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Nakamura With Another Titled Tuesday Sweep

Nakamura With Another Titled Tuesday Sweep

NathanielGreen
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For the second straight week, there was only one first-place finisher in the week's two Titled Tuesday events. And for the fifth time out of six total, it was GM Hikaru Nakamura who accomplished the feat. Nakamura didn't even need tiebreak scoring this time, winning both events outright.

The 2023 Pro Chess League also began on February 14, but Nakamura's Knights do not play until February 16.


Early Tournament

Nakamura's run in the early tournament field of 538 began with a perfect 8/8, allowing him to draw two of his last three games and still win easily. Like GM Wesley So last week, Nakamura led by a full point entering the final round and clinched with a draw.

The perfect start included wins over 11th-place FM Ivan Yeletsky in round five, GM Benjamin Bok in round seven (below), and 15th-place GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov in round eight.

Nakamura's last win, effectively securing the tournament, came against second-place finisher GM Aleksandar Indjic.

Indjic achieved second place out of an seven-way tie on nine points.

February 14 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3203 10
2 54 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2903 9
3 50 GM @Sam_ChessMood Samvel Ter-Sahakyan 2895 9
4 29 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2949 9
5 9 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 3064 9
6 3 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3100 9
7 20 GM @GOGIEFF Anton Korobov 2970 9
8 51 IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 2892 9
9 10 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 3015 8.5
10 6 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3056 8.5
11 41 FM @snowlord Ivan Yeletsky 2907 8.5
12 43 GM @igorkovalenko Igor Kovalenko 2899 8.5
13 4 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3080 8.5
14 48 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2867 8.5
15 32 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2929 8
16 57 IM @PLAYER_2006_M Mukhiddin Madaminov 2868 8
17 22 GM @joppie2 Jorden van Foreest 2949 8
18 36 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2909 8
19 44 IM @Gareth-Bale11 Mamikon Gharibyan 2893 8
20 66 IM @sokidze Ihor Samunenkov 2841 8
74 258 WCM @hongnhung1234 Nhung Hong Nguyen 2514 7

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 with Indjic winning $750. GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan won $350 for finishing in third place, GM Vahap Sanal $200 for fourth, and GM Pranav V $100 for fifth. The $100 women's prize went to WCM Nhung Hong Nguyen, who scored 7/11.

Late Tournament

In a rarity, 9.5 points was enough to win the event outright. This time, Nakamura took a loss in just his second game (against FM Nate Solon), but recovered to score 8.5 points in the final nine rounds.

After 10 rounds, there was a three-way tie for first place between Nakamura, GM Matthias Bluebaum, and GM Oleksandr Bortnyk. Bluebaum was felled by GM Dmitry Andreikin, who made third place with the win while leaving the door open to the winner of Nakamura-Bortnyk to claim sole first place.

Nakamura and Bortnyk played a quite unusual opening that ultimately resulted in a locked-up position, but it was Nakamura who found the inroads and won in 44 moves with 47 seconds still left on his clock.

As the Valentine's Day candy now gives way to Easter candy on the supermarket shelves, Nakamura is giving way to nobody.

February 14 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3201 9.5
2 12 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 3038 9
3 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3107 9
4 14 GM @AlexanderL Aleksandr Lenderman 2994 9
5 11 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3040 9
6 8 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3056 8.5
7 3 GM @chesspanda123 Yu Yangyi 3106 8.5
8 13 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3003 8.5
9 7 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3041 8.5
10 25 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2928 8.5
11 53 CM @stollenmonster Egor Baskakov 2824 8.5
12 34 GM @Hrant_ChessMood Hrant Melkumyan 2895 8
13 26 GM @Genghis_K Federico Perez Ponsa 2928 8
14 6 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3067 8
15 50 FM @greekplayer1 Dimitris Makridis 2834 8
16 21 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2895 8
17 18 GM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2934 8
18 15 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2965 7.5
19 51 GM @platy3 Alan Pichot 2830 7.5
20 71 IM @I_am_Javi Ernesto Fernandez 2766 7.5
39 82 IM @nurgyulsalimova Nurgyul Salimova 2728 7

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura added $1,000 to his prizes for a total of $2,000. GM Aram Hakobyan finished in second place to earn $750. Andreikin claimed $350 in third, GM Aleksandr Lenderman $200 in fourth, and GM Bogdan Daniel Deac $100 in fifth. IM Nurgyul Salimova once again won the women's prize for $100, scoring 7/11.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a tournament hosted by Chess.com for titled players every Tuesday, consisting of two 11-round Swiss tournaments each week 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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