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Swiercz, Nakamura Win May 24 Titled Tuesday

Swiercz, Nakamura Win May 24 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
| 6 | Chess Event Coverage

Titled Tuesday belonged to the Americans on May 24, the early edition won by GM Dariusz Swiercz and the late tournament by GM Hikaru Nakamura. It was Swiercz's first-ever win in the event and Nakamura's first since May 3. Nakamura was the only player to finish in the top five in both of the day's proceedings, taking third in the early tournament.


Early Tournament

The lack of a broadcast these past couple of weeks has not dampened participation, as 385 players joined the early tournament, a number consistent with past weeks.

Nakamura almost set himself up for another double tournament sweep, leading the early Swiss after every round except the last. A win over GM Vincent Keymer put Nakamura on a perfect 8/8.

Nakamura drew his next two games, against GM Alexander Grischuk in round nine and against Swiercz in round 10. Although Nakamura still led with 9/10, Grischuk, Swiercz, and GM David Paravyan all remained in range with 8.5 points.

Paravyan leaped into second place on 9.5/11 with the upset of Nakamura in the last round.

Swiercz, playing Black against Grischuk, also won to reach 9.5/11, and his tiebreaks were somewhat better than Paravyan's, giving him the tournament victory.

May 24 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 12 GM @daro94 Dariusz Swiercz 2992 9.5 60
2 17 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2971 9.5 55.25
3 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3187 9 64
4 11 GM @viditchess Vidit Gujrathi 2979 9 60.5
5 3 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3038 9 58
6 5 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3063 8.5 56.5
7 65 GM @FGHSMN Bharath Subramaniyam H. 2850 8.5 56.25
8 33 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2915 8.5 51
9 10 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2963 8.5 49.25
10 21 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2944 8.5 46.25
10 9 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3000 8.5 46.25
12 27 GM @Antipov_Mikhail_Al Mikhail Antipov 2908 8 50.75
13 14 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2957 8 49
14 38 IM @Murad_Ibrahimli Murad ─░brahimli 2845 8 47.5
15 54 IM @seorobert1971 Jung Min Seo 2803 8 47
15 24 GM @baki83 Etienne Bacrot 2892 8 47
17 45 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2827 8 45.25
18 23 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2920 8 45
18 104 IM @Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 2798 8 45
20 67 FM @TheBigBoss04 Jose Gabriel Cardoso 2775 8 44
67 169 WIM @ama18 Mobina Alinasab 2577 6.5 32.75

(Full final standings here.)

Swiercz took home the $1,000 first-place prize while Paravyan earned $750. Nakamura settled for $300 for his third-place finish, still ahead of the $150 to GM Vidit Gujrathi for fourth and the $100 to GM Jose Martinez for fifth, all of whom scored nine points. The $100 prize for best score among women went to WIM Mobina Alinasab with 6.5/11.

Late Tournament

Nakamura reasserted his dominance in the late tournament with an outright victory of 10/11, ending what has presumably been a few frustrating weeks of Titled Tuesday for him.

It was a somewhat unusual Titled Tuesday, as all four players on 5/5 drew each other in round six, which is quite early for no perfect players to remain. Of the five players who reached 5.5/6, only one won in round seven, and yes, it was Naka:

This time, the world championship candidate never relinquished his tourney lead—this despite once again facing Paravyan in the final round while leading the field by a half-point with 9/10. But Nakamura exacted his revenge and put the tournament out of the reach.

Grischuk, one of the two players on 8.5/10 with a round to go, also won his final-round matchup, which was good enough for outright second place.

May 24 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3187 10 68.25
2 5 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3063 9.5 67.25
3 8 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3000 9 54.5
4 17 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2920 8.5 50.75
5 35 GM @Angry_Twin Andrey Drygalov 2888 8.5 47.25
6 23 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2915 8.5 46.5
7 2 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3038 8 51.25
8 18 GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2917 8 51
9 4 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 3019 8 49.75
10 15 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2944 8 48.5
11 7 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2980 8 47.5
12 105 IM @KyronGriffith Kyron Griffith 2680 8 44.5
13 9 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2971 8 44.25
14 47 IM @Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 2798 7.5 44.25
15 19 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 2913 7.5 43.5
16 34 GM @GMKrikor Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian 2822 7.5 41.75
17 42 GM @Miguelito Miguel Santos Ruiz 2796 7.5 41.5
17 57 GM @Aygehovit1992 Nikita Matinian 2749 7.5 41.5
19 2 GM @AlexeiShirov Alexei Shirov 2823 7.5 41.25
20 13 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2924 7.5 39.5
42 111 IM @AnotherGrumpy Anna M Sargsyan 2608 6.5 30

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura's $1,000 prize gave him $1,300 on the day. Grischuk earned $750 for second place after barely finishing outside the money (sixth) in the early tournament. GM Daniil Dubov also held his tournament position outright, third place on nine points for $300. Keymer won $150 for fourth place, GM Andrey Drygalov $100 for fifth, and IM Anna Sargsyan $100 as the top woman in the field.

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