18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament
March 14-26, 2009 Nice, France

The 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament, organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco, takes place from March 14 (first round) to March 26 (last round) at the Palais de la Mediterranée, splendidly located on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The total prize-fund is € 216,000.

This year’s field is stronger than ever with all the world’s best players taking part.

The twelve participants are (in alphabetical order):

World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India),
Levon Aronian (Armenia),
Magnus Carlsen (Norway),
Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine),
Gata Kamsky (United States),
Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine),
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia),
Peter Leko (Hungary),
Alexander Morozevich (Russia),
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan),
Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria),
Wang Yue (China).

Every day four sessions will be played, two blindfold sessions and two rapid sessions. The first session starts at 14.30 hrs. The fourth session finishes around 20.00 hrs. (Note: the final round on March 26 starts at 12.30 hrs. March 18 and 23 are rest days.)

Official website: http://www.amberchess2009.com/

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