Amber R4: Kramnik goes into the lead

3/17/2009 – In Round 4 of the 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament Vladimir Kramnik defeated the luckless Wang Yue 2-0 to take the sole lead in the overall scores. He achieved this mainly with a fine 3.5/4 performance in the blindfold section. In second place are last year's winner Levon Aronian and Alexander Morozevich, who won Amber in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Report after round four.

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The 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament, organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco, is taking place from March 14 (first round) to March 26 (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 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. Every day four sessions are played: two blindfold and two rapid games. The first session starts at 14.30h. The fourth session finishes around 20.00h. (Note: the final round on March 26 starts at 12.30h. March 18 and 23 are rest days).

Round three

Although they both only drew their mini-matches, Levon Aronian and Alexander Morozevich defended their leading positions. Morozevich drew both games against Radjabov, while Aronian reaped one win and one loss from two tumultuous games against Gata Kamsky. Magnus Carlsen moved into shared third place thanks to a 1½-½ win over World Champion Vishy Anand. Full bulletin report.

Round three: Blindfold Chess   Round three: Rapid Chess
Radjabov-Morozevich ½-½   Morozevich-Radjabov ½-½
Karjakin-Kramnik ½-½   Kramnik-Karjakin ½-½
Wang Yue-Topalov 0-1   Topalov-Wang Yue ½-½
Anand-Carlsen 0-1   Carlsen-Anand ½-½
Aronian-Kamsky 1-0   Kamsky-Aronian 1-0
Leko-Ivanchuk 1-0   Ivanchuk-Leko 1-0


What am I doing here? Is it all a bad dream? Chinese GM Wang in deep trouble


Blindfold game: Carlsen beats Anand – again! Weren't they supposed to be friends?

Round four

Vladimir Kramnik has taken the sole lead. Winning both the blindfold and the rapid game, the Russian grandmaster defeated the luckless Wang Yue 2-0. Kramnik said that so far he was particularly satisfied with his blindfold play in Nice. After four games he tops the blindfold standings with 3½ points. Full bulletin report.

Round four: Blindfold Chess   Round four: Rapid Chess
Carlsen-Leko ½-½   Leko-Carlsen ½-½
Kamsky-Ivanchuk ½-½   Ivanchuk-Kamsky ½-½
Anand-Aronian ½-½   Aronian-Anand ½-½
Morozevich-Topalov 1-0   Topalov-Morozevich 1-0
Kramnik-Wang Yue 1-0   Wang Yue-Kramnik 0-1
Radjabov-Karjakin 1-0   Karjakin-Radjabov 0-1


Crushing: Vladimir Kramnik demolished the luckless Wang Yue 2-0 in round four


A shocking 0-2 defeat for Wijk aan Zee winner Sergey Karjakin as well


Anand-Aronian ½-½, Aronian-Anand ½-½ – these two were equally matched in Nice

Standings after four rounds

Blindfold
 
Rapid
 
Combined
1.  Kramnik    3½
2. Carlsen 3
3. Aronian 2½
Leko 2½
Morozevich 2½
Topalov 2½
7. Anand 2
Radjabov 2
9. Ivanchuk 1
Kamsky 1
Karjakin 1
12. Wang Yue ½
 
1.  Aronian    2½
Kamsky 2½
Morozevich 2½
Radjabov 2½
5. Anand 2
Ivanchuk 2
Karjakin 2
Kramnik 2
Topalov 2
10. Carlsen 1½
11. Leko 1½
12. Wang Yue 1
 
1.  Kramnik    5½
2. Aronian 5
Morozevich 5
4. Carlsen 4½
Radjabov 4½
Topalov 4½
7. Anand 4
Leko 4
9. Kamsky 3½
10. Ivanchuk 3
Karjakin 3
12. Wang Yue 1½

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