Martinez Slam-Dunks Second Bullet Brawl Title

Martinez Slam-Dunks Second Bullet Brawl Title

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GM Jose Martinez won his second Bullet Brawl crown and $1,000 on Saturday with an imperious 209 points, eclipsing his nearest challengers, the second and third-placed GMs Sergei Zhigalko (190) and Andrew Tang (180) by multiple wins.

In a May edition that didn’t feature the two-time winner, GM Hikaru Nakamura, Martinez was able to stamp his authority over the field with 61 wins, six draws, and 13 losses in the two-hour arena. Kazakhstan’s FM “Arysya” was the top-performing women’s player and won $100 for her 12th-place effort.

Held alongside the event for titled players, Community Bullet Brawl saw its inaugural tournament won by Brazilian member “GYG,” who scored 35 wins and just three losses en route to victory.

The next Bullet Brawl event will take place on June 24, 2023, at 10.00 a.m. PT/19:00 CEST.

How to review games?
The games from May’s Bullet Brawl can be found here.


Martinez started May’s Bullet Brawl as he did in the other editions with a blistering win streak. For the first 20 games of the event, the Peruvian was unstoppable and even scored wins against GMs Rasmus Svane, Tuan Minh Le, Benjamin Bok, and Tang.¬†

A snapshot of the winner’s unbeaten start.

Despite super-GMs like Fabiano Caruana and Dmitry Andreikin gracing the field, Martinez was able to oust them on the leaderboard due to his speed of play and ability to finish more games. Martinez’s win over IM Jonny Cueto is a fine example of this arena strategy.

The eventual second-placed Zhigalko was hot on the heels of Martinez for much of the event and managed to defeat former world number-12 blitz player Andreikin in three out of four of their encounters, as well as GM Pranav Anand. When facing each other though, Martinez was simply the quicker player, winning both games.

With less than 30 minutes left on the arena clock, the two paired and reached a drawn endgame. When 10 seconds behind on the clock, Zhigalko made the blunder 40.Kg6??, losing to a tactic that Martinez found instantly and dashing any chance of a comeback.

One of the outstanding performances of the tournament is undoubtedly the winner of the women’s player prize, Arysya. The Kazakh FM was able to dispatch Pranav, Bok, and others on her way to a score of 106 (34 wins, two draws, and 10 losses). See if you can find how Arysya finished the job against Andreikin after a move-20 blunder!

Because Martinez and Nakamura have dominated the first four editions of Bullet Brawl, it will be interesting to see how this rivalry develops and whether any other notable speedsters will join the fray in June.

Standings 
























Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3129 209
2

GM Sergei Zhigalko Zhigalko_Sergei 3106 109
3 GM Andrew Tang penguimgm1 3128 180
4 GM Rasmus Svane rasmussvane 3049 168
5 IM Terry Renato MITerryble 3077 160
6 GM Tuan Minh Le wonderfutime 3130 154
7 GM Nitzan Steinberg Nitzan_Steinberg 2898 136
8

IM Matvey Galchenko MatthewG-p4p 2948 133
9

GM Sanan Sjugirov Sanan_Sjugirov 2903 126
10 GM Matthias Bluebaum Msb2 3023 125
11 GM Benjamin Bok GMBenjaminBok 2939 122
12 FM

Arysya 2881 106
13 FM Reza Mahdavi rezamahdavi2008 2910 105
14

GM

fizmat_64 2886 101
15

GM Dmitry Andreikin FairChess_on_YouTube 2934 101
16 NM Janak Awatramani 12teen 2886 99
17 GM Fabiano Caruana FabianoCaruana 3030 98
18

FM Artem Odegov Artem_0degov 2803 96
19 GM Aman Hambleton KNVB 2880 92
20 NM Leonid Starozhilov Leonid_Starozhilov 2773 91


Bullet Brawl is an exciting new titled arena that features Chess.com’s top bullet specialists on the last Saturday of every month. The format is a two-hour arena with a 1+0 time control with a $2,500 prize fund.

Much like Titled Tuesday and Arena Kings, Bullet Brawl often features top GMs, including Hikaru Nakamura, Daniel Naroditsky, Andrew Tang, Tuan Minh Le, and many more!


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