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Ukrainian Bernadskiy Scores Big Upset Following Xiong Win

Ukrainian Bernadskiy Scores Big Upset Following Xiong Win

NathanielGreen
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Titled Tuesday on June 14 was won by American GM Jeffery Xiong in the early tournament and Ukrainian GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy in the late tournament. Both players won outright with scores of 9.5/11. Bernadskiy, seeded 51st in the late field, defeated Xiong in the final round to lock in the upset.

Bernadskiy's countryman GM Oleksandr Bortnyk finished just behind him in second place in the late event, while GM Dmitry Andreikin finished third in both.


Early Tournament

Although GM Daniil Dubov was the last player with a perfect score in the field of 381, after starting 6-for-6, Xiong took the outright tournament lead in the eighth round and never let it go. In that round, Xiong beat GM Vladimir Fedoseev to reach 7.5/8.

Then, in the ninth round, Xiong knocked off another rival, GM Alexander Grischuk (who had been the one to end Dubov's perfect tournament). Despite the exchange of mutual chess blindness on moves 16-20—the computer keeps screaming for Bxg6, which wins material for White—it's the point that counts, and Xiong ground Grischuk down in a piece-up ending to get it.

Xiong had earned himself some rest in the last two rounds, making draws of 20 moves against Dubov and one move vs. IM Renato Terry to wrap up an undefeated tournament.

In the final round, after Xiong's draw, only Dubov could catch him. Instead, Andreikin defeated Dubov to take his place in third.

June 14 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 6 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3050 9.5 62
2 15 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2952 9 58.5
3 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3093 9 56.75
4 16 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2955 9 53.25
5 17 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2965 9 52.75
6 7 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 2952 8.5 55.25
7 5 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3049 8.5 52.75
8 71 GM @Kobalia Mikhail Kobalia 2806 8.5 49.5
9 13 IM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 2974 8.5 48.25
10 54 GM @FGHSMN Bharath Subramaniyam 2852 8.5 46.75
11 31 GM @mishikomchedlishvili Mikheil Mchedlishvili 2924 8.5 45.25
12 3 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3037 8 53.25
13 32 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2912 8 52.25
14 85 GM @DmitryMaximov Dmitry Maximov 2787 8 49.5
15 26 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2939 8 48.25
16 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3158 8 47.75
17 41 IM @bardiya_Daneshvar Bardiya Daneshvar 2871 8 47.5
18 4 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3044 8 45.5
19 57 FM @Reader777 Read Samedov 2810 8 43.75
20 98 FM @PLAYER_2006_M Mukhiddin Madaminov 2762 8 42.5
37 61 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2788 7 40

(Full final standings here.)

Xiong won the $1,000 first prize. GM David Paravyan earned $750 for second, while Andreikin claimed $300 for third place. Terry won $150 for fourth and GM Raunak Sadhwani won the $100 for fifth while GM Valentina Gunina won the $100 prize as the top-scoring woman.

Late Tournament

The surprising result of the day's second tournament was not immediately apparent. Bernadskiy and Bortnyk were matched together in round three and Bortnyk came out the victor after Bernadskiy simply fell into a fork. 

Born in 1994, Bernadskiy earned his grandmaster title in 2014, and for the rest of the tournament, he demonstrated why. After the third-round loss, the only full point Bernadskiy didn't attain was from a draw with GM Hikaru Nakamura in the 10th round.

That left the two of them still tied entering the last round, and once again Andreikin played the role of spoiler in the process of taking third place. While Andreikin was defeating Nakamura in the finale, Bernadskiy was taking on the early tournament victor, Xiong.

June 14 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 51 GM @VitaliyBernadskiy Vitaliy Bernadskiy 2823 9.5 55.75
2 8 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3025 9 53.5
3 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3093 9 53.25
4 4 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3049 8.5 57
5 7 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 2952 8.5 56.25
6 21 GM @MrTattaglia Kozak Adam 2943 8.5 54.5
7 13 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 2996 8.5 53.5
8 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3158 8.5 52.75
9 35 GM @shimastream Alex Shimanov 2883 8.5 51.5
10 18 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2939 8.5 50.75
11 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3050 8 55.5
12 17 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2952 8 50.5
13 38 IM @KhazarBabazada007 Khazar Babazada 2872 8 49.25
14 24 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2908 8 47
15 60 GM @1977Ivan Ivan Ivanisevic 2743 8 46.5
16 9 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2985 8 45
17 6 GM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2973 8 44.5
18 30 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 2914 8 39.5
19 74 IM @GianmarcoVaR Gianmarco Leiva 2685 8 36
20 26 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2897 7.5 45
26 66 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 2724 7 40.25

(Full final standings here.)

Bernadskiy won $1,000 for first place and Bortnyk took $750 for second. In third, Andreikin won another $300 for a daily total of $600. Dubov won $150 for fourth place while GM Alexey Sarana won the $100 for fifth and GM Alexandra Kosteniuk the $100 women's prize. 

Titled Tuesday

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