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Xiong Wins April 27 Titled Tuesday

Xiong Wins April 27 Titled Tuesday

NathanielGreen
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GM Jeffery Xiong won the April 27 Titled Tuesday tournament. One of four players to finish with 9.5/11, Xiong held the tiebreak advantage over GM Sam Sevian, GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, and GM Conrad Holt, who finished 2nd-4th, respectively. Xiong had last won the event on December 29, 2020.

613 titled players participated in this week's Titled Tuesday tournament. As usual, it was an 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control. Several players, such as last week's winner GM Hikaru Nakamura, were preoccupied with either the Candidates Tournament or the New In Chess Classic.

The live broadcast of the tournament.

The tournament was decided during a wild final four rounds. Holt defeated Xiong in round eight in a battle between the tournaments last two undefeated players, after Xiong erred in mutual time trouble and lost on time. Meanwhile, Sevian defeated GM Vladimir Fedoseev to move into clear second with three rounds left.

Sevian defeated Holt in their round nine game to move into the lead, while Xiong recovered with a win against GM Aravindh Chithambaram. This led to a round 10 matchup between Xiong and Sevian, which Xiong won in fine fashion. 

Sevian recovered against GM Dmitrij Kollars in round 11 (below) to rejoin the leaders and finish in second on tiebreaks, but Xiong's short draw against GM Anton Demchenko was good enough to secure the tournament victory. 

Armenia's Ter-Sahakyan made a late run, winning all his games in rounds 7-10, to finish third (amongst three Americans in the top four). He and Holt played each other in round 11 and a win could have delivered either the tournament, but they drew to both retain their top-four spots. 

April 27 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

# Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 3 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3011 9.5 73.5
2 10 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 2974 9.5 67.25
3 22 GM @Sam_ChessMood Samvel Ter-Sahakyan 2924 9.5 65.75
4 46 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2858 9.5 64.25
5 11 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2952 9 63.5
6 27 GM @Andreikka Andrey Esipenko 2893 9 63.25
7 84 GM @attack2mateU Razvan Preotu 2784 9 55
8 15 GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2938 9 54.25
9 18 GM @rpragchess Praggnanandhaa R. 2910 9 54
10 89 IM @jacky72 Costachi, Mihnea 2762 9 50.5
11 4 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 2992 8.5 57
12 23 GM @VerdeNotte Gawain Jones 2895 8.5 53.75
13 48 FM @Kranke007 Khazar Babazada 2831 8.5 52.75
14 33 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2876 8.5 51.75
15 70 GM @OK97 Ori Kobo 2764 8.5 51
16 110 FM @adnan_nn Adnan Nadimifar 2730 8.5 50
17 43 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2836 8.5 47.75
18 47 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2823 8 54.5
19 8 GM @GM_dmitrij Dmitrij Kollars 2964 8 53.5
20 31 IM @AlexTriapishko Alexandr Triapishko 2874 8 51.5

(Full final standings here.)

Xiong won $750 for first place, Sevian $400 for second, Ter-Sahakyan $150 for third, and Holt $100 for fourth.

For the third week in a row, the $100 prize for the best female player went to GM Valentina Gunina (@Vanina1989) who scored 8/11 and finished 18th.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's weekly tournament for titled players. It starts each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time (19:00 Central Europe). 

Titled Tuesday Format

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