Hikaru Nakamura Wins Titled Tuesday

Hikaru Nakamura Wins Titled Tuesday


GM Hikaru Nakamura was victorious in another Titled Tuesday on January 24, his second in a row. Nakamura started 6/6, went undefeated, and scored 9.5/11 to defeat GMs Baadur Jobava and Matthias Bluebaum on tiebreaks.

There was only one tournament this week as the early event was cancelled, but it will be made up with a doubled prize fund (including $2,000 for first place) in the early event on January 31.

Nakamura wasn’t the only big name of the 386 participants. GM Magnus Carlsen, who is currently playing in the Tata Steel Chess Masters tournament, made time in his schedule for Titled Tuesday as well. 

Carlsen scored 8/11, and one of his losses came against Nakamura in the ninth round. Nakamura-Carlsen matchups used to be a rare special occasion in Titled Tuesday, but they should be rather common in 2023. That won’t make them any less interesting. This time, Nakamura used the surprisingly sound 1.a3 and 2.c4 to earn a victory.

Bluebaum also defeated Carlsen, in the 11th and final round, bringing the 25-year-old German player into third place. GM Ray Robson was the other player to get the best of Carlsen, and he also defeated the second-place Jobava, but a tough back half of the tournament (0.5/5 after a 6/6 start) kept the four-time puzzle champion out of contention. Bluebaum’s key victory was decided by a very late exchange sacrifice, on move 79!

Nakamura’s ninth-round win allowed him to make draws with both Jobava and Bluebaum in the last two rounds while still retaining the pole position. Jobava had moved into a tie with Nakamura in round 10 prior to their 11th-round armistice. Jobava did so by defeating super GM Yu Yangyi, who was making a rare Titled Tuesday performance, but one that ended with a prize-winning fourth-place finish.

In the end, Nakamura joined GM Daniil Dubov as the multiple-time winners of Titled Tuesday in 2023 so far, with one tournament still left in the first month of the year.

January 24 Titled Tuesday | Final Standings (Top 20)

Number Rk Fed Title Username Name Rating Score
1 2 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 3228 9.5
2 14 GM @exoticprincess Baadur Jobava 3041 9.5
3 9 GM @Msb2 Matthias Bluebaum 3068 9.5
4 8 GM @chesspanda123 Yu Yangyi 3087 9
5 5 GM @FairChess_on_YouTube Dmitry Andreikin 3099 9
6 3 GM @DanielNaroditsky Daniel Naroditsky 3124 9
7 6 GM @Konavets Sam Sevian 3098 8.5
8 52 GM @SantoBlue Vahap Sanal 2878 8.5
9 18 GM @Beca95 Aleksandar Indjic 2989 8.5
10 28 GM @Alexandr_Predke Alexandr Predke 2920 8.5
11 23 GM @aquarium76 Nodirbek Yakubboev 2967 8
12 40

IM @Rud_Makarian Rudik Makarian 2910 8
13 1 GM @MagnusCarlsen Magnus Carlsen 3230 8
14 30 IM @Twitch_ElhamBlitz05 Elham Abdrlauf 2934 8
15 31 IM @Manticore17 Arystanbek Urazayev 2913 8
16 46

GM @Vladimir_Zakhartsov Vladimir Zakhartsov 2873 8
17 133 IM @Thjop Thore Perske 2662 8
18 21 GM @penguingm1 Andrew Tang 2979 8
19 39 GM @jcibarra José Carlos Ibarra Jerez 2874 8
20 4

GM @Duhless Daniil Dubov 3091 8
48 145 WFM @Varvara_Poliakova Varvara Poliakova 2586 7

(Full final standings here.)

Nakamura won the $1,000 first-place prize with Jobava taking $750 for second and Bluebaum $350 for third. There was also a three-way tie for fourth through sixth, where tiebreaks won $200 for Yu Yangyi and $100 for GM Dmitry Andreikin but left out Chess.com star GM Daniel Naroditsky in a tough luck finish. WFM Varvara Poliakova won the $100 women’s prize, scoring 7/11.

Titled Tuesday

Titled Tuesday is a tournament for titled players hosted by Chess.com every Tuesday. There are two 11-round Swiss tournaments each week 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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