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Amber 2011. Finally!

Later today most of the world elite will play blindfold and rapid chess once again in Monaco. Im facing Amber rookie H.Nakamura in the first blindfold session at 14:30 with the black pieces. At 17:45 the colors are reversed for the rapid game. Unfortunately its the last edition of the magnificent Amber Rapid & Blindfold, the more reason to enjoy the next fortnight for both players and spectators. Again I would like to thank Joop & Muriel van Oosterom for sponsoring this great event. The opening was Friday evening, with the drawing of lots and the traditional dinner. Entertainment was provided by the sand animator Kseniya Simonova who gave an amazing show. This time we are staying at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel 15 minutes walk from the casino and Caf de Paris. Definitely a suitable location for the 20th edition of Amber. I arrived Thursday from Mallorca following a training camp in the sun. The close to 6 weeks between Tata and Amber is the longest tournament break since last summer, and I cannot wait to get started! Magnus Carlsen, Monaco, March 12th 2011

2011-03-12 00:33:42

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