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Wesley So Becomes 2nd Player To Sweep Titled Tuesday

Wesley So Becomes 2nd Player To Sweep Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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On a day when he played a match in the Champions Chess Tour, GM Wesley So also found the time to win both Titled Tuesday events on February 7. He is now the only player besides GM Hikaru Nakamura to achieve this feat in the roughly one year since Titled Tuesday began running twice a week.

Second place went to GM Frederico Perez Ponsa in the first tournament of the day and GM Aram Hakobyan in the second tournament.


Early Tournament

It had actually been nearly a month since someone scored 10 points in a Titled Tuesday, but So broke that streak with his performance in the early tournament field of 538 players. A full point ahead of anyone else entering the final round with 9.5/10, he drew his game to avoid tiebreaks.

After making his first draw in round six, So took on GM Lazaro Bruzon and slowly wore him down in a major piece endgame.

The wins kept coming, and by the time he beat IM Bardiya Daneshvar in just 29 moves in round 10, So effectively could not be caught in the tournament standings, and he wasn't.

February 7 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 1 GM @GMWSO Wesley So 3173 10
2 53 GM @Genghis_K Federico Perez Ponsa 2876 9.5
3 49 GM @GGuseinov Gadir Guseinov 2920 9.5
4 65 GM @Rakhmanov_Aleksandr Aleksandr Rakhmanov 2856 9
5 10 GM @GOGIEFF Anton Korobov 2965 9
6 21 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2931 9
7 24 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2923 9
8 147 FM @Alex_Sahakyan2006 Alex Sahakyan 2725 9
9 306 FM @AndreGVH Andre Gjestemoen-VonHirsch 2559 9
10 4 IM @bardiya_Daneshvar Bardiya Daneshvar 3020 8.5
11 79 IM @avinashramesh4 Avinash Ramesh 2812 8.5
12 77 FM @DonkyDonkyDonkey Eray Kilic 2812 8.5
13 96 IM @Legendinunknown Harshavardhan GB 2763 8.5
14 84 FM @JimDiGrease Ivan Zemlyanskii 2799 8.5
15 57 FM @Iball95 Vakhlamov Igor 2828 8.5
16 9 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2957 8
17 82 GM @A-Fier Alex Fier 2785 8
18 41 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2854 8
19 8 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2964 8
20 23 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2919 8
36 165 IM @Flawless_Fighter Polina Shuvalova 2674 7.5

(Full final standings here.)

Prizes were doubled for the first event due to server issues in last week's early tournaments. That meant So won $2,000 for his victory while Perez took home $1,500. GM Gadir Guseinov finished in third place and won $700. GM Aleksandr Rakmanov earned $400 in fourth place, and GM Anton Korobov $200 in fifth. IM Polina Shuvalova won the $200 women's prize, scoring 7.5 points. 

Late Tournament

The fun and games continued for the three-time U.S. champion in the late tournament, but mostly the games. In fact, entering the final round this time, Hakobyan was in the tournament lead with nine points out of 10.

Hakobyan had built that lead with wins like this one over eventual third-place finisher GM Dmitry Andreikin in round eight, complete with an exchange sacrifice and picturesque checkmate.

Hakobyan and So played and drew with each other in round nine, then each won in round 10. Half a point behind Hakobyan on 8.5 points was not just So but also GM Matthias Bluebaum.

Hakobyan and Bluebaum played each other and made a draw, which opened the door for So if he defeated countryman GM Daniel Naroditsky... which he did.

Like Hakobyan, Bluebaum also lost a spot in the standings after their draw (a 28-move repetition), although Andreikin needed a whopping 161 moves against GM Oleksandr Bortnyk to finish third over Bluebaum.

February 7 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 2 GM @GMWSO Wesley So 3187 9.5
2 16 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 3017 9.5
3 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3102 9
4 14 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3007 9
5 44 GM @daro94 Dariusz Swiercz 2900 9
6 112 IM @mbojan Bojan Maksimović 2759 9
7 32 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2917 8.5
8 26 GM @vugarrasulov Vugar Rasulov 2934 8.5
9 27 GM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2943 8.5
10 15 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3001 8.5
11 1 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3186 8.5
12 69 IM @Topblitz Yasel Borges Ferias 2827 8.5
13 45 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2891 8.5
14 11 GM @Salem-AR Salem AR Saleh 3031 8
15 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3135 8
16 38 CM @stollenmonster Egor Baskakov 2867 8
17 13 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2962 8
18 56 IM @Marcus_Harvey Marcus Harvey 2822 8
19 17 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3002 8
20 66 GM @GadimbayliA Abdulla Gadimbayli 2802 8
49 86 IM @nurgyulsalimova Nurgyul Salimova 2716 7

(Full final standings here.)

So added $1,000 to his prizes for the day, taking home $3,000 in total. Hakobyan settled for $750. Andreikin earned $350, Bluebaum $200, and GM Dariusz Swiercz $100 in fifth place. IM Nurgyul Salimova keeps winning women's prizes, taking home another $100 for the third time in four weeks.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a weekly tournament hosted by Chess.com for titled players every Tuesday, made up of two 11-round Swiss tournaments each week at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/17:00 Central European and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/23:00 Central European.

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