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    • Amber 2011 Full Review - Round 3, Blindfold

      Only two rounds were complete, but already the pre-tournament favorites, Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian have made their intentions clear by socring 3.5/4 and taking the early lead along with Alexander Grischuk. Viswanathan Anand, World Champion ... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Feb 22, 2013
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    • Amber 2011 Full Review - Round 2, Rapid

      After a short break, the twelve Super-GM's were back for the rapid games. Some, like Aronian and Grischuk were keen to contine their good form, whereas others, such as Karjakin, Giri etc all really needed a good result. Karjakin-Topalov Having d... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Feb 19, 2013
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    • Amber 2011 Full Review - Round 2, Blindfold

      The first round of this super-strong Amber tournament had seen four players start off with 2-0 wins over their rivals - Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Boris Gelfand and Vugar Gashimov. Top seeds Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen also won th... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Feb 18, 2013
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    • Amber 2011 Full Review - Round 1, Rapid

      The first round blindfold games had seen only one draw and five decisive results in an explosive start. The players were soon back for the rapid games, with the chance for many to get their own back after the blindfold loss, and others to get a... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Sep 21, 2011
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    • Amber 2011 Full Review - Round 1, Blindfold

      The Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament had its 20th and final edition in 2011. This attracted nearly all the top players creating a star-studded field consisting of: Viswanathan Anand (2817) Magnus Carlsen (2815) Levon Aronian (2808) Vladimir... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Sep 15, 2011
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    • Topalov-Anand game 3

      With the first two games being decisive, there was expectations for game 3. Anand proved his mettle by outplaying Topalov positionally in game 2, a day after suffering a crushing defeat in game 1. The score was tied at 1-1, and there was a rest... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Aug 14, 2011
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    • Anand-Topalov game 2

      The result of game 1 was a shocker: not just because Anand lost, but because of the way he lost. Within an hour of the start, his position was lost, and he resigned in less than 2 hours, lasting only 30 moves. The question on everyone's mind wa... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Aug 13, 2011
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    • Topalov-Anand game 1

      The first game of the World Chess Championship match in Sofia was a shocker: in just about an hour Anand was in a lost position. Was it because he was tired from a 40 hour trip to Sofia? Did he forget his preparation? Either way, Anand got off ... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Aug 12, 2011
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    • Pawn odds

      How do you play as Black with f-pawn odds? Any clues, because it seems that nearly all the time, even higher-rated players get eaten up by the opening just due to the missing f-pawn. Any ideas on how to avoid these lines with Qh5+? Here is one g... | Read More

      • gokul999
      • | Aug 11, 2011
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