7th Amber Tournament

by Mark Crowther

The players will play one rapid game and one blindfold game with reversed colours against the same opponent. An incremental time control will be used. The time control is set at 25 min per game plus 10 sec (rapid)or 20 sec (blindfold) per move. In the blindfold games each player will be in front of a screen with an empty chessboard. When he makes his moves he will do so using a mouse click or the keyboard. The opponent's moves are announced on the screen. The computer will check the legality of moves and monitor the time. The total prize money will be $137,250. There will be prizes for the results of the rapid tournament, blindfold tournament and the combined rapid and blindfold results. The event is sponsored by Mr. J.J. van Oosterom, who has sponsored many tournaments and matches including the veterans vs ladies events and the Polugaevsky Sicilian Theme tournament.

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Amber Rapid
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Round 1 (1998.03.13)

Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1-0   48  B90  Sicilian; Najdorf
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   49  B17  Caro-Kann
Piket, Jeroen         -  Topalov, Veselin      1-0   45  A61  Modern Benoni
Sadler, Matthew       -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   63  E42  Nimzo indian
Van Wely, Loek        -  Kramnik, Vladimir     0-1   29  D46  Semi-Slav
Lautier, Joel         -  Shirov, Alexei        1/2  108  C45  Scottish

Round 2 (1998.03.14)

Shirov, Alexei        -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     1-0   57  C60  Ruy Lopez
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Lautier, Joel         1/2   25  E15  Nimzo indian
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Anand, Viswanathan    1-0   75  B70  Sicilian; Dragon
Topalov, Veselin      -  Kramnik, Vladimir     1/2   28  E32  Nimzo indian
Piket, Jeroen         -  Sadler, Matthew       0-1   60  A06  Reti (1.Nf3)
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Van Wely, Loek        0-1   32  D30  Queen's gambit

Round 3 (1998.03.15)

Karpov, Anatoly       -  Shirov, Alexei        0-1   33  E63  Kings indian
Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Nikolic, Predrag      1/2   63  E32  Nimzo indian
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     1/2   45  C92  Ruy Lopez
Sadler, Matthew       -  Topalov, Veselin      1/2   73  A46  Queen's pawn
Van Wely, Loek        -  Piket, Jeroen         1-0   61  D41  QGD; Tarrasch Defence
Lautier, Joel         -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  0-1   54  B22  Sicilian; Alapin (2.c3)

Round 4 (1998.03.17)

Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Karpov, Anatoly       0-1   67  B12  Caro-Kann
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Shirov, Alexei        1/2   29  D15  Slav defence
Topalov, Veselin      -  Nikolic, Predrag      1/2   44  E11  Bogo indian
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Lautier, Joel         1/2   22  B49  Sicilian
Piket, Jeroen         -  Kramnik, Vladimir     0-1   67  D37  Queen's gambit
Sadler, Matthew       -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0   38  D43  Semi-Slav

Round 5 (1998.03.18)

Shirov, Alexei        -  Anand, Viswanathan    1-0   20  B65  Sicilian
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1-0   51  E35  Nimzo indian
Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Sadler, Matthew       1/2   55  D34  Queen's gambit
Van Wely, Loek        -  Topalov, Veselin      1/2   41  D32  Queen's gambit
Lautier, Joel         -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     0-1   63  D82  Gruenfeld indian
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Piket, Jeroen         1/2   40  D41  QGD; Tarrasch Defence

Round 6 (1998.03.19)

Shirov, Alexei        -  Kramnik, Vladimir     1/2   35  B33  Sicilian; Sveshnikov
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Topalov, Veselin      1-0   59  B92  Sicilian; Najdorf
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   61  D20  QGA;
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Piket, Jeroen         1/2   53  A47  Queen's pawn
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   47  A40  Queen's pawn
Lautier, Joel         -  Van Wely, Loek        0-1   38  D85  Gruenfeld indian

Round 7 (1998.03.21)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     1/2   33  D85  Gruenfeld indian
Topalov, Veselin      -  Karpov, Anatoly       1-0   43  D37  Queen's gambit
Piket, Jeroen         -  Lautier, Joel         1/2   22  D32  Queen's gambit
Sadler, Matthew       -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  0-1   57  D58  QGD;
Van Wely, Loek        -  Anand, Viswanathan    1-0   40  E66  Kings indian
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Shirov, Alexei        1/2   45  E63  Kings indian

