Pavel Anisimov Wins March 23 Titled Tuesday

Pavel Anisimov Wins March 23 Titled Tuesday

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GM Pavel Anisimov (@PaulfromSPb) won the Titled Tuesday tournament on March 23. The grandmaster from St. Petersburg (as his handle points out!) finished half a point ahead of GM Hikaru Nakamura (@Hikaru) and Dmitry Andreikin (@FairChess_on_YouTube).

This week's Titled Tuesday tournament, the first after the official end of the winter, had a total of 659 participants. The 11-round Swiss, with a 3+1 time control, was kind of a "Russian spring" as seven out of the top-10 were Russian grandmasters.

It's tempting to describe Anisimov's tournament as the perfect Swiss gambit. He lost his very first game on time and in a lost position to a young candidate master but then finished with an astonishing 10/10.

It took a while before he faced big names, but it is still impressive that he also managed to win his last three rounds against GM Sanan Sjugirov (@Sanan_Sjugirov), GM Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003), and his famous co-resident of St. Petersburg, Peter Svidler (@PSvidler).

Sjugirov was deceived by a nasty trick:

Firouzja will probably think twice before 1...b6 next time against this opponent as he never really got into the game and was completely outplayed, except at one moment he did miss a chance:

The game in the final round was tense. Svidler at one point lost control and couldn't regain it. Anisimov had missed an earlier win, by the way:

Besides an early draw, Nakamura came short half a point as he lost a long and tough game with Firouzja:

March 23 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 65 GM @PaulfromSPb Pavel Anisimov 2840 10 65
2 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3228 9.5 67.75
3 9 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3010 9.5 66.5
4 32 GM @BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2942 9 62
5 109 IM @Volodar_Murzin Volodar Murzin 2764 9 57.5
6 8 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 2928 9 56
7 19 GM @PSvidler Peter Svidler 2960 9 54.5
8 42 GM @DrVelja Velimir Ivic 2886 9 52
9 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3062 9 49
10 47 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2863 8.5 57.75
11 57 GM @GMSrinath Srinath Narayanan 2807 8.5 56.75
12 17 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 2986 8.5 54.25
13 127 NM @Abund Yuan Qingyu 2733 8.5 54
14 39 GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 2910 8.5 52.25
15 77 GM @Sharpchess22 Andres Carlos Obregon 2747 8.5 51.5
16 14 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2948 8.5 48
16 126 CM @ymoy Vadym Petrovskyi 2716 8.5 48
18 343 FM @INLOVEWITHF Ongut, Tamas Gunes 2500 8.5 46.25
19 43 GM @Onischuk_V Vladimir Onischuk 2879 8.5 43.75
20 2 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3125 8 55

(Full final standings here.)

Anisimov won $750 for first place, Nakamura $400 for second, Andreikin $150, and GM Kirill Alekseenko $100.

The $100 prize for the best female player went to GM Valentina Gunina (@Vanina1989) who finished 21st scoring 8 points.

Titled Tuesday is's weekly tournament for titled players. It starts each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time (19:00 Central Europe). 

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