A New Training Game

January 5th, 2011

I’m always looking for fun ways to train. Especially when it comes to going over master games I find myself just nodding my head and saying “yep, yep, yep.”  Solitaire chess is pretty cool, but I knew there had to be a better way.

Now there is. I’ve invented what I call “three move solitaire.” Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a decisive game (a victory) that you want to study.
  2. Play through the first ten moves.
  3. Cover the score sheet so you can only see the opponent’s move.
  4. Make the opponents move.
  5. Think about the three moves you think are the best candidates. Give yourself 3 minutes or so (use a timer if you like).
  6. Rank your three choices from highest to lowest, so choice #1, choice #2 and choice #3.
  7. Uncover your player’s move.
  8. If the actual move in the game is your first choice, give yourself 3 points. If it’s the second, give yourself 2 points. And if it’s the third, give yourself 1 point.
  9. Repeat until you run out of moves.

Now you can calculate your percentage by dividing your points by three times the total number of moves your player made minus ten (because we played out the first ten moves). If the game is annotated, go over the annotations now. You’ll get a whole new appreciation for the games you study and improve your play rather dramatically.

You might also play this game in competition with friends. I’d love to hear if this technique works for you.

dkappe

Chess Trainer 1.5.1 Released

January 22nd, 2010

Two bits of news. First, I’m releasing the Chess Trainer 1.5.1. (Also launchable here). It has a new concept for training blindfold that divides the board into sectors. The basic idea is that the board is easier to remember and visualize if divided into small chunks.

The test asks you questions on bishop and knight moves from squares into the sectors.

Also, I’ve moved the file (and soon source) hosting over to Google Code. I was just tired of all of the sourceforge girations to release a file.

dkappe

Midwest Class Championship 2009

October 12th, 2009

I’m afraid I regressed for this tournament. I didn’t have the discipline to really noodle over the games. My opponent for the first round forfeited, so I only ended up playing 4 games. I went +2 -2 =0, but really deserved to lose all of them. In two games I saw combinations that I knew didn’t work and played them anyway. Well, here they are:

[Event "Midwest Class Championship 2009"]
[Site "Westin, Wheeling, IL"]
[Date "2009.10.10"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Dietrich Kappe"]
[Black "Michael Penway"]
[WhiteElo "1680"]
[BlackElo "1602"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bd3 Nbd7 5. O-O Be7 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 b6 8. Nbd2
Bb7 9. Ne5 Nxe5 10. dxe5 Nd7 11. Qh5 g6 12. Qh6 Nc5 13. Nf3 Nxd3 14. cxd3 Re8
15. h4 Bf8 16. Qf4 c5 17. Rfd1 h6 18. Nh2 Kh7 19. Ng4 Re7 20. Nf6 Kg7 21. e4
Kh8 22. d4 Bg7 23. dxc5 bxc5 24. exd5 Bxd5 25. Rdc1 Rc7 26. Rc2 h5 27. Rac1
Qf8 28. Ba3 Bh6 29. Qg3 Bxc1 30. Bxc1 c4 31. Bg5 cxb3 32. Rxc7 bxa2 33. Qc3
Rb8 34. Nd7 Rb1 35. Kh2 Qg7 36. Rc8 Kh7 37. Nf6 Qxf6 38. Bxf6 1-0

[Event "Midwest Class Championship 2009"]
[Site "Westin, Wheeling, IL"]
[Date "2009.10.10"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sameer Manchanda"]
[Black "Dietrich Kappe"]
[WhiteElo "1682"]
[BlackElo "1680"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 c6 5. f3 b5 6. Qd2 Nbd7 7. O-O-O Nb6 8. h4
h5 9. b3 b4 10. Nce2 a5 11. Nf4 Qc7 12. Ngh3 Bxh3 13. Rxh3 Bg7 14. Be2 a4 15. Qxb4
axb3 16. axb3 O-O 17. Bd3 Rfb8 18. Qe1 c5 19. dxc5 dxc5 20. Qf1 Nxe4 21. fxe4
Bc3 22. Ba6 Rxa6 23. Qxa6 Ra8 24. Qxa8 Nxa8 25. Nd5 Qe5 26. Nxc3 Nc7 27. Na4
Ne6 28. Kb1 c4 29. bxc4 Qxe4 30. Nc5 Qxg2 31. Nxe6 Qxh3 32. Rd8 Kh7 33. Ng5
1-0

