GM Jeffery Xiong emerged from a nine-way tie for first place, easily the most crowded standings in recent memory, to claim Titled Tuesday victory on January 18. Tiebreaks also saw GM Illia Nyzhnyk second, GM Alexey Sarana third, and IM Le Tuan Minh. four.
Also scoring 9/11 were GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac, NM Valery Sviridov, GM S.L. Narayanan, GM Dmitry Andreikin and IM Christopher Yoo. Eight other players were half a point off the lead with 8.5/11.
This week, 585 players entered Titled Tuesday, which was the usual 11-round Swiss with a 3+1 time control.
Live broadcast of this Tuesday’s tournament, hosted by FM Anna-Maja Kazarian.
For the second week in a row, Sarana was the last perfect player, this time at 7/7. Unfortunately, her most daring and interesting play, sacrificing a piece with black in the opening (previously attempted only by GM Romain Edouard in 2013) against GM Hikaru Nakamura, was the one that ended her streak.