Nakamura, Other Streamers Dominate Tuesday Tournaments


No one needed a tiebreaker in this week’s Titled Tuesday as GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Oleksandr Bortnyk both won outright on August 2. It was Nakamura’s second straight Tuesday winning one of the tournaments.

GM Daniel Naroditsky finished second in the late event and GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won both of this week’s women’s prizes, making it an overall strong day for popular streamers.


Early Tournament

Nakamura won his last four games to win the early tournament by a full point, out of a field of 381. Rounds nine and 10 were particularly important. GM Sam Sevian was on 7.5/8 when Nakamura won their ninth-round matchup.

Immediately afterwards, Nakamura faced one of his main Titled Tuesday rivals, GM Dmitry Andreikin, and took a half-point lead on the field after winning that game as well. It only took 104 moves.

Nakamura won again in the final round, against GM Jose Martinez, to extend his lead to a full point after the players just behind him drew. GM Vladimir Fedoseev, who was one of the two players to hold Nakamura to half a point in the tournament, made a draw to maintain his second-place position in a four-way tie.

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

Number Rk Fat Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3217 10 61.25
2 4 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3040 9 60.5
3 37 IM @Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 2842 9 59.5
4 53 GM @Izoria123 Zviad Izoria 2852 9 57.5
5 25 GM @Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2882 9 57
6 12 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3016 8.5 60.5
7 33 GM @K_A_S_T_O_R Rodrigo Vasquez 2871 8.5 50.5
8 8 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3024 8.5 50
8 5 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3044 8.5 50
10 135 IM @Kildepiotr Piotr Piesik 2639 8.5 49.5
11 15 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2913 8 52.25
12 103 FM @Aradhya2000 Aradhya Garg 2707 8 49.5
13 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3111 8 49.25
13 39 IM @vellottiwizard Luke Harmon-Vellotti 2824 8 49.25
15 3 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 3028 8 48.75
16 11 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 2974 8 47
17 163 FM @Artem_0degov Artem Odegov 2579 8 46
18 70 IM @blitzking1729 Srihari LR 2765 8 43
19 34 FM @Twitch_ElhamBlitz05 Elham Abdrlauf 2817 8 39.5
19 112 IM @jacky72 Mihnea Costachi 2676 8 39.5
68 72 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 2729 6 37.5

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won $1,000 for the relatively easy win. Fedoseev won $750 in second place and IM Leon Livaic $300 in third. GM Zviad Izoria earned $150 for fourth place, GM Harsha Bharathakoti $100 for fifth, and Kosteniuk $100 for the highest score among women.

Late Tournament

The late fields are getting larger, and 323 players participated this week, the most since February.

As is often the case, the winner had to get through Nakamura (when it isn’t otherwise Nakamura himself). It is extremely rare to see Hikaru out-calculated in a sequence, but that’s what appeared to happen on moves 25-33 in the 10th round against Bortnyk.

Another key game occurred a round earlier, when Naroditsky defeated one of last week’s winners, GM Alexey Sarana, in round nine. Naroditsky ended up finishing in second place and Sarana in third.

But the final round made the ultimate difference. Naroditsky only drew against GM Sanan Sjugirov, while Bortnyk defeated GM Alexander Grischuk in a game that quickly reached unusual territory.

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

Number Rk Fat Title Username Name Rating Score SB
1 7 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3044 9.5 61.25
2 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3122 9 60.5
3 10 GM @mishanick Alexey Sarana 3016 9 57.75
4 35 GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Shugirov 2897 9 56.75
5 6 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 3024 8.5 56.25
6 1 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3217 8.5 54.5
7 8 GM @ChristopherYoo Christopher Woojin Yoo 2994 8.5 53.5
8 12 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigory Oparin 3007 8.5 52
9 19 GM @daro94 Dariusz Swiercz 2902 8.5 49.75
10 65 CM @MrKooshaChess_Twitch Koosha Jaferian 2738 8.5 44
11 45 IM @KhazarBabazada007 Khazar Babazada 2865 8.5 43.75
12 2 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3111 8 53.75
13 5 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3040 8 52
14 36 GM @dretch Conrad Holt 2873 8 47.75
15 4 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 3047 8 45.5
16 38 IM @MolecularChemist Dimitar Mardov 2864 8 40
17 20 GM @shimastream Aleksandr Shimanov 2915 7.5 46.75
18 15 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2913 7.5 44
18 37 GM @BilodeauA Kirill Alekseenko 2860 7.5 44
20 32 GM @Fandorine Maxim Chigaev 2890 7.5 43.5
20 48 FM @bascheyaro Roman Yanchenko 2845 7.5 43.5
46 58 GM @ChessQueen Alexandra Kosteniuk 2729 7 31.75

(Full final standings here.)

Bortnyk won the $1,000 first-place prize, which he also did on April 5 this year. All on nine points, Naroditsky earned $750 in second place, Sarana $300 in third, and Shugirov $150 in fourth. Martinez in fifth and Kosteniuk as the highest-scoring woman won the $100 prizes, which in Kosteniuk’s case gave her a $200 total payday.

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