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20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) Tournament

Levon Aronian8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Vugar Gashimov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Anish Giri3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs A Giri 1-057201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
2. Nakamura vs Carlsen ½-½60201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
3. Ivanchuk vs V Gashimov 0-128201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C42 Petrov Defense
4. Karjakin vs Gelfand 0-137201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C42 Petrov Defense
5. Anand vs Topalov 1-067201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C67 Ruy Lopez
6. Grischuk vs Kramnik 1-052201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Nakamura vs Aronian 0-171201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E60 King's Indian Defense
8. A Giri vs Ivanchuk ½-½62201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E15 Queen's Indian
9. Carlsen vs V Gashimov 1-085201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Gelfand vs Grischuk 0-169201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
11. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½41201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A35 English, Symmetrical
12. Topalov vs Karjakin ½-½52201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. Kramnik vs Topalov 1-040201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)A09 Reti Opening
14. Anand vs Gelfand ½-½58201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Grischuk vs Karjakin ½-½43201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. V Gashimov vs A Giri 1-034201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. Ivanchuk vs Nakamura 0-127201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½37201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E15 Queen's Indian
19. Aronian vs Ivanchuk ½-½101201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Nakamura vs V Gashimov ½-½61201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Carlsen vs A Giri ½-½41201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
22. Gelfand vs Topalov ½-½42201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
23. Grischuk vs Anand ½-½20201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C67 Ruy Lopez
24. Karjakin vs Kramnik 1-044201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)C67 Ruy Lopez
25. Topalov vs Grischuk 1-070201120th Amber Tournament (Blindfold)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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  Domdaniel: Anand beat Giri. After many ups and downs, Topalov and Ivanchuk are probably drawing. Likewise Gris'n'Gash, a R+N-vs-R ending which could reach move 140.
Mar-24-11  anandrulez: Anand shows he is solid with a +3 in BF .
But his Rapid is dissapointing he is -1 in that format.
Mar-24-11  shalgo: No live coverage today?
Mar-24-11  shalgo: Yesterday we had a 50-move-rule draw in R+B v. R, and today we had one in R+N v. R.
Mar-24-11  turbo231: Gris and Gas played a very good blindfold.
Mar-24-11  turbo231: <shalgo: No live coverage today?>

I think got tired of the criticism concerning their coverage. One member yesterday said it was laughable.

Mar-24-11  shalgo: Aronian has been playing very fast. His 15.Ne5 appears to be a novelty; 15.Nb3 and 15.Qc2 have each been played several times.
Mar-24-11  shalgo: Carlsen-Gelfand has become very sharp. The position after 14...Re4:

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Mar-24-11  strifeknot: Kramnik just mated Naka. What a lovely sight.
Mar-24-11  Kinghunt: Carlsen in serious trouble against Gelfand. 0-1 probably coming soon.
Mar-24-11  siamesedream: Congratulations to GM Levon Aronian for winning last edition of Amber and good luck in Kazań.
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  Domdaniel: Carlsen lost. He'll still win the rapids and come 2nd overall.

Good game by Gelfand.

Mar-24-11  anandrulez: Folks , might have had an early schedule for live coverage . Chessbomb is one place where you can get some action !
Mar-24-11  The Rocket: Nice game by mr Topalov against Ivanchuk.

No mercy that game!

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  Peligroso Patzer: <kia0708: BTW, where are the combined standings for rapid and blindfold ?>

They are available here:

Mar-24-11  drnooo: Well it seems some gms can picture the board perfectly with their eyes closed, and..........some can't. Doubt if Naka would have fallen into mate had he been able to see the board better. Perhaps Aronion is one of those that can see the board as clearly with his eys closed as open. Though it still seems wrong for them even to be looking at a blank sixty four squares.
Mar-24-11  The Rocket: Nakamuras position was totally lost when mated so it doesnt matter
Mar-24-11  The Rocket: Nakamura cant stop the mate without just giving away material with check... so his options are just rxe6+ giving up his rook for a pawn ..
Mar-25-11  virginmind: congratulations to aronian for winning the blindfold and the overall final edition of amber tournament! it was so cool while it lasted...
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  moronovich: <virginmind: congratulations to aronian for winning the blindfold and the overall final edition of amber tournament! it was so cool while it lasted...>

Agreed! Very cool indeed.
And if I were a billionare(well,less could do) Amber would go on forever (or almost ;).

Mar-25-11  kia0708: Aronian won the blindfold and took the 1st place in the combined standings. Congratulations !

Carlsen won also very good, especially in rapid (9 wins, wow).

I'm disappointed a little bit with Anand. Maybe his mind and heart were not there. Maybe he is thinking about defending the World Champ. I don't know.

Mar-25-11  Anatoly21: Aronian has pulled off a truly impressive feat: 3 Amber victories in 4 years. His blindfold victory is nice, but 3/4 at Amber is even more impressive. It indicates a measure of consistency in chess intuition and calculation that very, very few chess players reach.
Mar-26-11  Dionysius: Further to my post of 12 March, given the mumber of tragic mistakes even the greats seem prone to in this kind of blindfold play, maybe it's just as well that they aren't deprived of the vision of an empty board. The blindfold tournament was very entertaining I thought, but maybe more mistakes would have undermined that.
Mar-26-11  kia0708: Aronian with 6 wins and not a single loss impressed me very much.
Mar-31-11  LIFE Master AJ: Bloody shame that this will be the very last Amber tournament!
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