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Amber Tournament (Blindfold) Tournament

Alexander Grischuk8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Boris Gelfand6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Vugar Gashimov5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Jan Smeets4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs J Smeets  1-0502010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Karjakin vs Aronian 1-0422010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk 0-1312010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A00 Uncommon Opening
4. L Dominguez vs V Gashimov  0-1482010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Grischuk vs Kramnik 1-0432010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. Ponomariov vs Gelfand 1-0412010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Gelfand vs V Gashimov  1-0482010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Ivanchuk vs Svidler  ½-½242010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D85 Grunfeld
9. J Smeets vs Karjakin ½-½572010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C60 Ruy Lopez
10. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1282010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
11. Kramnik vs L Dominguez 1-0422010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
12. Ponomariov vs Grischuk  ½-½302010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Smeets vs Aronian 0-1592010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C60 Ruy Lopez
14. Karjakin vs Ivanchuk 0-1412010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Svidler vs Carlsen 0-1252010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. V Gashimov vs Kramnik ½-½292010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. L Dominguez vs Ponomariov  ½-½312010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C70 Ruy Lopez
18. Grischuk vs Gelfand  ½-½332010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
19. Grischuk vs L Dominguez  1-0632010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
20. Ponomariov vs V Gashimov  ½-½682010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
21. Gelfand vs Kramnik 1-0412010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E91 King's Indian
22. Svidler vs Karjakin  0-1482010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Ivanchuk vs Aronian ½-½252010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. Carlsen vs J Smeets 1-0362010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A00 Uncommon Opening
25. J Smeets vs Ivanchuk  ½-½632010Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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Mar-25-10  siamesedream: <More like for Leko.>
Mar-25-10  znsprdx: Gashimov-Svidler: amazing (fairly uncommon after move 40) minor piece play 2 pairs of Knights and 2 pairs of Bishops each during moves ...44 thru ...47 boggling considering it is blindfold


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Mar-25-10  Mr. Bojangles: <siamesedream: <More like for Leko.>;

Thx for that. I was merely suggesting it Gris would be a better replacement for Leko at elite events.

Mar-25-10  A Karpov Fan: I think somebody snuck up behind Carslen and tightened his blindfold to restrict bloodflow to his brain...where was Aronian that round? ;-)
Mar-25-10  malthrope: <A Karpov Fan: I think somebody snuck up behind Carslen and tightened his blindfold to restrict bloodflow to his brain...>

~lol~ Devious behaviour at Amber with 'tricks & twist' at every laptop and table! ;)

<where was Aronian that round? ;-)>

He was putting the "squeeze" on Dominguez in a finely crafted blindfold blow-out! :D

Mar-25-10  A Karpov Fan: <malthrope><<where was Aronian that round? ;-)>

He was putting the "squeeze" on Dominguez in a finely crafted blindfold blow-out! :D>

So he has an alibi then? Clever thinking by Aronian :-)

Pretty complicated blow out though (compared to Magnus' anyway), Rybka screams 18.Bc6 is a gross error but I couldn't spot the punishment on my own (18...Rfd8+ and 19...Ba3!)

But the warm up is over, it is time for the final round :-)

Mar-25-10  shreyaslathi: Hi ppl i am knew here, just curious how these games of blinfold are played, do players remeber all t moves till end ??? , or they play on pc online games[as i saw in videos pc] if any1 explain this
Mar-25-10  siamesedream: They plays on laptops but they see only last move.
Mar-25-10  percyblakeney: Dominguez scored +0 -12 =10 in all, and also in classical has he found it hard to win lately, after Corus 2009 he has no less than 44 draws in 53 games.
Mar-25-10  Jazzer32: Excellent performance by Ivanchuk, He didn't lose a single game (every other player lost at least 1 rapid and 1 blindfold game)!!! WOW.


Mar-25-10  SetNoEscapeOn: Congrats to first time winners Carlsen and Ivanchuk (sort of; he actually won the very first event, but it was just a rapid tournament with no blindfold).
Mar-25-10  percyblakeney: Impressive performance by Grischuk, going +5 in the second blindfold tournament of his career, without knowing he would participate until a week before the event.
Mar-25-10  aragorn69: Really impressive blindfold tournament by Grischuk. Now how somebody obviously in great form can simultaneously perform so poorly in the (seeing) "rapids" (in fact always the same time controls) would deserve an explanation. I don't know if he answered that question himself... Would it be that he got tired during the second games?! Or (fascinating theory!) that his time management was better without seeing the pieces?!?
Mar-25-10  beenthere240: Even I could beat Carlsen if he dropped his queen for a pawn. Well, I might be able to beat Carlsen if he dropped his queen for a pawn and most of the other pieces were gone.
Mar-25-10  Atking: <Beenther240> so if Carlsen plays simultanously 10 boards blindefold under this time management (to say overall 2~3 hours) then you have a chance.
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Mar-25-10  znsprdx: <Jazzer32: Excellent performance by Ivanchuk, He didn't lose a single game (every other player lost at least 1 rapid and 1 blindfold game)> hence the TRUE winner since he defeated Carlsen in BOTH games...[DUH...]
Mar-25-10  znsprdx: <CG> what is the problem? surely there are lots of techies that can help you fix it... please just post the results...thank-you
Mar-25-10  abscissa: I'm so glad Carlsen blundered his queen against Grischuk like Grischuk blundered his queen against Levon. HAHA!!
Mar-26-10  Kazzak: @aragorn 69

There's a third possibility you left out:

Grischuk is better than the others at calculating blindfold with precision, while when they play rapid, this advantage disappears.

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  tamar: Or a 4th possibility:

Grischuk's other avocation, poker, is essentially a blindfold game, so he is more at home with doubt and uncertainty than the others.

Mar-26-10  madlydeeply: you just blew my mind tamar! very interesting notion....we'd have to see videos to see if he or his opponent is more tense or nervous....
Mar-26-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Mar-26-10  arnaud1959: <Grischuk's other avocation, poker, is essentially a blindfold game> It's also a bluff game. Every poker player must be able to bluff effectively. Maybe in blindfold chess Grischuk found a good way to bluff.
Apr-15-10  mandolndoc: Dang ol' blindfold chess, man, talkin' bout extra sight, tell you what...
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