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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) Tournament

Viswanathan Anand8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Peter Leko6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/11(+0 -2 =9)[games]
Alexander Morozevich4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Loek van Wely3/11(+2 -7 =2)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Van Wely 1-037200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Carlsen vs Gelfand ½-½30200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Svidler vs Leko 0-138200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
4. F Vallejo Pons vs Aronian 0-187200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. Anand vs Morozevich ½-½36200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C12 French, McCutcheon
6. Kramnik vs Radjabov ½-½68200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. Leko vs Aronian 0-137200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Carlsen vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½108200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Morozevich vs Ivanchuk ½-½41200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Gelfand vs Svidler  ½-½25200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A15 English
11. Radjabov vs Anand 0-153200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
12. Van Wely vs Kramnik 0-154200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Kramnik vs Morozevich ½-½70200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Radjabov vs Van Wely 0-152200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Aronian vs Gelfand 1-036200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Svidler vs Carlsen ½-½31200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. F Vallejo Pons vs Leko ½-½23200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
18. Anand vs Ivanchuk 1-046200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C88 Ruy Lopez
19. Gelfand vs Leko  ½-½72200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E12 Queen's Indian
20. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½72200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E01 Catalan, Closed
21. Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons 1-047200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Morozevich vs Van Wely 1-039200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A05 Reti Opening
23. Ivanchuk vs Radjabov 1-048200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E92 King's Indian
24. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½56200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C88 Ruy Lopez
25. Leko vs Carlsen ½-½28200716th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-29-07  The End: Congrats Anand.It is difficult to keep 2 points diffrence in such a strong filed in rapids. In blindfold...there are very few strong players and those types of games are not played frequently.(Infact is there any other major tourney where blindfold is played?).That was I consider Anand's 2 point difference is difficult to achieve than Kramnik's similar diffrence in blindflod.
Mar-29-07  Atking: <The End: Congrats Anand.It is difficult to keep 2 points diffrence in such a strong filed in rapids. In blindfold...there are very few strong players and those types of games are not played frequently.(Infact is there any other major tourney where blindfold is played?).That was I consider Anand's 2 point difference is difficult to achieve than Kramnik's similar diffrence in blindflod.> Well it is more a matter of taste. To say that Morozevich or Ivanchuck are not dangerous opponents on blindfold isn't serious. I have a great respect for Anand (Need I say that) but objectively Kramnik did better in the rapid section than Anand in blind one!
Mar-29-07  doremi: Thank you for the relay of all three boards simultaneously, chessgames.com ! It was a great experience!
Mar-29-07  percyblakeney: The most exciting game of the tournament may have been Anand vs Kramnik, 2007. If Anand had found 31. g6 (or avoided dropping that piece in their blindfold game) this could have been a match instead of a couple of easy rounds for Kramnik towards the end.
Mar-29-07  mckmck: Rapid King wins again!
Mar-29-07  yalie: Obviously anand dominated the rapids and Kramnik the blindfold .. if you combine their final scores you get a whopping 17.5/22. Amazingly, Anand reached 17/22 in 1994 ... could be all wimps? At least, Ivanchuk (who has played in all the tourneys), a very strong Karpov (that lost game to Nunn), Nunn and Kramnik should have been there. WHo else was there? Is there a crosstable somewhere?
Mar-29-07  Sellstein: <slomarko:> this tourney proved quite a success for Kramnik: 1. He won it with an excelent performance 2. he use a very good novelty against Carlsen and got the point that he needed to consolidate first place 3. Topalov's "representative" Vallejo, had a lousy tournament. 4. During the tournament he learned that none of the elite players cared to play with Topa in Sofia (I wonder why).
Mar-29-07  Confuse: <slomarko> good one, although i dont think the people here get your sense of humor.... unless I'm thinking too deeply. : )
Mar-29-07  s4life: <KamikazeAttack:
Will u ever be right about VW?>

You meant VolksWagen?

Mar-29-07  samikd: While we are on the subject of Van Wely, I think he might be the most reticent player around. I saw him at HB global 2 years back. He was nice enough to play time-odd blitz with lower rated players (read:patzers) like us after the tournament, but even during that he hardly spoke, or showed any emotion. Also, during post game analysis, with Beliavsky, for instance, I saw Beliavsky do all the talking while Van Wely behaved like someone who doesnt speak or understand English :)

Anand, on the other hand, might be the most talkative during analysis..from what I saw from the chessvibes videos. Svidler too.

