Reports | March 14, 2009 6:10

Pairings Amber 2009

Palais de la M?©diterran?©eChessVibes is in Nice! On Saturday the first round of the 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament will be played and just like last year, I'll be producing daily video reports for the official tournament website. News flash: pairings are up! First round: Kramnik-Morozevich, Radjabov-Topalov, Karjakin-Wang Yue, Carlsen-Kamsky, Anand-Leko and Aronian-Ivanchuk. Poll added.

The 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:


*) Based on the standings before the last round; the chief arbiter may change the schedule.

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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.


Call Zorbin's picture

What about a poll on expected winners?

Peter Doggers's picture

Excellent idea, Call!

vaughn's picture

i've bet 10euros that Carlsen will gona be on podium rapid and blind cumulated!the winning income is 80 euros?:)))))))))))));soon i'll be very very rich!

Bacchus's picture

Aronian is going to win this. No need to do that with a 2.5 points lead, just like in 2008 :).

Call Zorbin's picture

I guess Moro will be thirsty for blood after the bad moment at Corus...

pete's picture

Topa will win the rapid section .... Moro the blind probably

Rubinstein's picture

Kramnik is the best blind-player and he usually finish in top 3 overall.

Jonas's picture

I want video interview with Moro. :)

Felix's picture

2 rather boring draws, espacially Radjabov-Topalov. Good that Morozevich is playing :)

David's picture

Rapid Anand
Blind Kramnik

vaughn's picture

impressive kramnik;look at levon!hope to make it!

Chris's picture

I sure this will be between Carlsen/Aronian! Just simply amazing playersx

Snoi's picture

I hope the Danish boy wins!

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