Magnus Carlsen created history by winning the World Blitz Championship, holding all three World titles at the same time. The Norwegian now holds the World Blitz, Rapid, and Classic titles consecutively. Meanwhile, Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand had to be content with a joint fifth.
Anand, starting on 7.5 points from 11 games, scored another six out of last 10 to end on 13.5 points, which secured him a joint fifth place. The five-time world champion finished seventh overall when the tie was resolved.
Nepomniachtchi won the silver, while the bronze went to Nakamura who started as the top seed in the championship. Le Quang Liem of Vietnam finished sole fourth and it was a four-way tie for the fifth spot in which Anand figured with Azerbaijani duo of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Rauf Mamedov and Levon Aronian of Armenia. Carlsen scored six wins and four draws on the last day to record 2,981 points, which put him ahead of Hikaru Nakamura.
For the five days, he pocketed $80,000 by winning both rapid and blitz. Both championships had a prize money of $2,00,000 .