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Amber Tournament (Blindfold) Tournament

Levon Aronian6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Alexander Morozevich6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Veselin Topalov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Peter Leko6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Loek van Wely5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½232008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C42 Petrov Defense
2. Topalov vs Leko 1-0452008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Mamedyarov vs Morozevich ½-½712008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
4. Aronian vs Van Wely ½-½312008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk 0-1532008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Gelfand vs Karjakin 0-1462008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Anand vs Mamedyarov ½-½462008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. Morozevich vs Topalov 1-0342008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½252008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B10 Caro-Kann
10. Karjakin vs Aronian ½-½492008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Van Wely vs Carlsen 0-1262008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand ½-½572008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C48 Four Knights
13. Van Wely vs Ivanchuk  ½-½262008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Carlsen vs Karjakin 1-0442008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Aronian vs Gelfand ½-½532008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik ½-½292008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. Topalov vs Anand ½-½592008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. Leko vs Morozevich  ½-½322008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B44 Sicilian
19. Kramnik vs Morozevich 1-0572008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. Mamedyarov vs Topalov 0-1282008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Anand vs Leko ½-½332008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
22. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½1052008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. Karjakin vs Ivanchuk  ½-½412008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B42 Sicilian, Kan
24. Gelfand vs Van Wely 0-1382008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A07 King's Indian Attack
25. Van Wely vs Karjakin  ½-½302008Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
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Mar-27-08  Karpova: <hovik2003: So now only Kramnik can be a sole winner if he wins in blindfold.> Today's round started earlier - Kramnik already drew Karjakin.
Mar-27-08  percyblakeney: Topalov did well to share first in the blindfold section, he didn't have much luck with the computer failure against van Wely and missing some wins in earlier rounds, as in the amazing missed mates game against Carlsen.
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  minasina: Rapid LIVE GAMES about to start NOW. See
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Mar-27-08  hovik2003: <Karpova>
So Aronian should buy a drink for Karjakin!
Mar-27-08  mikejaqua: So there's a four-way tie for first in the blindfold. Anyone know if they use a tiebreaker system?
Mar-27-08  Knight13: Poor Gelfand, doing sooo well in this tournament.
Mar-27-08  Karpova: <Levon Aronian is the glorious winner of the 17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament. The 25-year-old Armenian already secured first place in the rapid section and overall tournament victory in yesterday’s round. Today he drew both his games against Peter Leko to finish on 14½ points.

The blindfold competition ended in a four-way tie for first. Aronian, Kramnik, Morozevich and Topalov all scored 6½ points from 11 games.

In the overall standings four players finished in second place. According to the Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak Vladimir Kramnik won second prize, while Peter Leko took third prize. The tiebreak decided on the trophies, the prize-money for second place Kramnik and Leko shared with Veselin Topalov and Magnus Carlsen.>

Mar-27-08  percyblakeney: Not much separating Kramnik and Morozevich in blindfold chess over the years.

First places in the blindfold section in Amber:
Morozevich 4 in 7 starts
Kramnik 7 in 14 starts

Head to head:
+2 -2 =2

Elo performance up until 2008:
Morozevich 2874
Kramnik 2821

The biggest difference between them is their results against the other players to have reached first at least three times in the blindfold section.

Against Anand:
Morozevich: 5-0
Kramnik: 4-3

Against Topalov:
Morozevich: 4-1
Kramnik: 3-3

Mar-27-08  slomarko: <Elo performance up until 2008: Morozevich 2874
Kramnik 2821 >

i'd say +53 points at that level is a collosal difference.
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  moronovich: Cmón percy , I may say that <slomarko> has got a point here.
Mar-27-08  chessmoron: The +53 point gap doesn't really mean anything since Moro is 0-2 in Blindfold play against Kramnik's comeback.
Mar-27-08  KamikazeAttack: Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. ~Aaron Levenstein

Having said that it is safe and accurate to say that Kramnik has the best achievement in blindfold chess. He has won the strongest blindfold competition more than anyone and he is still winning it.

Mar-27-08  slomarko: eh no. Morozevich has a higher winning, percentage, a higher performance rating and a higher points scoring percentage. so he's the boss. Kramnik is number 2
Mar-27-08  KamikazeAttack: <Kramnik is number 2>

I'll say he is number 4.

Mar-28-08  hedgeh0g: No wins for Gelfand and a final score of 3/11...ouch!
Mar-28-08  notyetagm: <percyblakeney: Kramnik's latest blindfold loss was actually three whole years ago, so to get a winning position against him with black wasn't bad, even if it doesn't exactly change the result.>

Yes, that Carlsen is one impressive chess player. He beat Kramnik using the Black pieces at Corus and here at the Amber Blindfold event Carlsen gets another winning position with the Black pieces against Kramnik. And blindfold is supposed to be Kramnik's forte!

Mar-29-08  KamikazeAttack: <He beat Kramnik using the Black pieces at Corus and here at the Amber Blindfold event Carlsen gets another winning position with the Black pieces against Kramnik. And blindfold is supposed to be Kramnik's forte!>

Yeah, I agree too that Carlsen has now proven beyond doubt that he is in fact much stronger than Kramnik.

Mar-29-08  Xaurus: <Yeah, I agree too that Carlsen has now proven beyond doubt that he is in fact much stronger than Kramnik.>

I think using the term "much stronger" is somewhat misleading, or, optimistic.

I think Carlsen is perhaps the strongest elite player except for Anand and Kramnik.

When he sorts out his problems, like those he gets when facing certain players (like Leko or Anand), and if he can improve his opening skills, he will become the strongest player in the world.

Right now he must be one of the best endgame players, and that is no small achievement at 17 years of age.

Just try to count the number of games he has saved because of his endgame skills. You won't be able to calculate that far. :P

Seriously though, he shouldn't need to make these miracle saves if he would play the opening/early middlegame better.

Mar-29-08  Blackreptile: a lot of comments on the results of the players of this tournament but strangely enough very few on the amazing victory of Aronian who dominated clearly all the world champions and young or not geniuses.In any case, after his rankings in Corus, Linares and Nice it will be time to re-assess the evaluation of the strongest players of the world.
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  rogge: I believe the new april FIDE ratings pretty much reflects the actual strength of the top players. In order Anand, Kramnik, Moro, Topalov, Carlsen, Aronian.
Mar-29-08  Blackreptile: yes you are right but remember that the Amber tournament does not count for official rating.Aronian would be better placed.may be a specialist of Elo could calculate what the ranking would be if the last Amber counted normally?
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  rogge: My guess is that Aronian would be 3rd, moving Moro, Topa and Carlsen one place down.
Mar-30-08  Davolni: <Kamikazeattack><Yeah, I agree too that Carlsen has now proven beyond doubt that he is in fact much stronger than Kramnik>

Tell me you ARE joking!!!!!

You gotta be dreaming!!!

<much stronger> !!!! LOL, that's a BIG LOL right there!!!

Mar-30-08  Augalv: <<Kamikazeattack><Yeah, I agree too that Carlsen has now proven beyond doubt that he is in fact much stronger than Kramnik>

Are you kidding ?!

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