Titled Tuesday – April 2, 2024


GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Andrew Hong won the first Titled Tuesday events of April 2024. For Hong, it was a milestone, being his first-ever win in Titled Tuesday, and he did it outright with 10 points while Nakamura needed tiebreaks earlier after finishing in a four-way tie for first.

Nakamura also made the top five late, finishing fourth, while IM Meri Arabidze swept the women’s prizes.


Early Tournament

Joining Nakamura on 9.5 points in the early tournament, out of the original field of 672 players, were GMs Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Levan Pantsulaia, and Gata Kamsky. The group of four only played two games against each other, and Nakamura was a part of both: the round before he and Kamsky made a draw, Nakamura came out ahead of Duda in round nine.

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If the four tied players that emerged from round nine weren’t enough, those players all drew each other in round 10, which helped create a seven-way morass at the top of the standings with one round left. Kamsky was the “lucky” one who faced a player on eight points, but that was only fair; he was the person who toppled GM Magnus Carlsen in round nine.

Kamsky’s 11th-round game wasn’t easy, either, coming against GM Jose Martinez, but his win was only enough for fourth place after tiebreaks. Elsewhere, Nakamura defeated IM Rudik Makarian, Duda overcame GM Tuan Minh Le, and Pantsulaia won against GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov. Duda took two bishops and a better pawn structure to the house and finished second, leaving us to wonder what would have happened had he held against Nakamura earlier.

April 2 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3264 9.5 74.5
2 3 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3154 9.5 71
3 55 GM @GM_Levan_Pantsulaia Levan Pantsulaia 2929 9.5 70
4 40 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2957 9.5 70
5 4

GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3108 9 72
6 109 GM @Matibar Mateusz Bartel 2786 9 66.5
7 10 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3033 9 64
8 2 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3213 8.5 74
9 14 IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 3031 8.5 73.5
10 26 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2956 8.5 72.5
11 21 IM @MITerryble Renato Terry 3007 8.5 71.5
12 12 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 3027 8.5 68.5
13 23 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2988 8.5 68.5
14 48 FM @Bauman_Guy Konstantin Popov 2918 8.5 68
15 11 GM @Baku_Boulevard Rauf Mamedov 3036 8.5 67.5
16 37 GM @XDPS Pablo Salinas 2930 8.5 66.5
17 105 CM @djokovic74 John Akkarakaran 2793 8.5 63
18 8 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3039 8.5 61.5
19 7 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3046 8 77
20 83 IM @MyDream003 Zou Chen 2858 8 73.5
52 152 IM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2707 7.5 59.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won the $1,000 first place prize and wasn’t quite done earning money yet. Duda won $750 in second place, Pantsulaia claimed $350 in third, and Kamsky won $200 in fourth. GM Denis Lazavik led tiebreaks for the three players on nine points to claim $100, while Arabidze scored 7.5 points to win the $100 women’s prize.

Late Tournament

Hong had much less difficulty in securing the early tournament out of a field of 483. He began on a perfect 9/9 score, including a win over Nakamura in round seven after things got very interesting right out of the opening.

The Hong train was stopped in its tracks in the 10th round, however, derailed by GM Alexey Sarana, who ultimately rode into second place with the victory.

Hong managed to get back on track in the final round, winning against Duda in a romp after Duda made the mistake of “castling into it.” Hong’s win secured the tournament after Sarana and GM Aleksandr Shimanov only managed a draw against each other.

Nakamura wasn’t able to sweep the day but he did place in both events, recovering from losses in rounds seven and eight with three straight victories, including the final one over GM Matthias Bluebaum.

April 2 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 10 GM @SpeedofLight0 Andrew Hong 3097 10 80
2 16 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3066 9.5 77.5
3 19

GM @shimastream Aleksandr Shimanov 3043 9.5 75.5
4 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3258 9 76.5
5 9 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3060 9 75.5
6 8 GM @Njal28 Aram Hakobyan 3068 9 70.5
7 21 GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3007 9 69.5
8 34 IM @Kacparov Kacper Drozdowski 2960 9 64.5
9 62

FM @bascheyaro Roman Yanchenko 2848 8.5 66.5
10 51 GM @Zkid Steven Zierk 2865 8.5 60
11 75 IM @DrKerfuffle Nicolas Abarca 2827 8.5 51.5
12 11 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3045 8 78.5
13 29 GM @Sargsyan_Shant Shant Sargsyan 2971 8 78.5
14 2 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3145 8 77
15 26 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2976 8 71.5
16 4 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3105 8 71
17 41 GM @sergoy Sergey Drygalov 2917 8 71
18 46 IM @Rsnr Arsene Kukhmazov 2889 8 69
19 33 GM @Angry_Twin Andrey Drygalov 2938 8 68.5
20 13 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3039 8 68
97 96 IM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2681 6 56.5

(Full final standings here.)

Hong won the $1,000 first place prize, with Sarana accepting $750 for second, and Shimanov claiming the $350 for third. Nakamura added $200 to his total for the day, making him the big overall earner at $1,200. GM Dmitry Andreikin, who always seems to be lurking somewhere in Titled Tuesday, managed fifth place for $100. Finally, Arabidze tacked on her second $100 women’s prize of the day.

Titled Cup Standings

The biggest standings change this week came in the junior section, with Lazavik taking the top spot from CM Artem Bardyk. Lazavik still has three tournaments left to reach the cap of 20 qualifying events, so it is difficult to see him falling back behind Bardyk. (GM Pranav Venkatesh, on 120.5 points through 15 tournaments, could potentially be another matter, though.)

Meanwhile, Nakamura continues to accumulate points, his top 20 results now averaging 9.3 points per tournament. The only change in the top five this week was Andreikin reclaiming the fifth spot from GM Jeffery Xiong. There was also a change to fifth place in the women’s section this week, with WFM Katarzyna Dwilewicz taking it.

Continuing to lead the seniors and girls are Kamsky (no surprise after his early tournament this week) and WCM Veronika Shubenkova.

Open









# Username Score Player
1 @Hikaru 186.0 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2 @Polish_fighter3000 178.5 GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda
3 @mishanick 176.0 GM Alexey Sarana
4 @Jospem 172.5 GM Jose Martinez
5 @FairChess_on_YouTube 169.0 GM Dmitry Andreikin

Women









# Username Score Player
1 @Goryachkina 133.0 GM Aleksandra Goryachkina
1 @karinachess1 127.5 IM Karina Ambartsumova
3 @ChessQueen 99.5 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
4 @Sanyura 92.0 IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya
5 @quattroporte300 88.5 WFM Katarzyna Dwilewicz

Other Category Leaders

Juniors: GM Denis Lazavik (143.0 points)

Seniors: GM Gata Kamsky (159.0 points)

Girls: WCM Veronika Shubenkova (79.5 points)

The new Titled Cup fantasy game Chess Prophet continues as well. Current standings can be found here. (Login required.)

Titled Tuesday


Titled Tuesday is Chess.com’s weekly tournament for titled players, with two tournaments held each Tuesday. The first tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time/17:00 Central European/20:30 Indian Standard Time, and the second at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/23:00 Central European/2:30 Indian Standard Time (next day).



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