[Event "Midwest Class Championship 2009"]
[Site "Westin, Wheeling, IL"]
[Date "2009.10.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Dietrich Kappe"]
[Black "James Wei"]
[WhiteElo "1680"]
[BlackElo "1797"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. O-O Nb4 6. Be2 c5 7. a3 Nc6 8. b3
Bd6 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Nbd2 a6 11. Ne5 Qc7 12. f4 b5 13. Nxc6 Qxc6 14. dxc5 Bxc5
15. Bxf6 Bxe3 16. Kh1 gxf6 17. Bd3 f5 18. Rf3 d4 19. Nf1 Bb7 20. Nxe3 dxe3 21. Rg3
Kh8 22. Qe2 Rg8 23. c4 Rxg3 24. hxg3 bxc4 25. Bxc4 Rd8 26. Ra2 Qe4 27. Rb2 Qd4
28. Kh2 Qc3 29. Rc2 Qd4 30. Bxa6 Be4 31. Ra2 Kg8 32. Bc4 Bd5 33. Rc2 h6 34. a4
Bxc4 35. bxc4 Qa1 36. Ra2 Qc1 37. Rc2 Qa3 38. c5 Qxa4 39. c6 Rc8 40. c7 Qa7
41. Qc4 e2 42. Qxe2 Rxc7 43. Ra2 Qb7 44. Qe5 Qd5 45. Qxc7 Qxa2 46. Qe7 Qb2 47. Kh3
Kg7 48. Qd7 Qe2 49. Qd4 Kg6 50. Kh2 Kh7 51. Qc3 Qh5 52. Kg1 Qg6 53. Kf2 Qg7
54. Qe3 Kg6 55. Kg1 Qf8 56. Qe5 Qe8 57. g4 fxg4 58. f5 Kh7 59. Qe4 Kh8 60. Qxg4
Qg8 61. Qh5 Qg5 62. Qxf7 Qxf5 63. Qd7 Kg8 64. Kh2 Qf7 65. Qd4 Kh7 66. g4 Kg6
67. Qe5 Qf2 68. Kh3 Qf3 69. Kh2 Qxg4 70. Kh1 Qh5 0-1

[Event "Midwest Class Championship 2009"]
[Site "Westin, Wheeling, IL"]
[Date "2009.10.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Robert Shockley"]
[Black "Dietrich Kappe"]
[WhiteElo "1720"]
[BlackElo "1680"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. d4 c6 6. Bg2 Bf5 7. Nf3 Ne4 8. O-O
Nxc3 9. bxc3 Be4 10. Qb3 Qb6 11. Qxb6 axb6 12. Ng5 Bc2 13. Bf4 Nd7 14. Rfc1
Bg6 15. Re1 h6 16. Nf3 Be4 17. Nd2 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 g5 19. Be3 b5 20. f4 g4 21. f5
Bd6 22. Bf2 Nf6 23. e4 Nxe4 24. Nxe4 dxe4 25. Rxe4 Kd7 26. Rxg4 Ra3 27. Rg7
Ke7 28. d5 c5 29. Be1 Kf6 30. Rg4 Rha8 31. Rh4 Rxa2 32. Rxa2 Rxa2 33. Kf3 Kg7
34. h3 Ra4 35. Rh5 b4 36. cxb4 cxb4 37. Bd2 Ra3 38. Ke4 Rxg3 39. Rxh6 f6 40. Rh4
b3 41. Rg4 Rxg4 42. hxg4 b2 0-1

dkappe

Chicago Class Championships - Playing to my Potential

July 21st, 2009

I’ve always been a hasty mover. And like most hasty movers, I lose or draw a lot of games because of mistakes and blunders. I just can’t seem to bring myself to sit for 5-10-30 minutes over a single move. No amount of training or reading will help if you don’t put in the time to exploit your new skills and knowledge. It’s also hard to get better if you never play to your potential. Your games are full of trivial errors rather than real shortcomings.

