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Pantsulaia Wins May 18 Titled Tuesday

Pantsulaia Wins May 18 Titled Tuesday

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GM Levan Pantsulaia won the May 18 Titled Tuesday tournament with a score of 9.5/11. Five players finished on that score but Pantsulaia held the advantage on tiebreaks for his first-ever Titled Tuesday victory. GM Vladislav Artemiev (last week's winner), IM Tuan Minh Le, and GM Vladislav Kovalev took places two through four, respectively, while GM Aryan Tari took the fifth-place finish.

697 titled players participated in this week's Titled Tuesday tournament, the most since April 13. As usual, it was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

The live broadcast of the tournament, hosted this week by NM James Canty III.

Pantsulaia defeated GM Hikaru Nakamura in round nine to reach 8.5/9 before drawing his last two games, but the 10th-round draw against Tari was a stunner: Tari missed a mate-in-one on move 69, and the players reached lone kings six moves later.

Second-place Artemiev got there in part by defeating then-tournament leader GM Aleksey Sarana in the round nine game below, after both players spent the last dozens of moves with less than 10 seconds each on the clock. Artemiev and Pantsulaia quickly drew each other in round 11 to wrap up their top-two finishes.

Third place Le got there after winning his final six games. In the final round, he used his pet Nimzowitsch Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6) line to win as Black against world championship candidate GM Kirill Alekseenko.

May 18 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 37 GM @GM_Levan_Pantsulaia Levan Pantsulaia 2969 9.5 67.5
2 3 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 3128 9.5 63.25
3 26 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2937 9.5 57.75
4 56 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 2905 9.5 57.25
5 27 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2944 9.5 56.25
6 17 GM @Arabicfalcon Salem AR Saleh 2983 9 60
7 32 GM @rpragchess Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu 2936 9 56
8 36 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2905 9 54
9 40 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2900 9 50
10 5 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 3043 8.5 58
11 39 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2916 8.5 56
12 24 GM @BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2938 8.5 55.25
13 29 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2939 8.5 54
14 22 GM @joppie2 Jorden van Foreest 2968 8.5 52.75
15 16 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2964 8.5 52.5
16 95 GM @ShimanovAlex Aleksandr Shimanov 2786 8.5 51.75
17 10 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 3001 8.5 51.25
18 38 GM @RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 2880 8.5 49.75
19 19 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 2950 8.5 48.5
20 28 GM @g3god Sasikiran Krishnan 2921 8.5 43.25

(Full final standings here.)

Pantsulaia won $750 for first place, Artemiev $400 for second, Le $150 for third, and Kovalev $100 for fourth. The $100 prize for top female player went to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, who finished with 7.5/11.

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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