Nakamura Wins November 2 Titled Tuesday

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GM Hikaru Nakamura won the November 2 Titled Tuesday outright with 9.5/11, followed by a three-way tie for second place at 9 points out of 11. When the dust settled, that put GM Daniel Naroditsky in second place, GM Sergei Zhigalko in third, and GM Alexander Zubov in fourth.

452 players competed in Titled Tuesday this week, once again played as an 11-round Swiss tournament with a 3+1 time control.

Live broadcast of this week’s tournament, hosted by NM James Canty III.

The regularity of a Nakamura victory in Titled Tuesday (he has nearly 30 tournament wins all-time) contrasted with the rarity of 9.5/11 sufficing to win it without the tiebreaker (it usually takes at least 10 points to win outright) made this specific win unique. Yet it was nearly the case that neither the regularity nor the rarity came to be.

Zhigalko, not Nakamura, held sole first place entering the final round, a position he’d enjoyed since becoming the last perfect player in round seven. However, Zubov beat Zhigalko in the final round, the former moving into the top four while leaving the latter in third.

Nakamura took advantage with a win over GM Mikhail Demidov to move into first, while Naroditsky achieved second with a victory over FM Frederik Svane.

The top two players played some notable games before the last round, of course. One was their draw in the 10th round, while two other wins came against two other fan favorites.

Nakamura held off IM Minh Le in a round seven endgame after finding 77.Rxc3.

And Naroditsky beat GM Baadur Jobava in a tense fight in the sixth round.

November 2 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)









Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score SB Prize
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3263 9.5 71.25 $750
2 2 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3046 9 67 $400
3 16 GM @Zhigalko_Sergei Sergei Zhigalko 2961 9 64.5 $150
4 7 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 2984 9 54 $100
5 36 FM @KhazarBabazada007

2812 8.5 57.75
6 8 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2988 8.5 56.75
7 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3004 8.5 55.75
8 14 IM @swimmerchess Siva Mahadevan 2925 8.5 55.25
9 15 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2931 8.5 53.25
10 38 GM @kuli4ik Mikhail Demidov 2862 8.5 51.5
11 17 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2931 8.5 51
12 25 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 2889 8.5 50.75
13 64 IM @vinniethepooh Aditya Mittal 2774 8.5 43.25
14 26 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2887 8 52.25
15 10 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 2958 8 48.75
16 47 GM @platy3 Alan Pichot 2801 8 47
17 105 FM @Vazabanga

2658 8 45.5
18 184 FM @frederiksvane Frederik Svane 2849 8 45
18 58 GM @chessdjw Dennis Wagner 2761 8 45
20 9 GM @Arseniy_Nesterov Arseniy Nesterov 2953 8 42.5
55 92 WIM @PotapovaM Margarita Potapova 2631 7 32 $100

(Full final standings here.)

WIM Margarita Potapova won the $100 prize for the top-finishing woman.

Titled Tuesday is a Swiss tournament for titled players run on Chess.com every week. It begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time/19:00 Central European every Tuesday.

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