Fed up with this hasting moving, I decided to take action. After reading this Dan Heisman article on time management, I bought a stopwatch (mechanical, no beep) and started it after every one of my opponent’s moves. If my hands started to itch after 20 or 30 seconds, I would look down at the stopwatch, I would look down and tell myself, “You still have 150 seconds to go.” After a while I started to really use the time instead of just sitting there.

I brought this new resolve to the Chicago Class Championships on Oakbrook, IL this last weekend. I still moved too fast, especially in once I was winning, but in the last game I took longer once I was up, and longest when I was winning. This tournament took so much out of me that I was mentally fried on Monday. That’s called leaving it all out there.

Here’s the blow by blow of the tournament. I’ll post the games tomorrow.

Chicago Class Championships, 5 round swiss, class B section. 40/2, G/1. I wanted to leave it all out there on the chess board, and for the most part I did (for the first time in my chess career!):

Round 1: Nimzo-Indian black against a 1775 player. Kept an iron control of e4 throughout. Neutralized his dark squared bishop. When he move his Q up to b4 for exchange queens, I struck on the K-side and had the chance for a winning QBPPPP vs QPPP ending. As victory approached, I got excited, moved too fast and hung my queen. Still, I was satisfied with how I played and was able to solve the emotional fast moving issue later in the tournament.

Round 2: Low rated 1550 opponent fell victim to a Colle-Zuke withe Qf3-h3 maneuver. Nice checkmate in the middle of the board after sham rook-sac on e6.

Round 3: 1770 rated opponent. Bc4 Pirc. He made an early mistake and allowed me to double his f pawns. I got control of the center, then fixed his pawn structure in exchange for a single pawn. Down to a rook ending where I let a win slip to a draw, then he let it slip to a win again. Need to work on my R+P endings.

Round 4: 1750 rated opponent. Irregular Q-pawn opening with an early Bf5 (need to work on my repertoire here). Really ground in this one. Spent 30 minutes total on 3 moves. Got him to move Kf8 instead of castle, but then I didn’t like the sort of two bishop attack he could develop with my q-side somewhat undeveloped. Took B on g6, which opened up the h-file, then sac’d the b-pawn to get counterplay against his king and develop my q-side. Because I took so much time, I dropped a piece in time trouble, then made him demonstrate a win with a RNPPP vs RPPP. Took a lot out of me.

Round 5: 1730 rated opponent. Sac’d B at f7 early in a Pirc. Had to defend against an aggresive attack. I really took my time and slowly squeezed the life out of his initiative. Liquidated, shot down his dark squared bishop by blockading his pawns, then liquidated the R’s and Q. Nervewracking, but easy, if you’ve looked at Morphy games.

So, 3.0 out of 5, though I could have won all of my games (and then would have played tougher opponents). I’ll get better at the blunder stuff as I learn to manage my time and emotions.

dkappe

Tactics Training on the Web

June 23rd, 2009

If you are a player of less than, say, 1800 FIDE, nothing will improve your game faster than studying tactics. There’s no point in trying to carry out a long range plan when you miss the knight fork that scotches your plans.

There are quite a number of good books on the subject. If I had to recommend one, it’s the same one I cut my teeth on back in the 10th grade and took me from 5th board to 1st on the Vestal Senior High chess team. Woohoo! That book is the gentle and readable (and, sadly, out of print) Winning Chess: How to See Three Moves Ahead by Chernev and Reinfeld.

There’s the software programs, such as CT-ART 3.0 which take you through a large collection of puzzles and provide hints along the way.

But the largest collections are to be found at web based tactics training applications. There are two that I know of:

There. Now you have no excuses. Do a half a dozen problems over your lunch break and you’ll be kicking ass over the chess board in no time.

dkappe

Two Different Chicago Chess Venues, Two Different Experiences

June 12th, 2009

Ever since my mental meltdown at the 2009 Chicago Open due to nerves, I’ve been trying to figure out ways of getting more face-to-face OTB chess in. Playing online at ICC is fine, but having a living, breathing, talking person over the board against you is something else entirely.

