Reports | March 07, 2010 23:18

Grischuk replaces Morozevich at Amber

Palais de la MéditerrannéeAlexander Morozevich has withdrawn from the Amber tournament, which starts in six days from now in Nice, France. The Russian is replaced by his compatriot Alexander Grischuk. To get you a bit in the mood already, today we present a video with footage from 2008 and 2009.

The 19th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament takes place at the Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice, France, from March 12 to 25, 2010. The event is organized by the Association Max Euwe of chess maecenas Joop van Oosterom, which is based in Monaco. The total prize-fund is € 216,000.

The world's number one player, Magnus Carlsen, is the top-seed in Nice. Also present are Levon Aronian, the winner of the past two Amber tournaments, and Vladimir Kramnik, who won the Amber tournament a record six times.

The following twelve grandmasters will take part (between brackets their country and their rating in the March 1, 2010 world rankings): Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2813), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2790), Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2782), Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2756), Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2750), Peter Svidler (Russia, 2750), Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 2748), Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan, 2740), Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, 2737), Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 2725), Leinier Dominguez (Cuba, 2713) and Jan Smeets (The Netherlands, 2651).

Every day four sessions will be played, two blindfold sessions and two rapid sessions. The first session starts at 14.30 CET. The fourth session finishes around 20.00 CET. The final round on March 25 starts at 12.30 CET. March 17 and 22 are rest days. The rate of play is 25 minutes per game per player. With every move made in the blindfold games 20 seconds is added to the clock, with every move made in the rapid games 10 seconds is added.

Below you'll find an appetizer video. Like in previous years, many more will be posted on the official website during the tournament. Besides, you can expect something new this year: live chess with audio commentary, streaming footage from the playing hall and live commentary sessions with the top GMs!




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Felix's picture

The official website states that Morozevich withdraw due to private reasons, so I guess we should stop speculating... anyone knows the next tournament he planned to participate in?

e4e5's picture

Wonderful video, i missed that...

Felix Kling's picture

Nooooo.... I was already looking forward to some Morozevich games :(

Mads's picture

Can someone give any inside imformation to why Moro. has withdrawn from the tournament?

kfan's picture

I assume he is sick otherwise why would one withdraw at the last minute from one of the most prestigious tournament in the circuit?

Felix Kling's picture

other possible reason: He's in the Anand team and needs to work :)
Afaik he worked together with Rustam Kazhimdzhanov, so that is not that unlikely.

Although being ill is the most probable reason... I hope he's fine.

T. Goto's picture

A really nice video. Thank you! I hope there will be a follow up this year!

patj's picture

i think this is an old video... but i love seeing it again.

it is nice to see the top gms laughing and having a good time.

i wish someone would pay them to come to usa so that us fans here could watch.

c'est la vie!

Bert Oskelhaar's picture

Haha ARONIAN is always so funny :-)

Love him

Mauricio Valdes's picture

What is the reason for Moro´s withdrawal?
As Piket mentioned (two years ago) Aronian is full of positive energy!
Kramnik, a classy playe rand true gentelman.
Where is Leko? I don´t recall him having any activity since Tal Memorial?

My prediction:
1st. Place: Kramnik
2nd. Place: Aronian
3rd. Place Carlsen

Vlad to the Bone!

unknown's picture

Thanks for great video! And go Levon!

Iraqi Master's picture

Execuse me, the article did not explain why Moro withdrow from the tournement.
Can anyone explain ???

Pal G.'s picture

Nice moment when Gelfand calls Kramnik a gentleman, for offering a draw after BG blundered his queen..


mircelalettin's picture

I think Dominguez or Karjakin will dominate the event. I love Kramnik's style when he plays good but he simply lacks fighting spirit and that's what these 2 have (specially Karjakin).
I am looking forward to see Karjakin's games against Carlsen and Ponomariov.

Jens Kristiansen's picture

I would for sure like to see this van Oosterom spending all his money on some serious chess.

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