Bortnyk Ousts Martinez In Final Game Of Bullet Brawl
Bortnyk captured his sixth Bullet Brawl title on Saturday. Photo:

Bortnyk Ousts Martinez In Final Game Of Bullet Brawl

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GM Oleksandr Bortnyk is Bullet Brawl's latest victor after he dispatched GM Jose Martinez in a winner-takes-all final game during Saturday's two-hour arena. Finishing on 246 points, Bortnyk built a 25-game win streak when it mattered most, capturing the $400 first prize and consigning Martinez to second place, while IM Yoseph Taher picked up $150 for his third-place finish.

IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya returned to claim the $100 best women's prize thanks to her 109 score, while North Macedonian regular "Macmasterr" clutched the community event for the second week running.

The next Bullet Brawl will commence on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at noon ET/18:00 CEST.


Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 GM Oleksandr Bortnyk Oleksandr_Bortnyk 3191 246
2 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3128 240
3 IM Yoseph Taher yosephtaher 3081 213
4 IM Renato Terry MITerryble 3088 208
5 IM Marcos Lianes ulises2013 2962 189
6 GM Jose Ibarra jcibarra 2985 148
7 CM Artem Bardyk BardArtem 2941 142
8 IM Almas Rakhmatullaev AlmasRakhmatullaev 2941 136
9 FM Faustino Oro FaustinoOro 2890 132
10 GM Vugar Rasulov vugarrasulov 2950 130
11 NM Qingyu Yuan Abund 2881 128
12 FM Dmitry Goltsev GoltsevDmitry2000 2870 127
13 FM Reza Mahdavi rezamahdavi2008 3017 125
14 FM Gabriel Arteaga Gravity_Chess 2900 118
15 NM Nicolas De La Colina Nicolas_DeLaColina 2765 110
16 WGM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya Sanyura 2785 109
17 GM Zaven Andriasyan GMZaven 2858 101
18 GM Maciej Klekowski maciek_92 2825 94
19 IM Gianmarco Leiva GianmarcoVaR 2804 92
20 IM Ege Koksal Koksal06 2783 91
(Full final standings here)

Aside from GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky, who almost seem to share the Bullet Brawl crown in perpetuity, Bortnyk is the most successful player when it comes to titles in the event—the latest was his sixth. However, his route to victory was far from simple. A shaky 4.5/10 start to the event left the Alekhine's Defense exponent with work to do.

A tough start for Bortnyk.

GMs Martinez, Spain's Jose Ibarra, and Azerbaijani Vugar Rasulov were just a few of the threats to Bortnyk's title aspirations in this week's Brawl and of them, Martinez had the best start. Needing to play only 338 moves to secure a 9/10 start, the 25-year-old was able to put a buffer between himself and the rest of the field. His win over FM Dachey Lin displayed his eye for tactics.

At the halfway point the eventual winner clicked into gear and suddenly the tournament became the Bortnyk show. Shrewdly sweeping aside titled challengers, Bortnyk's best wins showcased his versatility—on the one hand, his tactical skill...

 ...and on the other, familiarity with Tal-esque plans worthy of "Casablanca Chess."

The tournament's climax was undoubtedly the chance final pairing between Bortnyk and Martinez. With two points separating them, the winner was destined to take the top spot and after Bortnyk opted to play the Modern Defense, the clash promised to be a blockbuster finish. Sadly for Martinez, a pre-move blunder on the seventh move allowed Bortnyk to take control of the position and the tournament.

Sitting third on the all-time Bullet Brawl leaderboard, Bortnyk will look to add to his trophy cabinet as he prepares to contest the 2024 Bullet Chess Championship over the next month but will need to bring his best against the likes of GM Magnus Carlsen, Nakamura, Naroditsky, and 12 other players who are among the world's best bullet chess players.

Winning the 2024 Bullet Chess Championship would be the pinnacle of Bortnyk's chess career. Photo: BortnykChess/YouTube.

How to review games?
The games from this week's Bullet Brawl can be found here.

Bullet Brawl is an exciting new titled arena that features's top bullet specialists and takes place weekly on Saturdays. The format is a two-hour arena with a 1+0 time control; the prize fund is $1,000.

Much like Titled Tuesday and Arena Kings, Bullet Brawl often features top GMs, including Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel Naroditsky, Andrew Tang, Tuan Minh Le, and many more!

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