As noted already, the tournament is considerably weaker than usual due to all the high-level classical events going on - the Tal Memorial starts Wednesday and siphoned off Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik, Caruana, Karjakin, Nakamura, Gelfand and Morozevich, for instance, though not Mamedyarov and Andreikin. (They didn't play in the earlier super-tournaments, however, so they probably had more energy to burn.) Despite those high-profile absences, the World Blitz Championship was still very strong, as a perusal of the final crosstable will reveal, and the surprising but convincing winner was the very strong young Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem. His score of 20.5/30 only gave him a half-point margin of victory over the pursuing troika of Alexander Grischuk (silver), Ruslan Ponomariov (bronze) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (heartbreak), but as he led more or less throughout the tournament his victory was well-deserved. Also performing very well were Le's countryman Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen and Rauf Mamedov, both of whom finished with 19.5 points. (Below them the next finishers had 18 points, so they weren't really in the running for the top prizes.)
Congratulations to Le, who is, if I'm not mistaken, the first male from East Asia to win a non-age-based world championship. One would have expected the Chinese (who didn't participate for some reason) to get there first, but they didn't!