Alexei Shirov showed his willingness for a fight by employing the double-edged 4.f3 against the Nimzo-indian. He would have dearly loved to have obtained his revenge, but it wasn't to be as a tactical flurry led to mass simplification and a drawn endgame.
Anand against Carlsen was the same opening variation as in Shirov-Carlsen (from round 3) with the Indian varying on move 18. This time, matters developed more quietly, with the main assymetry in the middlegame being White giving up one, then the other, bishop for Black's knights. Anand retained his space advantage, but Carlsen made some headway on the kingside. Rook exchanges left both kings exposed, so it was no surprise that the game ended with perpetual check.
|Viswanathan Anand||2800||IND||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||2826||NOR||Spanish Breyer||50|
|Alexei Shirov||2749||ESP||0.5-0.5||Vladimir Kramnik||2780||RUS||Nimzoindian 4.f3||34|
So Kramnik finished the tournament unbeaten whereas Shirov failed to win any games.
The Final standings are as follows:
|Standing||Player (World ranking)||Rating||Age||Country||1W||1B||2W||2B||3W||3B||4W||4B||Score (Bilbao)||Score (Standard)||Expected Score||Elo +/-|
|1||Vladimir Kramnik (5)||2780||35||RUS||X||X||=||=||1||=||1||=||10||4||2.9||+11|
|2||Viswanathan Anand (3)||2800||40||IND||=||=||X||X||=||1||=||=||8||3.5||3.1||+4|
|3||Magnus Carlsen (1)||2826||19||NOR||=||0||0||=||X||X||1||=||6||2.5||3.4||-9|
|4||Alexei Shirov (12)||2749||38||ESP||=||0||=||=||=||0||X||X||4||2||2.6||-6|
Kramnik won 11 rating points and Anand 4 at the expense of Carlsen (-9) and Shirov (-6).
As a reminder, here is a summary of the earlier rounds:
|Alexei Shirov||2749||ESP||0.5-0.5||Viswanathan Anand||2800||IND||Spanish Berlin||41|
|Vladimir Kramnik||2780||RUS||1-0||Magnus Carlsen||2826||NOR||Queen's Indian Defence||45|
|Magnus Carlsen||2826||NOR||0-1||Viswanathan Anand||2800||IND||Spanish Berlin||45|
|Vladimir Kramnik||2780||RUS||1-0||Alexei Shirov||2749||ESP||Slav Defence||41|
|Alexei Shirov||2749||ESP||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||2826||NOR||Spanish Breyer||174|
|Viswanathan Anand||2800||IND||0.5-0.5||Vladimir Kramnik||2780||RUS||Catalan opening||34|
|Magnus Carlsen||2826||NOR||0.5-0.5||Vladimir Kramnik||2780||RUS||English Opening||73|
|Viswanathan Anand||2800||IND||0.5-0.5||Alexei Shirov||2749||ESP||French McClutcheon||38|
|Magnus Carlsen||2826||NOR||1-0||Alexei Shirov||2749||ESP||Spanish Neo-Archangel||65|
|Vladimir Kramnik||2780||RUS||0.5-0.5||Viswanathan Anand||2800||IND||Queen's Gambit Vienna||37|
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