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Nakamura Wins June 8 Titled Tuesday

Nakamura Wins June 8 Titled Tuesday

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GM Hikaru Nakamura returned to the top of Titled Tuesday on June 8, winning outright with a score of 10/11. Iranian GM Amin Tabatabaei took clear second with 9.5/11 ahead of nine players tied at 9/11. Of those, last week's winner GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov finished third on tiebreaks with GM Oleksandr Bortnyk placing fourth.

623 titled players participated in this week's Titled Tuesday. As usual, the tournament was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

The live broadcast of the tournament, hosted this week by NM James Canty III.

The eventual first and second place finishers met in round nine. After an aggressive pawn storm, Tabatabaei took a rook, knight, and two pawns in exchange for his queen. But Nakamura won with Black to set himself up for the tournament victory.

As was the case last week, Nakamura was on 9.5/10 entering the last round. This week, however, he was already up a full point on the field and obtained a draw against GM Baadur Jobava to win the tournament.

Meanwhile, Tabatabaei took sole second place on account of defeating GM Gata Kamsky in the final round. In a long maneuvering game typical of the Ruy Lopez, Kamsky simply hung his queen on move 47, after the capture of which his last several seconds expired.

Abdusattorov is having a profitable run in Titled Tuesday, finishing in the top four for the third straight week. He did not lose a game this Tuesday, scoring +7 =4, including a draw in the final round to hold third place.

However, Abdusattorov did have to survive allowing a mate-in-one that was missed in that game, which has also become somewhat of a running theme afflicting several players in Titled Tuesday lately. It is a blitz tournament, after all, and even grandmasters can't make a move in less than a second while also finding every tactic in a position. 

June 8 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3184 10 71
2 10 GM amintabatabaei Amin Tabatabaei 2988 9.5 65.75
3 4 GM ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 3015 9 61.5
4 7 GM Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2990 9 58.75
5 13 GM Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 2960 9 57.75
6 5 GM ViditYT Vidit Gujrathi 3000 9 57
7 63 GM Arseniy_Nesterov Arseniy Nesterov 2849 9 56
8 50 IM swimmerchess Siva Mahadevan 2858 9 52.5
9 36 GM exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2893 9 51.5
9 23 FM GoltsevDmitry2000 Goltsev Dmitry 2969 9 51.5
11 48 GM Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2857 9 50
12 21 GM GigaQuparadze Giga Quparadze 2942 8.5 58.25
13 34 GM TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2895 8.5 55
14 16 GM mishanick Aleksey Sarana 2901 8.5 53.75
15 38 GM Chopper1905 Mustafa Yilmaz 2865 8.5 52
16 252 FM bascheyaro Roman Yanchenko 2772 8.5 51.25
17 35 GM rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2885 8.5 48.25
18 12 GM PSvidler Peter Svidler 2947 8 52
18 66 GM Alexander_Donchenko Alexander Donchenko 2799 8 52
20 26 GM Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2871 8 51

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $750 for first place, Tabatabaei $400 for second, Abdusattorov $150 for third, and Bortnyk $100 for fourth. The $100 prize for the top female player went to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk with 7/11.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's weekly tournament for titled players. It starts each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time/18:00 Central European. 

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