Monday, March 24, 2008

17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament, Free day!

17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament

March 24th is a free day!

Tournament will resume on March 25th, Tuesday!

17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament, Round 8, Carlsen clean sweep again!!

17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament
Each round has 2 games
Blindfold game (say, BG) - a normal game
Rapid game (say, RG) - a fast game, moves are to be played faster than in normal game

Round 8

Aronian-Anand 1-0 
Anand-Aronian 1/2-1/2 

Carlsen-Mamedyarov 1-0 
Mamedyarov-Carlsen 0-1 

Karjakin-Topalov 1/2-1/2 
Topalov-Karjakin 1-0 

Van Wely-Leko 0-1 
Leko-Van Wely 1/2-1/2 

Gelfand-Morozevich 1/2-1/2 
Morozevich-Gelfand 1-0 

Ivanchuk-Kramnik 1/2-1/2 
Kramnik-Ivanchuk 1/2-1/2

Looked like, Anand was "too slow" in the game, and, by move 26, he gave up a Rook for a Knight
Definitely because he is Anand, he is allowed, though not recommended for other good chess players, exceptions are Moro & Topalov
But, all Aronian has to do is trade Queens, to get a better end game! He duely did, by attacking Anand's "very quite" Queen.
And, the lead was more evident when all the dust settled by move 50, where 2 Rooks had been gaints over the Bishop & Rook.
Though Anand had an extra pawn, Aronian has an passed pawn. Anand resigned. Aronian won!

Here is the game!!

Furious calculated (as he won!) attack by Carlsen!!
By move 21, Mamedyarov was up by 1 pawn!
Mamedyarov without an uncalculated (as he lost!) aggressive plan, sacrified a Bishop for a pawn and attacking opportunity.
Here Mamedyarov would have seen a chance to build another Queen, as Carlsen had a extra Rook for 3 pawns of Mamedyarov in which 2 are passed pawns (pawns that cannot be stopped by opponent's pawn).
Probably can we say, what Mamedyarov would have forgotten was Carlsen won on Anand itself, in just last round, it was his 1st ever win on Anand, so it is 'quite obvious' that Carlsen's confidence would be at peak!
Mamedyarov lost focus of his plan, if it was long seen, and gave chance to Carlsen, Carlsen tried to trade Queen's of the Board (Looked like, Mamedyarov shud have taken it), but got into pressure, and ran his Queen away from the Battle field
Rusult was obvious, as Carlsen gets a continuous chance to check Mamedyarov's Queen, and take away the extra pawns, also if possible Queen can be forked (?), or atleast exchanged.
With the Rook up, it will be matter of seconds for Carlsen. Mamedyarov gave up, probably also realising his aggressive plan was mistake, i.e; against Carlsen. Carlsen won!!

Here is the game!!

In the Rapid round however, Mamedyarov was cooly playing, with no aggression (was this "extra careful nature" the reason for losing, this time?)
By move 31, Carlsen was in Mamedyarov's King's territory! This shud be seen a pitiable position, as King can be continuously attacked!
With a lot of checks on Mamedyarov's King, Carlsen also got into a position where he can make Mamedyarov out of play.
When Mamedyarov was sure there wont be much to play as his Queen is ackwardly positioned, and to free it in time, he has to sacrifice material, he gave up!, Carlsen won!

Here is the game!!

Hillariously, van Wely was thinking something that is out-side chess. Not much to say, he gave his Rook for free, to pack to home!
With a Rook down, playing against van Wely is a kid's game for Rock Solid Leko, van Wely too knew it, gave the game for free, Leko took it!

Here is the game!!

Karjakin allowed Topalov invade his Kingdom, and by move 35, he duely lost a Knight as the Queen was overburdended.
After the Queen's got traded on move 46, Krajakin was with a Rook, while Topalov was with Knight & Bishop, rest equal.
Slowly, Topalov played more than 50 more moves, and made evident that 2:1 majority is real indeed.
With a passed pawn, Topalov would soon Queen it. Karjakin resigned, Topalov won! with a high fighting spirit.

Here is the game!!

Strange enough, one of the dynamic player, plays standard moves, and, the standard player plays strange moves.
Yes, the move is Castling, Moro does it as early as move 10, Gelfand puts it pending till 26th move, still doesnt do to to situation, and, in 2 more moves, the game isn't there, for Gelfand (??)

Here is the game!!

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