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Amber Tournament (Rapid) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Vugar Gashimov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
Jan Smeets2/11(+1 -8 =2)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Grischuk 1-0562010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. Gelfand vs Ponomariov 0-1472010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D80 Grunfeld
3. Aronian vs Karjakin 1-0422010Amber Tournament (Rapid)E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. Smeets vs Svidler  ½-½402010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
5. V Gashimov vs Dominguez Perez ½-½372010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C54 Giuoco Piano
6. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen 1-0492010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0682010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C48 Four Knights
8. Karjakin vs Smeets  ½-½632010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C24 Bishop's Opening
9. Svidler vs Ivanchuk  ½-½322010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. V Gashimov vs Gelfand 0-1892010Amber Tournament (Rapid)A22 English
11. Dominguez Perez vs Kramnik ½-½882010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B07 Pirc
12. Grischuk vs Ponomariov  ½-½322010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
13. Gelfand vs Grischuk  ½-½522010Amber Tournament (Rapid)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Aronian vs Smeets 1-0372010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Ivanchuk vs Karjakin  ½-½442010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Carlsen vs Svidler 1-0342010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
17. Kramnik vs V Gashimov 1-0532010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Ponomariov vs Dominguez Perez ½-½472010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Smeets vs Carlsen 0-1562010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
20. Dominguez Perez vs Grischuk 0-1502010Amber Tournament (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. V Gashimov vs Ponomariov  1-0642010Amber Tournament (Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
22. Kramnik vs Gelfand 0-1342010Amber Tournament (Rapid)E15 Queen's Indian
23. Karjakin vs Svidler 0-1382010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
24. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 0-1372010Amber Tournament (Rapid)A13 English
25. Gelfand vs Dominguez Perez 1-0662010Amber Tournament (Rapid)D80 Grunfeld
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Mar-25-10  turbo231: < Sbetsho >

Go to wikipedia and read all about it.

Mar-25-10  frogbert: <and trash Carlsen in the remaining games did he>

and neither did nakamura, s4life. you're becoming <too> subjective now. :o) and seriously - you're drawing grand conclusions based on what - 4 blitz games? i guess grischuk has carlsen's number too, then - he won the previous bnbank (glitnir) blitz final with the same score.

Mar-25-10  turbo231: < troller >

You do remember than Naka was sick last year. Or have you forgotten?

Mar-25-10  s4life: Well, <frog> it's the way Naka won, coming from behind when Carlsen was the favorite of everyone, Nr 1 in the rating list, being WC blitz champion and all that... it was a hard loss to take, a mental melt down. You keep drawing comparisons to previous instances, but the context is not quite the same... but I guess you see what you want to see... and I'll leave you the last word, frankly I've posted more today than what I normally do in a week and I have a paper deadline coming soon. Have a good day,
Mar-25-10  turbo231: I was reading the other day about Fischer, that he could play chess without a board. One flight he made with I think it was Larsen, they played chess games without a board just by calling moves out to each other. So that means Larsen could also play chess without looking at a board. It could have been Petrosian instead of Larsen.
Mar-25-10  drnooo: I have always felt the best solution to people sharing the win of a tourney, if it's not enough for them simply to agree on joint winners, , just total up which of the two or three of them spent less hours and seconds on their clock than their other opponents. This solution at least would mean that in classic control someone thought faster than the others in that area, that arena. To use rapid games to decide a match always made about as much sense to me as if they turned around and played a blindfold game or saw had the best fastball. Lets say that Naka IS the best blitz player going, just for openers, demonstrably that nobody can beat him at it, year after year, and it comes down to the end of a match with him and Carlsen at classic controls, it's stupid then to turn around and let that encounter be decided by a rapids contest. Whereas it could well be that Naka does not do any better, think any faster, maybe even takes longer to fathom out the right moves in a classic set of games than Carlsen, then Carlsen would win on that kind of tiebreak and all within the classic framework..... using just those two players as examples of any classic tourney or match.

Now is this ever going to happen? Of course not, Tourneys being what they are will want the carnival fireworks of rapids to decide.... but it does cheapen the result.

Mar-25-10  drnooo: There have been plenty of amazing blindfold sessions: the most amazing was Pillsburys, still. Nobody has done that, even come close to doing what he did. It was feakish. Also nobody has ever even tried what Rueben Fine did There have been plenty of GMs who could play 50 blindfold games at once, but the above two records seem to me still untoucable, Fines and Pillsbury's.
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  HeMateMe: Some of Pillsbury's simuls are suspect. I think he may have left and returned during some of them. there are also reports that he was 'signalled' by the runner, the one relaying the moves to the separate room Pillsbury was sitting in.

Alekhine, in strength of oppostion, is considered the greatest blindfold player ever.

Mar-25-10  BobCrisp: <There have been plenty of amazing blindfold sessions: the most amazing was Pillsburys, still. Nobody has done that, even come close to doing what he did.>

What did he do? Why should anyone else have tried to emulate him?

<Also nobody has ever even tried what Rueben Fine did>

What did he do?

