Bullet Brawl June 29, 2024: 13-Year-Old Erdogmus Becomes First Junior To Win Bullet Brawl


After progressing to the ChessKid Youth Championships Knockout earlier in the day, 13-year-old GM-elect Yagiz Erdogmus has commanded another headline with a historic Bullet Brawl victory on Saturday. Scoring 220 points, he finished well ahead of second-place GM Oleksandr Bortnyk (190) and Canada’s GM Eric Hansen (184) as well as 107 other titled players.

With this result, Erdogmus became the first IM and junior to win the event and has joined an exclusive list that features eight unique winners. IM Meri Arabidze won the $100 best women’s prize while Cesar Frank Talledo Lagos took out the community event.

The next Bullet Brawl will commence on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at noon ET/18:00 CEST.

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Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 IM Yagiz Erdogmus legendisback1 3105 220
2 GM Oleksandr Bortnyk Oleksandr_Bortnyk 3101 190
3 GM Eric Hansen hansen 3038 184
4 GM Matthias Bluebaum Msb2 3014 181
5 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3090 177
6 FM Dachey Lin 1800_strength 2916 164
7 GM Tuan Minh Le wonderfultime 3060 162
8 IM Yoseph Taher yosephtaher 2990 158
9 GM Emin Ohanyan OhanyanEminChess 2908 136
10 GM Samuel Sevian Konavets 3116 124
11 CM Dimitrios Papaioannou Jimonios 2786 121
12 IM Gianmarco Leiva GianmarcoVaR 2811 118
13

FM Dmitry Goltsev GoltsevDmitry2000 2823 116
14 IM Marcos Lianes ulises2013 2830 110
15 IM Fiorito Joaquin lamoniajunior 2827 109
16 GM Leon Mendonca LionTheLeon_06 2792 107
17 FM Francisco Fiorito AlphaFischer2019 2752 105
18 CM Matei-Valeriu Mogirzan MVM2008 2662 97
19 IM Meri Arabidze Meri-Arabidze 2735 95
20 CM Stanley Badasconyi Standbad1 2770 92

While most 13-year-olds were enjoying their weekend off from school, Erdogmus kept busy beating many of the world’s best chess players in the latest edition of Bullet Brawl. In a field stacked with the likes of GMs Tuan Minh Le, Matthias Bluebaum, Sam Sevian, and Jose Martinez, Erdogmus’ performance serves as a reminder that age plays second-fiddle to talent when it comes to chess ability.

It must be something in the water!? Erdogmus, pictured here with 14-year-old IM Andy Woodward are part of a generation of masters bred younger and younger. Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar.

A win over Le marked the perfect start for Erdogmus who backed this up by scoring 4/6 against GMs in his first 10 games of the arena. The Turkish sensation became a true contender when he dispatched both IM Renato Terry and Martinez in 25 and 22 moves, respectively.

To cement his position at the top, Erdogmus strung together two 21-game unbeaten streaks, the first of which featured no fewer than six miniatures. Notably, one was an 18-move victory over the former world junior champion GM Pablo Zarnicki.

A snapshot of the period when Erdogmus pulled ahead of the field.

Bortnyk, who was a top contender for first place, kept in touch with the lead while streaming on Twitch but could only manage 1/4 against Erdogmus, with most of their games descending into chaos and ending with time scrambles.

Bortnyk stills maintains a lifetime +4 lead over Erdogmus, but the gap is closing.

Erdogmus’ super Saturday even seemed to catch the attention of the longtime world number-one GM Magnus Carlsen who challenged him to a blitz match at the conclusion of the event. Though the score heavily favored Carlsen (12.5-3.5), Erdogmus did manage to pick up a few wins.

Boasting a FIDE rating of 2569, Erdogmus is the 12th-highest-rated U18 player in the world and is the fifth-highest-rated player from Turkiye. Although GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky did not participate in this week’s brawl, they will no doubt take notice of Turkiye’s emerging prodigy.

The last first-time Bullet Brawl winner was crowned was back in January. Erdogmus’ win will be added to the leaderboard shortly.

(Full final standings here)


How to review games?
The games from this week’s Bullet Brawl can be found here.


Bullet Brawl is an exciting titled arena that features Chess.com’s top bullet specialists and takes place weekly on Saturdays. The format is a two-hour arena with a 1+0 time control; the prize fund is $1,000.

Much like Titled Tuesday and Arena Kings, Bullet Brawl often features top GMs, including Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel Naroditsky, Andrew Tang, Tuan Minh Le, and many more!


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