Reports | March 02, 2009 4:43

Amber 2009 stronger than ever

Palais de la Mediterran?©eThe 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament, organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco, takes place from March 14 (first round) to March 26 (last round) at the five-star hotel Palais de la Mediterran?©e, splendidly located on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. The total prize-fund is ‚Ǩ 216,000 and this year‚Äôs field is stronger than ever with all the world‚Äôs best players taking part.

The twelve participants are (in alphabetical order): World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (United States), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Peter Leko (Hungary), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Wang Yue (China).

Every day four sessions will be played, two blindfold sessions and two rapid sessions. The first session starts at 14.30 hrs. The fourth session finishes around 20.00 hrs. (Note: the final round on March 26 starts at 12.30 hrs. March 18 and 23 are rest days.) Official website:

Like last year, both Macauley Peterson and yours truly have been invited to provide daily videos for the official website, so you can expect many videos again, like the ones we did last year:

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Hortensius's picture

I love the movies!

jan van der marel's picture

I see KingLoek is not invited. HIs time is slowly but surely coming to an end.

jurgen's picture

Wang, Leko, Kramnik, Kamsky; that's boring...

mark's picture

And sadly, Shirov isnt there either.

Pal G.'s picture

Kramnik and Topalov both in attendence. I wonder what that will do for the ambiance and aura of Amber, which is typically a casual, pleasant event.

Peter Doggers's picture

Well, the answer to that can be found in last year's videos. Both of them were there back then as well.

sjoerd's picture

Pity not a single dutch represent.

CJB's picture

These blindfold games simply amaze me. Has anyone ever seen one of these Super GM's just blank out and forget the board position in the middle of a game?

Pimoles's picture

I hope the Swedish wonder-boy wins!

chessplanet's picture

Yes, it is a treat to get Anand,Topalov,Kramnik,Morozevich,Ivanchuk ( + others ) to compete in the same tournament.

Players do enjoy the "cote d'azur", and the ratings-free tournament always staged in a luxurious hotel ( whether it's Nice or Monaco ).

The level of blindfold games is amazing, as most of the games look like GM games with novelties,tactics, tough endings. This really set them apart from most players I would think.

For a picture of Nice, check my blog at

One final request, it would be neat to get Nakamura ( and Bacrot / Jakovenko ) in, as he is fearless in rapid games, and probably dangerous in blindfold games.

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