Thrills And Spills At Amber

Thrills And Spills At Amber

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The first round of the Amber tournament in Monaco provided plenty of spectacle and (nearly) all decisive results.

In such a strong field all games are special, but the pairing of Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura helped start the event with a match-up that many fans were eagerly waiting to see.

Their blindfold game was evenly matched until Nakamura put his rook en prise with 44.Rc7?? , but he was hugely fortunate that Carlsen missed his error and the game ended drawn.  Blindfold chess is tough - even for the best, and there were plenty more blunders in the other games!

Carlsen made amends later by winning the rapid game to win their mini-match 1.5-0.5.

Another great pairing pitted Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov together, and it was the great Indian champion who came out on top 1.5-0.5 by winning their blindfold game.

But it was Alexander Grischuk (pictured) that won the standout blindfold game of the round, beating Vladimir Kramnik with a lovely Queen sacrifice that would have graced a sighted game.

When Grischuk also went on to win their rapid game, he left Kramnik at the bottom of the leaderboard, but he has plenty of company because Ivanchuk, Karjakin and Giri all ended the day with a big fat zero score.

All the games from an exciting first day are below!

The first day results in full:

Blind  Nakamura-Carlsen  ½-½

Aronian-Giri  1-0

Ivanchuk-Gashimov  0-1
Blind  Karjakin-Gelfand  0-1

Grischuk-Kramnik  1-0

Anand-Topalov  1-0
Rapid  Carlsen-Nakamura  1-0

Giri-Aronian  0-1

Gashimov-Ivanchuk  1-0
Rapid  Gelfand-Karjakin  1-0

Kramnik-Grischuk  0-1

Topalov-Anand  ½-½


The standings:

1 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2808 2
2 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2747 2
3 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2733 2
4 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE 2746 2
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2817
6 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2815
7 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2775 ½
8 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2774 ½
9 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2785 0
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2779 0
11 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2776 0
12 Giri, Anish  NED 2690 0


Nakamura and Carlsen get their clicking fingers ready (pic from the official website)














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