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Sevian Wins August 10 Titled Tuesday

Sevian Wins August 10 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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GM Sam Sevian won Titled Tuesday on August 10 by a full point with 10/11, ahead of eight players tied for second on 9/11. The tiebreakers worked out in some strong players' favor, as all of the top-four finishers were among the eight highest-rated players (by Chess.com Blitz) in the field. GM Oleksandr Bortnyk finished second for the second straight week, GM Hikaru Nakamura came in third, and GM Dmitry Andreikin fourth. It was Andreikin's second-straight cash as well.

539 titled players played this week in Titled Tuesday, the highest participation since June 22. The tournament was the usual 11-round Swiss at a 3+1 time control.

Live broadcast of the tournament, hosted this week by WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili.

Sevian, like GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu the week before, is a first-time winner of Titled Tuesday. Already ahead of the field by a full point entering the final round, Sevian drew with Bortnyk to lock up the win, ending with a +9 =2 score.

The last perfect player this week was 14-year-old IM Christopher Yoo, who began 7/7 while Sevian drew his round six game. Yoo drew with GM Alexander Grischuk in round eight in a game that was notable for both Yoo's opening choice and Grischuk's response.

Yoo then met Sevian in round nine. Already worse and with just two seconds left on his clock, Yoo allowed a nice forced checkmate for Sevian, and the more experienced player was now leading the tournament.

Sevian took on Andreikin in round 10. With White, Sevian played a rare sideline of the Open Sicilian and gained a strong position with a big center. He mated Andreikin on move 33, setting up his huge tournament lead before the final round.

August 10 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 8 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 3010 10 77.25
2 4 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3032 9 66
3 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3224 9 63.75
4 3 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3039 9 60
5 21 GM @hanzo_hasashi1 Nodirbek Yakubboev 2916 9 59.75
6 60 IM @Kezin_Roman Kezin Roman 2802 9 57.5
7 12 IM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2962 9 55.75
8 88 FM @Tayson_7 Mukhammadali Abdurakhmonov 2753 9 43.5
9 18 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2920 8.5 52.25
10 27 IM @renatoterrylujan Renato Terry 2904 8.5 51
11 34 GM @RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 2858 8.5 50.25
12 35 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2862 8.5 48.75
13 2 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3041 8.5 47.75
14 7 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2958 8 52.25
15 43 IM @Murad_Ibrahimli Murad Ä°brahimli 2843 8 49.5
16 20 GM @GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 2908 8 48.5
17 40 GM @Arseniy_Nesterov Arseniy Nesterov 2813 8 47.75
18 38 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2863 8 47.5
19 182 IM @DragonB70 Minh To 2613 8 46.5
20 31 GM @XDPS Pablo Salinas Herrera 2821 8 45.5

(Full final standings here.)

Sevian earned the $750 prize for first place while Bortnyk won $400 for second. Nakamura took $150 for third and Andreikin $100 for fourth. GM Harika Dronavalli scored 7.5/11 to earn the $100 prize for the top female player.

Titled Tuesday is a tournament that runs every week on Chess.com for titled players. It starts at 10 a.m. Pacific time/19:00 Central European every Tuesday. 

Titled Tuesday Format

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