Dreev Wins December 21 Titled Tuesday

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GM Aleksey Dreev won Titled Tuesday on December 21 with a score of 9.5/11, after a big victory in the final round. He edged out second-place GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov on the tiebreak system. With nine points out of 11, GM Raunak Sadhwani won third place and GM Aram Hakobyan finished fourth.

Titled Tuesday saw a field of 486 players this week. The tournament was the standard 11-round Swiss tournament with a 3+1 time control. 

The live broadcast of this week’s tournament, hosted by WGM Dina Belenkaya.

Dreev, 52, has been on the chess scene for decades, with an outstanding resume: A super-grandmaster with a 2711 peak FIDE rating in 2011, he was a world championship candidate in 1991 and won the Wijk aan Zee international tournament in 1995.

The heads-up battle between the eventual top two finishers came early, back in round four. Mamedyarov delivered what turned out to be Dreev’s only defeat of the tournament.

Mamedyarov ended up starting 7/7, the last perfect score in the tournament, before drawing in rounds eight and ten. That still put him in first by a half-point entering the final round, where he and Sadhwani decided to make a draw before any moves were played.

That gave Dreev a window that he took full advantage of, defeating GM Brandon Jacobson in a clutch performance that showed a good knight vs. a bad bishop.

Titled Tuesday breaks ties with a system called Sonneborn-Berger instead of head-to-head. Dreev’s slightly better opposition throughout the tournament gave him a win that only became secure once the entire tournament ended so the tiebreak scores could be finalized.

Third-place Sadhwani was also celebrating his 16th birthday. (Titled Tuesday runs into Wednesday in Indian time zones.) His round-10 win over GM Vugar Rasulov was very smooth.

For the second straight week, GM Aleksandra Goryachkina won the prize for the highest-scoring female player. She was in the running for the overall top four entering the final round, after defeating GM Vladimir Onischuk in round 10.

December 21 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 64 GM @Igrok3069 Alexey Dreev 2946 9.5 62.75
2 2 GM @Azerichess Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 3044 9.5 61.75
3 8 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2956 9 57.5
4 7 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 2990 9 57
5 35 IM @Arash_Tahbaz Arash Tahbaz 2849 9 53.5
6 66 GM @Evgeny81 Evgeny Postny 2782 9 45
7 11 GM @BrandonJacobson Brandon Jacobson 2930 8.5 58.75
8 19 IM @AlexTriapishko Alexandr Triapishko 2877 8.5 53.75
9 5 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 3000 8.5 51.5
10 32 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2841 8.5 51.25
11 16 GM @TenisMaster Yuniesky Quesada 2908 8.5 48.25
12 55 IM @carlesdc96 Carles Diaz Camallonga 2798 8.5 47.25
13 72 IM @PavelShkapenko Pavel Shkapenko 2735 8 52.25
14 33 GM @tigra Boris Savchenko 2863 8 52
15 24 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2859 8 47.75
16 62 GM @Gabrielian_Artur Artur Gabrielian 2747 8 46
17 108 FM @suyu28 Suyog Wagh 2685 8 45.5
18 1 IM @Supernotar Maly Alexey 2824 8 44.25
19 95 IM @Undisputed92 Shyaamnikhil P 2704 8 40
20 31 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrov 2837 8 38
23 102 GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2689 8 33.25

(Full final standings here.)

Dreev took home $750 with his victory while Mamedyarov won $400 for second place. Sadhwani earned $150 for third and Hakobyan $100 for fourth. Goryachkina with 8/11 won $100 as the top female player.

Titled Tuesday is Chess.com’s tournament for titled players, a Swiss-system event played every week at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time/19:00 Central European.

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