Firouzja Wins Fashionably Late

The March 7, 2023, editions of Titled Tuesday were won by GM Vladimir Fedoseev early and GM Alireza Firouzja late, both scoring 9.5 points. Falling just shy were GMs Nihal Sarin and Dmitry Andreikin, who also scored 9.5 points but lost due to tiebreaks, each settling for second place.


Early Tournament

Fedoseev emerged from a field of 514 players after a topsy-turvy few rounds in the late middle portion of the tournament.

Sixth-round games don’t always stand out, but one did in this tournament as Fedoseev toppled GM Hikaru Nakamura.

In the very next round, however, Fedoseev faced Nihal, and the Indian teenager came out on top.

The carousel continued as eventual third-place finisher GM Oleksandr Bortnyk then beat Nihal in round eight.

The routine ended the next round, however, as Fedoseev defeated Bortnyk in the ninth round to enter a four-way tie on eight points. All four of those players made a draw in round 10, and Nihal joined them with a win in the round. Nihal continued with a victory over GM Matthias Bluebaum, but it was Fedoseev’s win over GM Arjun Erigaisi that ultimately decided the tournament champion.

March 7 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 15 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3035 9.5
2 3 GM @nihalsarin Nihal Sarin 3176 9.5
3 16 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 3022 9
4 2 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3200 9
5 5 GM @Polish_fighter3000 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3078 9
6 12

GM @BillieKimbah Maxim Matlakov 3027 9
7 6 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3067 9
8 32 GM @Shield12 Shamsiddin Vokhidov 2934 9
9 31

GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2956 8.5
10 7 GM @GHANDEEVAM2003 Arjun Erigaisi 3058 8.5
11 29 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 2957 8.5
12 72 FM @rezamahdavi2008 reza mahdavi 2778 8.5
13 122 FM @AlexPapasimakopoulos Alexandros Papasimakopoulos 2676 8.5
14 19

GM @shimastream Aleksandr Shimanov 2981 8
15 9 GM @vi_pranav Pranav V 3022 8
16 21 GM @GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 2962 8
17 51 GM @Harsha_Bharathakoti Harsha Bharathakoti 2861 8
18 25 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2953 8
19 63 GM @krzyzan94 Marcin Krzy┼╝anowski 2811 8
20 26

GM @Anton_Demchenko Anton Demchenko 2950 8
88 243 IM @Natalya_Buksa Nataliya Buksa 2516 6.5

(Full final standings here.)

Fedoseev won $1,000, and Nihal earned $750. Bortnyk won $350, while Nakamura eventually finished fourth for $200. The $100 prizes went to GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda in fifth place and IM Nataliya Buksa with the highest score among the women in the field.

Late Tournament

In the late field of 425, Firouzja won after surviving a third-round loss to GM Carlos Albornoz (who eventually finished in 14th place). By the time the final round began, Firouzja led the rest of the field by half a point, and a five-move draw against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was enough to clinch the tournament.

In between, Firouzja won seven games in a row. The last of these came against the early tournament winner Fedoseev.

Andreikin, who drew in round two and then lost to GM Gata Kamsky in round six, was able to move into a tie by facing no other setbacks and defeating GM Fabiano Caruana in the final round.

It says something about just how strong Titled Tuesday is becoming that 9.5 has been the target winning score as of late, when the longtime norm has been 10 points. But the last player to score in the double figures was Nakamura in the early February 14 tournament.

March 7 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final Standings (Top 20)

























Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 4 GM @Firouzja2003 Alireza Firouzja 3131 9.5
2 8 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3084 9.5
3 6 GM @LyonBeast Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 3103 9
4 10 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 3074 9
5 1 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3221 9
6 2 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3192 9
7 19 GM @rednova1729 Awonder Liang 2995 9
8 24 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 2971 8.5
9 30 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2957 8.5
10 9 GM @FabianoCaruana Fabiano Caruana 3052 8.5
11 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3130 8.5
12 35 GM @Jospem Jose Martinez 2944 8
13 27 GM @gena217 Guillermo Vazquez 2950 8
14 62 GM @CarlosAlbornoz Carlos Albornoz 2810 8
15 38

GM @alexrustemov Alexander Rustemov 2881 8
16 97 GM @attack2mateU Razvan Preotu 2737 8
17 23

GM @Sanan_Sjugirov Sanan Sjugirov 2964 8
18 20 GM @Durarbayli Vasif Durarbayli 2948 8
19 29 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 2955 8
20 52 GM @Hrant_ChessMood Hrant Melkumyan 2806 8
56 108 WGM @jinbojinbo Jiner Zhu 2667 7

(Full final standings here.)

Firouzja won the $1,000 first-place prize, while Andreikin earned $750. Vachier-Lagrave won $350 for third place. Fedoseev added $200 to his day’s winnings, for a total of $1,200. GM Magnus Carlsen made a fifth-place appearance for $100. The $100 women’s prize went to WGM Jiner Zhu.

Prizes will be doubled in next week’s late tournament following some issues in this week’s.

Titled Tuesday is the weekly Chess.com tournament for titled players, with two 11-round Swiss tournaments held every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/17:00 Central European and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/23:00 Central European.


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