Reports | March 14, 2008 16:21

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[lang_nl]Het 17e Amber Blind- en Rapidtoernooi wordt gehouden van 15 tot en met 27 maart (laatste ronde) in het luxueuze vijfsterrenhotel Palais de la Mediterran?ɬ©e, ideaal gesitueerd aan de beroemde Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

Twaalf topgrootmeesters uit tien verschillende landen doen mee en het totale prijzenfonds is 216,000 euro. Het Amber-toernooi wordt georganiseerd door de Association Max Euwe in Monaco en genereus gesponsord door de heer en mevrouw Van Oosterom.

Het Amber-toernooi wordt gezien als een van de meest prestigieuze schaakevenementen in de wereld en is de enige waarin de helft van de partijen blind gespeeld worden, dus zonder dat de spelers bord en stukken kunnen zien. ChessVibes zal gedurende het hele toernooi in Nice zijn voor on-the-spot coverage, verhalen, interviews en video's.


[/lang_nl][lang_en]The 17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament is held from March 15 to March 27 (last round) at the five-star luxury Hotel Palais de la Mediterran?ɬ©e, ideally situated at the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

Twelve top grandmasters from ten different countries take part and the total prize-fund is 216,000 Euro. The Amber tournament is organised by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco and generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Van Oosterom.

The Amber tournament is one of the most prestigious chess events in the world and the only one in which half of the games are played blindfold, i.e. without the players seeing board and pieces. ChessVibes will be in Nice throughout the tournament, presenting on-the-spot coverage, stories, interviews and videos.



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Vahag's picture

Ron, Kramnik - Aronian 1-1, so I guess it is high time to congratulate Levon. With one round to spare, he became the Champion of the Amber with a very solid 2.5-point lead over his closest pursuers. Not bad huh, takin?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ into consideration the number of champions (former and present) and challengers.

So my congratulations to the admirers of Aronian?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s talent. I guess he's ready to join the club of Classical World Champions and to become another Armenian chessplayer after Petrosian and Kasparov to hold this title.

Ron's picture

Wait until Kramnik-Aronian!

Este toneo es muy divertido y din?ɬ°mico.
Seguro que nos divertimos con sus partidas

Frank Str?ɬ§ter's picture

"...without the players seeing board and pieces..." Aren't they going to play on the blank board on the computer this time? (with board and without pieces).

Jan's picture

Previous years they only had a screen, not a board.

tim gluckman's picture

Gelfand,.Lubo, Topa, Moro Vas. Hi Pete, Can we have the whole press conference. I would have liked Gelfand geometrising around the board; conforontation with Lubo is funny! Thanks for some very cool editing. I liked the Gelfand special especially. You have a nice style to summarise.

tim gluckman's picture

Ivanchuk's queen sac steals all the honours. Greetings from Remagen ("Bridge of" / "Miracle of"() where Ivanchuk is our preferred board one (in the Bundesliga of course)..

Vahag's picture

Aronian's play is very impressive. I would even say, that the "stormic" way he crushed all of his rivals makes of Amber a one-player-tournament. This doesn't mean that the others are weaker or less interesting players, but still... world champions and superplayers like Kramnik, Leko, Carlsen are 2.5 points behind'im , Topalov and Ivanchuk - 3 points, Anand -3.5 and etc. And it really sounds silly, when people say, "well it's nothing, they are playin' 4 fun".

HetMes's picture

What's the result of v. Wely - Gelfland this evening? Transmission from the official site stopped after the 14th move or something.

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