One way to get that OTB fix was to play more tournaments, so I’ve registered for the 2009 Chicago Class Championships. Another was to try out some of the local chess clubs and events. This past Wednesday I made my second appearance at the Wicker Park Chess Club, which meets on Wednesday’s at 7PM at Myopic Books on 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave in Chicago.
Read more…

dkappe

Released Version 1.4

June 12th, 2009

I’ve released version 1.4. It adds the aforementioned blindfold test where you can enter a PGN file and step through it being quizzed on the current position.

The download is here.

dkappe

New version 1.3.1

June 4th, 2009

Two announcements: first, I’ve added a blindfold game quiz to the trainer. You cut and paste a PGN game and the trainer steps you through the moves and asks you questions about which pieces are on what square, what the checking moves are, etc. It’s not quite fully baked, but you can check out the new version in the “Launch…” item in the right sidebar of this blog.

Second, I’ve updated the Java Web Start file to reflect that this app needs Java 6 to run (it’s compiled with Java 6, thus all those annoying class file format errors). If anyone is still having issues with the app on using Java 6, please respond with a comment to this post.

I’ll have a windows installer and a Mac/Linux installer available for download at sourceforge and will update the freshmeat page at that time. As always, enjoy.

dkappe

Tactic of the Week

April 4th, 2009

Just thought I’d share some of my tactics training with the rest of you. White to move. I won’t say what the position calls for, but in this case it should be pretty obvious. Don’t look at the answer below the board. Hmmm, maybe I need a puzzle mode for this here chess viewer. Enjoy.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2003.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kupper"]
[Black "Patuzzo"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "b2r2k1/2q5/5bBp/1pn4P/2pN1p2/2P5/1P2QPP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 30"]
[PlyCount "1"]

30. Qe8+ *

dkappe

For Blindfold Buffs: Amber Tournament 2009

March 28th, 2009

If you’ve come to this site, you’re probably interested in improving your chess visualization skills in order to play better chess. It probably follows that you are also interested in blindfold chess. Well, good news. The 18th annual Amber Chess Tournament just finished. What is it?

The 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament takes 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, number 13-15, in Nice.
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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.

I’ve presented round 11 below for your enjoyment. Note that the level of play between rapid and blindfold isn’t all that different. Enjoy.

[Event "Amber 2009 Blind"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Leko"]

[Black "Karjakin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "2751"]

[BlackElo "2732"]

[WhiteCountry "HU"]

[BlackCountry "UA"]

[Board "1"]

[Diagram "eeeeebkeeeeeepeepeqepepeepenPeepeeeeQPeePeeNeePeePeeeeePeeeeNeKe"]

[Time "(0:08/0:09)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7

8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 g6 10. O-O Bg7 11. Rc1 Qe7 12. e4 O-O 13. e5 c5

14. Re1 cxd4 15. Qxd4 Nb6 16. Bf1 Bd7 17. Bb5 Rfd8 18. Qe4 a6 19. Bxd7 Rxd7

20. Na4 Nd5 21. Nc5 Rc7 22. Nd3 Rac8 23. g3 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 Rxc1 25. Nxc1 Qc7

26. Nd3 Qc2 27. Kg2 h5 28. Nfe1 Qc6 29. Kg1 Bh6 30. a3 b5 31. f4 Bf8

32. Kf2 a5 33. Kf3 a4 34. h3 Qc4 35. g4 hxg4 36. hxg4 Qb3 37. f5 Qd1

38. Kg3 Kh7 39. fxg6 fxg6 40. Qf3 Qxf3 41. Nxf3 Kg8 42. Nd4 b4 43. axb4 Nxb4

44. Nxb4 Bxb4 45. Nxe6 Kf7 46. Nf4 Bc3 47. e6 Ke8 48. Nd5 Bxb2 49. Kf4 a3

50. Nb4 Ke7 51. Kg5 Kxe6 52. Kxg6 Kd6 53. Kf5 Kc5 54. Nc2 a2 55. g5 Kc4

56. g6 Kb3 0-1

[Event "Amber 2009 Blind"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Carlsen"]

