Reports | March 15, 2008 19:40

Opening Amber 2008

[lang_nl]Gisteravond vond de feestelijke en chique openingsceremonie plaats - zoals een prestigieus toernooi als het Amber betaamt natuurlijk. Een fotoverslag.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Yesterday night a cheerful and chique opening ceremony took place - as can be expected with a prestigious tournament like Amber. A photo report.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Het is altijd weer de vraag op welke wijze de spelers voor het toernooi hun lotingsnummers krijgen. Op dit toernooi begon het steeds met het openen van een paasei waarin de spelersnaam stond. Een voor een werden ze naar voren geroepen en mochten ze een stropdas uitkiezen, waarin een klein briefje met het nummer verborgen zat.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Tournaments always try to organize a special way for the players to draw the lots. At this tournament, every time an easter egg was opened, in which the player's names were hidden. One by one the players then were to pick a tie, in which a small piece of paper was attached with the pairing number.[/lang_en]



















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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.


Julio's picture

Come on Magnus !!!

Lajos Arpad's picture

That would be unfair. Why should they sit next to each other when they obviously don't like the other guy's company?

Visser's picture

Who is the guy sitting next to Mamedyarov?

peter's picture

Hi, the rate of play is 25 min plus increment. With the blindfold games, they only see a chess board in the screen, and on the right there's a small window that shows the opponent's last move. Moves are entered with a mouse.

Kailash's picture

Please explain how "blindfold" is played :

1. What do the players see ? Do they see their own moves or only opponetnts move ? Or do they have them in writting ?

2. Does it have same time limits as Rapid? So is it Blindfold cum Rapid? It, of course, does not have time limits of classical!

3. Why does FIDE not value or rank Rapid or Blindfold? Is that done by someone else ?

joco's picture

Hello Peter,

What fun!
And such terrific pictures.

peter's picture

Everything will become clear with the first video, which will be up soon!

Susan's picture

Peter, I just saw the video and it's fantastic. Thanks for being the first person in ages who I've heard pronounce Ljubojevic' name correctly.

VB's picture

Topa and Kramnik should start somehow and put everything behind

Graham's picture

Great site Peter.

Can you give us some insight into what languages the players speak and which they use to speak to each other. Thay all seem so multi-lingual.

Lajos Arpad's picture

VB: If someone calls you a cheater, you don't want to forgive him.

manyoso's picture

Holy crap, Topolav had Anand in mate trap in the end, but he didn't find it!

Blitzer's picture

Amazing pics! Anand looks ten years younger and ten pounds lighter!

@ Rubenstein: If you look at the picture of Topalov sitting down, behind him are Kramnik, Mozo, Leko, and Ivanchuck.

With Leko there I figure they were speaking english and with Ivanchuck looking bored and from videos I've seen, maybe he isn't fluent?

VB's picture

The organizers should put Topa and Kramnik next to each other on the table!

Rubinstein's picture

Great Pictures. I wonder if we will se a handshake between Kramnik and Toplaov when they play there to games here.
I guess they were not at the same table at the dinner !!.

Jeans's picture

Hi Peter,

Can you describe the blindfolded sessions, please?

What do the players see on the screens of the laptops and for how long.
Do they only see the notation of the moves, like 1.e2-e4, or also the positions for a brief moment or something?

Enlighten us please ;-)

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