Nepomniachtchi wins, Shevchenko almost wins the title on Tuesday

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GM Kirill Shevchenko, who also won Titled Tuesday on June 15, 2021, won the early tournament on February 8 and finished third in the late tournament. GM Ian Nepomniachtchi won the late tournament.

Both players won instantly, Shevchenko with 10/11 early and Nepomniachtchi with 9.5/11 late. The two players agreed to a tie before their match in the final round of the second tournament, preventing Shevchenko from repeating GM Hikaru Nakamura’s two wins of the previous week but guaranteeing him a money position in both events.


Early Tournament

485 players took part in the early tournament, including GM Alexander Grischuk on a rest day at the FIDE Grand Prix. Nakamura, who also competes in the Grand Prix, chose not to play.

Live coverage of the early tournament hosted by IM David Pruess.

Shevchenko survived a loss in the third round, remaining his only blemish of the tournament en route to victory with 10/11. On 9/10 with GM Nils Grandelius and GM Arjun Erigaisi, Shevchenko defeated Erigaisi in the final round while Grandelius drew GM Robert Hess, Chess.com’s fifth-place finisher.

Shevchenko won, but Grandelius went undefeated at +8=3 to claim sole second place with 9.5/11 after drawing Erigaisi and Hess in the last two rounds. Grandelius played a nearly flawless game in round eight against GM Vladimir Dobrov.

February 8 titled Tuesday | early | Final Score (Top 20)

























number rk fed title username Surname evaluation Result SB
1 22 GM @kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 2987 10 67.5
2 32 GM @grandelicious Nils Grandelius 2952 9.5 60
3 60 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 2912 9 61.25
4 62 GM @VerdeNotte Gwalchmai Jones 2888 9 59
5 44 GM @GMHess Robert L. Hess 2899 9 57.5
6 11 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3022 9 57
7 20 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 2973 9 54.5
8th 3 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitri Andreikin 3038 8.5 59.25
9 52 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrov 2885 8.5 56.75
10 1 GM @mischanick Alexei Sarana 3049 8.5 55.25
11 106 GM @tdf98pantani pavel jaracz 2779 8.5 53.5
12 39 GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2897 8.5 51.75
13 45 GM @Indianlad SL Narayanan 2889 8.5 51.5
14 18 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 2987 8.5 45.25
fifteen 38 GM @TimofeevAr Artyom Timofeev 2901 8th 53
fifteen 19 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2971 8th 53
17 35 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2919 8th 52
18 78 I AM @blitzking1729 Srihari LR 2812 8th 51
19 5 I AM @DenLaz Denis Lasavik 3009 8th 48.25
20 136 CM @Brave_spirit12 Eldiar Orozbaev 2794 8th 46.5
59 88 WGM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2760 7 36.25

(Full final standings here.)

Shevchenko won $1,000 for the win. Grandelius took home $750 for second place, while Erigaisi claimed $300 for third place. GM Gawain Jones was fourth for $150 while Hess was fifth for $100. WGM Meri Arabidze took home the $100 prize for the player with the highest score.

Late Tournament

340 players took part in the late tournament, which (like the early tournament) was a small increase from the previous week as players adjust to the new format and times.

Live coverage of the late tournament hosted by GM Aman Hambleton.

Nepomniachtchi only drew his first-round opponent, but in the seventh round he would only face the eventual top-10 finishers. He drew Shevchenko and GM Raunak Sadhwani, but Nepomniachtchi defeated fourth-placed GM Jeffery Xiong in round nine and second-placed NM Valery Sviridov in round 10.

The game in Round 10 was a marathon of 132 moves, with Nepomniachtchi coming close to winning most of the time.

Places two to five each scored nine points and were decided in a tie-break. Sviridov bounced back from his difficult Round 10, defeating GM Dmitry Andreikin in Round 11 in 104 moves to finish second.

February 8 titled Tuesday | late | Final Score (Top 20)

























number rk fed title username Surname evaluation Result SB
1 9 GM @lachesisQ Ian Nepomniachtchi 3038 9.5 60
2 13 NM @Sviridov_Valery Valery Sviridov 3016 9 66.5
3 14 GM @kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 3009 9 60.25
4 8th GM @jefferyx Jeffrey Xiong 3025 9 57.75
5 74 FM @littleplotkin Markus Plotkin 2827 9 50.5
6 2 GM @mischanick Alexei Sarana 3058 8.5 58.75
7 18 GM @konavets Sam Sevian 2974 8.5 50.75
8th 6 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3002 8.5 49.75
9 17 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2996 8.5 46.25
10 24 GM @rasmusvane Rasmus Swane 2946 8th 54.5
11 34 GM @TimofeevAr Artyom Timofeev 2904 8th 54
12 7 GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3001 8th 51.5
13 45 FM @KazakhFighter04 Kasybek Nogerbek 2884 8th 47.75
14 33 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2911 8th 47
fifteen 10 GM @Howitzer14 David Howell 2987 8th 46
16 4 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitri Andreikin 3034 8th 45.5
17 21 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2941 8th 44
18 59 I AM @DoHoChess Dominik Horvath 2831 8th 41
19 61 GM @moro182 Luca Moroni Jr 2854 7.5 49.75
20 28 GM @Fandorine Maksim Chigaev 2899 7.5 48.25
30 130 I AM @AnotherGrumpy Anna M Sargsyan 2617 7.5 35.25

(Full final standings here.)

Nepomniachtchi won $1,000 for first place. Sviridov got $750 for second place and Shevchenko netted another $300 for his day with third place. Xiong earned $150 for fourth place and IM Mark Plotkin earned $100 for fifth place. IM Anna Sargsyan won the $100 Women’s Award.

Titled Tuesday consists of two tournaments held every Tuesday by Chess.com for titleholders. They are Swiss tournaments starting at 8:00am Pacific Time/5:00pm Central European Time and 2:00pm Pacific Time/11:00pm Central European Time.


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