Who will be the successor of last year's king Hikaru Nakamura - tournament leader Viswanathan Anand, who is one point ahead of his rivals before today's last round and the Blitz? Or maybe Hikaru Nakamura himself, who had already demonstrated his tremendous Blitz skills at the opening day? Or the Russian Vladimir Kramnik, who appears to be gathering pace after his brilliant victory against Giri in Round 4?

 A lot depends on the outcome of today's last round of the Rapid:

Round 5 - Monday, February 15th, 3pm

White BlackRes.
Viswanathan Anand-Vladimir Kramnik1:1
Levon Aronian-Hikaru Nakamura0:2
Anish Giri-Alexei Shirov1:1

Viswanathan Anand will face Vladimir Kramnik with the white pieces, while Nakamura plays Aronian, who has surely gained some self-confidence from his convincing win against Shirov yesterday. As wins in the Rapid count double, Kramnik may not lose to Anand in order to keep his chances of victory alive - otherwise he would be two points behind Anand before the Blitz. Anand, on the other hand, could use a comfortable margin towards Nakamura, who's the clear favorite for the Blitz tournament at 6pm this evening, so a draw versus Kramnik might not suit him if Nakamura beats Aronian. Moreover, Anand will surely remember last year's turnout, when a full point lead before the Blitz proved to be not enough for him and he was overhauled by the American and, with all tiebreaks exactly level, beaten in the Armageddon showdown.

So today promises to become an exciting final. Don't miss it, either live on our live broadcast or here in the Savoy - entry is free, the Rapid's 5th round starts at 3pm and the Blitz at 6pm.


Rapid after Round 4


1. Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2784 6.0 9.50
2. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2787 5.0 8.50
3. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2801 5.0 7.50
4. Levon Aronian (ARM) 2792 4.0 5.50
5. Alexei Shirov (LAT) 2684 2.0 5.50
6. Anish Giri (NED) 2798 2.0 4.50

A win in the Rapid is worth 2 points, a draw one. A win in the Blitz is worth 1 point and a draw 0,5.