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16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Morozevich7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Peter Leko4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Loek van Wely3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Carlsen ½-½23200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E15 Queen's Indian
2. Aronian vs F Vallejo Pons 1-035200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Leko vs Svidler 0-158200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Van Wely vs Ivanchuk 0-127200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A17 English
5. Morozevich vs Anand 1-048200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A07 King's Indian Attack
6. Radjabov vs Kramnik 0-159200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Anand vs Radjabov 1-046200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B33 Sicilian
8. Ivanchuk vs Morozevich ½-½62200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Kramnik vs Van Wely 1-074200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Svidler vs Gelfand ½-½21200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Aronian vs Leko ½-½39200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen 1-043200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E15 Queen's Indian
13. Ivanchuk vs Anand 1-023200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Van Wely vs Radjabov 0-174200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E97 King's Indian
15. Morozevich vs Kramnik 0-137200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A06 Reti Opening
16. Carlsen vs Svidler ½-½52200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
17. Gelfand vs Aronian 1-023200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E01 Catalan, Closed
18. Leko vs F Vallejo Pons 1-044200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. F Vallejo Pons vs Svidler 0-125200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B41 Sicilian, Kan
20. Van Wely vs Morozevich 1-033200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E97 King's Indian
21. Kramnik vs Anand 1-030200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk ½-½32200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. Leko vs Gelfand  ½-½35200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Aronian vs Carlsen 1-076200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A33 English, Symmetrical
25. Gelfand vs F Vallejo Pons 1-030200716th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C53 Giuoco Piano
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Mar-29-07  rankbeginner: Aronian - Ivanchuck

Even RankBeginner could draw this endgame ... if he were playing white!

I predict a win for Aronian.

Mar-29-07  maarnold: I don't have a basis for that comment...other than they always seem to play hard fought aggressive games against each other
Mar-29-07  centercounter: Doesn't look good for the 2nd player here. I think most USCF 2000 players could probably figure it out. Albeit not so easily in time pressure.
Mar-29-07  percyblakeney: Blindfold scores:

1. Kramnik 9.0
2-3. Morozevich, Gelfand 7.0
4-5. Ivanchuk, Svidler 6.5
6. Aronian 6.0
7-8. Anand, Radjabov 5.0
9-10. Carlsen, Leko 4.0
11. van Wely 3.5
12. Vallejo 2.5

Good: Kramnik was in a class of his own, Radjabov dropped a couple of pieces in the beginning of his first blindfold tournament but finished even with Anand and ahead of Leko. Gelfand was very stable.

Bad: Anand was a negative surprise, Leko's 4/11 wasn't too impressive either, Moro had a couple of very bad games and lost two in a row but returned to his normal level towards the end of the tournament.

Mar-29-07  Softpaw: Aronian wins!
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Mar-29-07  Tomlinsky: Nice win for Aronian.
Mar-29-07  Softpaw:
<slomarko: btw has Aronian blundered something again?>

Sorry to disappoint... but not this time!

Mar-29-07  TylerD: Moro did his Linaresroutine - starting out badly, coming back strong, fnishing 2nd... In the blindfold that is - combined his performance must be considered a disappointment. I blame the probable mental exhaustion following his fantastic Linarescomeback where he finally proved himself worthy of participating in the supertournaments.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Peligroso Patzer: <maarnold: I don't think Aronian likes Ivanchuk. ...> What basis do you have for that perception?>

<maarnold: I don't have a basis for that comment...other than they always seem to play hard fought aggressive games against each other>

I don't know how valid that inference really is. For example, I have friendly feelings towards the vast majority of members of my local chess community, but over-the-board, I fight them all "tooth-and-nail".

Mar-29-07  Troglodyte: Good to see Kramnik playing the Ruy Lopez. Well, good to see Kramnik playing anything other than the Petrov. Hope he keeps it up in classic games.
Mar-29-07  BishopofBlunder: Who said Kramnik has no interest in winning tournaments?!

Oh wait...that was me...

Mar-30-07  Dr.Lecter: So Kramnik wins with final score of 15.5/22. I lost nearly 300 chessbucks in this tournament. Good thing I didn't bet too much.
Mar-30-07  Tactic101: Kramnik continues to make me lose money. (500 chessbucks up to now) He's won the overall event, along with the blindfold event. Peformed a very modest 3000+ during the blindfold. ;) Maybe he should play only blindfold from now on.
Mar-30-07  Manic: From

<Magnus Carlsen, the official bulletin tells us, started his blindfold game against Loek van Wely with an unusual request. To understand what he was asking we should explain that in the blindfold games the players have a choice. If you are playing with the black pieces you can ‘turn around the board’ and play with black at the bottom of the screen. Some players don’t care about this possibility, others find it more convenient to have the board just like they would have it ‘in real life’. Magnus was the first player ever to ask to play with the white at the top of the screen although he was White! The game was drawn. In the rapid game Carlsen picked up a whole point with the black pieces (which were on his side of the chessboard).>

Gee, this is a weird decision by Magnus. Maybe he thought it would help his play or his memory. Any thoughts as to why he requested it?

Mar-30-07  laskersteinitz: <"Kramnik wins the overall prize, mostly due to his stunning 9/11 score in the blindfold event.">

When someone uses the phrase "mostly due", it sounds like they're saying the overall achievement isn't as impressive as it could be, and that somehow what follows "mostly due" is the result of unfair circumstances. For example: "Roger Federer won the US Open, mostly due to the relative weakness of his opponents along the way to the final." I think that in our case, a more appropriate tagline should be: "Kramnik wins the overall prize, thanks in particular to his stunning 9/11 score in the blindfold event." obviously thinks scoring 9/11 in the blindfold section is easy or that Kramnik had an unfair advantage over his opponents or something else like that. I think an explanation is in order.

Mar-30-07  martinshortsays: <LaskerSteinitz> It's obvious you should be the new editor-in-chief at

For the common good, contact them and demand it.

Mar-30-07  tbentley: They mean it was mostly due to the great result in blindfold, but he also needed to do decently in the rapid to win <overall>.
Mar-30-07  Timex: <I think that in our case, a more appropriate tagline should be: "Kramnik wins the overall prize, thanks in particular to his stunning 9/11 score in the blindfold event.">

Tell that to

Mar-30-07  Shams: laskersteinitz, if hairs had other, tiny little hairs on their tips-- those little hairs-on-hairs would be the ones you are splitting. there's nothing inherently pejorative in the phrase "mostly due"...
Mar-30-07  Shams: <"Roger Federer won the US Open, mostly due to the relative weakness of his opponents along the way to the final."> relative to Federer-- everyone in world is weak. :)
Mar-30-07  ganstaman: I was just watching some tennis on tv and Federer lost.
Mar-30-07  veigaman: nadal has a more impressive record with 20 years than federer at the same age: 2 grand slam, 7 master series, one wimbledon final and 90 weeks as number 2.

Mar-31-07  Tactic101: Hey, don't be hard on They probably don't see the phrase the way you do. They're not offending Kramnik in any way.
Mar-31-07  laskersteinitz: Saying "mostly due" in this instance is like saying "because of" instead of "thanks to" in, for example, the following sentence: "The New York Knicks won the game because of Steven Marbury's stellar performance." It's not entirely incorrect, no, but "because of" implies blame, whereas "thanks to" implies gratitude.
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