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Amber Tournament (Blindfold) Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Magnus Carlsen7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Morozevich6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Peter Leko5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Yue Wang3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Morozevich 1-0452009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
2. Radjabov vs Topalov ½-½192009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C42 Petrov Defense
3. Carlsen vs Kamsky 1-0342009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Anand vs Leko 1-0362009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
5. Karjakin vs Y Wang ½-½392009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 1-0432009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
7. Leko vs Aronian 1-0182009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
8. Kamsky vs Anand ½-½442009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen  ½-½322009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Morozevich vs Y Wang 1-0532009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C42 Petrov Defense
11. Topalov vs Karjakin 1-0772009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
12. Kramnik vs Radjabov 1-0262009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B30 Sicilian
13. Karjakin vs Kramnik ½-½272009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Anand vs Carlsen 0-1342009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B30 Sicilian
15. Aronian vs Kamsky 1-0492009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A15 English
16. Leko vs Ivanchuk 1-0572009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Y Wang vs Topalov 0-1342009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Radjabov vs Morozevich ½-½352009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
19. Anand vs Aronian  ½-½722009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Radjabov vs Karjakin 1-0672009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C55 Two Knights Defense
21. Morozevich vs Topalov 1-0442009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Kramnik vs Y Wang 1-0362009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Kamsky vs Ivanchuk  ½-½522009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Carlsen vs Leko ½-½262009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. Karjakin vs Morozevich 0-1462009Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
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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  gazzawhite: Some interesting observations:
- Anand and Kramnik both had a combined record of 8 wins, 3 losses, 11 draws. - Kamsky came first in rapid and last in blindfold.
- Topalov drew more games than anyone else.
Mar-26-09  jurado96: I think is Levons'time to rule
soon he will be the world champion
solid game and great end games player time will tell
Mar-26-09  KamikazeAttack: <Anand is incredible. Went into a bad position on purpose and defended it amazingly and now has the initiative. Amazing playa.

Lol, yeah really amazing strategy.

Mar-26-09  KamikazeAttack: <DCP23: So! Kramnik does win the blindfold section in the end, though this time it's shared with Carlsen.>


Kramnik wins his second hat-trick in Amber Blindfold chess.

First hat-trick - 1998, 1999 2000
Second hat-trick - 2007, 2008, 2009

Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: so what new tournaments are up?
Mar-26-09  sheaf: kramnik and anand had a decent tournament, kramnik played very well in blindfold in the first half and not so good in rapid in the second..but in the second half he played some really good games in rapid as well, last round win against leko was nice, meticulously used leko's passive play against him to score full point..
Mar-27-09  shintaro go: Back to back wins by Kramnik were not enough for the title but it shows how much fight is left in him.
Mar-27-09  PhilFeeley: <WhiteRook48: so what new tournaments are up?>

Coming up:

Foxwoods Open Chess Tournament, April 8-12

2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers Toronto Open Chess Championship, April 17-19

The Copper State International Chess Tournament, May 29 - June 3, Mesa AZ

Mar-27-09  PhilFeeley: Lots more listed here:

but I don't know which will be online.

Mar-28-09  Stanley Yee: <gazzawhite: Some interesting observations:> The tournament saw a revival of the Caro-Kann Defence, with a combined record of 4+ 6= 2-. Blind record 2+ 4= 1-. Rapid record 2+ 2= 1-. Anand played it the most, with a record of 2+ 3= 0-. Morozevich's record 1+ 1= 1-. Leko's record 0+ 2= 0-.
Mar-28-09  Dredge Rivers: This tournament wasn't nearly hard enough. Next year, instead of just blindfolding them, let's gag and handcuff them too! :)
Mar-28-09  KamikazeAttack: <let's gag and handcuff them too! :)>

Never mind gag ... I suggest castrate them?

Mar-28-09  Dredge Rivers: <KamikazeAttack>

No need for that. But, if they make too many short draws, we could jolt them with a cattle prod! Better yet, we could hold the tournament at Guantanamo. Since Obama is going to empty it out, there should be plenty of room!

<Love hurts, and so does Chess!> :)

Mar-30-09  Whitehat1963: How much worse is the typical level of play in high-level rapid chess or blindfold or even blitz than in a classical championship match? And what's the best way of determining the answer?
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  alexmagnus: The best way of determining the answer about blindfold would be letting a blindfolded player play a long match against a player with board sight and calculate the TPR. Or, even beter, more than one match against different players.
Mar-30-09  Dredge Rivers: Would I ever play in a blindfold tournament? I just can't see it. :)
Apr-11-09  Bondsamir: Thank you to Mr.Anand for the masterpieces he makes. it is not a big deal not to finish first as long as you make such games.
Apr-11-09  Blackreptile: Topavov/Aronian of the last blindfold round : Black is completely crushed, but draw: not the kind of position Topa is used not to win! Aronian was lost in several games in this tournament, is he a great magician, or would it be the triumph of the utmost self-confidence he shows?
Apr-20-09  WhiteRook48: Kramnik stands better than Anand in this tournament!
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