...but finish as listed above in terms of tiebreaks. The point of the blitz event (aside from the entertainment of chess fans, which was considerable) was to determine pairing numbers. Players picked pairing numbers according to their order of finish, and this meant that the top three all get an extra game with the white pieces. Mickey Adams chose to alternate all the way, with White in rounds 1, 3 and 5. Hikaru Nakamura has White in rounds 1, 3 and 4, while Vladimir Kramnik gets White in his first, second and fourth games. Anish Giri led the event with 5.5/7 (= 16 points on the 3-1-0 scoring they used during the blitz and will use during the classical tournament as well), but dropped his last three games to finish half a point (on classical scoring; one point on 3-1-0) behind the leaders. He'll have White in games 2 and 5. Viswanathan Anand will have White in games 2 and 4, and tailender Fabiano Caruana gets White in games 3 and 5.
Here are the pairings for tomorrow's first round, which starts at 4 p.m. London time (= 11 a.m. ET):
- Kramnik - Anand
- Nakamura - Giri
- Adams - Caruana
About the blitz event: it was both exciting and relatively blunder-free; surprisingly so, I'd say. Perhaps the players were sufficiently warmed up without being worn out by the previous days' rapid tournament. The early leaders were Giri, Adams and Nakamura, while Kramnik started out especially slowly with just half a point from his first two mini-matches. Adams and Nakamura slowed a bit while Kramnik finished on a tear with 5.5/6, and as already noted Giri collapsed at the finish to come in fourth. Anand didn't play great, but he had his moments - one of which was what I believe was his first-ever win against Nakamura in any sort of time control - a rather brutal win at that. As for Caruana, he hasn't generally been considered one of the very top blitz players, so his fans shouldn't worry that this is a portent of things to come in the classical tournament.
Tournament site here.