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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[view games]
Levon Aronian7/11(+4 -1 =6)[view games]
Viswanathan Anand6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Veselin Topalov6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6/11(+4 -3 =4)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[view games]
Alexander Grischuk5/11(+4 -5 =2)[view games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[view games]
Sergey Karjakin4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[view games]
Vugar Gashimov4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[view games]
Vladimir Kramnik4/11(+2 -5 =4)[view games]
Anish Giri3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[view games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Karjakin 1-039 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-040 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. A Giri vs Aronian 0-140 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk 1-033 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Topalov vs Anand ½-½36 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
6. Kramnik vs Grischuk 0-133 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
7. Aronian vs Nakamura ½-½53 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E77 King's Indian
8. V Gashimov vs Carlsen 0-149 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C11 French
9. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½37 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Ivanchuk vs A Giri ½-½38 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. Grischuk vs Gelfand ½-½57 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
12. Karjakin vs Topalov ½-½26 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Topalov vs Kramnik 1-060 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
14. Gelfand vs Anand 0-153 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
15. Nakamura vs Ivanchuk ½-½62 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C07 French, Tarrasch
16. A Giri vs V Gashimov ½-½53 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A04 Reti Opening
17. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½44 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
18. Karjakin vs Grischuk 1-054 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-151 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A36 English
20. V Gashimov vs Nakamura 0-176 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)C12 French, McCutcheon
21. A Giri vs Carlsen 0-170 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Kramnik vs Karjakin ½-½59 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
23. Anand vs Grischuk 1-042 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Topalov vs Gelfand 1-033 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Gelfand vs Kramnik 0-144 2011 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid)E46 Nimzo-Indian
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Mar-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I have no doubt who the strongest player in the world is. It's a shame that he isn't playing in the qualifying cycle for the world championship.
Mar-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: <HeMateMe> I would say that Magnus just plain kicked butt!
Mar-24-11  kia0708: Final combined standings:
1. Aronian - 15.5
2. king Carlsen - 14.5
3. World Champ Anand - 13

technical draw wrote: "I would say that Magnus just plain kicked butt!"

Mar-24-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: <kia0708> I was referring to the rapid tournament where Carlsen finished clear first 2 1/2 points from second place. Aronian is King of the blindfolders.
Mar-24-11  nok: Aronian managed to share his energy harmoniously between rapid and blindfold.

That's basically it.

Mar-25-11  frogbert: no, here's what's it:

carlsen won 9 games. nine! in 11 rounds of rapid chess against the best players in the world. nobody else won more then 4 games.

aronian, anand, ivanchuk, topalov and grischuk all won 4 games.

gelfand, gashimov and nakamura won 3.

magnus carlsen won 9 (!) games out of 11. that's just crazy.

Mar-25-11  whithaw: Chess is ruthless, and chess fans are even more ruthless.
Mar-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: <frogbert> So true. I donīt think anyone has ever done anything like it in a rapid tournament. The participants were the top 8 (!) on the live rating list plus number 10 and 11. Only Giri was not among the absolute world elite, but he is not exactly a weak player.
Mar-25-11  slomarko: <Bureaucrat: <frogbert> So true. I donīt think anyone has ever done anything like it in a rapid tournament.>

Karpov scored 10 out of 11 in 1995.

Mar-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: I think a 3087 TPR (Carlsen, not Karpov) speaks for itself. Rybka level, isn't it ;)
Mar-25-11  slomarko: <rogge: I think a 3087 TPR (Carlsen, not Karpov) speaks for itself.>

You can't calculate a TPR performance in rapids based on the standard classical controls ratings.

<Rybka level, isn't it ;)> Rybka level is more like 3200 or something ;)

Mar-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: <You can't calculate a TPR performance in rapids based on the standard classical controls ratings.>

Well, I just did ;)

Mar-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: <Karpov scored 10 out of 11 in 1995.>

slomarko, thx! That, too, was a decent result... It has been written all over the place that Carlsenīs 9.5/11 is a new record, but according to this game collection, Karpov scored 9 wins and 2 draws:

Game Collection: Melody Amber 1995

Mar-25-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: 10/11 is fantastic. Even against opposition such as Nunn, Nikolic, Ljubo, Polgar, Piket and Lautier.
Mar-25-11  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog

Amber 2011 Final stages

Round 10 and 11 are old news by now. I struggled to get the necessary wins in the Blindfold while Rapid continued with two more smooth wins. I was very satisfied with my rapid games against both Grischuk and Gelfand. A point behind Aronian before the last day it was all decided in the blindfold against Gelfand. I went for an unusual and tactical position from the opening with Ncb5 but he defended impressively accurate. When it was my turn to find the critical moves I went astray and the rook against knight and bishop was just lost for me. Levon Aronian won the overall competition with +9, an amazing score against such elite competition. He also won the Blindfold section. Congratulations! I came second overall ahead of V.Anand who was the only other player with a plus score. My ambition before the tournament was clearly to win but I�m actually very satisfied with repeating the +7 score from last year and especially with the strong 9.5/11 and clear first in the Rapid section. The hotel in Monaco was absolutely first class and so was the organization of the event. The last edition of the Amber Rapid & Blindfold was a highly memorable experience. As a young player, the Amber tournament represented one of the pinnacles of top chess and winning the qualification back in August 2006 made a dream come through. I feel fortunate and grateful to have been invited to participate five times in row. Thank you Muriel and Joop van Oostrom! Magnus Carlsen, March 25th 2011

2011-03-25 23:39:06>

http://www.arcticsec.no/index.php?b...

Mar-25-11  researchj: Magnus Carlsen is a class act!
Mar-26-11  AuN1: are those the same van oostrom's who are related to beatrix, and her father who was an ss in nazi germany?
Mar-26-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I don't think the Nazis allowed the Dutch to enlist in the SS. They were funny, that way.
Mar-26-11  BobCrisp: The Waffen SS, as opposed to the SS proper, had many foreign divisions. Ever hear of people like <Leon Degrelle>? <Asked if he had any regrets about the war, his reply was: "Only that we lost!">
Mar-26-11  vanytchouck: <Siamese dream>

Very, very classy from Magnus.

And it's so good to see a great chess player who can easily give credits to other's achievement.

Mar-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: The French defense is one loss , 3 draws and 4 wins including Carlsen and Anand from The Black Side!
Mar-29-11  AuN1: <BobCrisp: The Waffen SS, as opposed to the SS proper, had many foreign divisions. Ever hear of people like <Leon Degrelle>? <Asked if he had any regrets about the war, his reply was: "Only that we lost!">>

some people would rather live in a fantasy land where nazis are like bogeymen who couldn't possibly come from any other walk of life than someone like adolf or heinrich.

Mar-30-11  Chessinfinite: <some people would rather live in a fantasy land where nazis are like bogeymen who couldn't possibly come from any other walk of life than someone like adolf or heinrich.>

lol...

i think it is another propaganda effort to somehow get rid of the perceived stigma of the foreign assistance that some of the 'victors' wholly depended on, imho.

Mar-31-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: What a shame ... this will be the last Melody Amber tournament ever!!!
Apr-10-11  The Rocket: <"I have no doubt who the strongest player in the world is. It's a shame that he isn't playing in the qualifying cycle for the world championship.">

No Aronian is playing:)

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