[Black "Kramnik"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "2776"]

[BlackElo "2759"]

[WhiteCountry "NO"]

[BlackCountry "RU"]

[Board "2"]

[Diagram "eeeeeeekpppbeepBeeepeeeeeebPeeQeeneeeenqeeNeeeePPPeeeePeReBeerNK"]

[Time "(0:04/0:12)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Ne2 Ba5

8. O-O Bb6 9. d5 Nb4 10. Qd2 exd5 11. cxd5 Ng4 12. Bb1 Qh4 13. Qf4 f5

14. exf5 Bxf5 15. h3 Bxf2 16. Kh1 Bd7 17. Qg5 Bc5 18. Rxf8 Rxf8 19. Ng1 Rf1

20. Bxh7 Kh8 0-1

[Event "Amber 2009 Blind"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Ivanchuk"]

[Black "Radjabov"]

[Result "1-0"]

[WhiteElo "2779"]

[BlackElo "2760"]

[WhiteCountry "UA"]

[BlackCountry "AZ"]

[Board "3"]

[Diagram "eeeeeekeeeenepbppepeeepeepeeeeeeePnqPBeeeeeeePPPPeeQeeKeeeeNeBee"]

[Time "(0:08/0:07)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. Nf3 c6 7. O-O Qa5

8. e4 e5 9. h3 Nbd7 10. Re1 exd4 11. Nxd4 Ne5 12. Bf1 Re8 13. Be3 Be6

14. Nxe6 Rxe6 15. Kg2 Rae8 16. Rb1 a6 17. b4 Qc7 18. Rc1 Qb8 19. c5 Rd8

20. cxd6 Rexd6 21. Qc2 b5 22. Red1 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Rxd1 24. Nxd1 Qd6

25. Bf4 Qd4 26. f3 Nfd7 27. Qd2 Nc4 28. Bxc4 bxc4 29. Qxd4 Bxd4 30. Ne3 Nb6

31. Kf1 f6 32. Ke2 c5 33. bxc5 Bxc5 34. Bc7 Na4 35. Ba5 c3 36. Nd5 Kf7

37. Kd3 Bd6 38. g4 Ke6 39. Bxc3 Nxc3 40. Kxc3 f5 41. Kd4 fxg4 42. hxg4 Be5

43. Ke3 g5 44. Kd3 Bd6 45. Kd4 Bh2 46. a4 Bg1 47. Kc4 Ke5 48. Nb4 Kf4

49. Nxa6 Kxf3 50. e5 Bh2 51. e6 Bd6 52. Kd5 Bf8 53. Nb8 h5 54. Nd7 hxg4

55. Nxf8 g3 56. e7 g2 57. e8=Q g1=Q 58. Qe4 Kg3 59. Ne6 Qd1 60. Qd4 Qb3

61. Ke5 g4 62. Kf5 Kh2 63. Qf2 Kh1 64. Qh4 Kg1 65. Qxg4 Kh1 66. Qe4 Kh2

67. Kf6 Qa3 68. Ke5 Qc3 69. Qd4 Qa5 70. Kd6 Qa6 71. Kd7 Qb7 72. Nc7 Qf3

73. Qh8 Kg1 74. Qd4 Kh2 75. Qe5 Kg1 76. a5 Qd3 77. Kc8 Qh3 78. Kb8 Qb3

79. Ka7 Qa3 80. a6 Kh1 81. Kb6 Qg3 82. Qd5 Kh2 83. a7 1-0

[Event "Amber 2009 Blind"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Aronian"]

[Black "Wang Yue"]

[Result "1-0"]

[WhiteElo "2750"]

[BlackElo "2739"]

[WhiteCountry "AM"]

[BlackCountry "CH"]

[Board "1"]

[Diagram "eeeeeeeeeeeekeeeeeeeePeeeeeeneKeeeeeeePeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeBeeee"]

