Titled Tuesday July 9, 2024


GMs Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura won the July 9 editions of Titled Tuesday. It’s the fourth time the world’s two best blitz chess players have each won one of the Tuesday events, but only the first time this year, last occurring on December 19, 2023.

Carlsen won the early event on 10 points after defeating GM Hans Niemann in the final round. Nakamura then blew away the late field with 10.5 points. Additionally, IM Anna M. Sargsyan swept both women’s prizes.


Early Tournament

In the field of 706 players, Carlsen and GM Andrey Esipenko both started on 7/7, but would draw their game in the eighth round before Carlsen drew and Esipenko lost in round nine. Now five players shared the lead, but only two of them would win in the 10th round.

Carlsen was one of them, of course, beating 13-year-old GM-elect Ivan Zemlyanskii in 37 moves with the unusual 3.Bc4 in the Sicilian.

The only player to keep up with Carlsen was Niemann, who did so with a win against GM Aleksandar Indjic. It took Niemann a bit longer, 54 moves, but again the result was a White win on time with checkmate imminent.

And so the showdown between these two adversaries was set. Niemann had the advantage of moving first and built up a solid center, but Carlsen found four “only moves” in a stretch of five turns from 19-23, and coasted to victory from there. Niemann played to the bitter end and was checkmated on move 41.

Niemann still finished in third place but was leapfrogged by GM Denis Lazavik who, like Carlsen, won his last two games. A single blunder on move 49 from 12-year-old FM Ethan Vaz dropped a pawn, deciding the game as Lazavik finished an outright second place on 9.5 points.

July 9 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 3 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3201 10 72
2 5

GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3157 9.5 73.5
3 6 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3140 9 74.5
4 7 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3117 9 73
5 36 CM @ChessFighter_2011 Dau Khuong Duy 2973 9 68.5
6 2 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3177 9 68
7 98 GM @David_Arutinian David Arutinian 2865 9 65
8 86 IM @MetiForce Mahdi Gholami Orimi 2890 9 63.5
9 13 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 3036 9 61
10 24 GM @FGHSMN Bharath Subramaniyam H. 3008 8.5 69
11 40 GM @Sychev_Klementy Klementy Sychev 2956 8.5 66.5
12 114 FM @jumpingknight20 Ethan Vaz 2834 8.5 66.5
13 8 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3113 8.5 66
14 50 GM @eljanov Pavel Eljanov 2951 8.5 65
15 45 GM @nrvisakh Visakh NR 2931 8.5 64
16 51 FM @snowlord Ivan Yeletsky 2930 8.5 63
17 46 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2932 8.5 60.5
18 70 IM @Seochesspie Seo Jungmin 2954 8.5 60.5
19 16

FM @Prizant_academy Ivan Zemlyanskii 3003 8 74.5
20 25

GM @Volodar_Murzin Volodar Murzin 3001 8 73.5
37 201 IM @annasargsyan_m Anna M. Sargsyan 2696 8 54.5

(Full final standings here.)

Carlsen won $1,000 for his efforts while Lazavik earned $750. Niemann claimed $350 in third place, GM Jose Martinez $200 in fourth, and 12-year-old CM Dau Khuong Duy $100 in fifth, while four other players on nine points missed out on the top five by tiebreaks. Sargsyan won the $100 women’s prize by scoring eight points.

Late Tournament

For Nakamura, his victory over a field of 520 players was his second straight late event win. After needing tiebreaks last week, this performance was far more dominant, with a sixth-round draw against GM Christopher Yoo the only thing keeping Nakamura from his third perfect score in Titled Tuesday. Instead, he “only” earned his sixth 10.5-point Tuesday.

Because his draw came somewhat early, Nakamura didn’t take sole lead of the tournament until his eighth-round win over IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti. Despite having the second move, Nakamura won the game rather easily after Harmon-Vellotti decided not to play the usual 2.exd5 against Nakamura’s Scandinavian Defense.

After that, it was smooth sailing for Nakamura. He defeated GM Arjun Erigaisi in round nine and GM David Anton in round 10, ballooning his lead to a full point as the final round began. GM Fabiano Caruana was his opponent, and had a chance to take a share of the lead.

The game was a 61-move battle in which Caruana’s ambitious 15th move didn’t quite pay off. Still, Nakamura had to win the game three times in a tricky endgame. Caruana’s 53.Nf2 was the final blow to his chances.

With the final result, Caruana fell to sixth place, while Nakamura put together his 15th Titled Tuesday win of the year and 60th of the two-a-day era.

July 9 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3236 10.5 69.5
2 116 IM @vellottiwizard Luke Harmon-Vellotti 2796 9.5 79.5
3 3 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3180 9 76
4 31 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2949 9 71
5 10 GM @Javokhir_Sindarov05 Javokhir Sindarov 3067 8.5 72.5
6 2 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3173 8.5 72.5
7 28 GM @ChessLover0108 Mahammad Muradli 2952 8.5 72
8 19 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 3024 8.5 69
9 13 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 3045 8.5 67.5
10 8 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3122 8.5 64
11 12 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3055 8.5 62.5
12 26 IM @Seochesspie Seo Jungmin 2931 8.5 61.5
13 24 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2978 8.5 49.5
14 4 GM @SpeedofLight0 Andrew Hong 3118 8 76.5
15 44 IM @MetiForce Mahdi Gholami Orimi 2908 8 74
16 14 GM @tptagain David Anton Guijarro 3040 8 73
17 23

GM @VladimirKramnik Vladimir Kramnik 2985 8 68.5
18 5 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3089 8 66
19 41 GM @Igor_Janik Igor Janik 2888 8 65
20 30 FM @Bauman_Guy Konstantin Popov 2927 8 64.5
45 115 IM @annasargsyan_m Anna M. Sargsyan 2706 7.5 54.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won the $1,000 first-place prize while Harmon-Vellotti claimed second place and $750. Arjun finished third for $350 and GM Maksim Chigaev fourth for $200. In a relative rarity, 8.5 points was good enough for fifth place, which went to GM Javokhir Sindarov for $100. With 7.5 points, Sargsyan won another $100 women’s prize, for $200 on the day.

Titled Cup Standings

Nakamura is three more 10.5-point performances from an unthinkable 200 points in the Titled Cup standings, and given he has five already, he is actually on pace to pull it off. Meanwhile we are down to five points of separation between first and fifth in the women’s standings, with only one point different between first-place GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and second-place GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. Despite her sweep this week, Sargsyan has only played 18 events so far and currently ranks 15th.

Open










# Username Score Player
1 @Hikaru 198.5 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2 @Polish_fighter3000 185.0 GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda
3 @mishanick 184.5 GM Alexey Sarana
4 @Jospem 181.5 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 138.5 GM Aleksandra Goryachkina
3-t @Meri-Arabidze 136.5 IM Meri Arabidze
3-t @Flawless_Fighter 136.5 IM Polina Shuvalova
5 @karinachess1 134.5 IM Karina Ambartsumova

Other Category Leaders

Juniors: GM Denis Lazavik (180.0 points)

Seniors: GM Gata Kamsky (167.5 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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