Aronian Beats Anand At Amber

Aronian Beats Anand At Amber

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 20, 2011, 1:32 PM |
32 | Chess Event Coverage

As always, there was some lively and interesting play in the blindfold games at Amber, but all six of the decisive results in round eight came from the rapid games, and all from the white pieces.

After a quick draw in their blindfold game, Lev Aronian scored a vital win against Vishy Anand to keep his nose ahead of Magnus Carlsen, who beat Veselin Topalov.

Vassily Ivanchuk kept his recovery rolling along nicely, with a rapid win against Boris Gelfand after long hard-fought draw in their blindfold game.

Hikaru Nakamura scored a much-needed win against Grischuk, while Giri's second win of the event lifted him out of last place, to be replaced by Kramnik (!) who lost to Gashimov.

Tomorrow (Monday) is a rest day, so the next round is on Tuesday 22 March, and Chess.com will have live coverage for all members starting 6:20 Pacific Time in the US.

The results on day 8:

Blind  Grischuk-Nakamura  ½-½

Anand-Aronian  ½-½

Gelfand-Ivanchuk  ½-½
Blind  Kramnik-Gashimov  ½-½

Karjakin-Giri  ½-½

Topalov-Carlsen  ½-½
Rapid  Nakamura-Grischuk  1-0

Aronian-Anand  1-0

Ivanchuk-Gelfand  1-0
Rapid  Gashimov-Kramnik  1-0

Giri-Karjakin  1-0

Carlsen-Topalov 1-0

 

The standings after day 8:

1 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2808 11½
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2815 11
3 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2817
4 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2779
5 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2747 8
6 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE 2746 8
7 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2775
8 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2774
9 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2776 7
10 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2733 7
11 Giri, Anish  NED 2690 6
12 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2785

 

Aronian's good record against the world champion continues

Aronian_Anand_day8.jpg

 

 

Carlsen keeps up the chase by beating Topalov

Carlsen_Topalov_day8.jpg

 

 

Ivanchuk won his rapid game with Gelfand after an amazing draw in the blindfold

Ivanchuk_Gelfand_day8.jpg

 

 

 

Back to winning ways, Nakamura beat Grischuk

Naka_Grischuk_day8.jpg

 

 

Giri is no longer in last place after beating Karjakin

Giri_Karjakin_day8.jpg

 

 

Another bad day for Kramnik, losing to Gashimov to slip to last place

Gashimov_Kramnik_day8.jpg

 

 

Photos: Association Max Euwe

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