Coming off successful his fifth consecutive Speed Chess Championship, GM Hikaru Nakamura‘s on-line blitz dominance could also be at an all-time excessive. On December 20, he received each the early and late Titled Tuesday tournaments.
He has now received three in a row and 28 on the yr (out of 98 held). It was additionally his fourth time sweeping each tournaments in a day, one thing nobody else has completed even as soon as.
Nakamura received each of the day’s tournaments outright, together with by a full level within the second occasion. Second place was additionally received outright, by two different dominant figures, GMs Alireza Firouzja and Magnus Carlsen.
Nakamura bought away with a loss within the sixth spherical to outlast the sphere of 452 in his first Titled Tuesday since his Speed Chess Championship title protection. Firouzja, nonetheless, was the final excellent participant, reaching a 7/7 rating after defeating GM Tuan Minh Le, who had simply delivered Nakamura his loss the spherical earlier than.
GM Daniil Dubov ended Firouzja’s perfection with a round-eight draw. Then, in spherical 9, Firouzja defeated GM Baadur Jobava to maintain his lead on the sphere, whereas Nakamura defeated GM Dmitry Andreikin.
As a outcome, the famous person matchup between Nakamura and Firouzja within the tenth spherical was the largest sport of the event, each in identify recognition and within the standings. Nakamura leapfrogged into first with the sharp 27-move knockout.
He nonetheless wanted a victory within the closing spherical as properly, which got here towards GM Matthias Bluebaum, to say the event.
Firouzja additionally received within the final spherical to take sole second with 9.5 factors, after Andreikin flagged in a greater endgame place.
Another word from the early occasion: Sixth place went to GM Jose Martinez regardless of lacking the primary two rounds. He was an ideal 9/9 afterward, however given the lacking rounds, tiebreaks didn’t favor him.
December 20 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)
|5||8||GM||@wonderfultime||Tuan Minh Le||3063||9||59.5|
|14||48||GM||@jcibarra||José Carlos Ibarra Jerez||2863||8.5||46.75|
(Full closing standings right here.)
Nakamura received one other $1,000 first-place prize after claiming final week’s early event. Firouzja received $750 for second place. GM David Paravyan earned $350 in third place, Dubov $200 in fourth, and Minh Le $100 in fifth. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina received the $100 girls’s prize with a 6.5/11 rating.
Carlsen joined the late event and completed in second place out of 333, none of whom might cease Nakamura. Nakamura truly improved on his early rating, hitting 10.5/11 factors for the third time this yr (nobody else has accomplished so greater than as soon as). That gave him a complete rating on the day of 20.5/22 (93%).
It was Carlsen, nonetheless, who prevented Nakamura from an ideal rating with a draw within the seventh spherical in a battle of 6/6 scores. Nakamura should look forward to his second excellent Titled Tuesday.
Third-place finisher GM Oleksandr Bortnyk bought a shot at each of them within the subsequent two rounds. Bortnyk delivered a loss to Carlsen, earlier than taking his personal loss towards Nakamura, and now has an inconceivable 3.5/4 rating towards Carlsen on Chess.com.
By the tip of 9 rounds, solely IM Rudik Makarian was inside half a degree of Nakamura within the standings. Makarian bought into an endgame, however Hikaru took care of enterprise and now led the sphere by a full level.
Needing solely a draw to clinch first, Nakamura defeated Jobava within the closing spherical for good measure. Meanwhile, Carlsen secured second place with a 26-move victory over GM Vincent Keymer.
December 20 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)
|9||33||GM||@jcibarra||José Carlos Ibarra Jerez||2868||8||51.25|
|14||40||GM||@GMKrikor||Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian||2810||8||44.25|
(Full closing standings right here.)
It was one other $1,000 to Nakamura for $2,000 on the day. Carlsen received $750 and Bortnyk $350. In fourth place was Makarian for $200, whereas GM Fabiano Caruana completed fifth for $100. Goryachkina once more had the best girls’s rating, this time 7.5 for twenty fourth place, successful one other $100 ($200 on the day).
Titled Tuesday is a event held weekly by Chess.com for titled gamers. Two Swiss tournaments of 11 rounds every are performed each Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/17:00 Central European and a pair of:00 p.m. Pacific Time/23:00 Central European.