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14th Amber Tournament: Rapid Tournament

Viswanathan Anand7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Morozevich7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Leko6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Evgeny Bareev5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Loek van Wely3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Van Wely vs Morozevich  ½-½53200514th Amber Tournament: RapidD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Svidler vs Leko  ½-½57200514th Amber Tournament: RapidB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. Gelfand vs Bareev  ½-½71200514th Amber Tournament: RapidD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½26200514th Amber Tournament: RapidD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Shirov vs Anand 0-132200514th Amber Tournament: RapidB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik 1-055200514th Amber Tournament: RapidB33 Sicilian
7. Morozevich vs Leko ½-½76200514th Amber Tournament: RapidA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Gelfand vs Svidler 0-152200514th Amber Tournament: RapidD85 Grunfeld
9. Bareev vs Van Wely  1-042200514th Amber Tournament: RapidD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
10. Anand vs Topalov 1-046200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Kramnik vs Shirov ½-½30200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. F Vallejo Pons vs Ivanchuk  ½-½30200514th Amber Tournament: RapidA15 English
13. Svidler vs Morozevich 0-138200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC11 French
14. Leko vs Bareev 1-061200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC11 French
15. Van Wely vs Gelfand  ½-½32200514th Amber Tournament: RapidE15 Queen's Indian
16. F Vallejo Pons vs Anand 0-160200514th Amber Tournament: RapidA33 English, Symmetrical
17. Topalov vs Kramnik ½-½21200514th Amber Tournament: RapidE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Ivanchuk vs Shirov ½-½57200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Shirov vs F Vallejo Pons 1-036200514th Amber Tournament: RapidB30 Sicilian
20. Ivanchuk vs Topalov 1-055200514th Amber Tournament: RapidE00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½24200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Gelfand vs Leko  ½-½27200514th Amber Tournament: RapidE12 Queen's Indian
23. Van Wely vs Svidler 0-135200514th Amber Tournament: RapidA28 English
24. Bareev vs Morozevich 0-138200514th Amber Tournament: RapidA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. Svidler vs Bareev ½-½38200514th Amber Tournament: RapidC10 French
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Apr-01-05  square dance: you're wrong, kasparov and anand were invited. as for ivanchuk, i dont know.
Apr-01-05  acirce: During the era of FIDE's control the champion defended his title once every third year. With the chess world in total chaos it took one year more for Kramnik, just like how it took 5 years for Kasparov between 1995 and 2000. So what? That is not a crime.
Apr-01-05  Appaz: A WC match is extremly demanding for the participants, so there should be at least three years between them.
Apr-01-05  samikd: <square dance: you're wrong, kasparov and anand were invited. as for ivanchuk, i dont know>

what are you talking about ? Anand and Ivanchuk were BARRED from playing there, because of the contract with Fide !!!!! And Kasparov was not part of the he was excluded too.

Apr-01-05  acirce: However, it was not the fault of Kramnik or the Dortmund organizers that Anand chose to be loyal to FIDE.

As for Kasparov "not part of the cycle", what are you talking about? He received an invitation and turned it down.

Apr-01-05  cade: Is <> going to cover the third event at Monaco, the Kriegspiel tournament?
Apr-01-05  hintza: What?! I thought we had seen Vallejo play Kriegspiel already... :-)
Apr-01-05  acirce: Do they actually play Kriegspiel?! Or is this another joke? With all the reports about different bizarre things it's getting too weird for me..

Apr-01-05  hintza: <acirce> It looks like they are actually playing Kriegspiel, and it is not a joke!

I particularly liked the caption <Unable to fathom the thoughts of Ivanchuk: Alexei Shirov in his Kriegspiel game>; can anyone ever fathom Vassily's thoughts!?

Kriegspiel is the only chess variant I really enjoy, and some of those games are just hilarious!

Apr-01-05  810609: Sorry gentlemen, but what is Kriegspiel? I tried to watch that games, but I donĀ“t understand anything! :-)
Apr-01-05  WillC21: <810609> You can only see your own pieces. Arbiter makes sure both sides make legal moves.
Apr-01-05  hintza: <810609> I could try to explain it but that would probably be difficult. You can find a brief explaination of Kriegspiel and how it is played here:

And there is no need to be sorry for asking! :-)

Apr-01-05  810609: Wow, this looks really mad! Thanks <WillC21> and <Hintza>, now I understand few weird moves in games much better :-)
Apr-01-05  square dance: <During the era of FIDE's control the champion defended his title once every third year. With the chess world in total chaos it took one year more for Kramnik, just like how it took 5 years for Kasparov between 1995 and 2000. So what? That is not a crime.> i would like to add to <acirce>'s point that the kramnik-leko match was originally scheduled for 2003. it only took place in 2004 because of funding issues.
Apr-01-05  PizzatheHut: Is it just me or does Kriegspiel sound like a terrible idea? I read the blurb that said "Bareev beats Anand 2-0 in Kriegspiel" which I thought was very impressive. However, this new variant has quite a bit of luck.
Apr-01-05  acirce: Since it's not mentioned anywhere else it has to be a joke, although very skilfully carried out with those computer screen shots, games and all.
Apr-01-05  sandyobrien: The font on those computer screenshots is the most awful looking font I've ever seen.
Apr-01-05  DutchDunce: Great call acirce. Also Leko, Svidler, and whoever is behind them are in the same positions AND clothes as in the first round report. It is a ruse.

Awesome closeup of Bareev, however.

Apr-01-05  aw1988: <DutchDunce> I had to make sure, and upon close inspection, he is NOT picking his nose.
Apr-01-05  Dionyseus: I think this so-called "Amber Kriegspiel Chess Tournament" is indeed an April Fools joke. If you go to the Amber website, there's no mention at all of this Kriegspiel event.

And as <Sandyobrien> mentioned, the fonts on those computer screenshots look awful.

Apr-01-05  Sonofabishop84: I thought this Kriegspiel sounded retarded when i read it. No skill involved at all and any amateur 1200 rated player could play a superGM and win against them. Nonsense. Now it's a lame April fools joke attempt by chessbase I see. The question is, what have the boys from chessbase been smoking?
Apr-02-05  Akavall: I liked this (real April fool's) joke a lot better!!
Apr-02-05  Sandmaster: I am serious. These chessbase pranks will ruin the authenticity of all their information.
Apr-02-05  Dionyseus: I'm starting to think that this might not have been an April Fool's joke afterall. If it were, wouldn't they have told us already?

Plus the position shown in the Boris Gelfand photo actually occurs in the Gelfand-Topalov game, it's the position after black's 16th move.

Apr-03-05  DutchDunce: You'd be amazed at what one can do with Photoshop.
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