Aronian Beats Anand At Amber

Aronian Beats Anand At Amber

| 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 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




Carlsen keeps up the chase by beating Topalov




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





Back to winning ways, Nakamura beat Grischuk




Giri is no longer in last place after beating Karjakin




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




Photos: Association Max Euwe

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