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Nakamura Wins May 4 Titled Tuesday

Nakamura Wins May 4 Titled Tuesday

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GM Hikaru Nakamura won the May 4 Titled Tuesday on tiebreaks, his third win in his last three attempts (while playing the New In Chess Classic on April 27 instead). GM Haik Martirosyan finished second and GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac third, all on 9.5/11. Of seven players on 9/11, GM Vincent Keymer had the best tiebreaker score to finish fourth.

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

The live broadcast of the tournament.

Much of the tournament was decided in the tenth round, which began with five players on 8/9. Nakamura defeated GM Andrew Tang and Martirosyan toppled GM Vladimir Onischuk to enter round 11 as the only players on 9/10. Nakamura and Martirosyan would hold their top two spots in the final round by drawing with each other, with Nakamura holding the much better tiebreaker score.

It was also Nakamura who had the game of the tournament in round eight, sacrificing his queen twice—with 31.Qc4 and 33.Qxf1+—to set up a forced checkmate on GM Vladimir Dobrov

He needed it, too. GM Giga Quparadze, who ultimately finished just out of the prize money in fifth place, dealt Nakamura a blow in round seven. It was Nakamura's first loss in a Titled Tuesday game in more than a month, since round 10 on March 30. 

Beac, who scored 5.5 points in the last six rounds, only jumped into third place in the final round, with a victory over GM Aleksandar Indjic.

May 4 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3229 9.5 70.25
2 10 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 3008 9.5 60.75
3 2 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3078 9.5 59.25
4 8 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2983 9 63.5
5 20 GM @GigaQuparadze Giga Quparadze 2924 9 62.5
6 7 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 2987 9 59
7 25 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2912 9 58.5
7 23 GM @penguingm1 Andrew Tang 2935 9 58.5
9 45 FM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2848 9 51.25
10 36 GM @kpio91 Kacper Piorun 2880 9 51
11 31 IM @AlexTriapishko Alexandr Triapishko 2874 8.5 56.5
12 22 GM @Chopper1905 Mustafa Yilmaz 2905 8.5 55.25
13 30 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2884 8.5 55
14 56 GM @Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2810 8.5 51.5
15 49 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 2835 8.5 50.75
16 72 GM @Jumbo Rinat Jumabayev 2866 8.5 45.75
16 50 IM @jacky72 Costachi, Mihnea 2801 8.5 45.75
18 52 GM @GMHess Robert L. Hess 2763 8.5 44.25
19 64 IM @DeTimmerman Mark Timmermans 2754 8 50
20 46 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2838 8 49.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $750 for first place, Martirosyan $400 for second, Deac $150 for third, and Keymer $100 for fourth. The $100 prize for top female player went to WGM Anna Sargsyan.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com'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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