Monaco: Morozevich leads, Anand in second place

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3/25/2006 – With 5.5/7 Alexander Morozevich is doing very well in the blindfold game at the €216,000 Melody Amber tournament in Monte Carlo, Monaco. In the rapid chess section Anand is in the lead. If you count both together Morozevich leads overall with 9.5/14, with Anand trailing by half a point. With four rounds to go only Vallejo and Leko have real chances to catch up. Round seven report.

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The event is staged in great luxury every year in the Monte Carlo Grand Hotel in Monaco, sponsored by the Dutch billionaire J.J. van Oosterom, with a total prize fund is €216,000. The event is named after the sponsor's eldest daughter.

A view of the harbour of Monte Carlo, Monaco

Report after round seven

As in the past years Alexander Morozevich is doing very well in the blindfold section, with 5.5/7 a full point better than Peter Leko and 1.5 ahead of Vishy Anand. In the rapid section Anand leads with 5.0/7, ahead of Morozevich, Vallejo and van Wely, who have 4.0/7 each.

In the lead at Melody Amber: Alexander Morozevich

In the combined table we have Morozevich leading with 9.5/14, with Anand in hot pursuit with 9.0. Then there is a gap of a full point, before we find Francisco Vallejo, half a point ahead of Leko. Actually Peter Leko was doing fine and in the lead after five rounds. But then he ran aground on Vishy Anand, who gave him a 2-0 dubbing in round six.

Anand (here during a blindfold game) in second place

At the bottom of the table we have Peter Svidler and Vassily Ivanchuk, each with just 5.5/14. Half a point above them are Aronian, Gelfand and Nielsen. Lurking in the middle with a 50% score are Grischuk, Topalov and van Wely.


Round 4 Blindfold (March 21, 2006)
Leko, Peter              1/2  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Anand, Viswanathan       1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  0-1  Morozevich, Alexander
Aronian, Levon           1/2  Nielsen, Peter Heine
Van Wely, Loek           0-1  Topalov, Veselin
Svidler, Peter           1-0  Grischuk, Alexander

Round 4 Rapid (March 21, 2006)
Morozevich, Alexander    0-1   Vallejo Pons, Francisco
Grischuk, Alexander      1-0   Svidler, Peter
Topalov, Veselin         0-1   Van Wely, Loek
Gelfand, Boris           1/2   Anand, Viswanathan
Ivanchuk, Vassily        0-1   Leko, Peter
Nielsen, Peter Heine     1-0   Aronian, Levon

Round 5 Blindfold (March 23, 2006)
Morozevich, Alexander    1-0  Svidler, Peter
Grischuk, Alexander      1-0  Anand, Viswanathan
Topalov, Veselin         0-1  Leko, Peter    
Gelfand, Boris           1/2  Vallejo Pons, Francisco
Nielsen, Peter Heine     1-0  Van Wely, Loek
Ivanchuk, Vassily        1/2  Aronian, Levon

Round 5 Rapid (March 23, 2006)
Anand, Viswanathan       1/2   Grischuk, Alexander
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  1-0   Gelfand, Boris
Van Wely, Loek           1-0   Nielsen, Peter Heine
Svidler, Peter           1-0   Morozevich, Alexander
Aronian, Levon           0-1   Ivanchuk, Vassily
Leko, Peter              1/2   Topalov, Veselin

Round 6 Blindfold (March 24, 2006)
Morozevich, Alexander    1/2  Nielsen, Peter Heine
Anand, Viswanathan       1-0  Leko, Peter
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  1/2  Aronian, Levon
Grischuk, Alexander      1/2  Topalov, Veselin
Gelfand, Boris           1-0  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Svidler, Peter           1/2  Van Wely, Loek

Round 6 Rapid (March 24, 2006)
Van Wely, Loek           0-1   Svidler, Peter
Topalov, Veselin         1-0   Grischuk, Alexander
Aronian, Levon           1/2   Vallejo Pons, Francisco
Ivanchuk, Vassily        1/2   Gelfand, Boris
Leko, Peter              0-1   Anand, Viswanathan
Nielsen, Peter Heine     0-1   Morozevich, Alexander

Round 7 Blindfold (March 25, 2006)
Leko, Peter              1-0  Svidler, Peter
Topalov, Veselin         0-1  Vallejo Pons, Francisco
Aronian, Levon           0-1  Morozevich, Alexander
Nielsen, Peter Heine     1/2  Grischuk, Alexander
Van Wely, Loek           1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Ivanchuk, Vassily        0-1  Anand, Viswanathan

Round 7 Rapid (March 25, 2006)
Anand, Viswanathan       1/2   Ivanchuk, Vassily
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  1/2   Topalov, Veselin
Morozevich, Alexander    1-0   Aronian, Levon
Grischuk, Alexander      1-0   Nielsen, Peter Heine
Svidler, Peter           1/2   Leko, Peter
Gelfand, Boris           0-1   Van Wely, Loek






March 18, 19, 20 and 21 Round 1, 2, 3 and 4
Wednesday 22 March Rest day
March 23, 24, 25 and 26     Round 5, 6, 7 and 8
Monday 27 March Rest day
March 28 and 29 Round 9 and 10
Thursday 30 March Round 11, closing, prize-giving

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