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Titled '10s Day' As Sarana, Bortnyk Win Outright

Titled '10s Day' As Sarana, Bortnyk Win Outright

NathanielGreen
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GMs Alexey Sarana and Oleksandr Bortnyk scored 10 points each in the early and late Titled Tuesdays of June 4, respectively, earning Sarana his second victory of the year and Bortnyk his first. Neither required tiebreaks, both winning outright.


Early Tournament

For the second straight week, Titled Tuesday lost some of its strongest regulars to the Norway Chess tournament, but it still brought in a healthy player count of 727.

Sarana sprinted to a 7/7 start, finishing that initial run against 15-year-old Turkish phenom GM Ediz Gurel, outplaying him in an endgame to win with Black.

Veteran GM Levon Aronian (who was the world's seventh-ranked player when Gurel was born) finally held Sarana to a draw, but Sarana came right back with two straight wins. Sarana thus entered the final round with a half-point tournament lead over GM Daniel Naroditsky, who reached that position with six straight wins from rounds five through 10, completing that streak against GM Ramil Hasangatin.

And so the final round was the not-so-unusual situation of one player in the lead needing a draw to hold the tournament, while a win for the opponent would swap the standings. The game was somewhat anticlimactic, however, as Sarana played White and easily traded down into a dead bishop ending.

More interesting was the game that earned GM Jakhongir Vakhidov third place, as a series of blows starting on move 37 against GM Jose Martinez produced an overwhelming material advantage.

Rounding out the top five were two familiar names, GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and Dmitry Andreikin, with the best tiebreaks for the players on nine points.

June 4 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 8 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3095 10 69
2 5 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3084 9.5 75.5
3 48 GM @Jakhongir-Vakhidov Jakhongir Vakhidov 2966 9.5 73.5
4 13 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 3048 9 70
5 4 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3083 9 69
6 31 IM @Szparu Miłosz Szpar 2987 9 66
7 16 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3031 9 65
8 18 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 3012 9 63
9 35 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2945 9 56
10 15 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3040 8.5 74.5
11 14 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3040 8.5 70
12 76 IM @scarabee43 Marco Materia 2863 8.5 68.5
13 55 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2918 8.5 68
14 32 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2966 8.5 65.5
15 28 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2960 8.5 63.5
16 6 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3055 8.5 61
17 87 IM @Legendinunknown Harshavardhan GB 2842 8.5 61
18 7 GM @viditchess Vidit Gujrathi 3055 8.5 60
19 70 FM @Aradhya2000 Aradhya Garg 2876 8 75
20 175 GM @Hasangatin_Ramil Ramil Hasangatin 2740 8 73
56 339 IM @annasargsyan_m Anna M. Sargsyan 2581 7.5 59

(Full final standings here.)

Sarana won $1,000 for his efforts, while Naroditsky took home $750 and Vakhidov $350, with $200 going to Nepomniachtchi and $100 to Andreikin. The $100 women's prize went to IM Anna M. Sargsyan.

Late Tournament

In the field of 525, Bortnyk made his first draw in just the fifth game, while the longest duration of perfection was the first eight games from GM Pavel Eljanov. Who stopped this streak but Bortnyk, of course, who won on time with a position the engine deemed slightly better but was looking drawish... if Bortnyk did not still have 42 seconds when Eljanov's clock hit zeroes.

Unfortunately for Eljanov, he spiraled from there, but to be fair, he had to deal with Nepomniachtchi and Andreikin in those last two games.

With a round left, Bortnyk held a full-point lead on four players tied for second. Like Sarana, a draw was enough for Bortnyk to clinch, and like Sarana, Bortnyk did. The final position, against GM Daniil Dubov, was a rather amusing stalemate.

The real battle of the ultimate round was the wild slugfest between Andreikin and Martinez, with the winner likely to take second place. Andreikin emerged in an outright second place, as the last player who entered on 8.5 points, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, lost to GM Hans Niemann. Ultimately, neither of those two finished in the top five.

The late tournament also saw one of the strongest women's prize winners in some time, with GM Zhu Jiner finishing in 19th place on eight points after winning rather easily with Black in the final round against GM Vladimir Onischuk.

June 4 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 13 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3062 10 77.5
2 6 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3094 9.5 62.5
3 27 FM @rezamahdavi2008 Reza Mahdavi 2970 9 81
4 4 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3114 9 77.5
5 14 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 3038 9 71.5
6 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3091 9 68
7 10 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 3047 9 66.5
8 3 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3144 9 64
9 39 GM @Kiborg95 Denis Kadric 2928 8.5 77
10 7 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3076 8.5 73
11 11 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3036 8.5 69
12 1 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 3218 8.5 67
13 32 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2927 8.5 60.5
14 33 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2928 8.5 60
15 34 GM @eljanov Pavel Eljanov 2938 8 79
16 45 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2919 8 74.5
17 59 GM @JSPrepz Johan-Sebastian Christiansen 2850 8 72
18 12 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3030 8 70.5
19 131 GM @jinbojinbo Jiner Zhu 2719 8 70
20 48 GM @frederiksvane Frederik Svane 2905 8 69.5

(Full final standings here.)

Bortnyk won the $1,000 first-place prize while Andreikin earned the $750 for second. Half of the six players on nine points had the tiebreaks to enter the top five, with FM Reza Mahdavi claiming $350 in third, Andreikin $200 in fourth, and IM Renato Terry $100 in fifth. Zhu also won $100 for her top-20 performance.

Titled Cup Standings

Sarana inched closer to Duda for second place in the Titled Cup standings as GM Hikaru Nakamura's lead remains totally safe. In the women's standings, 7.5 points are now the difference between first (still GM Alexandra Kosteniuk) and fourth (IM Karina Ambartsumova) place. And we'll let you know if GM Denis Lazavik, GM Gata Kamsky, and WCM Veronika Shubenkova ever lose their grip on first place for juniors, seniors, and girls.

Open

# Username Score Player
1 @Hikaru 194.5 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2 @Polish_fighter3000 184.5 GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda
3 @mishanick 182.0 GM Alexey Sarana
4 @Jospem 180.5 GM Jose Martinez
5-t @jefferyx 177.0 GM Jeffery Xiong
5-t @wonderfultime 177.0 GM Minh Le

Women

# Username Score Player
1 @ChessQueen 139.5 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
2 @Goryachkina 136.0 GM Aleksandra Goryachkina
3 @Meri-Arabidze 134.0 IM Meri Arabidze
4 @karinachess1 132.0 IM Karina Ambartsumova
5 @Fh2411 123.5 IM Le Thao Nguyen Pham

Other Category Leaders

Juniors: GM Denis Lazavik (174.5 points)

Seniors: GM Gata Kamsky (164.5 points)

Girls: WCM Veronika Shubenkova (108.5 points)

The Titled Cup fantasy game Chess Prophet continues as well. Current standings can be found here. (Login required.)

Titled Tuesday


Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's weekly tournament for titled players, with two tournaments held each Tuesday. The first tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time/17:00 Central European/20:30 Indian Standard Time, and the second at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/23:00 Central European/2:30 Indian Standard Time (next day).

NathanielGreen
Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green is a staff writer for Chess.com who writes articles, player biographies, Titled Tuesday reports, video scripts, and more. He has been playing chess for about 30 years and resides near Washington, DC, USA.

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