[Time "(0:06/0:01)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Be2 dxc4

8. Nxg6 hxg6 9. Bxc4 Nbd7 10. h3 Be7 11. Bb3 e5 12. O-O exd4 13. exd4 Nb6

14. Bf4 O-O 15. Qd3 Nfd5 16. Be5 a5 17. a4 Re8 18. f4 Qd7 19. f5 f6

20. Bg3 g5 21. Ne4 Rad8 22. Nc5 Bxc5 23. dxc5 Nc8 24. Rad1 Qe7 25. Bf2 Qe2

26. Rfe1 Qxd3 27. Rxd3 Kf8 28. Red1 Re2 29. R1d2 Rxd2 30. Rxd2 Ke8

31. g4 Nf4 32. Rxd8 Kxd8 33. Be1 Nd3 34. Bxa5 Ke8 35. Be6 Ne7 36. b4 Nf4

37. Bc4 Nxh3 38. Kf1 Nf4 39. b5 Kd7 40. Bd2 Nfd5 41. Bd3 cxb5 42. axb5 b6

43. cxb6 Nxb6 44. Kf2 Ned5 45. Bc1 Kd6 46. Ba3 Ke5 47. Be2 Kd4 48. Ke1 Nf4

49. Bf3 Nfd5 50. Bf8 Nd7 51. Bxg7 Kc5 52. Kf1 N7b6 53. Be2 Nd7 54. Bf3 N7b6

55. Ke2 Kxb5 56. Kd3 Nb4 57. Kd4 Nd7 58. Bd1 Ka5 59. Bb3 Nc6 60. Kd5 Nce5

61. Kd6 Kb5 62. Bd1 Kc4 63. Ke7 Kc5 64. Bxf6 Nxf6 65. Kxf6 Kd6 66. Kxg5 Ke7

67. f6 1-0

[Event "Amber 2009 Blind"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Anand"]

[Black "Morozevich"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "2791"]

[BlackElo "2771"]

[WhiteCountry "IN"]

[BlackCountry "RU"]

[Board "2"]

[Diagram "reeerekeeeqeepepbeeeeepeeeepPeeeeeeepPPbePNeBeePeNeeeeReReeeeeKe"]

[Time "(0:04/0:05)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nge2 Be7 5. g3 c6 6. Bg2 b5 7. O-O O-O

8. a3 Nbd7 9. h3 Rb8 10. Be3 a5 11. b3 Re8 12. g4 b4 13. axb4 axb4

14. Na4 d5 15. dxe5 Nxe4 16. f4 Ba6 17. Bxe4 dxe4 18. Nd4 Qc7 19. Rf2 g6

20. Nb2 Ra8 21. Ne2 Bh4 22. Rg2 Nb6 23. c4 bxc3 24. Nxc3 Nd5 25. Qxd5 cxd5 0-1

[Event "Amber 2009 Blind"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Kamsky"]

[Black "Topalov"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "2725"]

[BlackElo "2796"]

[WhiteCountry "US"]

[BlackCountry "BG"]

[Board "3"]

[Diagram "eqrerekeeebeepppBpeepeeeeeeeeeeePeeeeeeeeeNeBbeeePPeeeePeeeRReQK"]

[Time "(0:06/0:08)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. O-O Be7

8. a4 Nc6 9. Nb3 b6 10. Be3 O-O 11. f3 Bb7 12. Rf2 Qc7 13. Bf1 Rac8

14. Qe1 Ne5 15. Rd2 Nfd7 16. Rad1 Rfe8 17. Kh1 Bf8 18. Qg3 Nc5 19. Nd4 Qb8

20. Rf2 Ncd7 21. Bc1 Nf6 22. Re2 Ng6 23. Ree1 Be7 24. Qf2 Bd8 25. Nde2 Bc7

26. Qg1 d5 27. exd5 Nxd5 28. Nxd5 Bxd5 29. Nc3 Bb7 30. Be3 Ne5 31. Be2 Bc6

32. Bxa6 Nxf3 33. gxf3 Bxf3 0-1

[Event "Amber 2009 Rapid"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Karjakin"]

