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Shevchenko Wins June 15 Titled Tuesday
GM Dmitry Andreikin (pictured) played the move of the tournament, but GM Kirill Shevchenko won the event, defeating Andreikin along the way.

Shevchenko Wins June 15 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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GM Kirill Shevchenko, the 18-year-old grandmaster from Ukraine, won Titled Tuesday on June 15 for his first-ever win in the event. His 10/11 score took the tournament outright. In second with 9.5/11 was GM Alexander Zubov on tiebreaks over third-place GM Brandon Jacobson. GM Sergei Zhigalko took fourth on tiebreaks over four other players with 9/11.

583 titled players participated in this week's Titled Tuesday. The tournament was the usual 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.

The live broadcast of the tournament, hosted this week by WGM Dina Belenkaya.

ChessBrah GM Eric Hansen, starting with 7/7, and GM Dmitry Andreikin played the game of the tournament in round eight, with several tactics working out in Andreikin's favor. His retreat 9...Nb8!! surprisingly won a piece by force. Hansen ran out of time after just 24 moves, with his rook trapped on f6.

Hansen recovered to reach 9/10, leading to a final-round matchup for first place with Shevchenko, also on 9/10 after defeating Andreikin in round 10. It was a close, maneuvering game until Hansen allowed a nice winning tactic from Shevchenko that combined forking and removing the guard motifs. 

Hansen wasn't the only one of Chess.com's top personalities to lose tough games this week. Last week's Titled Tuesday victor GM Hikaru Nakamura, after drawing with GM Gil Popliski in the very first round, dropped his round five game (below) to GM Gawain Jones and ultimately ended up in 26th place. 

Meanwhile GM Robert Hess nearly began 4/4, but GM Giga Quparadze got him in the endgame, and Hess would finish at 5.5/11.

June 15 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 34 GM @kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 2930 10 70.25
2 8 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 3006 9.5 60.5
3 36 GM @BrandonJacobson Brandon Jacobson 2854 9.5 53.25
4 25 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2920 9 59
5 30 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2916 9 53.5
6 7 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3007 9 52.75
7 10 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 2980 9 49.5
8 23 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2919 9 47.5
9 21 GM @BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2931 8.5 60.75
10 26 GM @Alexander_Moskalenko Alexander Moskalenko 2913 8.5 58.5
11 54 GM @OldweakGM Ronen Har-Zvi 2893 8.5 56.5
12 18 GM @rpragchess Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu 2939 8.5 55.5
13 53 GM @Infernal_XaM Pavel Ponkratov 2894 8.5 49.75
14 85 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2806 8.5 49.5
15 33 IM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2895 8.5 49.25
16 16 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2943 8.5 46.75
17 15 IM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2942 8 51.75
18 13 GM @mishanick Aleksey Sarana 2958 8 48.75
19 56 GM @RD4ever Rustam Khusnutdinov 2847 8 48.25
20 79 GM @GMKrikor Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian 2783 8 47.5

(Full final standings here.)

Shevchenko won $750 for first place, Zubov $400 for second, Jacobson $150 for third, and Zhigalko $100 for fourth. The $100 prize for the top female player went to GM Valentina Gunina, who finished in 14th place with 8.5/11.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's weekly tournament for titled players. It begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time/19:00 Central European every Tuesday. 

Titled Tuesday Format

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