Fedoseev, Niemann Claim Titled Tuesday Victories

GM Vladimir Fedoseev won his first Titled Tuesday in nearly a year, while GM Hans Niemann earned his first-ever victory. For the first time in the three weeks since Titled Tuesday expanded to two tournaments, no one placed in the top five in both the early and late events.


Early Tournament

481 players participated in the early tournament, with Fedoseev jumping out to an 8/8 start and holding on to win with 9.5 points out of the 11 rounds. The top five spots were rounded out by GMs Eltaj Safarli (9.5), Baadur Jobava (9.5), Alexey Sarana (9), and Yannick Gozzoli (9).

Live broadcast of the early tournament, hosted by WIM Anna-Maja Kazarian.

It was Sarana with a draw in round nine and then Jobava with a win in round 10 that ended Fedoseev’s bid for a perfect tournament.

However, Fedoseev recovered in the final round to topple GM SL Narayanan and claim first place on tiebreaks by a single point over Safarli.

Despite actually leading up entering round 11, Jobava was left in third after he could only draw against Sarana.

February 15 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

number Rk Fed Title username Name Rating Score SB
1 16 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3027 9.5 63.5
2 62 GM @Eltaj_Safarli Eltaj Safarlic 2926 9.5 62.5
3 37 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2951 9.5 56
4 2 GM @mishanick Alexey Saranan 3069 9 64.5
5 215 GM @Noukiic Yannick Gozzoli 2779 9 55.5
6 60 GM @Jumbo Rinat Jumabayev 2863 9 51
7 40 GM @Indianlad SL Narayanan 2914 8.5 55.25
8 25 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 2954 8.5 53
9 26 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2951 8.5 52.75
10 44 GM @moro182 Luca Moroni Jr 2915 8.5 49.25
11 23 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidovi 2934 8.5 48.25
12 10 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3007 8.5 44.75
13 63 FM @Reader777 Read Samedov 2853 8.5 42.75
14 29 GM @FormerProdigy David Navara 2929 8 49.75
15 51 GM @Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2892 8 49
16 12 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 2994 8 48.75
17 47 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2851 8 47
18 19 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 2942 8 46.75
19 100 IM @FGHSMN Bharath Subramaniyam.H Harishankkar 2737 8 46.25
20 30 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2942 8 46
20 27 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrovi 2942 8 46
25 134 GM @Vanina1989 Valentina Gunina 2706 8 41.5

(Full final standings here.)

The usual prizes were awarded: $1,000 to Fedoseev for first place, $750 to second-place Safarli, $300 to Jobava in third, $150 for fourth-place Sarana, and $100 to Gozzoli for his fifth-place finish. The $100 prize for the highest-scoring female player was won by GM Valentina Gunina, with an 8/11 score.

Late Tournament

This week’s late tournament was joined by 307 players. Unlike the early winner Fedoseev, Niemann lost as early as game two. After that, however, a draw in round seven was the only game he didn’t win. GM Haik Martirosyan tied Niemann in the standings after stopping Fedoseev in round 11, but he was well behind in tiebreaker score.

Live broadcast of the late tournament, hosted by NM James Canty III.

Niemann’s toughest matchup came last when he faced GM Daniil Dubov in the 11th round with both players (and Martirosyan) tied at 8.5/10.

The other big final-round game, Martirosyan-Fedoseev, ended when Fedoseev flagged in a somewhat worse but equal material ending.

February 15 Titled Tuesday | late | Final Standings (Top 20)

number Rk Fed Title username Name Rating Score SB
1 18 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 2974 9.5 63.5
2 14 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 2994 9.5 57.25
3 91 GM @Koksik_13 Maxim Lugovskoy 2783 9 67.5
4 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xion 3033 9 65.25
5 22 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwanic 2948 9 59.5
6 8 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3025 8.5 52.25
7 134 FM @1800_strength dachey lino 2786 8.5 49
8 38 FM @Twitch_ElhamBlitz05 Elham Abdrlaufu 2875 8 48.75
9 40 GM @GMKrikor Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian 2878 8 48.5
10 4 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3031 8 47.75
11 3 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3049 8 46.5
12 26 GM @AryanTari Aryan Taric 2902 8 46
13 108 FM @panmichel1996 Panagiotis Michelakos 2706 8 45.5
14 169 IM @Vusatiuk_Vladimir Volodymyr Vusatiuk 2575 8 43.5
15 58 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 2844 8 41
16 41 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2855 8 40
17 6 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3007 8 39.75
18 50 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2859 8 38.5
19 10 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 2992 7.5 44
20 42 GM @GrigorGrigorov Grigor Grigorov 2860 7.5 43
36 73 WGM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2724 7 36

(Full final standings here.)

Niemann took home the $1,000 first prize, with Martirosyan taking $750 for second. GM Maxim Lugovskoy finished third for $300, GM Jeffery Xiong in fourth for $150, and GM Raunak Sadhwani $100 for placing fifth, with WGM Meri Arabidze winning the $100 as the best female player.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com’s weekly event for titled players, with two tournaments played each Tuesday. The tournaments are Swiss events which start at 8:00 am Pacific Time/17:00 Central European and 2:00 pm Pacific Time/23:00 Central European.


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