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Amber Chess 2010

Amber Rapid and Blindfold chess in Nice

Amber chess 2010

The 19th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament, organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco, takes place from March 13 (first round) to March 25 (last round) at the Palais de la Mediterranée, splendidly located on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The total prize-fund is € 216,000.

The twelve participants are (in alphabetical order): Levon Aronian (Armenia), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Leinier Dominguez (Cuba), Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Ruslan Ponomariov, Jan Smeets (The Netherlands) and Peter Svidler.

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 25 starts at 12.30 hrs. March 17 and 22 are rest days.)

19th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament

The playing schedule of the 19th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament is as follows

Saturday March 13 14.30 hrs – Round 1

Sunday March 14 14.30 hrs – Round 2

Monday March 15 14.30 hrs – Round 3

Tuesday March 16 14.30 hrs – Round 4

Wednesday March 17 Free Day

Tuesday March 18 14.30 hrs – Round 5

Friday March 19 14.30 hrs – Round 6

Saturday March 20 14.30 hrs – Round 7

Sunday March 21 14.30 hrs – Round 8

Monday March 22 Free Day

Tuesday March 23 14.30 hrs – Round 9

Wednesday March 24 14.30 hrs – Round 10

Thursday March 25 12.30 hrs – Round 11

Official website

Participants


Magnus Carlsen, Norway
– Shared second in the rapid in his 2007 debut, shared second in 2008, shared first in the blindfold in 2009


Vladimir Kramnik, Russia
– Overall winner of Amber in 1996, 1998 (shared with Shirov), 1999, 2001 (shared with Topalov), 2004 (shared with Morozevich) and 2007. Shared second in 2008 and 2009


Levon Aronian, Armenia
– shared 2nd in the rapid in 2006, winner in 2008 and 2009


Alexander Grischuk, Russia
– overall fourth in 2006 (replacing Alexander Morozevich who canceled on 5th March)


Boris Gelfand, Israel
– overall 5th in 2001 and 2002


Vugar Gashimov, Azerbaijan
– debuts at the competition of Amber Rapid and Blindfold


Vasily Ivanchuk, Ukraine
– Overall winner in 1992, 2nd in 1996, 1997,
2000 (shared) and 2002


Peter Svidler, Russia
– Overall shared fourth in 2007


Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukraine
– This is his Amber debut


Sergey Karjakin, Russia
– In his second Amber in 2009 he finished in 7th place


Leinier Dominguez, Cuba
– This is his Amber debut


Jan Smeets, The Netherlands
– This is his Amber debut

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