Sargsyan Wins Titled Tuesday Ahead Of Grischuk, Nakamura, Vidit

Sargsyan Wins Titled Tuesday Ahead Of Grischuk, Nakamura, Vidit

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With lots of usual suspects playing (such as GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Hikaru Nakamura, and GM Vidit Gujrathi) it was GM Shant Sargsyan who finished in clear first place. The 18-year-old Armenian grandmaster scored 8.5/9 in April's third Titled Tuesday.

With another $1600 on the line, the April 21 Titled Tuesday tournament on once again attracted over a thousand titled players. The top seed was Nakamura, followed by Grischuk and another Russian grandmaster, Vladimir Fedoseev.

Grischuk was the only player to reach 7/7, which he did with the following win against Iranian GM Homayoon Toufighi. Although Black had been under pressure throughout the game, it was only decided after several mistakes in huge time trouble:

Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Grischuk. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Because of a draw in round three, Nakamura was one of the players trailing Grischuk by half a point. Their mutual game in the penultimate round was a big one, and the American player managed to pull off a win after an unsuccessful opening:

Hikaru Nakamura
Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Four players were on 7.5/8 with one round to go: Nakamura, Sargsyan, Vidit, and another regular guest in our tournaments, IM Tuan Minh Le (@wonderfultime). While Vidit and Naka drew, Sargsyan had fate in his own hands:

Sargsyan won the $750 first prize for finishing clear first with 8.5/9. A group of seven grandmasters, including Grischuk, Nakamura, and Vidit, scored half a point less and all won $92.86.

WGM Elizaveta Malakhova (@LizaSolovyova) won the $100 prize for the best female player, and Vidit won the streamers' prize of $100 that was given as 20 gifted subs to his channel.

Vidit only started streaming recently and combined yesterday's show with a second place.

April 21, 2020 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Players on 7.5 or more)

$ Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 15 GM @Shant_Sargsyan Shant Sargsyan 8.5 50.25
2 21 GM @viditchess Vidit Gujrathi 8 47.75
3 2 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8 47.5
4 85 GM @Borsch7 Maxim Matlakov 8 47
5 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 8 46.25
6 9 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 8 45.25
7 8 GM @2Vladimirovich90 Dmitry Andreikin 8 42
8 22 GM @Infernal_XaM Pavel Ponkratov 8 38.5
9 3 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 7.5 43
10 52 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 7.5 42.25
11 158 GM @VerdeNotte Gawain Jones 7.5 41.5
12 33 GM @Alexander_Moskalenko Александр Москаленко 7.5 39.75
13 119 IM @Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 7.5 37.75
13 50 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 7.5 37.75
13 14 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 7.5 37.75
16 36 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 7.5 37.5
17 43 GM @GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 7.5 32.75

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