Vladimir Kramnik has almost secured first place in Monte Carlo. Yesterday the russian GM drew both his games in round 10 against his compatriot and friend Peter Svidler and keeps a 2 points lead over Anand and Ivanchuk. He now needs only a draw with Paco Vallejo to be the absolute winner of "Melody Amber" 2007, but in any case he has already won the blindfold competition, as Vishy has secured the best result in the rapid one. Another big blunder have been played before the end of the competition by a superGM. Just yesterday Armenian star Levon Aronian lost 2-0 with Radjabov, giving him a piece for nothing at move 7 of the rapid game in a Trompovsky Attack (he fell in a well known trap). Very sad... In a few hours the competition will be closed and we are sure that in the next classical events there won't be so many blunders. Anyway, we can alreday congratulate with world champion Vladimir Kramnik for his convincing success.
Speaking about world champions, five days ago "The Times magazine" (www.timesonline.co.uk) published an interview with Garry Kasparov, in which the former number on of the chess world says he fears "that he could be poisoned because of his forthright criticisms of President Putin". That's why he try to avoid "flying by Aeroflot, the Russian state airline". Kasparov "has repeatedly denounced 'Putin’s corrupt regime' and is a key player in a new antigovernment coalition called Other Russia. He said that when in Russia he had armed bodyguards and that his phones were tapped and he was frequently followed. This month he addressed an opposition rally in St Petersburg that was violently broken up by the police. Kasparov was subsequently denounced on Russian state television as a CIA spy". Poor Garry!
And now here is a quite amazing blindfold game from round 10 of Amber tourney: Morozevich-Carlsen. Quoting the official site (www.amberchess.com), "after 12.Nb5 the Norwegian youngster had to improvise and chose 12…Kd7 having rejected the pawn sacrifice 12…Rc8. Despite the awkward position of the king Carlsen thought he was OK, but he criticized 14…Bd6, where 14…b5 would have been better. ‘His 20.Qg4 was very strong and I didn’t see what I should do. After 20…g6 he has 21.Qf4, so I went 20…g5, but of course this is a terrible weakening. After 21.f4 I was basically lost’".
Morozevich,A (2741)-Carlsen,M (2690) [E15], Melody Amber (Blindfold) 28.03.2007
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qb3 c6 6. Nc3 d5 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. Bf4 Bc4 9. Qd1 Nc6 10. Nd2 Ba6 11. Qa4 Bb7 12. Nb5 Kd7 13. Bg2 a6 14. Nc3 Bd6 15. Bxd6 Kxd6 16. e4 b5 17. e5+ Kc7 18. Qd1 Nd7 19. Nb3 Rc8 20. Qg4 g5 21. f4 h6 22. O-O Kb8 23. Rad1 Ka8 24. fxg5 hxg5 25. Rxf7 Ndxe5 26. dxe5 Qb6+ 27. Nd4 Nxe5 28. Rxb7 Kxb7 29. Qxe6 Qxe6 30. Nxe6 g4 31. Nf4 Ka7 32. Rxd5 Nf3+ 33. Bxf3 gxf3 34. Rd7+ Kb8 35. h4 b4 36. Ne4 Rc2 37. Rd2 Rhc8 38. Rxc2 Rxc2 39. h5 Rxb2 40. h6 Rb1+ 41. Kh2 Rb2+ 42. Kh3 Rb1 43. Kg4 Rh1 44. Nh3 f2 45. Nexf2 1-0