Round 8 (1998.03.22)

Shirov, Alexei        -  Topalov, Veselin      1-0   71  B81  Sicilian
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   46  C07  French; Tarrasch
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Kramnik, Vladimir     1-0   29  D46  Semi-Slav
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0   34  E92  Kings indian; Classical
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Piket, Jeroen         1/2   35  C78  Ruy Lopez
Lautier, Joel         -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   46  B24  Sicilian; Closed

Round 9 (1998.03.23)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1-0   41  A30  English; 1.c4 c5
Topalov, Veselin      -  Lautier, Joel         1/2   37  D41  QGD; Tarrasch Defence
Piket, Jeroen         -  Shirov, Alexei        1-0   22  A16  English; 1.c4
Sadler, Matthew       -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   34  E42  Nimzo indian
Van Wely, Loek        -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     0-1   62  D41  QGD; Tarrasch Defence
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Anand, Viswanathan    0-1   42  D43  Semi-Slav

Round 10 (1998.03.25)

Shirov, Alexei        -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   30  B90  Sicilian; Najdorf
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Piket, Jeroen         1-0   49  C54  Italian game
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0  133  A32  English; 1.c4 c5
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   30  D73  1.d4 d5 2.c4 g6
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Topalov, Veselin      1/2   36  B90  Sicilian; Najdorf
Lautier, Joel         -  Kramnik, Vladimir     1/2   42  E58  Nimzo indian

Round 11 (1998.03.26)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Anand, Viswanathan    1/2   23  D85  Gruenfeld indian
Topalov, Veselin      -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1-0   35  D43  Semi-Slav
Piket, Jeroen         -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   65  A15  English; 1.c4
Sadler, Matthew       -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     0-1   50  B08  Pirc; Classical
Van Wely, Loek        -  Shirov, Alexei        0-1   53  E97  Kings indian; Main line
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Lautier, Joel         1-0   32  D39  Queen's gambit


Monte Carlo MON (MON), III 1998                       cat. XVIII (2680)
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                                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
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 1 Shirov, Alexei        g ESP 2710  * 1 1 = = 1 1 0 1 1 = =  8.0  2852
 2 Ivanchuk, Vassily     g UKR 2740  0 * 0 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1  8.0  2849
 3 Karpov, Anatoly       g RUS 2735  0 1 * 1 1 0 = = = 1 = 1  7.0  2777
 4 Kramnik, Vladimir     g RUS 2790  = = 0 * 1 = = 1 = 1 = =  6.5  2735
 5 Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  g YUG 2565  = 0 0 0 * 0 1 = 1 1 1 1  6.0  2726
 6 Topalov, Veselin      g BUL 2740  0 0 1 = 1 * = 0 = = = =  5.0  2638
 7 Anand, Viswanathan    g IND 2770  0 = = = 0 = * = 1 0 = 1  5.0  2635
 8 Piket, Jeroen         g NED 2575  1 0 = 0 = 1 = * 0 0 = =  4.5  2624
 9 Sadler, Matthew       g ENG 2650  0 0 = = 0 = 0 1 * 1 0 1  4.5  2617
10 Van Wely, Loek        g NED 2605  0 0 0 0 0 = 1 1 0 * 1 1  4.5  2621
11 Lautier, Joel         g FRA 2645  = 0 = = 0 = = = 1 0 * 0  4.0  2581
12 Nikolic, Predrag      g BIH 2635  = 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 0 1 *  3.0  2509
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Amber Blindfold
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Round 1 (1998.03.13)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0   46  D41  QGD; Tarrasch Defence
Shirov, Alexei        -  Lautier, Joel         0-1   25  B49  Sicilian
Topalov, Veselin      -  Piket, Jeroen         1-0   67  D36  Queen's gambit
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Anand, Viswanathan    1/2   20  D46  Semi-Slav
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     1/2   57  B04  Alekhine defence
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   67  A49  Queen's pawn