[Black "Leko"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2732"]

[BlackElo "2751"]

[WhiteCountry "UA"]

[BlackCountry "HU"]

[Board "1"]

[Diagram "eeeeeeeeepeeepkeeeeeeQpepeepeeeePeeeeePeePeePPeeeeeeKeeeeeeeeeee"]

[Time "(0:01/0:04)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. b3 O-O

8. Be2 e5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Nb5 Bb4 11. Bd2 Bxd2 12. Nxd2 a6 13. dxe5 Nxe5

14. Nd4 Bg4 15. Bxg4 Nfxg4 16. O-O Rc8 17. Qd1 Nf6 18. N2f3 Nxf3 19. Qxf3 Rc5

20. Rfc1 Qc7 21. Rxc5 Qxc5 22. Qe2 Rc8 23. f3 h5 24. Rd1 g6 25. Qd2 Qe7

26. Rc1 Rxc1 27. Qxc1 Qe5 28. h3 Kg7 29. Kf2 Qd6 30. a4 Qe7 31. Qc8 Ne8

32. Ke2 Nf6 33. g4 hxg4 34. hxg4 Nh7 35. Qb8 Ng5 36. Kd3 Qf6 37. Qg3 a5

38. Ke2 Ne6 39. Nxe6 Qxe6 40. Qf4 Qf6 41. Qxf6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber 2009 Rapid"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Kramnik"]

[Black "Carlsen"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2759"]

[BlackElo "2776"]

[WhiteCountry "RU"]

[BlackCountry "NO"]

[Board "2"]

[Diagram "eeeeeeeeeeeeekeeeeeeeepeeeeeeeepepeeRPePereeeePKeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"]

[Time "(0:00/0:00)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5 7. Rc1 Ne4

8. cxd5 Nxc3 9. Qd2 Qxa2 10. bxc3 Qa5 11. Bc4 Nd7 12. Nf3 Nxc5 13. O-O O-O

14. Be5 Bxe5 15. Nxe5 f6 16. Ra1 Qb6 17. d6 Kg7 18. dxe7 Re8 19. Nf3 Rxe7

20. Rfb1 Qc7 21. Nd4 Ne4 22. Qd3 Nc5 23. Qd2 Ne4 24. Qd3 Nc5 25. Qc2 Ne4

26. Bd3 Nc5 27. Be2 b6 28. Bf3 Bb7 29. Nb5 Qe5 30. Bxb7 Rxb7 31. c4 Rd7

32. h3 Qe4 33. Qa2 Rad8 34. Nc3 Qe6 35. Nd5 Ne4 36. Qc2 Rc8 37. Rd1 Qe5

38. Rd4 Nc5 39. Nc3 Qe6 40. Qd1 Rcd8 41. Rxa7 Rxa7 42. Rxd8 Qxc4 43. Ne2 Qf7

44. Qb1 Qb3 45. Qxb3 Nxb3 46. Rb8 Ra1 47. Kh2 Nd2 48. Rb7 Kg8 49. Rb8 Kf7

50. Rb7 Kg8 51. Ng3 Rb1 52. h4 h5 53. f4 f5 54. Rd7 Rb2 55. Kh3 b5

56. Rd4 Kf7 57. e4 fxe4 58. Nxe4 Rb3 59. g3 Nxe4 60. Rxe4 b4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber 2009 Rapid"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Radjabov"]

[Black "Ivanchuk"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2760"]

[BlackElo "2779"]

[WhiteCountry "AZ"]

[BlackCountry "UA"]

[Board "3"]

[Diagram "eeeeeeeepeeekpeeepeepeeeeeereeeeqerPeeeQeeeeeeeePeeeePPPReeReeKe"]

[Time "(0:07/0:15)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 e6 6. Be3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bb4

