The tournament's favorite Hikaru Nakamura made his ambitions to win the competiton again perfectly clear with a convincing victory in the Opening Blitz that was held to determine the starting numbers and colors for the Rapid. Even a loss in the last round against Indian Viswanathan Anand couldn't stop the "H-bomb" from finishing clear first with 3,5 out of five.

Three successive wins in the first three rounds against Armenian Levon Aronian, Russian Vladimir Kramnik and Dutch Anish Giri were followed by an unfortunate draw with white against Alexei Shirov, where Nakamura was clearly winning with two connected passed pawns on the queenside in a queen and bishop ending. But the Latvian Wizard found a way to keep the position alive with constant threats against Nakamura's king. Eventually, white stumbled and had to agree to a draw. Nevertheless Nakamura practically assured himself of clear first place being one point ahead before the final round, although Shirov could have caught up to him with a win against Giri, but the game ended in a draw after having reached a bloodless pawn and bishop ending.

Anand took second place with his win against Nakamura in the last round, while Shirov finished 3rd. These three players have thus assured themselves to have three white games in the coming Rapid, while Kramnik, Aronian and Giri will have three blacks.

Final result:

RkName123456PtSB
1 Hikaru Nakamura ** 0 0.5 1 1 1 3.5 6.00
2 Viswanathan Anand 1 ** 0.5 0.5 0 1 3.0 7.25
3 Alexei Shirov 0.5 0.5 ** 0.5 1 0.5 3.0 7.00
4 Vladimir Kramnik 0 0.5 0.5 ** 1 0.5 2.5 5.50
5 Levon Aronian 0 1 0 0 ** 1 2.0 4.00
6 Anish Giri 0 0 0.5 0.5 0 ** 1.0 2.75

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