20th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament

The 20th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament takes place from March 12 (first round) to March 24 (last round) at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, 40 Avenue Princesse Grace, in Monaco.

The games are freely accessible to the public.

The tournament is organized by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco.

The total prize-fund is € 227,000.

The twelve participants are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Viswanathan Anand (India)
  2. Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  3. Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  4. Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
  5. Boris Gelfand (Israel)
  6. Anish Giri (The Netherlands)
  7. Alexander Grischuk (Russia)
  8. Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
  9. Sergey Karjakin (Russia)
  10. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
  11. Hikaru Nakamura (United States)
  12. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria)

The rate of play is 25 minutes per game per player. With every move made in the blindfold games 20 seconds is added to the clock, with every move made in the rapid games 10 seconds is added.

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 24 starts at 12.30 hrs. March 16 and 21 are rest days.)