8. Nc3 O-O 9. Be2 Qa5 10. Qb3 b6 11. Ne5 Ba6 12. Bxa6 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qxa6

14. c4 Rc8 15. O-O Nc6 16. Rfd1 Rc7 17. Bf4 Nxe5 18. Bxe5 Rxc4 19. Bxf6 gxf6

20. Qg3 Kf8 21. Qf3 Rd8 22. Qxf6 Rd5 23. Qh6 Ke8 24. Qxh7 Qa4 25. Qh8 Ke7

26. Qh4 Ke8 27. Qh8 Ke7 28. Qh4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber 2009 Rapid"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Wang Yue"]

[Black "Aronian"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2739"]

[BlackElo "2750"]

[WhiteCountry "CH"]

[BlackCountry "AM"]

[Board "1"]

[Diagram "eeeeeeeeereeepeeeeeeekpeeeeeeeeeeeeRePpPeeeeeePeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeKe"]

[Time "(0:01/0:11)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 Bxf3 6. Qxf3 e6 7. Nc3 Nbd7

8. Bd3 Bb4 9. a3 Ba5 10. O-O O-O 11. cxd5 exd5 12. b4 Bc7 13. b5 Re8

14. a4 Nf8 15. Ba3 Ne6 16. h4 h5 17. g3 g6 18. Rac1 Kg7 19. Nb1 Qd7

20. Rc2 Bd6 21. Bxd6 Qxd6 22. Rfc1 Rec8 23. Qd1 c5 24. dxc5 Rxc5 25. Rxc5 Nxc5

26. Bf1 Rd8 27. Bg2 b6 28. Nd2 Nd3 29. Rc6 Qe7 30. Nf1 Ne5 31. Rc1 Ne4

32. Qd4 Qf6 33. f4 Ng4 34. Rc7 Qxd4 35. exd4 Re8 36. Bf3 Nh6 37. Bxe4 Rxe4

38. Rxa7 Rxd4 39. Ne3 Ng4 40. Nxg4 hxg4 41. a5 bxa5 42. Rxa5 Rb4 43. b6 d4

44. Rd5 Kf6 45. b7 Rxb7 46. Rxd4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber 2009 Rapid"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Morozevich"]

[Black "Anand"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2771"]

[BlackElo "2791"]

[WhiteCountry "RU"]

[BlackCountry "IN"]

[Board "2"]

[Diagram "ereeeekeeeeeeppeeeeqeeepeePeeeeeePeeeeeePeepePeeeeeereePeeeReReK"]

[Time "(0:03/0:18)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 d5 7. Bg5 c5

8. dxc5 d4 9. Qc2 e5 10. Nf3 Re8 11. e3 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Bd3 Nd7

14. O-O Nxc5 15. exd4 exd4 16. b4 Nxd3 17. Qxd3 Rd8 18. Qe4 Bf5 19. Qxb7 Rab8

20. Qxa7 Be4 21. Nd2 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Qg5 23. Kh1 Qxd2 24. c5 Qf4 25. f3 Re8

26. Qa6 d3 27. Rad1 Re2 28. Qd6 Qxd6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber 2009 Rapid"]

[Site "Nice"]

[Date "2009-03-25"]

[Round "10"]

[White "Topalov"]

[Black "Kamsky"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "2796"]

[BlackElo "2725"]

[WhiteCountry "BG"]

[BlackCountry "US"]

[Board "3"]

[Diagram "breeerkeeeeeepppBePRpeeqNeeeeeeeePeepeneeeeeeePeeeeeQeeeReeeneNK"]

[Time "(0:03/0:13)"]

[Analysis ""]

[Match "01"]

[Game "01"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. c4 b6

8. Nc3 Bb7 9. a4 Be7 10. a5 bxa5 11. Qa4 Nbd7 12. Nb3 O-O 13. Nxa5 Qc7

14. f3 Rab8 15. b4 Ba8 16. Kh1 d5 17. c5 Qe5 18. Bd2 Qd4 19. Qc2 Ne5

20. Bxa6 dxe4 21. Ne2 Qd8 22. f4 Nf3 23. Bc3 Ng4 24. c6 Nfxh2 25. Rfd1 Bd6

26. Be1 Qf6 27. Rxd6 Nf3 28. Ng1 Nxe1 29. Qe2 Qxf4 30. g3 Qh6 0-1

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