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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
13th Amber Blindfold Tournament

Alexander Morozevich8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Leko6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Alexey Shirov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Evgeny Bareev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Loek van Wely3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons2/11(+0 -7 =4)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Vallejo Pons vs Bareev  0-138200413th Amber BlindfoldC10 French
2. Kramnik vs Gelfand  1-049200413th Amber BlindfoldB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Morozevich vs Ivanchuk  1-041200413th Amber BlindfoldB30 Sicilian
4. Shirov vs Leko  ½-½47200413th Amber BlindfoldE12 Queen's Indian
5. Anand vs Svidler  ½-½80200413th Amber BlindfoldB54 Sicilian
6. Van Wely vs Topalov ½-½46200413th Amber BlindfoldA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
7. Topalov vs Anand 1-061200413th Amber BlindfoldB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. F Vallejo Pons vs Van Wely  ½-½40200413th Amber BlindfoldB33 Sicilian
9. Bareev vs Svidler  0-153200413th Amber BlindfoldA48 King's Indian
10. Leko vs Morozevich 1-053200413th Amber BlindfoldC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
11. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik  ½-½69200413th Amber BlindfoldB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. Gelfand vs Shirov 0-123200413th Amber BlindfoldD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½63200413th Amber BlindfoldB33 Sicilian
14. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand  1-040200413th Amber BlindfoldE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
15. Morozevich vs Shirov 1-029200413th Amber BlindfoldC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Svidler vs Topalov 1-031200413th Amber BlindfoldC42 Petrov Defense
17. Anand vs F Vallejo Pons 1-031200413th Amber BlindfoldB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Van Wely vs Bareev  0-149200413th Amber BlindfoldD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Van Wely vs Anand  ½-½38200413th Amber BlindfoldE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. F Vallejo Pons vs Svidler  ½-½34200413th Amber BlindfoldD80 Grunfeld
21. Bareev vs Topalov  ½-½67200413th Amber BlindfoldE35 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 5.cd ed
22. Morozevich vs Kramnik  ½-½38200413th Amber BlindfoldB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Leko vs Gelfand 1-035200413th Amber BlindfoldC42 Petrov Defense
24. Shirov vs Ivanchuk  ½-½38200413th Amber BlindfoldB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. Ivanchuk vs Leko 1-040200413th Amber BlindfoldB33 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-04  ruylopez900: Morozevich regularily outdoes himself in the blindfold section of this tournament. Over the last two years his performance rating has been 220 and 150 points above his ELO rating. Same's happening this year!
Mar-31-04  Taidanii: I had no idea that Leko was an experienced blindfold player.
Mar-31-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: instead of those blindfold and rapid games, i would like to see a good classic event, whith adjournments to demonstrate that Chess is alive besides some efforts to finish it
Mar-31-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: you know adjournments wouldn't be a bad idea...everyone's got the same computer so what's the big deal? ;)
Mar-31-04  square dance: <refutor> i think part of the problem is that people feel that the games are stale enough largely because of computers. to let them affect the middle game as well would only hurt the game more. thats just my guess though.
Mar-31-04  ruylopez900: <vanKrolock> Linares was a classical chess event. Look what happened. Chess doesn't seem to be alive if you look at it =(.
Apr-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: the adjournments, a break for eating, sleeping or resting was one of the charms of the old days... yes, today every player have his analizing software, so conditions are equal for everybody, and a player would have at least to filter a lot of analisis in a short time... what's happening today is that a magistral live game is no more a balanced work of art, the level is declining, becoming more 'sport-like', and Chess is more than sport - Yes, the question of the short draws is another preocupation, but adjournments will not affect those players whith peacefull moods, maybe on the contrary... (sorry for my limited english & time to tip here... i will return to the subject - search in the web some views of Postal Chess spetialists - they dont trust always in computer analisis>>>)
Apr-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  PizzatheHut: At what playing level do GMs usually play in blindfold? I've heard that one time Robert Huebner play 12 players rated 2300 in a blind simul and didn't lose any games. If a Super GM played blindfold against a 2550 GM with sight of the board, who would win?
Apr-03-04  Hidden Skillz: im pretty sure 95% the sight would beat a super gm..
Apr-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: I don't know about that. Ivanchuk is famous for not looking at the board while he plays. (He usually looks to the side, or at the lights above.) For many players it's not much of a handicap at all.
Apr-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: shirov does the same, when he came to north bay in 1994 everyone was amazed that he spent more time looking at the ceiling than actually at the board...of course the level of competition may have had something to do with that as well ;)
Apr-04-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: to play one game blindfold dont particullarly affects one strenght, because the sight of board and pieces is only an auxiliary function to brain... this same concept explains that , for example, Beethoven was able to conducts an orchestra and compose while completely deaf... For the play of a series of games blindfold in simul, that's another discipline, but again the analogy whith music is possible;;; some people can control only his own instrument whith atention and hard work, while a conductor or composer of simphonies shall visualize and control a whole series of complex operations
Apr-04-04  Lawrence: <refutor>, have you seen this? "It was '90, Paris, and I was paired against this relatively unknown youngster from Latvia. I played my normal game, and was quite astonished when I noticed that he would only look at the board from time to time, and that most of the time he spent staring at the ceiling! I still remember thinking that there was something quite wrong with the fellow! ''I will have no problem with this fellow'' I thought.".......Kevin Spraggett's first game against Shirov.
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