5
20 84 FM @Borsuk_Konstantin Konstantin Borsuk 2682 8 45.5
20 58 NM @Leonid_Starozhilov Leonid Starozhilov 2730 8 45.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $750 for the first-place finish, Quparadze received $400 for second place, and the tie for third meant $125 each for Zhigalko and Nabaty. WIM Dolzhykova Kateryna won the $100 prize for top female player.

Titled Tuesday is a weekly tournament held on Chess.com for titled players. It starts at 10 a.m. Pacific time/19:00 Central European every Tuesday. 

Titled Tuesday Format

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