Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen are regarded as the "coming force" for a newer generation in world chess; they are in the top three in the world rankings, and both are tipped to become world title challengers in the near future. And going into the homestretch of the 20th and sadly final Amber Tournament in Monaco, both have a commanding lead at the top of the overall standings, as they leave the rest of the field in their wake.
Aronian has the sole lead in the combined standings on 11.5/16, a half point ahead of Carlsen - but both are well ahead of their closest rivals in veterans Vassily Ivanchuk and World champion Vishy Anand, trail on 8.5 points. And with just three rounds to go at Amber, it very much looks like a two-horse race now between Aronian and Carlsen. In the individual tournaments, Aronian leads in the blindfold on 6/8, 1.5 points ahead of Anand, Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk; while in the rapid tournament, Carlsen leads on 6.5/8, a point clear of Aronian.
For all the standings and daily reports, go to the official site at http://www.amberchess20.com.Here on Chess.FM, GMs Yasser Seirawan & co-host Ronen Har-Zvi will be bidding a fond farewell to the Amber extravaganza by being joined by GMs Joel Benjamin, Miguel Illescas and Larry Christiansen for the final three rounds - and they will also be providing a free(!) daily GOTD service. There will also be a daily trivia contest to win a one-year subscription to New In Chess magazine (only open to ICC members).
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