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Amber Tournament (Rapid) Tournament

Viswanathan Anand7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Gata Kamsky7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Veselin Topalov5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Morozevich4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Peter Leko4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Yue Wang4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Radjabov  ½-½402009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B30 Sicilian
2. Morozevich vs Kramnik 1-0432009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Y Wang vs Karjakin ½-½522009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-1392009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Leko vs Anand 1-0682009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Kamsky vs Carlsen 1-0492009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. Anand vs Kamsky 1-0492009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
8. Aronian vs Leko 1-0292009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E15 Queen's Indian
9. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk ½-½452009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½262009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
11. Y Wang vs Morozevich 0-1442009Amber Tournament (Rapid)A15 English
12. Karjakin vs Topalov 1-0462009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. Ivanchuk vs Leko 1-0592009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C53 Giuoco Piano
14. Kamsky vs Aronian 1-0512009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½382009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. Topalov vs Y Wang  ½-½762009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. Morozevich vs Radjabov ½-½462009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B32 Sicilian
18. Kramnik vs Karjakin ½-½302009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Karjakin vs Radjabov 0-1742009Amber Tournament (Rapid)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. Leko vs Carlsen ½-½582009Amber Tournament (Rapid)E60 King's Indian Defense
21. Topalov vs Morozevich 1-0432009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
22. Y Wang vs Kramnik 0-1492009Amber Tournament (Rapid)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Aronian vs Anand  ½-½322009Amber Tournament (Rapid)A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. Ivanchuk vs Kamsky ½-½592009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. Carlsen vs Aronian 0-1982009Amber Tournament (Rapid)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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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 6½
Morozevich 6½
6. Leko 5½
Topalov 5½
8. Ivanchuk 5
Radjabov 5
10. Karjakin 4½
11. Wang Yue 3½
12. Kamsky 3

1. Anand 7
Aronian 7
Kamsky 7
4. Kramnik 6½
5. Carlsen 6
Karjakin 6
7. Topalov 5
8. Ivanchuk 4½
Leko 4½
Morozevich 4½
11. Radjabov 4
Wang Yue 4

1. Aronian 14
2. Anand 13½
Kramnik 13½
4. Carlsen 13
5. Morozevich 11
6. Karjakin 10½
Topalov 10½
8. Kamsky 10
Leko 10
10. Ivanchuk 9½
11. Radjabov 9
12. Wang Yue 7½

Mar-27-09  KamikazeAttack: Congrats to Aronian, the Houdini of our time. He is the Lord of the Manor as far as Amber is concerned now.

2 srt8 wins in all categories is very, very impressive indeed - excellent.

However, old pros Anand and Kramnik continue to prove their mettle in their specialised categories.

Anand - 5 rapid wins in 6 years.
Kramnik - 3 BF wins in 3 years (Hat-trick).

Mar-27-09  vesivialvy93: kasablanca ....sorry , you're right , it's rapid chess , not blitz ...i need a good night sleep ;-)
Mar-27-09  percyblakeney: <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)>

<I think Kramnik is the ral expert>

<there were only two exceptional results by Moro in blindfold, 2004 and 2006>

I don't really agree with the comparison that is supposed to show that Kramnik is the blindfold expert of the two... Morozevich's +7 in 2002 was also a rather exceptional result considering that that was the first time he participated.

Morozevich's blindfold scores: +7 +3 +6 +1 +8 +3 +2 +2. That's an average of +4. Kramnik's scores have been very slightly worse on average as can be seen above (but of course more or less just as excellent).

I think both Kramnik and Morozevich are excellent blindfold players, but I would consider Morozevich as the expert of the two since Kramnik always has been top five in all disciplines. He has performed very strong results in classical, rapid and blitz the last decade. Morozevich hasn't been top five in anything else than blindfold and there he has for much of the time been #1, or at worst #2, so I think it would be strange not to see him as a blindfold expert.

One could just look at his scores against Anand and Topalov, he is 12-1 against these strong blindfold players that both have an even score against Kramnik. He is 2-3 against Kramnik himself though, but that isn't too bad either.

Mar-27-09  anandrulez:

Blindfold performance of players from 2000-2008

Mar-27-09  square dance: maybe someone who was into that sort of thing could calculate their updated blindfold ratings. :-)
Mar-27-09  percyblakeney: <updated blindfold ratings>

After Amber 2009 it should be

Morozevich: 2860 in 88 games

Kramnik: 2823 in 143 games

Mar-27-09  percyblakeney: The top five in rapid chess 2000-2009 should look like this (Fischl's stats plus Amber):

Anand 2816 in 406 games

Kasparov 2803 in 104 games

Aronian 2781 in 119 games

Kramnik 2767 in 209 games

Ivanchuk 2764 in 332 games

Mar-27-09  DCP23: <percyblakeney: <updated blindfold ratings>>


Mar-27-09  square dance: thanks pb.
Mar-27-09  percyblakeney: <DCP23> <square dance>

You're welcome!

Mar-27-09  KamikazeAttack: <anandrulez:

Blindfold performance of players from 2000-2008

I wonder if Bu would be invited to Amber next year.

Mar-28-09  ILikeFruits: this is...
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Mar-28-09  Jim Bartle: I don't mind the dots or the one-word lines that much. What drive me nuts are the 400-word posts written in a single paragraph!

I gave up reading "Remembrance of Things Past" just because there weren't any paragraph breaks.

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Mar-30-09  ajile: <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)>

Yes there are a bunch of people talking about this conspiracy idea. Thing is why don't any of the chess websites (this one included) show all the prize money for all the places? I don't get it since most other sports clearly show how the prize money is divided. Why is chess different? And if we knew what the prizes were then we could better gauge how much money Topalov would lose by dropping a place in order to drop Kramnik out of the lead.

Apr-17-09  jussu: <ajile> - I have always been irritated when reading tennis news and finding that quite a proportion of the text is reserved to reports on how much money was at the stake. This is low, I want to read about the sport, not to browse in the sportsmen's wallets.
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