Fighting Spirit Prevails: Andreikin Wins Third Knockout

Fighting Spirit Prevails: Andreikin Wins Third Knockout

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GM Dmitry Andreikin won week 18 of the 2022 Rapid Chess Championship presented by Coinbase. He defeated GM Jeffery Xiong in the final blitz tiebreaker. 

GMs Levon Aronian and Olexandr Bortnyk made it to the semifinals. GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Alexey Sarana, Klementy Sychev, and Subramaniyam Bharath finished in the quarterfinals. 

Participating in the event were 56 competitors—now open to all GMs as well as the top-10 women, top-10 juniors, as well as 10 wildcards. The event continues on July 2-3, starting at 9 a.m. PT / 18:00 CEST.

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Nakamura won first with 6.5 points, edging out Sarana, Andreikin, Xiong, and Sychev by tiebreaks. He started the tournament with a 4-0 winning streak, including victories over fellow qualifiers, Sarana and Xiong. Nakamura trapped Sarana’s wayward dark-squared bishop by cutting it off from his other pieces with 27…f4.

In his game against Xiong, Nakamura found a trading combination to land two pawns ahead.

Sarana fought his way to second place, winning a 100+ move critical last-round game against GM Sanan Sjugirov as both sides scrambled their pieces around the board with only seconds left on their clocks.

Andreikin's key victory was in the penultimate round against rapid chess regular GM David Paravyan. He gained a significant time edge and pressed his positional and material advantage for 80+ moves. 

In round four, Xiong defeated GM Daniil Dubov, fifth in the rapid chess overall standings, and fought back as Dubov attempted to hunt down his king.

Saturday Swiss | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 2836 6.5 36
2 7 GM mishanick Alexey Sarana 2703 6.5 35.75
3 3 GM FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 2791 6.5 32.25
4 5 GM jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 2735 6.5 30.5
5 42 GM Sychev_Klementy Klementy Sychev 2516 6.5 23.25
6 30 GM FGHSMN Bharath Subramaniyam.H Harishankkar 2579 6 28
7 15 GM Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2639 6 27.25
7 2 GM LevonAronian Levon Aronian 2811 6 27.25
9 8 GM champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2684 6 23.25
10 4 GM Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 2734 6 21.75
11 11 GM dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2660 5.5 28.25
12 24 GM daro94 Dariusz Swiercz 2589 5.5 25.5
13 13 GM ChessLover0108 Mahammad Muradli 2635 5.5 19.75
14 28 GM Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2566 5.5 19
15 39 GM BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 2488 5.5 17.75
16 21 GM Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2589 5.5 16.75
17 12 GM BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 2637 5 23.25
18 32 GM attack2mateU Razvan Preotu 2529 5 16
19 23 GM Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2576 5 13.75
20 9 GM Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2568 4.5 17.5

(Full final standings here.)


Kicking off the quarterfinals with a bang, Aronian pressed in a pawn-up, double-rook ending, eventually trapping Nakamura’s king in a mating net.

In the next matchup, Xiong defeated Sychev by creating pressure on f7 and gaining a powerful passer.

Sarana pressed Bortnyk with the white pieces, but Bornyk defended actively to hold the draw.

In their blitz playoff, Sarana blundered when defending a tough ending. 

Andreikin and Subramaniyam drew their first game as they maintained an equal position throughout. In the blitz tiebreak, Andreikin pressured his opponent's uncastled king and gained a massive time advantage. He kept his clock above the original three minutes while Subramaniyam's clock ticked under 10 seconds.

In the semifinals, Xiong pulled off an upset and defeated Aronian by activating the queen to hunt down his opponent's loose pieces.

The ever-resourceful Andreikin fought back from a worse position to gain a mating attack against Bortnyk.

In the final, Andreikin and Xiong drew a closely-fought game, leading to a blitz tiebreaker to decide the match. Andreikin, responding tactically to an inaccurate piece sacrifice by Xiong, ultimately won with pressure on Xiong's back rank. 

This is Andreikin's third knockout victory, a feat that only Nakamura had accomplished before. The key to Andreikin's success seems to be his fighting spirit every game, whether he's converting an advantage to victory or fighting back from a tough position. 

In his interview, Andreikin shared his thoughts on his results: "This tournament I play blitz better than I play rapid." 

This tournament I play blitz better than I play rapid.

-GM Dmitry Andreikin

Standings, Results, Prizes

The winner of the Swiss tournament is Nakamura, and the winner of the knockout tournament is Andreikin. Below are the full standings and prizes of the knockout:

Sunday Knockout | Final Standings

# Fed Player Place Prize
1 Dmitry Andreikin Winner $7,500
2 Jeffery Xiong Finalist $3,500
3-4 Levon Aronian Semifinalist $2,500
3-4 Oleksandr Bortnyk Semifinalist $2,500
5-8 Hikaru Nakamura Quarterfinalist $1,000
5-8 Alexey Sarana Quarterfinalist $1,000
5-8 Bharath Subramaniyam Quarterfinalist $1,000
5-8 Klementy Sychev Quarterfinalist $1,000

The Rapid Chess Championship is a weekly tournament held by It is a nine-round Swiss event with a 10+0 time control held every Saturday, followed by a knockout event on Sunday between the top-eight finishers and a 10+2 time control. If players draw, they play a 3+2 game; if drawn, they play a 1+1 game; and if that is drawn, a single armageddon game is played.

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