Howell wins January 4 with the title Tuesday

The first Titled Tuesday of 2022 went to GM David Howell on January 4. He scored 10/11 for an outright win. In second place, also untied at 9.5/11, was GM Alexey Sarana. Meanwhile, seven players were tied by nine points, with IM Pranav V in third with his particularly strong tie-break score, and GM Vahap Sanal in fourth.

A week after GM Gadir Guseinov won on December 28, 2021, in a field of 370, this week’s Titled Tuesday was joined by 652 title players, the first time cracked 600 since June 8, 2021, and bodes well for 2022. was the usual 11-round Swiss tournament with a 3+1 time control.

This week’s tournament live broadcast hosted by WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili.

The only blemish on Howell’s tournament was a third-round loss to FM Maksim Tsaruk. After that it was clear sailing for Howell, but he only won the tournament in the last round against GM Jeffery Xiong. Both were on 9/10 while the third player with that score, Sarana, tied his match against GM Hikaru Nakamura. Xiong finished in fifth place.

It was Xiong who stopped the final perfect run of the tournament after GM Sanan Sjugirov reached 7/7 with the next win over Sanal.

Xiong also played a position, in round eight, that brought out host Tsatsalashvili’s darts.

Pranav’s third place was notable as he came up against unusually strong opponents, much stronger than Howell or Sarana’s above him. Pranav already played in the top-50 in the first round and 10 of his opponents finished in the top 100 by at least 7/11.

He knocked over his biggest name, GM Alexander Grischuk, on the last lap to finish third.

January 4 with the title Tuesday | Final standings (Top 20)

Number Rk fed Title user name Name To score SB
1 6 GM @howitzer14 David Howell 10 57.5
2 4 GM @mishanick Alexey Saranan 9.5 54.25
3 28 I AM @vi_pranav Pranav V 9 64
4 30 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Virtual 9 60
5 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xion 9 58.75
6 10 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwanic 9 58.5
6 21 GM @Zhuu96 Zhamsaran Tsydypov 9 58.5
8 34 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 9 57.25
9 32 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 9 52.5
10 26 GM @Arseniy_Nesterov Arseni Nesterov 8.5 56.25
11 47 GM @grandelicious Nils Grandelius 8.5 55.5
12 18 GM @platy3 Alan Pichote 8.5 53.75
13 7 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 8.5 50.25
14 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 8.5 49.25
14 20 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 8.5 49.25
14 76 I AM @Supernotar Maly Alexey 8.5 49.25
17 206 GM @Buffy7 Burak Firat 8.5 47
17 2 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 8.5 47
19 42 I AM @MITerryble Renato Terry 8 55
20 13 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 8 54.5
20 3 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8 54.5
51 140 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 7.5 37.75

(The full final standings here.)

Howell made $750 for his win. Sarana won $400 for second, Pranav $150 for third and Sanal $100 for fourth. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won $100 as the top scoring female player.

Titled Tuesday, Chess.com’s Tournament of Title Players is a Swiss system event played every week at 10:00 AM Pacific Time/7:00 PM Central European.

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