defeated the fellow Russian Alexander Grischuk 2-1 in the final match of the Aeroflot Rapid
to take the top prize of 16,000 USD. Grischuk earned 10,000 USD.
Karjakin is reigning World Rapid Champion
, while Grischuk is reigning World Blitz Champion
After the two regular rapid games finished in draws for the 1-1 tie, the players proceeded to the Armageddon game where white (Karjakin) had 5 minutes vs black’s 4 minutes and draw odds. The planned 30 sec increment after move 61 was never reached as Grischuk flagged earlier in the winning position.
After the knockout stage
, four players qualified for the semifinal matches – Nepomniachtchi (who earlier won the Aeroflot Blitz Championship
), Grischuk, Kamsky and Karjakin.
Grischuk used the white pieces to eliminate Gata Kamsky with 1,5-0,5, while Karjakin had to play another Armageddon after the 1-1 tie against Nepomniachtchi. This game Karjakin won convincingly to schedule the clash with Grischuk.Official website
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