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🏆 Aeroflot Open (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Andrei Volokitin, Alexander Riazantsev, Denis Khismatullin, Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexey Dreev, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Rauf Mamedov, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Igor Lysyj, Sergey Volkov, Eltaj Safarli, Yifan Hou, Artyom Timofeev, Artur Yusupov, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Hrant Melkumyan, Csaba Balogh, Georg Meier, Zhou Jianchao, Sebastien Feller, Gadir Guseinov, Sergei Azarov, Arman Pashikian, Evgeny Romanov, Ildar Khairullin, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Ivan Popov, Borki Predojevic, Viorel Iordachescu, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Karen Asrian, Zaven Andriasian, Pavel Smirnov, Pavel Maletin, Andrey Zhigalko, Artashes Navasardovich Minasian, Dmitry Frolyanov, Semen Isaakovich Dvoirys, Falko Bindrich, Ante Brkic, Sergey Grigoriants, Dmitry Mikhailovich Chuprov, Helgi Olafsson, Milos Pavlovic, Anton Shomoev, Tigran Kotanjian, Sergej Dyachkov, Artem Iljin, Alexander Evdokimov, Stanislav Novikov, Alexei Iljushin, Sergey Ionov, Marie Sebag, Alexander Viktorovich Obukhov, Mohamad Naser Al Sayed, Alexander Krapivin, Evgenij Veniaminovich Kalegin, Davit Gevorgi Petrosian, Anna Ushenina, Alexander Sergeyevich Cherniaev, Sergei Aslanovich Beshukov, Mihail Yuryevich Rodin, Alex Cherniack

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 297  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Rodin vs A Cherniack 1-0332008Aeroflot OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
2. B Grachev vs E Romanov  1-0412008Aeroflot OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Le Quang Liem vs D Bocharov  ½-½672008Aeroflot OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. I Nepomniachtchi vs Z Andriasian 1-0452008Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
5. H Olafsson vs P Smirnov 1-0632008Aeroflot OpenE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Caruana vs Yifan Hou ½-½592008Aeroflot OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
7. S Feller vs D M Chuprov  ½-½352008Aeroflot OpenE92 King's Indian
8. V Laznicka vs M Pavlovic  ½-½352008Aeroflot OpenE15 Queen's Indian
9. M Sebag vs Ivan Popov 1-0542008Aeroflot OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. S Azarov vs F Bindrich 1-0492008Aeroflot OpenC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
11. V Iordachescu vs Cherniaev 1-0302008Aeroflot OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
12. M Al Sayed vs Yusupov 0-1382008Aeroflot OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Grigoriants vs H Melkumyan  1-0432008Aeroflot OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Dvoirys vs D Petrosian 1-0262008Aeroflot OpenC02 French, Advance
15. Beshukov vs A Iljushin  ½-½492008Aeroflot OpenB58 Sicilian
16. A Iljin vs Obukhov 1-0372008Aeroflot OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. E Safarli vs I Lysyj  ½-½462008Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
18. I Khairullin vs M Rodshtein  ½-½222008Aeroflot OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. G Guseinov vs D Frolyanov 1-0322008Aeroflot OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
20. T Kotanjian vs A G Aleksandrov  ½-½532008Aeroflot OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. Akopian vs R Mamedov ½-½302008Aeroflot OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. A Minasian vs A Volokitin 1-0652008Aeroflot OpenB50 Sicilian
23. A Timofeev vs C Balogh 1-0602008Aeroflot OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. M Parligras vs Bologan  ½-½352008Aeroflot OpenC41 Philidor Defense
25. F Amonatov vs P Maletin  ½-½742008Aeroflot OpenC41 Philidor Defense
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Feb-22-08  percyblakeney: <sitzkrieg> I can't really read Russian, no, but one can always use the Babelfish thing.
Feb-22-08  adair10: I know the sound of endings in last names like the Nepo's, but why in this case ending is <iy> according to <acirce>, while more often <y> (like Dvoretsk<y>), <i>, or <ii> is used. What is the difference in Nepomniasch<iy> name.
Feb-22-08  percyblakeney: By the way, I think Amonatov was only teasing Nepo a bit when he said that he was afraid of him, they both seemed to agree that black was winning if he played Ne3 instead of accepting the draw offer.
Feb-22-08  sitzkrieg: bologan sacked the queen for bishops and pawns and won a nice game. recommended.
Feb-22-08  aragorn69: Take a look at Bologan's game. I'm not sure his spectacular combination is correct, but it's quite amazing nonetheless!
Feb-22-08  percyblakeney: According to Chesspro Sutovsky had lots of time left for his 40th move against Volokitin in the previous round. He seems to have thought that he had already made the time control, or maybe just forgot to look at the clock...
Feb-22-08  percyblakeney: Nepomniachtchi ended up with a 2822 performance after having been in the lead from the first to the last round. It seems as if he will gain just over 25 points, if I got that right.

