Nepomniachtchi wins, Shevchenko nearly sweeps title on Tuesday

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

Both players won, Shevchenko with 10/11 at the start of the match and Nepomniachtchi with 9.5/11 behind. The two players agreed to a draw ahead of their match in the final round of the second tournament, preventing Shevchenko from replicating GM Hikaru Nakamura’s two wins last week but securing him a cash position in both events.


Start of the tournament

485 players joined the start of the tournament, including GM Alexander Grischuk on a rest day at the FIDE Grand Prix. Nakamura, who is also at the Grand Prix, has decided not to play.

Live stream of the start of the tournament, hosted by IM David Pruess.

Shevchenko survived a third-round loss to make it his only tournament blemish on the way to victory with 10 of 11 points. Tied on 9/10 with GM Nils Grandelius and GM Arjun Erigaisi, Shevchenko beat Erigaisi in the final round while Grandelius drew Chess.com’s own and fifth finisher, GM Robert Hess.

Shevchenko won but Grandelius was undefeated with +8=3 for the only second place on 9.5/11 after drawing against Erigaisi and Hess in the final two rounds. Grandelius played a near-flawless game in the eighth round against GM Vladimir Dobrov.

February 8 Titled Tuesday | Early | Final ranking (Top 20)

























Number R k fed Title username Last name Evaluation Goal SB
1 22 GM @kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 2987 ten 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 Gawain 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
seven 20 GM @micki-taryan Haik Martirossian 2973 9 54.5
8 3 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreykin 3038 8.5 59.25
9 52 GM @VladDobrov Vladimir Dobrov 2885 8.5 56.75
ten 1 GM @mishanick Alexei Sarana 3049 8.5 55.25
11 106 GM @tdf98pantani pawel 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
15 38 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2901 8 53
15 19 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2971 8 53
17 35 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2919 8 52
18 78 I AM @blitzking1729 Srihari LR 2812 8 51
19 5 I AM @DenLaz Denis Lazavik 3009 8 48.25
20 136 CM @Brave_spirit12 Eldiar Orozbaev 2794 8 46.5
59 88 WGM @Meri-Arabidze Meri Arabidze 2760 seven 36.25

(Full final standings here.)

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

Late tournament

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

Late tournament live stream, hosted by GM Aman Hambleton.

Nepomniachtchi only drew against his opponent in the first round, but in the seventh round he would only face eventual top 10s. He drew Shevchenko and GM Raunak Sadhwani, but Nepomniachtchi beat fourth GM Jeffery Xiong on the ninth lap and the second NM Valery Sviridov on the 10th lap.

The 10th round match was a 132-shot marathon, with Nepomniachtchi teetering on the brink for most of it before claiming victory.

Places two through five all scored nine points and were settled as a tiebreaker. Sviridov recovered from his tough round 10 to defeat GM Dmitry Andreikin in 104 shots in round 11 and take second place.

February 8 Titled Tuesday | Late | Final ranking (Top 20)

























Number R k fed Title username Last name Evaluation Goal 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 8 GM @jefferyx Jeffrey Xiong 3025 9 57.75
5 74 FM @littleplotkin Mark Plotkin 2827 9 50.5
6 2 GM @mishanick Alexei Sarana 3058 8.5 58.75
seven 18 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 2974 8.5 50.75
8 6 GM @BogdanDeac Bogdan Daniel Deac 3002 8.5 49.75
9 17 GM @champ2005 Raunak Sadhwani 2996 8.5 46.25
ten 24 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 2946 8 54.5
11 34 GM @TimofeevAr Artem Timofeev 2904 8 54
12 seven GM @HansOnTwitch Hans Niemann 3001 8 51.5
13 45 FM @KazakhFighter04 Kazybek Nogerbek 2884 8 47.75
14 33 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 2911 8 47
15 ten GM @ howitzer14 David Howel 2987 8 46
16 4 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreykin 3034 8 45.5
17 21 GM @Oleksandr_Bortnyk Oleksandr Bortnyk 2941 8 44
18 59 I AM @DoHoChess Dominique Horvath 2831 8 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 Sarkissian 2617 7.5 35.25

(Full final standings here.)

Nepomniachtchi won $1,000 for first place. Sviridov got $750 for second place and Shevchenko added another $300 to his day with third place. Xiong won $150 for fourth place and IM Mark Plotkin won $100 for fifth place. IM Anna Sargsyan won the female prize of $100.

Titled Tuesday consists of two tournaments organized each Tuesday by Chess.com for titled players. These are Swiss tournaments starting at 8:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. Central Europe and 2:00 p.m. Pacific/11:00 p.m. Central Europe.


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