Hikaru Nakamura Wins January 25 Titled Tuesday

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)

number Rk Fed Title username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3208 10 68.75
2 10 GM FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3024 9.5 71.25
3 12 GM jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3002 9.5 55.75
4 16 GM SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2963 9 65.5
5 31 GM kpio91 Kacper Piorun 2904 9 56.5
6 4 GM howitzer14 David Howell 3018 9 54.5
7 15 NM Sviridov_Valery алерий иридов 2980 9 46.75
8 8 GM champ2005 Raunak Sadhwanic 2999 8.5 59
9 56 FM frederiksvane Frederick Svane 2825 8.5 55.5
10 41 GM VerdeNotte Gawain Jones 2870 8.5 54.25
11 13 GM Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2992 8.5 53.75
12 14 GM kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 2984 8.5 52.25
13 9 GM BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3018 8.5 50.75
14 207 FM MustafayevFarid2004 Farid Mustafayev 2612 8.5 49.75
15 28 GM Arseniy_Nesterov Arseniy Nesterov 2898 8.5 47.25
16 2 GM mishanick Alexey Saranan 3092 8 54.5
17 87 GM Alexander_Donchenko Alexander Donchenko 2755 8 51.5
18 7 IM wonderful time Tuan Minh Lec 2995 8 50.75
19 35 FM JonahWillow Jonah Willow 2874 8 49.75
20 18 FM KhazarBabazada007 Khazar Babazada 2929 8 48
40 125 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2690 7.5 42.25

(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.

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