Mar-29-07  amuralid: <slomarko: this tourney proved quite a dissaster for Kramnik: 1. he failed to beat Moro's blindfold record (9,5/11) 2. he expanded a very usefull novelty against Carlsen 3. he didn't manage to beat Topalov's second Vallejo>

LOL!!! You try hard to find a unique view. Hopefully you will use it in areas that make a difference.

Mar-30-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <yalie: Obviously anand dominated the rapids and Kramnik the blindfold .. if you combine their final scores you get a whopping 17.5/22. Amazingly, Anand reached 17/22 in 1994 ... could be all wimps? At least, Ivanchuk (who has played in all the tourneys), a very strong Karpov (that lost game to Nunn), Nunn and Kramnik should have been there. WHo else was there? Is there a crosstable somewhere?>

Anand was +12 at 1994 Amber? Wow.

Mar-30-07  chessmoron: <<yalie> WHo else was there?> J.Polgar/Seirawan/Korchnoi/S. Polgar/Piket/Kramnik/Nunn/Ljubojevic/Kamsky/Karpov
Mar-30-07  sheaf: does somebody have a link which has details of important event of ninties, (before the internet became so massive) I had a very hard time looking up for crosstables of amber 1994, still couldnt find anything better than anands score. not even individual scores in rapid and blindfold, as far as i remember anand was +8 in rapid and +4 in blindfold. But I think Karpov has scored +9 in amber rapid which is a record.
Mar-30-07  SNiraj: <Rapid King wins again!> Congrats Vishy!!
Mar-30-07  a s azzopardi: Well done!! Excellent contribution to the game. Impeccable service. Tks.
Mar-30-07  slomarko: <sheaf>
blindfold:
1993 Anand, Karpov +6
1994 Anand +5
1995 Kramnik +5
1996 Kramnik +7
1997 Anand +5
1998 Kramnik +6
1999 Shirov, Topalov, Kramnik +5
2000 Kramnik +4
2001 Topalov +5
2002 Morozevich +7
2003 Kramnik +5
2004 Morozevich +6
2005 Anand +5
2006 Morozevich +8
2007 Kramnik +7
Mar-30-07  slomarko: and rapid:

1993 Ljubojevic +4
1994 Kramnik, Anand +7
1995 Karpov +9
1996 Anand, Ivanchuk +4
1997 Anand +4
1998 Shirov, Ivanchuk +5
1999 Anand +4
2000 Shirov +6
2001 Gelfand, Kramnik +4
2002 Gelfand +4
2003 Bareev +5
2004 Anand +4
2005 Anand +4
2006 Anand +5
2007 Anand +6

Mar-30-07  Ragh: <slomarko> From your tables, it looks like Anand is the only player to win both the blindfold and rapid events in the same year. And that too, he did it thrice ('94, '97 and in '05). Also, Vishy has been holding the Rapid title since the last four years just like the Mainz Rapid championship (since 6 yrs).
Mar-30-07  slomarko: yes Anand is the king of rapid there is no doubt about that. however in the blindfold he performed less than stellar. (in last 10 years only one win).
Mar-30-07  Wilson H. L.: Interesting : Gelf and Moro have the same scores both in blindfold and rapid.
Mar-31-07  anandr: I think Anand has gotten older, and as all know, memory does fade with age :-)
Mar-31-07  djmercury: <1995 Karpov +9> What a score!
Apr-02-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <djmercury: <1995 Karpov +9> What a score!>

Yes, I saw that and immediately thought two things:

1) Wow, +9 in 11 rapid games! Is that right?

2) How did Karpov do in the blindfold competition that year (1995)?

Apr-03-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: I just answered my own questions about Karpov at Amber 1995 by using Google and finding a 1995 NY Times chess column by Robert Byrne (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpa...). Damn this Internet is incredible.

<Karpov's incredible supremacy was made manifest in his scoring 10-1 in the regular games. In the games played blindfold, he achieved only 6-5. But his combined total of 16-6 put him decisively ahead of Viswanathan Anand of India, who came in second with 14 1/2-7 1/2. Vasily Ivanchuk of Ukraine was third with 14-8.>

So, yes indeed, Karpov was +9(!) (10-1) in rapid to go along with his +1 (6-5) in blindfold for a combined +10, with Anand finishing second at +7.

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