Friday, 27 March 2009

An old fashioned beat down

The Melody Amber tournament finished yesterday, with Lev Aronian finishing outright first with 14/22. He did this by scoring 7/11 in both the blindfold and rapid sections. In the blindfold he shared top spot with Carlsen and Kramnik, while in the rapid he tied for first with Kamsky and Anand.
One of the more interesting games in the blindfold tournament occurred towards the end of the event, when Carlsen went up against Kramnik. Chessvibes suggested that Carlsen was "playing far below his normal level", but to me it was just a good old fashioned beat down.

Carlsen,M (2776) - Kramnik,V (2759) [E32]
18th Amber Blindfold Nice FRA (10), 25.03.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Ba5 8.0-0 Bb6 9.d5 Nb4 10.Qd2 exd5 11.cxd5 Ng4 12.Bb1 Qh4(D)
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

2 comments:

Scott W said...

Anyone can have a bad night at the chessboard. I have just come home from a shocker.

Sassy said...

White positioned himself horrendously. This can't be a normal occurrence for the guy.