Martinez Wins December 14 Titled Tuesday

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With a victory in the final round, GM Jose Martinez won Titled Tuesday on December 14 with a score of 10/11. Coming in second place was last week’s victor, GM Jeffery Xiong, with 9.5/11. GM Alexey Sarana and NM Valery Sviridov had the best tiebreaks among players on nine points, for third and fourth place, respectively.

Titled Tuesday drew 587 players this week, the most since June 8. Perhaps we will see 600+ next week. The tournament was, as usual, an 11-round Swiss tournament at a 3+1 time control. 

The live broadcast of this week’s tournament, hosted by IM David Pruess.

After a comeback win over Sviridov in round 10, Martinez was sole leader with 9/10 entering the final round. There he faced GM Hikaru Nakamura, who was in a crowd of five players tied for second on 8.5/10. A draw to assure a tie for first wasn’t an option for Martinez given Nakamura’s tournament situation. A tense game followed which was not decided until Nakamura surprisingly flagged with 40…Qd4 available.

Despite his round 10 result, Sviridov ended up finishing fourth on the strength of a perfect start. No fewer than 10 players reached 5/5, but only Sviridov made 6/6 (before losing to Nakamura the next round).

Xiong’s second-place finish was quite the recovery from a first-round loss against FM Marek Karas. A round-nine draw against Nakamura was the only other game Xiong did not win. His sole second was finalized in the last round against GM Conrad Holt.

The tactic of the tournament came in round nine after Holt played 83. Qf5+ to get a resignation from GM Vladislav Artemiev, who only had three seconds left. As pointed out during the broadcast, 83…Kh6 would extend the game, when the queens stay on because 84.Qxd7?? is stalemate.

December 14 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 5 GM @Jospem Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 3086 10 71.25
2 4 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3081 9.5 60.25
3 6 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3031 9 60.5
4 12 NM @Sviridov_Valery Valery Sviridov 2990 9 55.5
5 26 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2954 9 54.75
6 13 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 2988 9 53.75
7 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3193 8.5 63.5
8 7 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 3019 8.5 58.75
9 8 GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3013 8.5 55.5
10 22 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2919 8.5 54.5
11 2 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 3078 8.5 52.25
12 34 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2899 8.5 51.25
13 11 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 2985 8.5 51
14 44 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2899 8.5 50.25
15 21 GM @Zhuu96 Zhamsaran Tsydypov 2936 8.5 49
16 59 IM @Supernotar Maly Alexey 2843 8.5 48.5
17 86 GM @Saxar85 Zahar Efimenko 2768 8.5 47.25
18 88 GM @Rakhmanov_Aleksandr Aleksandr Rakhmanov 2775 8.5 43.75
19 109 IM @AtabayevSaparmyrat Saparmyrat Atabayev 2753 8.5 43.25
20 9 GM @viditchess Vidit Gujrathi 2999 8 55.25
51 154 GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2655 7.5 33.75

(Full final standings here.)

Martinez won $750 for his win. Xiong took home $400 for second place. Sarana won $150 for third and Sviridov $100 for fourth place. The $100 prize for the top female player went to GM Aleksandra Goryachkina on 7.5/11.

Titled Tuesday is a Swiss tournament for titled players, played weekly on Chess.com at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time/19:00 Central European.

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