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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

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

dkappe