Playoff shootout

Down to eight candidates. Aronian eventually shook off Carlsen,  by winning two blitz games. Blitz is the penalty shoot-out of chess. Not always guaranteed to produce the best chess, but certainly exciting. Carlsen showed great fighting qualities but in the end his black openings let him down. He is going to be a star of the future, but right now Aronian is better.

Shirov beat off Adams in the rapid games. Gelfand beat Kasimdzhanov. I predicted Kasim to win, so that’s a personal surprise.

Results / Games Results and Standings

Results
Name   G1   G2   G3   G4   G5   G6   TB   Total  
Match 1
Carlsen Magnus (NOR)   0   0.5   1   0   1   0.5   2 5  
Aronian Levon (ARM)   1   0.5   0   1   0   0.5   4 7
Match 2
Leko Peter (HUN)   0.5   1   1   1         3.5  
Gurevich Mikhail (TUR)   0.5   0   0   0         0.5  
Match 3
Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR)   0.5   0.5   0   0.5   0.5   0.5     2.5  
Rublevsky Sergei (RUS)   0.5   0.5   1   0.5   0.5   0.5     3.5  
Match 4
Gelfand Boris (ISR)   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   2.5   5.5 
Kasimdzhanov Rustam (UZB)   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   0.5   3.5  
Match 5
Kamsky Gata (USA)   0.5   1   1   1         3.5  
Bacrot Etienne (FRA)   0.5   0   0   0         0.5  
Match 6
Grischuk Alexander (RUS)   1   0.5   0.5   1   0.5       3.5  
Malakhov Vladimir (RUS)   0   0.5   0.5   0   0.5       1.5  
Match 7
Polgar Judith (HUN)   0.5   0   0.5   0   1   0.5     2.5  
Bareev Evgeny (RUS)   0.5   1   0.5   1   0   0.5     3.5  
Match 8
Adams Michael (ENG)   0.5   0.5   0.5   1   0.5   0   0.5   3.5  
Shirov Alexei (ESP)   0.5   0.5   0.5   0   0.5   1   2.5   5.5 
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