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Amber Tournament (Rapid) Tournament

Gata Kamsky7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Morozevich4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Peter Leko4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Wang Yue4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Radjabov  ½-½402009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B30 Sicilian
2. Wang Yue vs Karjakin ½-½522009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk ½-½452009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½262009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
5. Kramnik vs Karjakin ½-½302009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Morozevich vs Radjabov ½-½462009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B32 Sicilian
7. Topalov vs Wang Yue  ½-½762009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½382009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. Leko vs Carlsen ½-½582009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E60 King's Indian Defense
10. Aronian vs Anand  ½-½322009Amber Tournament (Rapid)A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
11. Ivanchuk vs Kamsky ½-½592009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
12. Kramnik vs Topalov ½-½542009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Kramnik vs Kamsky ½-½462009Amber Tournament (Rapid)A15 English
14. Morozevich vs Carlsen  ½-½252009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Topalov vs Leko  ½-½592009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Wang Yue vs Ivanchuk ½-½692009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E12 Queen's Indian
17. Anand vs Karjakin ½-½612009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Ivanchuk vs Topalov ½-½322009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
19. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½152009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Radjabov vs Aronian  ½-½572009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C55 Two Knights Defense
21. Wang Yue vs Leko  ½-½312009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. Topalov vs Carlsen  ½-½282009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Morozevich vs Ivanchuk  ½-½432009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik  ½-½652009Amber Tournament (Rapid)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. Leko vs Radjabov ½-½342009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B30 Sicilian
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Mar-26-09  visayanbraindoctor: Excellent performance by Aronian. Winning blindfold, rapids, and combined!
Mar-26-09  Ragh: <percyblakeney: Anand took his ninth Amber rapid title here, this was the third time he had to share it.> Who won it most number of times after Anand?
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  amadeus: Congrats to Aronian, a deserved win.

Congrats to Anand, Carlsen, Kamsky and Kramnik too, for their shared prizes.

Mar-26-09  percyblakeney: <Who won it most number of times after Anand?>

Kramnik and Ivanchuk seem to have three wins each, but that was a while ago, Kramnik won in 1994, 1995 and 2001, Ivanchuk in 1992, 1996 and 1998.

Mar-26-09  Augalv: Wow!, I just logged in to find out that Karjakin also beat Ivanchuk at the rapid game!
Mar-26-09  jussu: <Augalv>, and it was again Ivanchuk who beat himself.
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  amadeus: Combined Standings, Amber 2009:

14.0 : Aronian [+9 -3 =10]
13.5 : Anand [+8 -3 =11]
13.5 : Kramnik [+8 -3 =11]
13.0 : Carlsen [+8 -4 =10]
11.0 : Morozevich [+7 -7 =8]
10.5 : Karjakin [+6 -7 =9]
10.5 : Topalov [+4 -5 =13]
10.0 : Kamsky [+5 -7 =10]
10.0 : Leko [+5 -7 =10]
9.5 : Ivanchuk [+4 -7 =11]
9.0 : Radjabov [+4 -8 =10]
7.5 : Wang Yue [+2 -9 =11]

Mar-26-09  arnaud1959: Unfortunately as I was guessing almost without doubt, Kramnik won 2-0 against Leko who, I think in his head had already admitted that he was inferior to Kramnik. And/or maybe his attitude was: "I will take risks and if I lose, anyway it will be my friend who will win"
Mar-26-09  The Rocket: why do they call Morozevich a blindfold expert?, what merits does he have that seperates him from for example Kramnik(who is not referred to as an expert).
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  JointheArmy: <The Rocket>

You must be a n00b. Morozevich is usually always near the top in blindfold. This year seems an off year.

Amber Blindfold (2006)

13th Amber Blindfold (2004)

Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008)

Mar-26-09  acirce: So, congratulations to Aronian, Aronian, Aronian, Anand, Kamsky, Kramnik and Carlsen then... Aronian's 6th Amber victory in a row!
Mar-26-09  Absentee: How come the Drawnik trolls don't comment on the 17 moves draw between Drawnian and Drawpalov?
Mar-26-09  drnooo: Actually WHOM is right there. Would read those WHOM the economy has etc.:: Objective case.But dont worry nobody really cares about language anymore. If they did you would see it put to a lot better use here...and on the outside. Poor old WHOM is a dying commodity. Anymore everyone just slaps WHO on everywhere they go. Less thought needed that way.As Alfred E. Nuemann says, why worry.
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  alexmagnus: <JTA> Actually in terms of the score he did this year just as well as the last year and only half a point behind 2007. 2005 he scored even worse than this year. So there were only two exceptional results by Moro in blindfold, 2004 and 2006.

I think Kramnik is the ral expert, with an off year in 2005 and decline since 2008. Comparison:

2003: Kramnik +5, Moro +3 (placements: 1/2-3)
2004: Moro +6, Kramnik +5 (1/2)
2005: Moro +1, Kramnik = (2-6/7-9)
2006: Moro +8 (1), Kramnik didn't participate
2007: Kramnik +7, Moro +3 (1/2-3)
2008: Kramnik +2, Moro +2 (1-4)
2009: Kramnik +3, Moro +2 (1-3/4-5).

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  JointheArmy: <alexmagnus> I realized that as soon as I posted. Forgot Morozevich won Kamsky today.
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  JointheArmy: <I think Kramnik is the ral expert, with an off year in 2005 and decline since 2008.>

Well three first place finishes for Morozevich in 5 years in blindfold isn't too bad.

Mar-26-09  Vakus: Great performance for Levon Aronian. Kasparov should be proud of his compatriot's achievement :)

Winning two years on end in Blindfold/Rapid/Combined - a record?

Mar-26-09  vesivialvy93: Anand,Kamsky and Kramnik in the top 4 in this tournament...who said that blitz chess if not for old players...
Mar-26-09  jurado96: two Amber's in a row for Levon
any doubts about this guy
he is next to be on top
of the world
Mar-26-09  AuN1: any doubts that topalov was not interested in winning either one of his games against aronian today just to guarantee that kramnik didn't get 1st place?
Mar-26-09  messachess: Congratulations to Aronian for winning in this very challenging format.
Mar-26-09  Kaspablanca: vesivialvy: what blitz chess are you talking about?
Mar-26-09  KamikazeAttack: <KingG: Topalov isn't that successful at rapid, and isn't particularly good at blindfold either, so it's no surprise that he doesn't do so well here.>

Topalov is quite good in Blindfold.

He won it 3 times in the past.

Mar-26-09  Vakus: <AuN1> - no need to crush a conspiracy theory, just read the articles on that issue in ChessVibes, ChessBase, ChessPro. And even if Topalov could win that, a draw in rapid section would be well enough for Aronian's first place (check the tie-break)
Mar-26-09  karoaper: From :

Score after Round 11

1. Aronian 7
Carlsen 7
Kramnik 7
4. Anand 6
Morozevich 6
6. Leko 5
Topalov 5
8. Ivanchuk 5
Radjabov 5
10. Karjakin 4
11. Wang Yue 3
12. Kamsky 3

1. Anand 7
Aronian 7
Kamsky 7
4. Kramnik 6
5. Carlsen 6
Karjakin 6
7. Topalov 5
8. Ivanchuk 4
Leko 4
Morozevich 4
11. Radjabov 4
Wang Yue 4

1. Aronian 14
2. Anand 13
Kramnik 13
4. Carlsen 13
5. Morozevich 11
6. Karjakin 10
Topalov 10
8. Kamsky 10
Leko 10
10. Ivanchuk 9
11. Radjabov 9
12. Wang Yue 7

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