Round 2 (1998.03.14)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Topalov, Veselin      1-0   48  A41  Queen's pawn
Anand, Viswanathan    -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1/2   71  B49  Sicilian
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Shirov, Alexei        1-0   59  C67  Ruy Lopez
Lautier, Joel         -  Karpov, Anatoly       1-0   48  B17  Caro-Kann
Van Wely, Loek        -  Nikolic, Predrag      1/2   52  E11  Bogo indian
Sadler, Matthew       -  Piket, Jeroen         0-1   47  D48  Meran Variation

Round 3 (1998.03.15)

Shirov, Alexei        -  Karpov, Anatoly       1-0   54  B17  Caro-Kann
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Anand, Viswanathan    0-1   56  A00  Irregular
Topalov, Veselin      -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   28  D20  QGA;
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Lautier, Joel         0-1   38  E15  Nimzo indian
Piket, Jeroen         -  Van Wely, Loek        0-1   55  D85  Gruenfeld indian
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Kramnik, Vladimir     0-1   35  D35  Queen's gambit

Round 4 (1998.03.17)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Piket, Jeroen         1-0   55  E97  Kings indian; Main line
Shirov, Alexei        -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1/2   63  C10  French
Lautier, Joel         -  Anand, Viswanathan    1/2   29  E55  Nimzo indian
Van Wely, Loek        -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   33  A08  Reti (1.Nf3)
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     1/2   58  D02  Queen's pawn
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Topalov, Veselin      0-1   69  A41  Queen's pawn

Round 5 (1998.03.18)

Anand, Viswanathan    -  Shirov, Alexei        1/2   56  C67  Ruy Lopez
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Lautier, Joel         1-0   53  B44  Sicilian
Topalov, Veselin      -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0   46  D41  QGD; Tarrasch Defence
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   24  B17  Caro-Kann
Piket, Jeroen         -  Nikolic, Predrag      1/2   28  D24  QGA;
Sadler, Matthew       -  Kramnik, Vladimir     0-1   35  B22  Sicilian; Alapin (2.c3)

Round 6 (1998.03.19)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Shirov, Alexei        1/2   46  E97  Kings indian; Main line
Topalov, Veselin      -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     1-0   26  B56  Sicilian
Van Wely, Loek        -  Lautier, Joel         1-0   34  B13  Caro-Kann
Piket, Jeroen         -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1-0   43  D37  Queen's gambit
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   27  E15  Nimzo indian
Sadler, Matthew       -  Anand, Viswanathan    0-1   40  E60  Kings indian

Round 7 (1998.03.21)

Anand, Viswanathan    -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0   36  B85  Sicilian
Shirov, Alexei        -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   38  C19  French; Winawer
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Kramnik, Vladimir     1-0   29  E06  Nimzo indian
Lautier, Joel         -  Piket, Jeroen         1/2   58  C68  Ruy Lopez; Exchange
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Topalov, Veselin      1-0   55  A34  English; 1.c4 c5
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Sadler, Matthew       1-0   55  A06  Reti (1.Nf3)

Round 8 (1998.03.22)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   56  D37  Queen's gambit
Topalov, Veselin      -  Shirov, Alexei        0-1   66  B80  Sicilian
Van Wely, Loek        -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1/2   90  E12  Nimzo indian
Piket, Jeroen         -  Anand, Viswanathan    1-0   60  D87  Gruenfeld indian
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     0-1   51  D45  Semi-Slav
Sadler, Matthew       -  Lautier, Joel         1/2   34  B23  Sicilian; Closed

Round 9 (1998.03.23)

Anand, Viswanathan    -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   31  E00  Nimzo indian
Shirov, Alexei        -  Piket, Jeroen         1-0   49  C67  Ruy Lopez
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Van Wely, Loek        1/2   41  E17  Nimzo indian
Lautier, Joel         -  Topalov, Veselin      0-1   64  B22  Sicilian; Alapin (2.c3)
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Sadler, Matthew       0-1   13  D02  Queen's pawn
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Kramnik, Vladimir     0-1   49  B57  Sicilian

Round 10 (1998.03.25)

