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Amber Tournament (Rapid) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen8/11(+7 -2 =2)[view games]
Vassily Ivanchuk8/11(+5 -0 =6)[view games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[view games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[view games]
Vugar Gashimov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[view games]
Levon Aronian6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Peter Svidler6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Boris Gelfand5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[view games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[view games]
Ruslan Ponomariov4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[view games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[view games]
Jan Smeets2/11(+1 -8 =2)[view games]

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Grischuk 1-056 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen 1-049 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Aronian vs Karjakin 1-042 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-068 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C48 Four Knights
5. Aronian vs J Smeets 1-037 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Carlsen vs Svidler 1-034 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
7. Kramnik vs V Gashimov 1-053 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. V Gashimov vs Ponomariov  1-064 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
9. Gelfand vs L Dominguez 1-066 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D80 Grunfeld
10. Svidler vs Aronian 1-031 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C60 Ruy Lopez
11. Ivanchuk vs J Smeets 1-040 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C48 Four Knights
12. Kramnik vs J Smeets 1-053 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Aronian vs Kramnik 1-051 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
14. Ivanchuk vs Grischuk 1-044 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Svidler vs L Dominguez 1-060 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. Karjakin vs Ponomariov 1-023 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C70 Ruy Lopez
17. V Gashimov vs J Smeets 1-033 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
18. Ponomariov vs Svidler 1-057 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
19. Aronian vs Ponomariov 1-047 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)A13 English
20. Carlsen vs L Dominguez 1-047 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand 1-032 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
22. Karjakin vs Kramnik 1-033 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-041 2010 Amber Tournament (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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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.

Mar-25-10  turbo231: < troller >

You do remember than Naka was sick last year. Or have you forgotten?

Mar-25-10  s4life: Well, <frog> it's the way Naka won, coming from behind when Carlsen was the favorite of everyone, Nr 1 in the rating list, being WC blitz champion and all that... it was a hard loss to take, a mental melt down. You keep drawing comparisons to previous instances, but the context is not quite the same... but I guess you see what you want to see... and I'll leave you the last word, frankly I've posted more today than what I normally do in a week and I have a paper deadline coming soon. Have a good day,
Mar-25-10  turbo231: I was reading the other day about Fischer, that he could play chess without a board. One flight he made with I think it was Larsen, they played chess games without a board just by calling moves out to each other. So that means Larsen could also play chess without looking at a board. It could have been Petrosian instead of Larsen.
Mar-25-10  drnooo: I have always felt the best solution to people sharing the win of a tourney, if it's not enough for them simply to agree on joint winners, , just total up which of the two or three of them spent less hours and seconds on their clock than their other opponents. This solution at least would mean that in classic control someone thought faster than the others in that area, that arena. To use rapid games to decide a match always made about as much sense to me as if they turned around and played a blindfold game or saw had the best fastball. Lets say that Naka IS the best blitz player going, just for openers, demonstrably that nobody can beat him at it, year after year, and it comes down to the end of a match with him and Carlsen at classic controls, it's stupid then to turn around and let that encounter be decided by a rapids contest. Whereas it could well be that Naka does not do any better, think any faster, maybe even takes longer to fathom out the right moves in a classic set of games than Carlsen, then Carlsen would win on that kind of tiebreak and all within the classic framework..... using just those two players as examples of any classic tourney or match.

Now is this ever going to happen? Of course not, Tourneys being what they are will want the carnival fireworks of rapids to decide.... but it does cheapen the result.

Mar-25-10  drnooo: There have been plenty of amazing blindfold sessions: the most amazing was Pillsburys, still. Nobody has done that, even come close to doing what he did. It was feakish. Also nobody has ever even tried what Rueben Fine did There have been plenty of GMs who could play 50 blindfold games at once, but the above two records seem to me still untoucable, Fines and Pillsbury's.
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  HeMateMe: Some of Pillsbury's simuls are suspect. I think he may have left and returned during some of them. there are also reports that he was 'signalled' by the runner, the one relaying the moves to the separate room Pillsbury was sitting in.

Alekhine, in strength of oppostion, is considered the greatest blindfold player ever.

Mar-25-10  BobCrisp: <There have been plenty of amazing blindfold sessions: the most amazing was Pillsburys, still. Nobody has done that, even come close to doing what he did.>

What did he do? Why should anyone else have tried to emulate him?

<Also nobody has ever even tried what Rueben Fine did>

What did he do?

<There have been plenty of GMs who could play 50 blindfold games at once>

5, yes, 50, no.

Mar-25-10  evlozare: with ivanchuk's spectacular win in the rapids, i hope gelfand finally put to rest his draw oriented petroff. congratulations to magnus and chucky!
Mar-25-10  ooda: <<There have been plenty of GMs who could play 50 blindfold games at once>

<5, yes, 50, no.> >

The ability to play 50+ blindfold games is rare indeed.

