Gelfand out-blitzs Aronian in Leon

In the twenty-third rapid organized in Ciudad de Leon, the favourites Levon Aronian and Boris Gelfand made the final in this four-player event.
The World Cup winner again demonstrated his great ability to win Blitz play-off matches to take this year's title.

The Semi-Finals on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th saw two tight matches.

NameRatingCountryRapid 1Rapid 2Rapid 3Rapid 4Blitz 1Blitz 2Total
Boris Gelfand2741Israel0.
Fransisco Vallejo Pons2703Spain0.

After four drawn games Gelfand was only able to make the difference in the blitz play-off.

NameRatingCountryRapid 1Rapid 2Rapid 3Rapid 4Total
Levon Aronian2783Armenia0.50.50.512.5
Leinier Dominguez2713Cuba0.50.50.501.5

Aronian won an extremely long drawn-out fourth rapid game.

Aronian lost the last three games.
NameRatingCountryRapid 1Rapid 2Rapid 3Rapid 4Blitz 1Blitz 2Total
Boris Gelfand2741Israel0.50.501114
Levon Aronian2783Armenia0.50.510002

Boris Gelfand lost the third rapid game, but fought back by winning the fourth and then completed the turn-round by winning the Blitz play-off 2-0.

He seems to be making a habit of beating top class opposition in Blitz matches (as Vachier-Lagrave, Ponomariov and Vallejo Pons can testify!), as demonstrated both here and in Khanty Mansiysk at the end of last year.

Maybe Blitz isn't a younger person's game after all!

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