R11: 4 share 1st prize blindfold

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Aronian has won Amber 2008 but we knew that already. Kramnik ended second on tiebreak and Leko third. Aronian also won the rapid tournament of course (a major part of his combined success) and together with Kramnik, Morozevich and Topalov he also ended shared first in the blindfold section. Lots of draws on the final day of course, but Topalov-Ivanchuk and Gelfand-Mamedyarov were attractive final matches.

Nobody complained when Anand, Van Wely, Leko and Aronian drew both of their games quickly today. Kramnik and Karjakin played longer games, but drew twice too. Their blindfold games was no less than thirty moves of theory by the way (31.Qc8 was new; 31.Qc6 had been played in Alekseev-Bareev, World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 2007) but again it wasn't much for White. Carlsen and Morozevich (two draws as well) was a real fighting match. In both games Carlsen drew worse endings - it's really becoming his specialty. Topalov-Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov-Gelfand, both 1-1 again, were four decisive games. Topalov and Ivanchuk both played one decent game, but Mamedyarov and Gelfand ended their tournament with many mistakes. "I wouldn't include it in my best games collection but I'm glad that it had entertainment value," Gelfand said about his victory.

So it's over, or not quite yet. Tomorrow both Macauley and me will publish a last video on the final round and the closing ceremony, so stay tuned!




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