Death, Taxes, And Nakamura’s Bullet Brawl Victories

Death, Taxes, And Nakamura's Bullet Brawl Victories


Three things in life seem to be a surety: death, taxes, and GM Hikaru Nakamura winning the $400 first prize in Bullet Brawl. Hours after securing victory for the fourth time in’s Bullet Chess Championship, Nakamura was back online again, cleaning up the field for the 152-player Bullet Brawl field for the seventh time since the inaugural edition.

With GM Magnus Carlsen taking a rest after falling at the hands of the American GM in the final, GM Oleksandr Bortnyk was clearly the second-best player on Saturday and claimed second place ahead of GM Jose Martinez.

IM Karina Ambartsumova again won the $100 highest-scoring female prize in a tight race with IM Anna Sargsyan while user DragonWizard02 prevailed in the Community event after scoring 56 wins, one draw, and only a single loss.

As always, the next edition of Bullet Brawl will take place next week on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 10.00 a.m. PT/19:00 CEST.

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The games from July’s fourth Bullet Brawl can be found here.

Following his defeat in the Bullet Chess Championship, Carlsen graciously indicated that he believes Nakamura is better than him at that time control and highlighted his longtime rival as “insanely impressive.”

Nakamura’s run on Saturday was consistent with each of his other performances in Bullet Brawl in 2023. Even with a larger field, he was able to sweep through the two-hour arena. The American superstar conceded just three draws and six losses, which paled in comparison to the 65 wins he scored. 

Proving he still has juice left in the tank after a big week of bullet chess. Image: GMHikaru/Twitch.

Despite the time control, Nakamura put on an exhibition in a variety of different openings, including in the later stages of the event where he produced a model game on the white side of the Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack.

Military precision created a series of puzzle-worthy moments throughout the event, and Nakamura’s ability to force his opponent’s resignation early helped him to build an insurmountable total of 235.

En route to second place, Bortnyk played destructive chess against his 3000+ rated colleagues and partly owes his placing to a 20-move dark-square domination over the eventual third-place Tang.’s Game Review produced a lofty performance rating of 3650 for the Ukrainian in the clash.

While the world number-two has proven his mettle against Carlsen in the bullet time control, he still has a way to go to dent Carlsen’s prowess in the game’s most prestigious time control.


Rank Fed Title Name Username Rating Score
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura Hikaru 3326 235
2 GM Oleksandr Bortnyk Oleksandr_Bortnyk 3219 203
3 GM Jose Martinez Jospem 3177 182
4 GM Andrew Tang penguimgm1 3130 180


Azzaro25 3166 173
6 GM Rasmus Svane rasmussvane 3055 163
7 GM Benjamin Bok GMBenjaminBok 2946 156

GM David Paravyan dropstoneDP 3128 153
9 GM Vi Pranav vi_pranav 3043 149

GM Sergei Zhigalko Zhigalko_Sergei 3107 148

GM Aleksandr Shimanov shimastream 3039 142
12 GM Shant Sargsyan Sargsyan_Shant 3003 140

GM Dimitry Andreikin FairChess_on_Youtube 3042 137
14 GM Matthias Bluebaum Msb2 3017 134
15 GM Eric Hansen hansen 3038 128
16 NM Janak Awatramani 12teen 2982 127
17 IM Tuan Minh Le wonderfultime 3076 127
18 GM S.L. Narayanan Indianlad 2973 125
19 GN Nihal Sarin nihalsarin 3251 124
20 IM Terry Renato IMTerryble 3013 119

Bullet Brawl is an exciting new titled arena that features’s top bullet specialists that now takes place weekly on Saturdays. The format is a two-hour arena with a 1+0 time control; the prize fund is $2,500.

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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