Amber rapid and blindfold in Nice
The 2009 edition of Amber chess rapid and blindfold, organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco, takes place from March 14 – 26 at the Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice. This is the strongest Amber event in history, deaturing a spectacular field.
The top seeded are no other than the two World Chess Championship 2010 finalist, Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov. They will meet again their respective opponents Vladimir Kramnik and Gata Kamsky. Besides, we have a fantastic field of youth players featuring the Bilbao finalist Magnus Carlsen, the Corus winner Sergey Karjakin, the number 5 in the future April list Teimour Radjabov, and the top Chinese player Wang Yue. Adding to that the experience of Vasily Ivanchuk, Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich, and Levon Aronian certainly makes Amber 2009 a world class event.
Round 1 of Amber rapid and blindfold will be played on March 14. 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.)
The rate of play is 25 minutes per game per player. With every move made in the blindfold games 20 seconds is added to the clock, with every move made in the rapid games 10 seconds is added.
Amber rapid and blindfold games
The Amber 2009 games will be available at the official website