Saturday, March 12, 2011

Amber 2011 - Update


13th March 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At the Farewell Jubilee edition of the Amber Rapid and Blindfold Chess Tournament held in Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaco, from March 12 to 24, 2011, the line-up includes a truly stellar grandmaster field brought to us by the organizers from the Association Max Euwe, of: Viswanathan Anand (India), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Hikaru Nakamura (United States), Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan) and Anish Giri (The Netherlands).

The tournament is organized by the Association Max Euwe of chess maecenas Joop van Oosterom, which is based in Monaco. This 20th Amber tournament will be the final edition of an event unparalleled in the history of chess.

Players - 12 all, Amber 2011 Farewell

Casino Square, Monaco

Carlsen vs Nakamura image

Grischuk vs Kramnik

Some notable round 1 results which resulted in some shut-outs: Aronian 2-0 Giri, Gashimov 2-0 Ivanchuk, Grischuk 2-0 Kramnik, Gelfand 2-0 Karjakin.


Official website:


Here is the round 1 rapid between Carlsen and Nakamura, which ended in a win for Carlsen.

[Event "20th Amber Rapid"] [Site "Monaco MNC"] [Date "2011.03.12"] [Round "1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D10"] [WhiteElo "2815"] [BlackElo "2774"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2011.03.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Qc2 e6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Bd2 dxc4 8. a4 c5 9. Bxc4 cxd4 10. exd4 Nb6 11. Bd3 Nbd5 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 13. O-O Nb4 14. Bxb4 Bxb4 15. Bxh7 g6 16. Bxg6 fxg6 17. Qxg6+ Kf8 18. Ne5 Qe7 19. Rac1 Qh7 20. Qg3 Ke8 21. d5 Bd6 22. Rfe1 Bd7 23. h3 Bxe5 24. Rxe5 Rg8 25. Qe3 Rg6 26. dxe6 Bc6 27. Rxc6 bxc6 28. Qe4 Qg7 29. Qxc6+ Ke7 30. Qc5+ Ke8 31. Qc6+ Ke7 32. Re3 Ra7 33. Qc5+ Ke8 34. Qc6+ Ke7 35. Qb6 Rxg2+ 36. Kf1 Rg1+ 37. Ke2 Ra8 38. Qb7+ Kd6 39. Rd3+ Kxe6 40. Qc6+ 1-0

VIDEO : Commentary by GM Magnus Carlsen on his round 1 game against Nakamura. (


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