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20th Amber Tournament 2011 (Pairings)

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All the players at the opening ceremony, I'm as yet uninformed as to why they're all wearing sunglasses. Photo © 2011 Fred Lucas.

All the players at the opening ceremony, I'm as yet uninformed as to why they're all wearing sunglasses. Photo © 2011 Fred Lucas. | http://www.fredlucas.eu

The draw for the 20th Amber tournament took place during the opening ceremony at the Cafe de Paris in Monaco. The first round has two outstanding pairings. World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand plays his challenger from last year Veselin Topalov. Magnus Carlsen faces US star Hikaru Nakamura. Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov play in round 3 on Monday March 14th 2011. The pair hardly ever play together anymore after their bitter world title match in Elista in 2006. Play takes place in four sessions of three games. The first two sees blindfold games, the second two rapid. The same pairings occur in both sessions but with reverse colours.

Magnus Carlsen outside the Cafe de Paris in Monaco. Photo © Fred Lucas. http://www.fredlucas.eu.

Group Photo at the draw in the Cafe de Paris in Monaco. Photo © Fred Lucas. http://www.fredlucas.eu.

Pairings for the 20th Amber Tournament 2011
Round 1. Saturday March 12th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Nakamura-Carlsen Aronian-Giri Ivanchuk-Gashimov
15.00 BlindfoldKarjakin-Gelfand Grischuk-Kramnik Anand-Topalov
16.45 Rapid Carlsen-Nakamura Giri-Aronian Gashimov-Ivanchuk
18.15 RapidGelfand-Karjakin Kramnik-Grischuk Topalov-Anand
Round 2. Sunday March 13th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Topalov-Karjakin Kramnik-Anand Gelfand-Grischuk
15.00 BlindfoldCarlsen-Gashimov Giri-Ivanchuk Nakamura-Aronian
16.45 Rapid Karjakin-Topalov Anand-Kramnik Grischuk-Gelfand
18.15 RapidGashimov-Carlsen Ivanchuk-Giri Aronian-Nakamura
Round 3. Monday March 14th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Aronian-Carlsen Ivanchuk-Nakamura Gashimov-Giri
15.00 BlindfoldGrischuk-Karjakin Anand-Gelfand Kramnik-Topalov
16.45 Rapid Carlsen-Aronian Nakamura-Ivanchuk Giri-Gashimov
18.15 RapidKarjakin-Grischuk Gelfand-Anand Topalov-Kramnik
Round 4. Tuesday, March 15th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Karjakin-Kramnik Gelfand-Topalov Grischuk-Anand
15.00 BlindfoldCarlsen-Giri Nakamura-Gashimov Aronian-Ivanchuk
16.45 Rapid Kramnik-Karjakin Topalov-Gelfand Anand-Grischuk
18.15 RapidGiri-Carlsen Gashimov-Nakamura Ivanchuk-Aronian
Rest Day. Wednesday March 16th 2011
Round 5. Thursday March 17th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Ivanchuk-Carlsen Gashimov-Aronian Giri-Nakamura
15.00 BlindfoldAnand-Karjakin Topalov-Grischuk Kramnik-Gelfand
16.45 Rapid Carlsen-Ivanchuk Aronian-Gashimov Nakamura-Giri
18.15 RapidKarjakin-Anand Grischuk-Topalov Gelfand-Kramnik
Round 6. Friday March 18th 2011.
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Gelfand-Nakamura Grischuk-Aronian Anand-Ivanchuk
15.00 BlindfoldTopalov-Gashimov Kramnik-Giri Karjakin-Carlsen
16.45 Rapid Nakamura-Gelfand Aronian-Grischuk Ivanchuk-Anand
18.15 RapidGashimov-Topalov Giri-Kramnik Carlsen-Karjakin
Round 7. Saturday March 19th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Giri-Topalov Carlsen-Kramnik Gashimov-Karjakin
15.00 BlindfoldAronian-Gelfand Ivanchuk-Grischuk Nakamura-Anand
16.45 Rapid Topalov-Giri Kramnik-Carlsen Karjakin-Gashimov
18.15 RapidGelfand-Aronian Grischuk-Ivanchuk Anand-Nakamura
Round 8. Sunday March 20th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Grischuk-Nakamura Anand-Aronian Gelfand-Ivanchuk
15.00 BlindfoldKramnik-Gashimov Karjakin-Giri Topalov-Carlsen
16.45 Rapid Nakamura-Grischuk Aronian-Anand Ivanchuk-Gelfand
18.15 RapidGashimov-Kramnik Giri-Karjakin Carlsen-Topalov
Rest Day. Monday, March 21st 2011
Round 9. Tuesday, March 22nd 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Gashimov-Gelfand Giri-Grischuk Carlsen-Anand
15.00 BlindfoldNakamura-Topalov Aronian-Kramnik Ivanchuk-Karjakin
16.45 Rapid Gelfand-Gashimov Grischuk-Giri Anand-Carlsen
18.15 RapidTopalov-Nakamura Kramnik-Aronian Karjakin-Ivanchuk
Round 10. Wednesday March 23rd 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
13.30 Blindfold Topalov-Aronian Kramnik-Ivanchuk Karjakin-Nakamura
15.00 BlindfoldGelfand-Giri Grischuk-Carlsen Anand-Gashimov
16.45 Rapid Aronian-Topalov Ivanchuk-Kramnik Nakamura-Karjakin
18.15 RapidGiri-Gelfand Carlsen-Grischuk Gashimov-Anand
Round 11. Thursday March 24th 2011
UK TimeFormatPairing 1Pairing 2Pairing 3
11.30 Blindfold Carlsen-Gelfand Gashimov-Grischuk Giri-Anand
13.00 BlindfoldIvanchuk-Topalov Nakamura-Kramnik Aronian-Karjakin
14.45 Rapid Gelfand-Carlsen Grischuk-Gashimov Anand-Giri
16.15 RapidTopalov-Ivanchuk Kramnik-Nakamura Karjakin-Aronian

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