GM Hikaru Nakamura won Titled Tuesday on January 25 with a score of 10/11 after winning a better rook endgame in the final round against GM Bogdan Daniel Deac. GM Dmitry Andreikin and GM Jose Alcantara finished in second and third, respectively, with 9.5/11 while GM Vahap Sanal took fourth place on tiebreaks with nine points.
599 players played this Titled Tuesday, which was the usual 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.
Nakamura put on a brilliant display in this tournament. Especially notable was his bold king walk and excellent defense in the following game:
NM Valery Sviridov was fighting with the top and came only one point away from winning with a strong nine-point score. I would think 2562 FIDE would be enough to get at least FM? Maybe Valery doesn’t feel that FIDE titles are worth claiming. I especially enjoyed his win against GM Alexander Lenderman.
Given that Hikaru edged the field out by half a point, his last-round win in a rook and pawn endgame was crucial:
January 25 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)
|3||12||GM||jospem||Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara||3002||9.5||55.75|
|13||9||GM||BogdanDeac||Bogdan Daniel Deac||3018||8.5||50.75|
|18||7||IM||wonderful time||Tuan Minh Lec||2995||8||50.75|
(Full final standings here.)
Nakamura won the $750 first-place prize with Andreikin winning $400 for second. GM Jose Alcantara won $150 for his third-place finish while GM Vahap Sanal claimed $100 for fourth. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina won $100 as the highest-scoring female player.
Titled Tuesday is a twice-weekly Swiss tournament held by Chess.com for titled players. Beginning next week on February 1, there will be two tournaments held each Tuesday. The first starts at 8:00 am Pacific Time/17:00 Central European with the second beginning at 2:00 pm Pacific/23:00 Central European.