Titled Tuesday – March 26, 2024


After GM Denis Lazavik upset GM Alireza Firouzja in the 10th round of the early Titled Tuesday event of March 26 and went on to win, Firouzja scored a dominant 10.5/11 in the late contest to capture the second tournament. It was Lazavik’s first win of the year and Firouzja’s second of the month. 


Early Tournament

After seven rounds, four of the 606 players emerged as co-leaders of the day’s first event. Firouzja was the only one of those four to win in the eighth round, taking the outright lead, but his draw in the ninth round allowed Lazavik to catch back up.

Lazavik, who led for much of last week’s early tournament before finishing in third place, finished the job this week. Once again his key game came against Firouzja in round 10.

Lazavik held GM Hikaru Nakamura to a draw in the final round, retaining the lead but allowing two players to catch up. GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda was one of them, by defeating GM Etienne Bacrot.

IM Rud Makarian upset GM Hans Niemann to also finish with 9.5 points. 

The highest tiebreak actually belonged to GM Matthias Bluebaum all the way down in 33rd place, but among the tournament leaders, Lazavik held a comfortable edge on Duda. Only Nakamura and Grischuk scored nine points, with Nakamura’s tiebreaks holding a slight edge there. Firouzja ended up stuck in sixth, but he would avenge himself later.

March 26 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 9

GM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3111 9.5 73
2 4 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3127 9.5 69.5
3 6

IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 3109 9.5 65
4 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3265 9 71
5 15

GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3072 9 70
6 11 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3089 8.5 75
7 13 GM @SpeedofLight0 Andrew Hong 3071 8.5 73
8 80 GM @baki83 Etienne Bacrot 2902 8.5 72.5
9 10 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3086 8.5 70
10 27 GM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 3007 8.5 69
11 30 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 3009 8.5 67.5
12 29

GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3013 8.5 66.5
13 37

FM @JimDiGrease Ivan Zemlyanskii 2967 8.5 65.5
14 5 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3098 8.5 65.5
15 46 FM @Zohid6 Mukhammadzokhid Suyarov 2932 8.5 62
16 83 GM @superchess02 Iniyan P 2878 8.5 62
17 17 GM @artooon Pranesh M 3032 8.5 60
18 54 IM @Kacparov Kacper Drozdowski 2921 8.5 56.5
19 58 GM @KuzubovYuriy Yuriy Kuzubov 2932 8 71
20 109 GM @js20000 Jan Subelj 2829 8 70.5
70 165

GM @Goryachkina Aleksandra Goryachkina 2688 7 61.5

(Full final standings here.)

Lazavik claimed $1,000 for his efforts, while Duda settled for $750 and Makarian for $350. Nakamura won $200 and Grischuk earned $100, while GM Aleksandra Goryachkina won her eighth $100 women’s prize of the year.

Late Tournament

Despite Firouzja’s mammoth score in the late event, he only won by half a point as FM Ivan Zeletsky scored 10/11 in the field of 510.

Zeletsky’s only loss came against… did you guess Firouzja? It happened in round seven, when Zeletsky was wiped out in a Najdorf Sicilian. Firouzja channeled GM Bobby Fischer with 7.Bc4 before decisively advancing his f-pawn.

The win put Firouzja on a perfect 7/7, but he didn’t stay there, managing only a draw against Nakamura in the very next round. From then on, Firouzja never lost, but nor did Zeletsky, although the FM benefited from a strange Nakamura blunder in the ninth round—Nakamura perhaps anticipating a check on g4 instead of 42.Rf4, as he made his response in 0.4 seconds.

Firouzja didn’t put the tournament away, then, until he defeated GM Arjun Erigaisi in the 11th round by laying a sneaky trap from an equal position on move 44. Even though Arjun led by almost a minute on the clock, he captured a seemingly hanging rook only to find himself in unescapable checkmate. To be fair to Arjun, it was a rather bizarre mating pattern.

Below Firouzja and Zeletsky, no one else had more than nine points. Four Americans were tied on that score: GM Jeffery Xiong, GM Sam Sevian, Nakamura, and Niemann. All were within 2.5 tiebreak points, but Niemann had the tough luck of finishing sixth.

March 26 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score Tiebreak 1
1 10 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3134 10.5 74.5
2 44 FM @snowlord Ivan Yeletsky 2996 10 72.5
3 8 GM @jefferyx Jeffery Xiong 3106 9 72.5
4 2 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 3152 9 71.5
5 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3266 9 71
6 5 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3130 9 70
7 18 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3052 8.5 66.5
8 81 GM @promen1999 Benjamin Gledura 2874 8.5 62.5
9 13 GM @mishanick Aleksei Sarana 3050 8.5 62
10 53 GM @XDPS Pablo Salinas Herrera 2914 8.5 56.5
11 24 GM @DrVelja Velimir Ivic 3029 8 80
12 35 GM @hansen Eric Hansen 2980 8 76.5
13 49 GM @ckgchess Cem Kaan Gokerkan 2945 8 75
14 71 FM @rezamahdavi2008 reza mahdavi 2894 8 72.5
15 7

IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 3088 8 72
16 64 GM @ViIIagra Cristobal Henriquez 2900 8 69.5
17 38 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2948 8 69.5
18 3 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3110 8 69
19 15 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3037 8 68.5
20 21

GM @dropstoneDP David Paravyan 3004 8 67.5
67 116 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 2699 7 50.5

(Full final standings here.)

Firouzja won $1,000 while Yeletsky claimed $750 for the rare 10-point, second-place finish. Xiong earned $350, Sevian $200, and Nakamura $100 to round out the top five, while GM Alexandra Kosteniuk took the $100 women’s prize.

Titled Cup Standings

Xiong supplanted GM Dmitry Andreikin in the fifth open standing spot. Nakamura and Goryachkina continue to comfortably lead the open and women’s standings. CM Artem Bardyk still leads Lazavik in the junior standings, but Lazavik has still only played 16 times compared to Bardyk’s more than 20. GM Gata Kamsky and WCM Veronika Shubenkova still lead their sections.

Open









# Username Score Player
1 @Hikaru 184.5 GM Hikaru Nakamura
2 @Polish_fighter3000 177.0 GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda
3 @mishanick 174.5 GM Alexey Sarana
4 @Jospem 172.0 GM Jose Martinez
5 @jefferyx 168.0 GM Dmitry Andreikin

Women









# Username Score Player
1 @Goryachkina 133.0 GM Aleksandra Goryachkina
1 @karinachess1 126.0 IM Karina Ambartsumova
3 @ChessQueen 92.5 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
4 @Sanyura 81.0 IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya
5 @Fh2411 80.0 IM Le Thao Nguyen Pham

Other Category Leaders

Juniors: CM Artem Bardyk (137.5 points)

Seniors: GM Gata Kamsky (156.5 points)

Girls: WCM Veronika Shubenkova (74.5 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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