Kramnik, Vladimir     -  Lautier, Joel         1-0   46  D39  Queen's gambit
Topalov, Veselin      -  Anand, Viswanathan    1/2   56  C42  Petroff defence
Van Wely, Loek        -  Karpov, Anatoly       1/2   35  D37  Queen's gambit
Piket, Jeroen         -  Ivanchuk, Vassily     0-1   33  E14  Nimzo indian
Nikolic, Predrag      -  Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  1-0   58  E63  Kings indian
Sadler, Matthew       -  Shirov, Alexei        1/2   19  B22  Sicilian; Alapin (2.c3)

Round 11 (1998.03.26)

Anand, Viswanathan    -  Kramnik, Vladimir     1/2   67  B31  Sicilian
Shirov, Alexei        -  Van Wely, Loek        1-0   26  B09  Pirc; Austrian
Ivanchuk, Vassily     -  Sadler, Matthew       0-1   40  A40  Queen's pawn
Lautier, Joel         -  Nikolic, Predrag      1-0   52  A90  Dutch defence
Karpov, Anatoly       -  Piket, Jeroen         1/2   29  E04  Nimzo indian
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  -  Topalov, Veselin      1-0   44  E69  Kings indian


Monte Carlo MON (MON), III 1998                       cat. XVIII (2680)
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                                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
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 1 Kramnik, Vladimir     g RUS 2790  * = = 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1  8.5  2881
 2 Anand, Viswanathan    g IND 2770  = * = 1 = = 1 = = 0 1 1  7.0  2773
 3 Shirov, Alexei        g ESP 2710  = = * 0 1 0 1 1 = 1 1 =  7.0  2779
 4 Ivanchuk, Vassily     g UKR 2740  1 0 1 * 0 1 = = = 1 1 0  6.5  2739
 5 Topalov, Veselin      g BUL 2740  0 = 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 1  6.5  2739
 6 Lautier, Joel         g FRA 2645  0 = 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 = 1 =  5.5  2683
 7 Van Wely, Loek        g NED 2605  0 0 0 = 0 1 * = = 1 = 1  5.0  2650
 8 Karpov, Anatoly       g RUS 2735  = = 0 = 1 0 = * = = = 0  4.5  2610
 9 Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  g YUG 2565  0 = = = 1 0 = = * 0 0 1  4.5  2625
10 Piket, Jeroen         g NED 2575  0 1 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 * = 1  4.5  2624
11 Nikolic, Predrag      g BIH 2635  0 0 0 0 0 0 = = 1 = * 1  3.5  2551
12 Sadler, Matthew       g ENG 2650  0 0 = 1 0 = 0 1 0 0 0 *  3.0  2507
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Amber Combined Standings
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Monte Carlo MON (MON), III 1998                                   cat. XVIII (2680)
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                                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 
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 1 Shirov, Alexei        g ESP 2710 ** == 10 1= 11 11 == =0 11 01 1= =1  15.0  2810
 2 Kramnik, Vladimir     g RUS 2790 == ** =0 == 0= =1 11 =1 11 11 =1 =1  15.0  2803
 3 Ivanchuk, Vassily     g UKR 2740 01 =1 ** =0 0= 10 1= 11 1= 11 10 11  14.5  2791
 4 Anand, Viswanathan    g IND 2770 0= == =1 ** == == 0= == 01 =0 11 11  12.0  2707
 5 Karpov, Anatoly       g RUS 2735 00 1= 1= == ** 01 1= =0 1= == =0 1=  11.5  2689
 6 Topalov, Veselin      g BUL 2740 00 =0 01 == 10 ** 10 =1 =1 01 =1 =1  11.5  2688
 7 Ljubojevic, Ljubomir  g YUG 2565 == 00 0= 1= 0= 01 ** 10 1= =0 11 10  10.5  2676
 8 Lautier, Joel         g FRA 2645 =1 =0 00 == =1 =0 01 ** 00 == 1= 01   9.5  2633
 9 Van Wely, Loek        g NED 2605 00 00 0= 10 0= =0 0= 11 ** 11 01 1=   9.5  2636
10 Piket, Jeroen         g NED 2575 10 00 00 =1 == 10 =1 == 00 ** 01 ==   9.0  2624
11 Sadler, Matthew       g ENG 2650 0= =0 01 00 =1 =0 00 0= 10 10 ** 10   7.5  2565
12 Nikolic, Predrag      g BIH 2635 =0 =0 00 00 0= =0 01 10 0= == 01 **   6.5  2535
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