Kramnik is chess blindfold and rapid tournament winner Chess
With Errol Tiwari
Stabroek News
April 29, 2007

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Vladimir Kramnik finished two clear points ahead of Viswanathan Anand, the world's highest-rated player, and a strong field to win the 16th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament in Monaco recently.

Kramnik won the prestigious Blindfold and Rapid event for the sixth time, following earlier victories in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004.

The world champion's superior performance in the Blindfold competition was the basis of his success. His score of nine points from the eleven games which were played was the second highest in the history of the tournament, half a point short of the record that Alexander Morozevich had set last year.

Anand mastered the Rapid Competition (15 minutes per game per player). The Indian grandmaster finished with 8/12 points from 11 games, two points ahead of a group of four players: Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Peter Leko and Kramnik.

Today , the Guyana Chess Association will host its monthly seven-round Swiss system chess tournament at the YMCA. The tournament begins at 10 am.

Learie Webster played unbeaten in the last tournament to capture first place. At the end of October, the 16 top finishers of the tournaments which were held during the year, would become eligible to participate in a closed round robin National Chess Championship.