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- - By albitex (***) [it] Date 2010-03-21 18:10
The 19th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament, organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco, is taking 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.
But sincerely I am discordant with this types of events. The chess are chess, Blindfold chess  no chess, is not a serious competition. It all very well for games of exhibition, in joke. But is not can it give an any competitive importance.
Do play Kramnik,Aronian,Carlsen, Gelfand,Ivanchuk to the Blindfold, and behaviour a classification of this, lowers the nobility of the king of games. Chess games are an intellectual clash, not a buffoonery for sponsors!
Parent - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-21 18:41
Have you tried blind ?
I have 'seen' there chess other problems other way. It is the other play.
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-21 18:55
All players seems to enjoy this tournament, most chess fans enjoy it, so why shouldn't they play it???
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-21 20:19
they enjoy money not chess :-)
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-21 21:53
They enjoy the tournament and everything around it. It can be clearly seen by their play, the atmosphere in the social lounge, etc. Just watch the Chessvibes/ICC videos. They are having fun there. Money is just a bonus.
Parent - - By hood (**) [pl] Date 2010-03-22 09:58
money additional bonus, for the professional player who lives from that ???

bad joke ;-)
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-22 16:49
Of course they gladly take the money (wouldn't you?) but it seems like they really enjoy the whole tournament and the atmosphere around it too. They don't take the games so seriously, they try some ideas that they normally wouldn't, play more risky, refuse to take the repetition when they could etc. And after the games players analyse their games all together and joke and have a good laugh. You don't see that in ANY other tournament. Nowhere are players so relax and hang out together as they do in Amber. The tournament is something special and nobody really declines the invitation if they get one.

Just look at the videos if you haven't seen them already:
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzP14Ag.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzZ1EAg.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzZ5EAg.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzcE8Ag.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzp9dAg.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzrV3Ag.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzr1CAg.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzsBnAg.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzudBAg.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzvI5Ag.m4v
http://blip.tv/play/qFWBzvlNAg%2Em4v
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-22 18:55
but it seems like they really enjoy the whole tournament and the atmosphere around it too. They don't take the games so seriously, they try some ideas that they normally wouldn't, play more risky

May be it is in their contract for the tournament ;-). Handshakes are in Fide rules, smiles can be in the Amber sponsors contract :-) .

'Ave Caesar. Morituri te salutant' . They are just modern gladiators.
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-22 19:33
"If I'm not having fun here, then really I'm doing something wrong."

Peter Svidler
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-22 20:34
'It is fun to earn money.' Rockefeller.

They are getting much money for that show - 'Money for nth' (Dire Straits)
Parent - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-22 21:30
Parent - - By hood (**) [pl] Date 2010-03-24 07:44
for such money i will smile either :-)
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-24 15:18
Ask any player at any time of the year (not just during the tournament), if they like playing at Amber. You will hear a clear yes and that it is fun. Must be a hell of a money they pay them if this good mood last for the whole year ;)
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-24 19:42
ask me if i like playing Amber, you will hear ...etc ;-)
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-24 20:53
Say what you like, but fact is that Amber is something special, not just because of blindfold chess, but also because of the surrounding atmosphere. Also the invitation itself is the confirmation for every player that he is somebody in the chess world. You can't consider yourself an elite player if you don't get invited to Amber. Thats why nobody declines the invitation, except Kasparov perhaps (although the rumor is that van Oosterom has some issues with Kasparov and never invited him to play anyway ;)) All this makes Amber a very special and prestigious tournament. ANY player will confirm that. Of course they get paid very well too.
Parent - - By hood (**) [pl] Date 2010-03-25 08:00
I have thought that Elo rating is telling that someone is a person in chess not the invitation which may be biased.
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-25 08:48
High rating won't help you much if you don't get invited to most prestigious tournaments.
Parent - By hood (**) [pl] Date 2010-03-25 12:02
it is the other matter to be praised by sponsors then being the strong player.
Person in chess is strong player not the favourite of sponsors - money.
Parent - By Elderta (**) Date 2010-03-26 20:29
+ infinite
Parent - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-25 20:52
they get well paid 1st.
Parent - By albitex (***) [it] Date 2010-03-23 22:44 Edited 2010-03-23 22:56

> the atmosphere in the social lounge, etc.


Atmosphere? : two men sat beside, with before a computer with an empty chessboard..!
They observe a monitor with an empty chessboard and they transmit the moves with the mouse to the adversary.. sat to 30 cms..!
I don't want to define this "atmosphere" for not to fall in the vulgarity..
Parent - - By sarciness (***) [cn] Date 2010-03-22 00:55
Blindfold chess is a serious competition. Ever tried it? It really challenges and pushes your chess. I'd like to see true blindfold matches- with actual blindfolds!
Parent - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-22 18:59
I played 2-3 games blind in my life, it is not much but I have been solving many tasks without having the board and pieces, just the written position Kb1, Nc3, Kg8 etc.

The questions i have had to answer in that situation were pretty different when having a board. I think it is helpful training.
Parent - - By albitex (***) [it] Date 2010-03-23 22:53

> Blindfold chess is a serious competition


Volleyball is Volleyball, beachvolley being another thing. Beachvolley is serious, in the beach..
The players of the nationals of volleyball don't play to beachvolley.
Parent - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-24 19:32

Volleyball is Volleyball, beachvolley being another thing.


That is right.
Parent - - By Mickey (**) [ng] Date 2010-03-22 10:59 Edited 2010-03-22 11:04
After 8 rounds Carlsen lost 0-2 to Chuchy, 1/2-1 1/2 to Vlady. Vlady lost 0-2 to Gelfand and many more.
It's Only Chuchy that is unbeaten in both Blind and Rapid. He now leads all alone. Chuck! Chuck!! Chuck!!! Hurrayyyyyyyyyyy
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-22 19:00
Carlsen luckily lost only 0.5 :1.5 vs Kramnik instead of 0:2. :-)
Parent - - By Mickey (**) [ng] Date 2010-03-23 22:33
Although Kramnik had 3 pawns in the Rapid the game finally ended in a draw.
Parent - By Hetman (*****) Date 2010-03-24 19:40
i was looking the endgame and was surprised, as Kramnik did not want win ?
- - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-25 10:14
Here are all Amber tournaments ever held.

First Amber tournament had no blindfold section. It was contested only in rapid chess.


From 2nd edition forward Amber has been played in the current format - a blindfold and rapid section.

















Parent - - By Mickey (**) [ng] Date 2010-03-26 14:24
Vassily Ivanchuk went through unbeaten
Parent - - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-26 15:08 Edited 2010-03-26 15:23
Yes, he is the first who managed this. Far away from Anand's 17/22 in 1994 though.

By the way, the best score in rapid section was achieved by Karpov in 1995


best score in blindfold section was achieved by Morozevich in 2006
Parent - - By sarciness (***) [cn] Date 2010-03-29 04:52
Nice facts. Thanks for sharing this.
Parent - By ebutaljib (****) Date 2010-03-29 15:33
I'm glad you like it.

By the way, here you can see all noteworthy Tournaments throughout the history and World Championship cycles.
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