Titled Tuesday July 2, 2024


Titled Tuesday belonged to GMs Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura on July 2, although both needed tiebreaks after scoring 9.5 points. GM Arjun Erigaisi pulled off the impressive but unenviable feat of finishing in second place in both events, while Nakamura also tied for first in the early tournament but wound up in third by the tiebreaks. 


Early Tournament

Out of the 692 players earlier in the day, Andreikin was the last perfect player, reaching a 7/7 score after defeating GM Javokhir Sindarov with a double fianchetto and exchange sacrifice.

After that, however, Andreikin made three straight draws, including against GM Arjun Erigaisi in the eighth round. It was Arjun’s second draw of the tournament, while Nakamura had already made two himself in previous rounds. Andreikin’s next two games were drawn as well, with Arjun catching up after round nine and Nakamura after round 10. 

But they weren’t the only ones, with a seven-way tie occurring on 8.5 points entering the final round. In that round, Andreikin faced GM Alexey Sarana, Arjun GM Tuan Minh Le, and Nakamura GM Vincent Keymer. The last co-leader, GM David Paravyan, faced GM Alexander Zubov in what turned out to be the only draw in the four games.

The first game to end was Andreikin’s, although it still took 54 moves. But on move 54, Andreikin checkmated Sarana with a pawn.

With the tiebreak scores the way they were, this effectively ended proceedings. Arjun was the next player to win, demonstrating the strength of two bishops over two knights, and with it, ended up in second place.

For Andreikin, who has won more Titled Tuesdays than anyone besides Nakamura, it was his first victory since October of 2023. GM Magnus Carlsen has been on Andreikin’s tail since he started regularly playing in 2022, but Andreikin put some space between them, 17-15, with the result.

One other notable result from the early tournament was IM Levy Rozman’s third-round win against GM Hans Niemann. Niemann scored 8.5 points anyway but would have been in the first-place mix had it not been for that game.

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

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 8 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3141 9.5 79
2 4 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3182 9.5 73.5
3 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3252 9.5 70.5
4 24 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 3032 9 75.5
5 5 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3156 9 73
6 9

GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3079 9 70.5
7 22

GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3029 9 69
8 13 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3085 8.5 79
9 11 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3070 8.5 76.5
10 42 GM @FGHSMN Bharath Subramaniyam H. 2952 8.5 72.5
11 15 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 3032 8.5 72
12 25

GM @Volodar_Murzin Volodar Murzin 2996 8.5 71.5
13 46 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2921 8.5 70
14 12 GM @Javokhir_Sindarov05 Javokhir Sindarov 3085 8.5 67.5
15 39 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2981 8.5 65.5
16 6 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3123 8.5 62.5
17 32 GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2979 8.5 62
18 18 GM @LiemLe Liem Le 3028 8.5 62
19 99 GM @chessfatbear Jun Zhao 2836 8.5 61.5
20 78 FM @rychessmaster1 Ryan Amburgy 2849 8.5 55.5
37 338 WFM @rookpower2004 Sachi Jain 2604 8 58

(Full final standings here.)

Andreikin claimed the $1,000 first-place prize, with Arjun winning $750 and Nakamura $350. Zubov led tiebreaks among the players with nine points and earned $200. GM Fabiano Caruana pulled into fifth place for $100, and the last $100 went to women’s prize winner WFM Sachi Jain (who was born in 2009) on eight points.

Late Tournament

Andreikin, Arjun, and Nakamura would all again finish in the top seven (now out of 515 players) in the late tournament, but now it was time for Nakamura’s first Titled Tuesday victory since June 11 and second since May 14—about the only player for whom such a spread could be considered any degree of slump.

And yet teenaged Argentinian IM Joaquin Fiorito was a surprise last perfect player, starting 6/6. But he would lose four of his last five games, beginning against Nakamura in round seven.

The win was Nakamura’s only one from rounds six through nine, with his other three games drawn, including against Arjun in the ninth round. With two rounds left, Nakamura’s 7.5 points put him half a point back of Arjun and three other co-leaders. No matter.

Nakamura’s opening began when only one of those four leaders, GM Daniel Naroditsky, won his game, defeating GM Matthias Bluebaum, while Arjun and GM David Anton drew. Meanwhile, Nakamura beat GM Jose Martinez to stay a half-point behind Naroditsky.

The resulting 11th-round clash between Naroditsky and Nakamura would thus decide the victor. For much of the game, a draw seemed the most likely result, but the engine saw Naroditsky lose the thread on moves 43-45 as he dropped a piece on move 46. Naroditsky could reasonably have resigned then but fought on another 23 moves before throwing in the towel.

Arjun, meanwhile, faced Le again and won again but, with his tiebreaks several points behind Nakamura’s again, had to settle for runner-up… again.

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

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Buchholz Cut 1
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3252 9.5 78.5
2 3 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3182 9.5 70.5
3 13 GM @Javokhir_Sindarov05 Javokhir Sindarov 3085 9 74.5
4 18 GM @tptagain David Anton Guijarro 3065 9 71
5 17 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3059 9 69.5
6 34 GM @moro182 Luca Moroni Jr 2970 9 65.5
7 6 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3141 9 64.5
8 10 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3104 9 61
9 15 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3054 8.5 74
10 8 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3123 8.5 72.5
11 4 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 3164 8.5 72.5
12 7

GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3141 8.5 68
13 23 GM @mitrabhaa Mitrabha Guha 2994 8.5 67
14 38 IM @Kirill_Klukin Kirill Klukin 2931 8.5 65
15 12 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3085 8.5 58
16 5 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3143 8 78.5
17 48 IM @Kacparov Kacper Drozdowski 2907 8 74
18 19 GM @AryanTari Aryan Tari 2994 8 73
19 2 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3147 8 71
20 55

GM @evgchess5 Evgeny Alekseev 2867 8 67
78 101

IM @TatjanaVasilevich Tatjana Vasilevich 2629 7 50

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 to bring his total on the day to $1,350, while Arjun took another $750 for a daily total of $1,500. Sindarov finished third for $350, Anton fourth for $200, and Naroditsky did manage to hold onto fifth for $100. IM Tatjana Vasilevich claimed the $100 women’s prize with seven points. 

Titled Cup Standings

The rather low scores meant little movement in the standings, although Andreikin joined a tie for fifth. The women’s standings continue to be extremely close.

Open










# Username Score Player
1 @Hikaru 197.5 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2 @Polish_fighter3000 185.0 GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda
3 @mishanick 184.5 GM Alexey Sarana
4 @Jospem 181.0 GM Jose Martinez
5 @wonderfultime 180.5 GM Tuan Minh Le
4 @FairChess_on_YouTube 180.5 GM Dmitry Andreikin

Women









# Username Score Player
1 @ChessQueen 139.5 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
2 @Goryachkina 137.5 GM Aleksandra Goryachkina
3 @Meri-Arabidze 136.0 IM Meri Arabidze
4 @Flawless_Fighter 135.0 IM Polina Shuvalova
5 @karinachess1 134.0 IM Karina Ambartsumova

Other Category Leaders

Juniors: GM Denis Lazavik (179.0 points)

Seniors: GM Gata Kamsky (167.0 points)

Girls: WCM Veronika Shubenkova (113.5 points)

The 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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