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Nakamura Bests Carlsen, Firouzja To Sweep Another Titled Tuesday

Nakamura Bests Carlsen, Firouzja To Sweep Another Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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Coming off winning his fifth consecutive Speed Chess Championship, GM Hikaru Nakamura's online blitz dominance may be at an all-time high. On December 20, he won both the early and late Titled Tuesday tournaments.

He has now won three in a row and 28 on the year (out of 98 held). It was also his fourth time sweeping both tournaments in a day, something no one else has accomplished even once.

Nakamura won both of the day's tournaments outright, including by a full point in the second event. Second place was also won outright, by two other dominant figures, GMs Alireza Firouzja and Magnus Carlsen.


Early Tournament

Nakamura got away with a loss in the sixth round to outlast the field of 452 in his first Titled Tuesday since his Speed Chess Championship title defense. Firouzja, however, was the last perfect player, reaching a 7/7 score after defeating GM Tuan Minh Le, who had just delivered Nakamura his loss the round before.

GM Daniil Dubov ended Firouzja's perfection with a round-eight draw. Then, in round nine, Firouzja defeated GM Baadur Jobava to keep his lead on the field, while Nakamura defeated GM Dmitry Andreikin

As a result, the superstar matchup between Nakamura and Firouzja in the 10th round was the biggest game of the tournament, both in name recognition and in the standings. Nakamura leapfrogged into first with the sharp 27-move knockout.

He still needed a victory in the final round as well, which came against GM Matthias Bluebaum, to claim the tournament.

Firouzja also won in the last round to take sole second with 9.5 points, after Andreikin flagged in a better endgame position.

Another note from the early event: Sixth place went to GM Jose Martinez despite missing the first two rounds. He was a perfect 9/9 afterward, but given the missing rounds, tiebreaks did not favor him.

December 20 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3225 10 62
2 3 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3134 9.5 64
3 10 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3043 9 62.5
4 2 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3135 9 61
5 8 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3063 9 59.5
6 415 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3030 9 52
7 9 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3049 8.5 62
8 5 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3079 8.5 59.75
9 15 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 2996 8.5 59
10 29 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2935 8.5 55
11 24 CM @stollenmonster Egor Baskakov 2942 8.5 54.75
12 20 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2958 8.5 52.75
13 12 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3005 8.5 49.25
14 48 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2863 8.5 46.75
15 67 FM @Sina_Movahed Sina Movahed 2800 8.5 43.75
16 45 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2868 8 48
17 92 FM @BegmuratovKh2010 Khumoyun Begmuratov 2728 8 47
18 36 GM @Sam_ChessMood Samvel Ter-Sahakyan 2887 8 46.5
19 60 GM @Alexander_Donchenko Alexander Donchenko 2817 8 44
20 35 IM @bardiya_Daneshvar Bardiya Daneshvar 2900 8 43.5
88 93 GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2717 6.5 26.75

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won another $1,000 first-place prize after claiming last week's early tournament. Firouzja won $750 for second place. GM David Paravyan earned $350 in third place, Dubov $200 in fourth, and Minh Le $100 in fifth. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina won the $100 women's prize with a 6.5/11 score.

Late Tournament

Carlsen joined the late tournament and finished in second place out of 333, none of whom could stop Nakamura. Nakamura actually improved on his early score, hitting 10.5/11 points for the third time this year (no one else has done so more than once). That gave him a total score on the day of 20.5/22 (93%).

It was Carlsen, however, who prevented Nakamura from a perfect score with a draw in the seventh round in a battle of 6/6 scores. Nakamura will have to wait for his second perfect Titled Tuesday.

Third-place finisher GM Oleksandr Bortnyk got a shot at both of them in the next two rounds. Bortnyk delivered a loss to Carlsen, before taking his own loss against Nakamura, and now has an improbable 3.5/4 score against Carlsen on Chess.com.

By the end of nine rounds, only IM Rudik Makarian was within half a point of Nakamura in the standings. Makarian got into an endgame, but Hikaru took care of business and now led the field by a full point.

Needing only a draw to clinch first, Nakamura defeated Jobava in the final round for good measure. Meanwhile, Carlsen secured second place with a 26-move victory over GM Vincent Keymer.

December 20 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3255 10.5 74.25
2 2 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3205 9.5 70.25
3 11 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3010 9 61.25
4 29 IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 2924 8.5 56.5
5 9 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3026 8.5 52.5
6 17 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2962 8.5 48.25
7 21 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2927 8.5 45
8 18 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2971 8.5 44.25
9 33 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2868 8 51.25
10 38 GM @Vladimir_Zakhartsov Vladimir Zakhartsov 2846 8 49.5
11 6 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3052 8 48.5
12 8 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3021 8 47.5
13 13 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2965 8 47.25
14 40 GM @GMKrikor Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian 2810 8 44.25
15 27 GM @ChessBrah Eric Hansen 2902 8 44
16 77 FM @Alexei_Gubajdullin Alexei Gubajdullin 2698 8 39.5
17 7 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3013 7.5 48.75
18 164 FM @pedromartinez91 Pedro Martinez 2552 7.5 44.5
19 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3051 7.5 43
19 10 GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3004 7.5 43
21 67 GM @GMRafpig Rafael Leitao 2723 7.5 42.5
24 63 GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2736 7.5 39.25

(Full final standings here.)

It was another $1,000 to Nakamura for $2,000 on the day. Carlsen won $750 and Bortnyk $350. In fourth place was Makarian for $200, while GM Fabiano Caruana finished fifth for $100. Goryachkina again had the highest women's score, this time 7.5 for 24th place, winning another $100 ($200 on the day).

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a tournament held weekly by Chess.com for titled players. Two Swiss tournaments of 11 rounds each are played every Tuesday, 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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