Naiditsch was 59th of 66 players and will lose around 20 points.

Feb-22-08  sitzkrieg: <percyblakeney: According to Chesspro Sutovsky had lots of time left for his 40th move against Volokitin in the previous round. He seems to have thought that he had already made the time control, or maybe just forgot to look at the clock...> i was following the game live and this is just what i said Ezzy before. Guess he just doesn't want to admit he is wrong.
Feb-22-08  Ezzy: <percyblakeney: Naiditsch was 59th of 66 players and will lose around 20 points.> I think winning the Dortmund supertournament ruined his career. Perhaps living in fairytale land is too bigger price to pay :-)
Feb-22-08  Rottamo: It seems that Yifan Hou got a GM norm because her TPR was 2605. Is this her first?

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  Wild Bill: Congratulations to Ian <nay-pohm-NYACH-chee> (did I say that right?) on his ticket to Dortmund.
Feb-22-08  Simonkaser: <Rottamo> Yes, this is the first GM norm for Hou Yifan!!!
Feb-22-08  jon01: Akopian did another fascinating tournament: 8 draws and a win over IM.
Feb-22-08  sitzkrieg: God bless Armenia;)
Feb-22-08  Riverbeast: Caruana got slapped around in this tournament
Feb-22-08  BIDMONFA: Aeroflot Open (2008)


Feb-22-08  sitzkrieg: oh boy ezzy must feel stupid now..:
Feb-23-08  suenteus po 147: Congratulations to Ian Nepomniachtchi ! I look forward to his debut in Dortmund!
Feb-23-08  Phoenix: <suenteus po 147: Congratulations to Ian Nepomniachtchi ! I look forward to his debut in Dortmund>

Me too. Something tells me he'll hold his own there.

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  Eyal: A lot of interviews (by eurpoe-echecs) with participants of the tournament posted now at
Feb-25-08  notyetagm: F Amonatov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008

Final position after 25 ♕g7xf7 1/2-1/2 ???

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In the final position above, after 25 ♕g7xf7, the players agreed to a draw.

But says that 25 ... ♘d5-e3!! wins outright for Black!

<Draw agreed. But ChessBase running the Junior engine brings clarity: 25...Ne3 wins for Black! Nepomniachtchi missed an opportunity to clinch the tournament and win a full point ahead of the field.>

Position after 25 ... ♘d5-e3!!

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When I looked at this move with <Fritz 5.32> it saw only a small advantage for Black, like 0.50 . Another kibitzer said that <Deep Junior 10> gave an eval of -1.16 . Neither of these evals is anywhere near as large as to provoke to write "25 ... Ne3 wins for Black!".

Could someone with the most recent <Junior/Deep Junior/Rybka> engine please post the analysis of this winning move 25 ... ♘d5-e3!! that both of the 2600s playing this game missed?


Feb-25-08  THE pawn: <notyetagm> I really can't tell why Nepo didn't play on, because white has no threats at all. The only thing I can see as to why he accepted a draw is that he thought his pieces were stuck on the queenside but even then, there are plenty of ways to solve the problem.

Anyways, to answer your question:

26. Bxe3 (-2.14)
26. Rab1 (-2.74 and growing)
26. Rae1 (-2.56 and growing)
26. Rf2 (-1.56)

So the only reasonable option is to try to save the rook. I forced 26.Rf2 and played against my computer to see where this leads:

<27...Ng4 28.Qf4<no choice, Re2 followed by Nc6xe5 Nxe5 Nxe5 and black has to monster center pawns> Nxf2 29.Kxf2 Rxh5 30.Bf6 Rf8 31.Rae1 Rh5h8 32.g4!? Rg8(Qxa3!?) 33.g5>

and this is seriously hard to find anything concrete for black and white has some very nasty counterplay...Which is why Nepo called it a day, after all, 25...Ne3 seemed liked the only good option so it's impossible he missed it.

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Don't worry, chessbase has this tendancy to overexagerate...

Mar-01-08  Starfire: Congratulations to NEPO.. it is nice to see a winner whose Name i can't find on the list !!! Who IS he???
Mar-01-08  DCP23: <Starfire> <Who IS he???>

Perhaps somebody you'll be hearing much more of in the years to come.

Mar-02-08  pawnofdoom: <Starfire> Nepo has been active lately, participating in Corus and stuff. He is still very young, and I first heard of him when I saw that there was a non-gm (IM Nepo) with a rating of 2608! And it wasn't because of rating fraud or anything like Vladimir Afromeev.
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