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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Exciting start to Amber 2011 with Carlsen beating Nakamura, Anand beating Topalov

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Hi everyone,

As you know the jubilee edition of the 20th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament is being played at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaco, from March 11 to 24, 2011. Every day four sessions are played, two blindfold and two rapid. The first session starts at 14.30h, the fourth session finishes around 20.00h. 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.

Here are the exciting results of the first round played on Saturday.

Saturday, March 12, Round 1
14.30BlindfoldNakamura 1/2 CarlsenAronian 1-0 GiriIvanchuk 0-1 Gashimov
16.00Karjakin 0-1 GelfandGrischuk 1-0 KramnikAnand 1-0 Topalov
17.45RapidCarlsen 1-0 NakamuraGiri 0-1 AronianGashimov 1-0 Ivanchuk
19.15Gelfand 1-0 KarjakinKramnik 0-1 GrischukTopalov 1/2 Anand

The official website has very nice detailed report of all the games too apart from several photographs. You can watch live games daily at this link.

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