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🏆 Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Vugar Gashimov, Jan Smeets

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Ponomariov 0-1472010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D80 Grunfeld
2. Kramnik vs Grischuk 1-0562010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
3. V Gashimov vs L Dominguez ½-½372010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C54 Giuoco Piano
4. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen 1-0492010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. J Smeets vs Svidler  ½-½402010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. Aronian vs Karjakin 1-0422010Amber Tournament (Rapid)E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
7. Grischuk vs Ponomariov  ½-½322010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
8. L Dominguez vs Kramnik ½-½882010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B07 Pirc
9. V Gashimov vs Gelfand 0-1892010Amber Tournament (Rapid)A22 English
10. Svidler vs Ivanchuk  ½-½322010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. Karjakin vs J Smeets  ½-½632010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C24 Bishop's Opening
12. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0682010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C48 Four Knights
13. Aronian vs J Smeets 1-0372010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Ivanchuk vs Karjakin  ½-½442010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Carlsen vs Svidler 1-0342010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. Kramnik vs V Gashimov 1-0532010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Ponomariov vs L Dominguez ½-½472010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Gelfand vs Grischuk  ½-½522010Amber Tournament (Rapid)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. L Dominguez vs Grischuk 0-1502010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. V Gashimov vs Ponomariov  1-0642010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
21. Kramnik vs Gelfand 0-1342010Amber Tournament (Rapid)E15 Queen's Indian
22. Karjakin vs Svidler 0-1382010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
23. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 0-1372010Amber Tournament (Rapid)A13 English
24. J Smeets vs Carlsen 0-1562010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. Ivanchuk vs J Smeets 1-0402010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C48 Four Knights
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Mar-25-10  The Rocket: And chucky is just smashing his opponents:) so great to see, the strongest player never to become world-champion!

sorry to say but he has most likely run out of his chances, + too old and weak nerves.

Mar-25-10  Mr. Bojangles: Amazing Ivanchuck didn't lose a single game. A truly deserved win.

Carlsen will join him at the top soon it seems.

Mar-25-10  Sergius64: There's no tie break right? They're cowinners?
Mar-25-10  achieve: Is there a sole winner?
Mar-25-10  anandrulez: turbo231: Does anyone known if Naka can play blindfold chess, I'm curious. If I had to guess I would say yes, because he has tremendous talents. As for myself I can't see the board with my eyes open, and I'm not blind!

Rest assured that a played of Nakas calibre would be able to play blind . A super strong player WOULD be able to play bind , because its all wired together . If someone can see and play thats because he has some sense of the position in his mind . I myself a 2000 player can do a bit with blindfold chess with some practise . Maybe defeat a 1400 .

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  amadeus: Congrats to Ivanchuk (92-10) and Carlsen (2010).

Mar-25-10  Rolfo: Congratulations to Carlsen and Ivanchuck!
Mar-25-10  Bobwhoosta: As far as Chessbucks goes, do they take into account Tiebreaks, or do both Chucky and Magnus pay off for the Rapid Section??

I'm into the Loanshark something awful....

Mar-25-10  anandrulez: Infact I feel that I complete suck at chess when I see these guys churning out moves without seeing the board . I mean the level of play of a 2700 is very significantly higher and any 2700 would do a GM level play blind or not !
Mar-25-10  The Rocket: "Infact I feel that I complete suck at chess when I see these guys churning out moves without seeing the board"

they do see the board via computer, but not the pieces

Mar-25-10  malthrope: <achieve: Is there a sole winner?>

Niels - Chuky and Magnus co-share 1st & 2nd place as Amber overall winners (Rapids & Blindfold combined) as well as Rapid section winners (also 1st & 2nd). Gris wins the Blindfold section.

However, Chuky leaves the 19th Annual Amber Chess Tournament (also his 19th Amber event, btw! ~lol~) with full bragging rights... Having beaten Carlsen in Round #1 by the score 2-0 and he also survived as the only undefeated player. :D

Mar-25-10  percyblakeney: Amber doesn't have tiebreaks and has had shared winners several times before this year:

Mar-25-10  virginmind: congratulations chucky and carlsen! awesome guys, especially ivanchuk!
Mar-25-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Troller>
I guess it would be a bit awkward to invite Nakamura this year, seeing as he finished last in the qualification event. Caruana, Stellwagen & Yifan Hou all had better scores than Nakamura in that event (as did Smeets, the winner, obviously).>

Since that qualifying event provides only one spot for this tournament, I don't think it really matters. Once it's over, the order they finished in should be irrelevant; the other players are then simply part of the general pool of players who can be invited by the organizers for any reason. I would definitely invite Nakamura before those players.

However, I am glad that Nakamura didn't play this year, as the field was considerably weakened by the absence of Anand, Topalov, and Morozevich. He deserves a full test.

Mar-25-10  Kazzak: Well done by both. Ivanchuk undefeated, and wiped the board with Carlsen twice, so I guess he's the moral winner.

But Carlsen has thirteen wins in total, so that counts for something, also!

Mar-25-10  bharatiy: and complete smashing!!
Mar-25-10  turbo231: < anandrulez >

When I close my eyes all I see is a faint dark grey board with no squares and no pieces.

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  Peligroso Patzer: In addition to Ivanchuk and Carlsen being shared winners in the "Combined" tournament, they were also shared winners in the Rapid portion, with Grischuk taking clear first in the Blindfold event.
Mar-25-10  s4life: <frog> Well, Wang Yue didn't come from behind in a high pressure situation and trash Carlsen in the remaining games did he? I wasn't referring to chess strength here - for which statistics would be the only useful indicator - but mental strength, and that head-to-head, or more specifically, the way it came to be is quite illustrating.

Anyway, I agree it is quite subjective, my belief that Naka has Carlsen's number that is; we shall see how things go in their next encounter.

Mar-25-10  turbo231: < The Rocket >

Some guys can turn their backs to the board and not see anything at all and play. That's truly amazing. One guy did that against 87 people at the same time. After the games he recited each and every move for all 87 games!!!!!!!!!!! Also he won every game if I remember correctly.

Mar-25-10  Sbetsho: [citation needed]
Mar-25-10  TheScroobiousPip: <Turbo> Koltanowski?
Mar-25-10  turbo231: < TheScroobiousPip >

Yes Koltanowski. I rechecked it was 56 guys, he won 50 and lost 6. That's still amazing.

Mar-25-10  turbo231: < Sbetsho >

Go to wikipedia and read all about it.

Mar-25-10  frogbert: <and trash Carlsen in the remaining games did he>

and neither did nakamura, s4life. you're becoming <too> subjective now. :o) and seriously - you're drawing grand conclusions based on what - 4 blitz games? i guess grischuk has carlsen's number too, then - he won the previous bnbank (glitnir) blitz final with the same score.

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