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Sarana Wins January 11 Titled Tuesday

Sarana Wins January 11 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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GM Alexey Sarana won Titled Tuesday on January 11 with a score of 9.5/11, a week after finishing in second place. He won on tiebreaks over second-place GM Aram Hakobyan and third-place Kacper Piorun. The top 10 was rounded out by seven players on nine points, with fourth going to GM Dmitry Andreikin.

629 players joined this week's Titled Tuesday, the second straight week with 600 participants or more. The tournament format, as usual, was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control. 

Live broadcast of this Tuesday's tournament, hosted by GM Benjamin Bok. Bok was on top of Sarana's games early.

Sarana was fire-hot for nine rounds, starting with 9/9 and looking to challenge GM Hikaru Nakamura's perfect score last August. Despite a loss in round 10 and draw in round 11, playing the top of the field throughout the tournament gave Sarana the best tiebreaker score among the leaders.

He also played both of those who tied him, including a round-six win over Piorun.

Sarana then opened up a full-point lead on the field by beating Andreikin in round nine. Playing the aggressive King's Indian Attack, Andreikin could not break through—and lost in the end.

When it came time for Sarana to play Hakobyan, however, the latter player emerged victoriously and tied Sarana for the tournament lead. Fortunately for Sarana, Hakobyan also drew in the final round.

January 11 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 2 GM mishanick Alexey Sarana 3085 9.5 63
2 9 GM Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 3002 9.5 61.5
3 26 GM kpio91 Kacper Piorun 2954 9.5 60.75
4 12 GM FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 2973 9 64.25
5 7 GM rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2989 9 61.75
6 31 IM ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2928 9 61
7 39 GM Cayse Martyn Kravtsiv 2912 9 59.5
8 20 GM Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2948 9 54.75
9 21 GM AryanTari Aryan Tari 2933 9 54.5
10 43 GM Alexander_Moskalenko Alexander Moskalenko 2883 9 53
11 67 IM MITerryble Renato Terry 2839 8.5 54.25
12 246 FM djano Dawid Janaszak 2618 8.5 50.25
13 51 GM TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2865 8.5 48.25
14 300 IM bardiya_Daneshvar Bardiya Daneshvar 2718 8.5 42
15 4 GM howitzer14 David Howell 3021 8.5 40.75
16 54 GM alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2817 8 51.75
17 33 GM Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 2878 8 50.25
18 34 GM exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2905 8 49.5
19 28 GM ShimanovAlex Aleksandr Shimanov 2911 8 48.5
20 46 GM AlexanderL Aleksandr Lenderman 2857 8 45
20 63 FM snowlord Ivan Yeletsky 2814 8 45
32 209 WGM AnotherGrumpy Anna M Sargsyan 2608 8 40

(Full final standings here.)

Sarana won $750 for first place. Hakobyan earned $400 for second and Piorun $150 for third. Andreikin took home $100 for fourth, while WGM Anna Sargsyan won $100 as the highest-scoring female player, on 8/11.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's tournament for titled players, a Swiss-system event played every week at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time/19:00 Central European.

Titled Tuesday Format

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