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Grenke Classic Decided in Armageddon

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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The final round of Grenke Classic has been dramatic enough: Naiditsch had a promising position against Aronian; Carlsen was winning against Bacrot and Caruana could have scored against Baramidze. However, all the three encounters ended peacefully, thus leading to a playoff between the German #1 Arkadij Naiditsch and the World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and blitz chess Magnus Carlsen.

The tie-breaks turned out to be a thriller: Carlsen and Naiditsch traded blows in rapid chess and drew both blitz games. Only in Armageddon Carlsen (White) managed to defeat Naiditsch (Black). Still, Arkadij won their classical chess duel at Grenke, so such a result overall is a fantastic achievement for him.

Final standings:

Rank SNr Name Elo FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Points Wins
1 6 GM Carlsen Magnus 2865 NOR * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4½ 3
2 5 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 GER 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4½ 2
3 4 GM Adams Michael 2738 ENG 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4 2
4 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2811 ITA ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 4 1
5 3 GM Aronian Levon 2777 ARM ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 3½ 1
6 2 GM Bacrot Etienne 2711 FRA ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3½ 0
7 8 GM Anand Viswanathan 2797 IND 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 2½ 1
8 7 GM Baramidze David 2594 GER 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1½ 0

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