"The last increase in the record was claimed by the Hungarian Janos Flesch in Budapest in 1960, playing 52 opponents and winning 31 games, with three draws and 18 losses"

Mar-25-10  ooda: <<Also nobody has ever even tried what Rueben Fine did>

<What did he do?>>

Maybe this? "1945 Event - Ruben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid chess games blindfolded"

Couldn't find anything else in google.

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  HeMateMe: One of the 4 people Fine beat, in the speed---blindfold games was Robert Byrne, a former participant in the world championship candidates matches, in the 1970s.

A number of the blindfold simuls of more than 40 boards have been thought to be suspect, because of weak opposition and possible assistance by the move runners.

Mar-26-10  ChocolateCakeLover: Go Ivanchuk!
Mar-26-10  Troller: <turbo231: < troller >

You do remember than Naka was sick last year. Or have you forgotten? >

I certainly remember that, and as I also wrote in my comment, Nakamura is/was objectively the strongest of the 5 qualifiers. But still, he finished last. On that background, I maintain that it would be awkward to invite him for this year. In fact, I don't think it's a big deal anyway, this tournament is not really serious, although there may be good money in it for the players.

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  acirce: Amber crosstables 1992-2010:
Mar-26-10  slomarko: seems that Ivanchuk is the chessplayer ever to go undefeated at Amber.
Mar-26-10  yoozum: I'm really happy with this result. Carlsen continues his dominance and Ivanchuk gets a huge morale boost since almost quitting a few months ago.
Mar-26-10  The Rocket: best blindfold player of all time in terms of quality must be alekhine!
Mar-26-10  Mr. Bojangles: <best blindfold player of all time in terms of quality must be alekhine!>

How many other top BF players did he play?

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  Sokrates: <Alekhine, in strength of oppostion, is considered the greatest blindfold player ever.> That may be true, because A. was and is one of the strongest practical players who ever lived, but let's not forget Miguel Najdorf, who helt the world record of blindfold opponents (I think it was 45) for decades. His achievement was extraordinary.
Mar-27-10  SRILANKANMASTER: Ah, I perceive that my earnest endeavours to guide the lot of you on to the correct path, to lead you to a level almost approaching mastery, to help you by sharing unselfishly, some of my own vast experience and ability with the bunch of you; I see that my efforts in this respect have effeted in arousing exasperation within the hearts of some of you. To these persons, all I can say is, your futile efforts to oppose my generous offers to help those who need my help will not, I am afraid, be fulfiled..indeed, your dcomments against me bring but a smile of sof mirth to my lips...:)
Mar-30-10  gus inn: <SrilankaMaster>

Every shrink has a couch that fits.

Mar-30-10  Billy Vaughan: <slomarko: seems that Ivanchuk is the chessplayer ever to go undefeated at Amber.>

Yeah, a lot of the winners lost just once (Kramnik several times, Shirov, Anand, Ivanchuk himself in Amber's first [all-rapid] year), but nobody had ever gone undefeated.

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  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog>

>>Amber 2010 Last Round

Finally some words about the last round of Amber 2010. I expected that daily blogging could be quite a challenge during tournaments but it has turned out to be a good way to reflect on what happened in the particular games of the day and then move on and leave behind whatever negative feelings I might have had. Blogging is in fact more of a challenge after the tournament. The stress level has come down and after the closing ceremony I just forgot all about blogging. The well known Queen blunder against Grischuk in the blindfold was unnecesssary but instinctively I knew I was taking a risk. I could not recall that he had moved his Queen from d2 and did not go back more than a few moves to check despite my uncertainty and lots of time on the clock. I must have been pretty tired by then. Anyway, before the last game, Ivanchuk and I had only half a point lead over Kramnik and I really tried to pull myself together before the final game. With Ivanchuk quickly bringing havoc to Gelfands kingside in a beautiful attacking game, I knew I was in a must-win situation. I got a position I liked out of the opening although without any clear advantage. Grischuk played quite well until he probably missed f3! The tactics worked and with some precise moves my advantage rose. Grischuk resigned when he had nothing better than a clearly lost rook ending ahead. As a result Ivanchuk and I shared 1st place overall as well as in the rapid segment. Grischuk won the blindfold section (with me and several players in shared 2nd). Im of course very happy with the shared tournament win although I cannot be completely happy with my own play. It varied too much as evidenced by the high number of wins and losses. Id like to thank the organiser for another excellent Amber tournement and the people who have had the patience to follow this blog regularly. It is not yet totally clear what my next tournament will be, I will make a blog entry when this has been clarified. Magnus Carlsen, Engerdal, Easter 2010.

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