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March 21, 2009
GM Gata Kamsky in Amber, Photo (c) ChessVibes

Our #1 rated American GM, Gata Kamsky is now the sole leader in the rapids at the Amber Chess Tournament (March 14-26, Nice, France)! In round seven, he traded wins with Radjabov, but his win was in the rapids and his loss was in the blindfold. This combined with the loss to Kramnik from the tournament leader at the start of the round, Aronian put Gata back on top in the rapids, with plus three. Kramnik  and Anand head the combined scoretable with nine points each.  In the combined event, Kamsky is in the middle of the pack with seven points--unfortunately, Kamsky's blindfold score is the opposite of his rapid score: minus three.

Tomorrow Kamsky faces Karjakin starting at 9 AM EST. Check the full schedule and results on the official website.

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Standings after 7 rounds


1.  Carlsen    5½

2.  Kramnik    5   
3.  Anand      4½
    Leko       4½
5.  Aronian    4   
    Morozevich 4   
7.  Radjabov   3½
    Topalov    3½
9.  Ivanchuk   2   
    Kamsky     2   
    Wang Yue   2   
12. Karjakin   1½


1.  Kamsky     5   

2.  Anand      4½
    Aronian    4½
4.  Kramnik    4   
5.  Karjakin   3½
    Topalov    3½
7.  Carlsen    3   
    Ivanchuk   3   
    Leko       3   
    Morozevich 3   
11. Radjabov   2½
    Wang Yue   2½


1.  Anand      9   
    Kramnik    9   

3.  Aronian    8½
    Carlsen    8½
5.  Leko       7½
6.  Kamsky     7   
    Morozevich 7   
    Topalov    7   
9.  Radjabov   6   
10. Ivanchuk   5   
    Karjakin   5   
12. Wang Yue   4½ 


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