<There have been plenty of GMs who could play 50 blindfold games at once>

5, yes, 50, no.

Mar-25-10  evlozare: with ivanchuk's spectacular win in the rapids, i hope gelfand finally put to rest his draw oriented petroff. congratulations to magnus and chucky!
Mar-25-10  ooda: <<There have been plenty of GMs who could play 50 blindfold games at once>

<5, yes, 50, no.> >

The ability to play 50+ blindfold games is rare indeed.

"The last increase in the record was claimed by the Hungarian Janos Flesch in Budapest in 1960, playing 52 opponents and winning 31 games, with three draws and 18 losses"

Mar-25-10  ooda: <<Also nobody has ever even tried what Rueben Fine did>

<What did he do?>>

Maybe this? "1945 Event - Ruben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid chess games blindfolded"

Couldn't find anything else in google.

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  HeMateMe: One of the 4 people Fine beat, in the speed---blindfold games was Robert Byrne, a former participant in the world championship candidates matches, in the 1970s.

A number of the blindfold simuls of more than 40 boards have been thought to be suspect, because of weak opposition and possible assistance by the move runners.

Mar-26-10  ChocolateCakeLover: Go Ivanchuk!
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  Troller: <turbo231: < troller >

You do remember than Naka was sick last year. Or have you forgotten? >

I certainly remember that, and as I also wrote in my comment, Nakamura is/was objectively the strongest of the 5 qualifiers. But still, he finished last. On that background, I maintain that it would be awkward to invite him for this year. In fact, I don't think it's a big deal anyway, this tournament is not really serious, although there may be good money in it for the players.

Mar-26-10  acirce: Amber crosstables 1992-2010:
Mar-26-10  slomarko: seems that Ivanchuk is the chessplayer ever to go undefeated at Amber.
Mar-26-10  yoozum: I'm really happy with this result. Carlsen continues his dominance and Ivanchuk gets a huge morale boost since almost quitting a few months ago.
Mar-26-10  The Rocket: best blindfold player of all time in terms of quality must be alekhine!
Mar-26-10  Mr. Bojangles: <best blindfold player of all time in terms of quality must be alekhine!>

How many other top BF players did he play?

Mar-27-10  Sokrates: <Alekhine, in strength of oppostion, is considered the greatest blindfold player ever.> That may be true, because A. was and is one of the strongest practical players who ever lived, but let's not forget Miguel Najdorf, who helt the world record of blindfold opponents (I think it was 45) for decades. His achievement was extraordinary.
Mar-27-10  SRILANKANMASTER: Ah, I perceive that my earnest endeavours to guide the lot of you on to the correct path, to lead you to a level almost approaching mastery, to help you by sharing unselfishly, some of my own vast experience and ability with the bunch of you; I see that my efforts in this respect have effeted in arousing exasperation within the hearts of some of you. To these persons, all I can say is, your futile efforts to oppose my generous offers to help those who need my help will not, I am afraid, be fulfiled..indeed, your dcomments against me bring but a smile of sof mirth to my lips...:)
Mar-30-10  gus inn: <SrilankaMaster>

Every shrink has a couch that fits.

Mar-30-10  Billy Vaughan: <slomarko: seems that Ivanchuk is the chessplayer ever to go undefeated at Amber.>

Yeah, a lot of the winners lost just once (Kramnik several times, Shirov, Anand, Ivanchuk himself in Amber's first [all-rapid] year), but nobody had ever gone undefeated.

Apr-03-10  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog>

>>Amber 2010 Last Round

Finally some words about the last round of Amber 2010. I expected that daily blogging could be quite a challenge during tournaments but it has turned out to be a good way to reflect on what happened in the particular games of the day and then move on and leave behind whatever negative feelings I might have had. Blogging is in fact more of a challenge after the tournament. The stress level has come down and after the closing ceremony I just forgot all about blogging. The well known Queen blunder against Grischuk in the blindfold was unnecesssary but instinctively I knew I was taking a risk. I could not recall that he had moved his Queen from d2 and did not go back more than a few moves to check despite my uncertainty and lots of time on the clock. I must have been pretty tired by then. Anyway, before the last game, Ivanchuk and I had only half a point lead over Kramnik and I really tried to pull myself together before the final game. With Ivanchuk quickly bringing havoc to Gelfands kingside in a beautiful attacking game, I knew I was in a must-win situation.´ I got a position I liked out of the opening although without any clear advantage. Grischuk played quite well until he probably missed f3! The tactics worked and with some precise moves my advantage rose. Grischuk resigned when he had nothing better than a clearly lost rook ending ahead. As a result Ivanchuk and I shared 1st place overall as well as in the rapid segment. Grischuk won the blindfold section (with me and several players in shared 2nd). I´m of course very happy with the shared tournament win although I cannot be completely happy with my own play. It varied too much as evidenced by the high number of wins and losses. I´d like to thank the organiser for another excellent Amber tournement and the people who have had the patience to follow this blog regularly. It is not yet totally clear what my next tournament will be, I will make a blog entry when this has been clarified. Magnus Carlsen, Engerdal, Easter 2010.

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