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Undefeated Nakamura Sweeps Another Double Tournament

Undefeated Nakamura Sweeps Another Double Tournament

NathanielGreen
| 17 | Chess Event Coverage

GM Hikaru Nakamura dominated Titled Tuesday on June 7, winning both the early and late tournaments by a full point. He scored nine wins and two draws in both events for a 10/11 score in each. 

Nakamura is still the only player to sweep both tournaments on a Titled Tuesday since the February format change, and he's done it twice. He now has three Titled Tuesday wins in a row after taking the late tournament the week before, and he's also won four of the last five. 

Not only did Nakamura swipe both first places on Tuesday, but GM Daniil Dubov grabbed both second-place finishes.


Early Tournament

Out of the 380 players in the early tournament, Nakamura and GM Parham Maghsoodloo were the last perfect players and drew their seventh-round game to stay tied. The separation did not occur until round nine, when Maghsoodloo lost to GM Jeffery Xiong while Nakamura defeated GM Oleksandr Bortnyk out of a rather bizarre opening.

A Nakamura-Xiong draw in the tenth round kept things somewhat close entering the final round: Nakamura led with 9/10 while four players with 8.5 were on his tail. By defeating one of them, GM Alexey Sarana, Nakamura locked up the day's first tournament.

The other three players on 8.5/10—Dubov, Xiong, and IM Tuan Minh Le—all made draws to secure top-five finishes but also the full-point win for Nakamura.

June 7 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3191 10 64.25
2 9 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3036 9 64.5
3 7 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3016 9 60.5
4 38 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2892 9 57.5
5 19 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2959 9 55
6 20 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2949 9 53
7 5 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3005 8.5 60.25
8 16 IM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2950 8.5 52
9 11 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2967 8.5 49
10 1 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 2957 8.5 47.25
11 23 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2947 8.5 46.5
12 12 GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2961 8 53.25
13 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3060 8 51.5
13 36 IM @frederiksvane Frederik Svane 2924 8 51.5
15 3 IM @Mykola-Bortnyk Mykola Bortnyk 2987 8 51
16 21 GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 2922 8 44
17 51 GM @ActorXu Xu Yi 2829 8 43.25
17 24 GM @MrTattaglia Kozak Adam 2916 8 43.25
19 15 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2907 8 40.25
20 77 GM @GMSrinath Srinath Narayanan 2764 8 39.25
27 82 GM @KaterynaLagno Kateryna Lagno 2781 7.5 41.25

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 for first place. In the five-way tie on nine points, Dubov won $750 for second place, Xiong $300 for third, GM Maksim Chigaev $150 for fourth, and Minh Le $100 for fifth while GM Rasmus Svane finished a tough-luck sixth. The $100 prize for the top female player went to GM Kateryna Lagno on 7.5/11.

Late Tournament

Nakamura had even less trouble in the late tournament, outlasting the 291 players with a round to spare.

Once again the last two perfect players met in round seven, this time Nakamura and Dubov. Unlike earlier, the contest was decisive, and naturally it went in Nakamura's favor.

The situation entering the final round was also quite different. This time Nakamura had 9.5/10 and only one player, IM Leon Livaic, was even within a point. Nakamura was far ahead on tiebreaks and they played a quick draw.

Meanwhile, Dubov locked up a second straight second place with a win in the last round over GM Eric Hansen.

June 7 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3191 10 67.75
2 6 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3036 9 63
3 32 IM @Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 2907 9 57
4 27 IM @Arash_Tahbaz Arash Tahbaz 2891 9 55
5 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3060 8.5 53
6 40 GM @moro182 Luca Moroni Jr 2838 8.5 52.25
7 25 IM @frederiksvane Frederik Svane 2924 8.5 49.25
8 56 IM @Niclox Nicolás Abarca 2780 8.5 45
9 18 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2942 8 48.75
10 19 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2947 8 46.75
11 31 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2898 8 42.75
12 21 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2907 8 41.5
12 7 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2993 8 41.5
14 14 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2949 8 40.5
15 53 GM @Mikhail_Bryakin Mikhail Bryakin 2758 8 38
16 24 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2921 7.5 52.25
17 11 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2967 7.5 46.5
18 39 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2822 7.5 41.75
19 29 GM @Annawel Jules Moussard 2871 7.5 41.5
19 35 IM @liczner Lukasz Licznerski 2817 7.5 41.5
67 77 WGM @Sanyura Aleksandra Maltsevskaya 2667 6 24.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura's second thousand-dollar prize gave him $2,000 on the day. Dubov added another $750 for a total of $1,500. Livaic won $300 for third place and IM Arash Tahbaz $150 for fourth. The $100 prizes went to GM Dmitry Andreikin for fifth place and WGM Aleksandra Malsevskaya as the highest-scoring woman in the field.

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