Sunday Mail, April 15 2001Its unique format always generates interest in the Amber Tournament - twelve top-flight grandmasters play a double round robin at two rounds per day, one game of rapid chess and one rapid game while blindfolded. (The traditional black blindfold has yielded to the times each player now sits before a computer screen showing the board but not the pieces, which are visible on separate screens to the arbiters and spectators.) The 10th Amber was played in Monaco last month, where Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand shared line honours in the rapid section with 7½/11 and Veselin Topalov won the blindfold with 8. Combined standings: Topalov, Kramnik 15/22; Anand 13½; Shirov 11½; Gelfand, Leko 11; Piket 10½; Ljubojevic, Almasi 9½; Ivanchuk, Karpov 9; Van Wely 7½.
Shirov ESP - Karpov RUS1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 Qb6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Be2 Ne7 7.0-0 Bg4 8.Na4 Qc7 9.b3 b5 10.Nb2 Nd7 11.c3 Rb8 12.Nd3 Ng6 13.a4 a5 14.axb5 cxb5 15.b4 axb4 16.cxb4 Nb6 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.Bxb5+ Nd7 19.Bxd7+ Qxd7 20.bxc5 Nh4 21.c6 Qxc6 22.Ba3 Bxf3 23.gxf3 f6 24.Bd6 Rc8 25.Ra7 Nf5 26.Qe2 h5 27.Ba3 Rh6 28.h3 Rc7 29.Rxc7 Qxc7 30.Qa6 Kf7 31.Rc1 Qd7 32.Qb6 Kg6 33.Rc7 Qa4 34.Bc1 Qd1+ 35.Kh2 Nh4 36.Qb1+ Nf5 37.Rxg7+ Black resigns (37…Kxg7 38.Bxh6+ then 39.Qxd1)
Amber Blindfold, Monaco 2001
Caro-Kann Defence, Advance Variation
Next weekend is the first weekend tournament in central Brisbane for many years the UQ Chess Challenge at University of Queensland. Details from www.caq.org.au or David Cowland-Cooper on 0414 498 556.