2011 Melody Amber (Monaco)

The 20th and final Amber Rapid and Blindfold Chess Tournament (Melody Amber) has begun today in Monaco, Italy in what has been a storied run of fantastic chess. The tournament will lose its support. The tournament is sponsored by Joop van Oosterom who named the tournament after his daughter.

Vladimir Kramnik has won the most overall titles in the history of the tournament with six. Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk won last year. Viswanathan Anand is the only player to have won both the blindfold and the rapid in the same year. Kramnik has won nine blindfold titles while Anand has won nine rapid titles.

2011 Melody Amber
March 11th-24th, 2011 (Monaco, Italy)
Participants
#
Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Anand, Viswanathan GM India
2817
2 Carlsen, Magnus GM Norway
2815
3 Aronian, Levon GM Armenia
2808
4 Kramnik, Vladimir GM Russia
2785
5 Ivanchuk, Vassily GM Ukraine
2779
6 Karjakin, Sergey GM Russia
2776
7 Topalov, Veselin GM Bulgaria
2775
8 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA
2774
9 Grischuk, Alexander GM Russia
2747
10 Gashimov, Vugar GM Azerbaijan
2746
11 Gelfand, Boris GM Israel
2733
12 Giri, Anish GM Netherlands
2690

Official Site: https://www.amberchess20.com/index.html
Reports and PGN games: (https://www.amberchess20.com/reports.html)
Chessgames: https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=72927

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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