Aronian wins Amber 2009!

GMs Levon Aronian and Gabriel Sargissian at 2008 Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

GMs Levon Aronian and Gabriel Sargissian
at 2008 Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Armenia’s Levon Aronian won the Amber tournament for the 2nd consecutive year by winning both the blindfold and the rapid events. Vladimir Kramnik, arguably the world’s best blindfold player and Viswanathan Anand, arguably the world’s best rapid player, tied for 2nd.

Video by Chessvibes.com.

I was glad to see Gata Kamsky get this nice win over Veselin Topalov after losing the blindfold. Kamsky came in second in rapid, but last in blindfold.

In the last round, Anand had two knights against Wang Yue’s pawn, but could not convert the textbook win. What an exciting game which featured a piece sack by the Chinese player and stern defense by the World Champion.

Chessvibes had excellent coverage of the events.

Chessvibes: https://www.chessvibes.com/reports/levon-aronian-wins-18th-amber/#more-9639

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Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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