Rasulov Wins Competitive Titled Tuesday

Rasulov Wins Competitive Titled Tuesday

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With several past winners, like Hikaru Nakamura competing in the Skilling Open this week, there was an opportunity for a new winner of Titled Tuesday. Azerbaijani Vugar Rasulov stepped up and picked up first prize with 9.5/11, edging out GM Aryan Tari of Norway and GM Giga Quparadze of Georgia on tiebreaks. The tournament, an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control, had a total of 704 participants. 

Rasulov recovered from a third-round loss against Turkish GM Mert Erdoğdu by winning the next six games in a row. Here's his round 10 game against Russian GM Pavel Ponkratov.

The top seed of the event was GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara, and he went undefeated but finished a half-point out of first. He probably regrets his first-round draw to a significantly lower rated opponent, but the FM with the handle Gerodot71 played well and nearly took the full point. 

Alcantara was still in the running heading into the final round, but Rasulov held a quick draw with Black to secure at least a tie for first place. Tari earned his tie 2nd place finish with an exciting final round game against former world title challenger GM Gata Kamsky. 

Quparadze secured his spot on the podium by winning a dramatic final round game against the American GM Conrad Holt. Holt won a piece right out of the opening, but Quparadze kept finding ways to complicate the game and found a way to make his pawns more valuable than White's extra knight!

November 24 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (8.5 points and up)

Place Fed Title Username Name Score SB Prize
1 GM vugarrasulov Vugar Rasulov 9.5 65.5 $750
2 GM AryanTari Aryan Tari 9.5 60.25 $400
3 GM GigaQuparadze Giga Quparadze 9.5 55 $150
4 GM BocharovD Dmitriy Bocharov 9 67.5 $100
5 NM Sviridov_Valery Валерий Свиридов 9 58
6 GM Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 9 56.75
7 GM champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 9 54.75
8 GM Smirnov_Pavel Pavel Smirnov 9 54.5
9 GM Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 9 53.75
10 NLD IM LiamVrolijk Liam Vrolijk 9 53.25
11 GM BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 9 52.5
12 FM esapunov Evgeny Sapunov 9 49
13 GM AlexeiShirov Alexei Shirov 8.5 54.75
14 GM RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 8.5 53.75
15 GM Grandelicious Nils Grandelius 8.5 52
16 GM dretch Conrad Holt 8.5 51.5
17 GM TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 8.5 47.5
18 IM Alexander_Kachko Alexander Kachko 8.5 44.25
60 GM ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 7.5 29.75 $100.00
203 WGM Nemsko Nemo Zhou 5.5 24.75 $100.00

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk took the prize for the female finisher and Nemo Zhou took the prize for the top streamer.

Gift a membership!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) with a weekly prize fund of $1,600.

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