Anand Leading In Amber

Anand Leading In Amber

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 23, 2009, 9:01 AM |
16 | Chess Event Coverage

After 8 rounds of the hugely strong and entertaining blindfold/rapid Amber Chess Tournament in Nice, world champion Vishy Anand is leading the overall standings by just half a point from Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen.

Anand took the lead in the 8th round by convincingly beating Kramnik in their blindfold game and easily drawing their rapid encounter later in the day.

Monday 23rd March is a rest day, so the final three rounds take place from 24th-26th March, to decide the fate of the €216,000 prize fund.  The games are still providing a mix of the sublime and the ridiculous, as one would expect from blind/rapid games.  Don't forget that the blind games are also rapid (25 mins plus 20 sec/move!) Selected games are shown below.

The standings after round 8:

Blind

Rapid

Overall
Carlsen, Magnus     
Anand, Viswanathan   5
Anand, Viswanathan   10½  
Anand, Viswanathan   
Kamsky, Gata  5
Aronian, Levon  10
Leko, Peter  5
Aronian, Levon  5
Carlsen, Magnus  10
Aronian, Levon  5
Kramnik, Vladimir   
Kramnik, Vladimir   
Kramnik, Vladimir  5
Karjakin, Sergey   
Leko, Peter   
Morozevich, Alexander  4
Topalov, Veselin  4
Kamsky, Gata   
Topalov, Veselin   
Leko, Peter   
Topalov, Veselin   
Radjabov, Teimour   
Ivanchuk, Vassily   
Morozevich, Alexander   
Ivanchuk, Vassily  3
Carlsen, Magnus   
Ivanchuk, Vassily   
Kamsky, Gata   
Morozevich, Alexander   
Karjakin, Sergey   
Wang Yue   
Radjabov, Teimour  3
Radjabov, Teimour   
Karjakin, Sergey  2
Wang Yue  3
Wang Yue   

 

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