|The winners of FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships|
In a dramatic race of two players who recently contended the World Championship Match in New York, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, the Russian came out on the top to win the gold medal by the virtue of better tiebreak score.
The two players finished on 16,5/21 points each. Just like in the World Rapid Championship Carlsen lost the trophy on additional criteria.
Carlsen entered the final round half a point ahead of the rival, but he couldn’t achieve more than a draw against Peter Leko, while Karjakin defeated Baadur Jobava.
The extent of their domination in the event is shown by the fact that the nearest followers, Daniil Dubov, Hikaru Nakamura and Alexander Grischuk (World Blitz Champion in 2015), were full two points behind. Dubov claimed the bronze medal on tiebreak.
Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk is leaving Doha with two gold medals in the bag.
After winning the FIDE World Rapid Championship two days ago, Anna Muzychuk retained the World Blitz title that she had won two years ago in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Despite the slow start with three draws and a loss to Lagno, the strong finish of five consecutive wins helped Anna Muzychuk to take a clear first place with 13/17 points.
On the shared second place with 12,5 points each are Russian speed-chess specialists Valentina Gunina and Kateryna Lagno. Gunina earned the silver medal on better tie-break and Lagno took the bronze.
The closing ceremony took place right after the end of the World Blitz Championship. The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Qatari Chess Association Khalifa Al-Hitmi awarded the winners of FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships.
The 2016 FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships were held in Doha, Qatar, from 26-30th December.