Amber Blindfold/Rapid tournament

Men In Shades: blindfold in Monte Carlo

In Monte Carlo, March 11-24, the world’s elite chess players are playing a blindfold/rapid tournament. Each round features a blindfold game followed, later in the day, by a rapid game between the same players.

Fighting for a share of the € 227 000 prize fund are:

  • World Champion, Viswanathan Anand (India)
  • Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  • Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  • Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
  • Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria)
  • Alexander Grischuk (Russia)
  • Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
  • Sergey Karjakin (Russia)
  • Boris Gelfand (Israel)
  • Hikaru Nakamura (United States)
  • Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
  • 16-year-old, Anish Giri (Netherlands)

Currently, after four rounds, GM Aronian and GM Carlsen are tied in the lead with a combined 6/8. American GM Nakamura is tied for 5th-8th out of 12, with 4/8.

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