Amber 11: Anand wins Rapid and Blindfold

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3/31/2005 – There was a theoretical chance that he would share first in the rapid section with Alexander Morozevich, especially since the Russian won his final eleventh round game. But Vishy Anand, the dominating player in Monaco, drew his own game against Gelfand to take uncontested first in all sections. His overall performance: 2871. Games, results and tables.

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The Fourteenth Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament will take place at the Monte Carlo Grand Hôtel in Monaco, from 19th to 31st March 2005. The Dutch billionaire J.J. van Oosterom is the exclusive sponsor of this event.

Round eleven

Blindfold Round eleven
Bareev-Ivanchuk 1/2
Gelfand-Anand 1/2
Van Wely-Kramnik 1-0
Svidler-Topalov 0-1
Leko-Shirov 1/2
Morozevich-Vallejo 1/2
Rapid Round eleven
Ivanchuk-Bareev 1/2
Anand-Gelfand 1/2
Kramnik-Van Wely 1-0
Topalov-Svidler 1-0
Shirov-Leko 1-0
Vallejo-Morozevich 0-1

Vishy Anand won everything in the Fourteenth Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess: he finished the blindfold section two points ahead of the field (specifically Ivanchuk, Leko, Topalov, Vallejo and Morozevich sharing second) and with an Elo performance of just under 2900. In the rapid chess section he was only half a point ahead of Morozevich, who won his eleventh round game but failed to catch Anand, who drew Gelfand to clinch outright first place. His performance here was equivalent to a player rated 2850 on the Elo scale. And in the overall tally Anand finished two points ahead of Alexander Morozevich and three ahead of Ivanchuk and Leko. Here are all three cross tables:

Final Blindfold standings

Final Rapid Chess standings

Final overall standings


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