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17th Aeroflot Open (Group A) Tournament

Kaido Kulaots7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Haik M Martirosyan7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Wang Hao6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Wei Yi6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Maksim Chigaev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Sarana6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
David Anton Guijarro6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
M Amin Tabatabaei5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Anton Korobov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Suri Vaibhav5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
David Paravyan5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Aram Hakobyan5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Klementy Sychev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Zhou Jianchao5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Tigran Levonovich Petrosian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Nodirbek Yakubboev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Nodirbek Abdusattorov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sarin Nihal5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Manuel Petrosyan5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Yi Xu5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Boris Grachev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
* (101 players total; 72 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
17th Aeroflot Open (Group A) (2019)

The 17th Aeroflot Open ran from 19 to 27 February 2019 in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow. The A Open, for players rated 2550+ and talented juniors, saw Wei Yi as top-seed fighting for the €18,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund 2019 Supertournament, while the total prize fund for the three opens and blitz was €140,000. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. The event was sponsored by Aeroflot and organised by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Association of Chess Federations. (1) Kaido Kulaots won on tiebreak ahead of Haik Martyrosian, both with 7/9.

Official site: Crosstable:

(1) chess24: Aeroflot Open

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 440  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Yuffa vs Qi b Chen  1-041201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. D Gavrilescu vs B D Deac 0-135201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)C50 Giuoco Piano
3. R Jumabayev vs P Iniyan  ½-½50201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B50 Sicilian
4. Arash Tahbaz vs P Idani  ½-½27201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B23 Sicilian, Closed
5. C Lupulescu vs S Sargsyan  1-075201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)C77 Ruy Lopez
6. L de La Fuente vs A Goganov  ½-½30201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)C67 Ruy Lopez
7. M Chigaev vs S Vokhidov  1-033201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)C50 Giuoco Piano
8. V Karthik vs Zhou Jianchao  0-140201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)A06 Reti Opening
9. H Martirosyan vs S Gagare  1-046201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Yan Liu vs J van Foreest 1-043201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. A Firouzja vs Javokhir Sindarov  1-075201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)C02 French, Advance
12. A Esipenko vs Changren Dai  1-030201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. D Harika vs D Gordievsky 1-080201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B07 Pirc
14. C Aravindh vs Gupta Prithu 1-029201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)A20 English
15. Raunak Sadhwani vs M A Tabatabaei  ½-½81201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
16. M Antipov vs K Arjun  ½-½48201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)A06 Reti Opening
17. Rithvik R Raja vs Sarin Nihal  0-139201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Jiner Zhu vs S Vaibhav  1-052201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. A G Aleksandrov vs Andrei Macovei  ½-½15201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)E46 Nimzo-Indian
20. Alisher Suleymenov vs Srinath Narayanan  ½-½59201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)A56 Benoni Defense
21. Mittal Aditya vs T L Petrosian  ½-½67201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)A81 Dutch
22. Nodirbek Yakubboev vs Ivan Schitco  ½-½74201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. R Svane vs G Battaglini 1-039201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B08 Pirc, Classical
24. R Kevlishvili vs A Donchenko  0-143201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. N Afanasiev vs D Khismatullin  ½-½73201917th Aeroflot Open (Group A)E12 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 440  PGN Download
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  Diademas: <How ROU should fit any of these criteria is a riddle. It's Romania in both English and Romanian.>

Currently, the country code for Romania is ROU. However, until 2002 the country code was ROM. The code was changed based on the request of the government of Romania. The change is detailed in the Newsletter V3 of February 2002. (Pdf-file)

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  Diademas: < There seems to be a sort of consensus among most nations to use English names as basics in international events, sports transmissions from the Olympics, various world championships etc. But then do it with consequence and not with strange exceptions.>

Just to add to the confusion, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has their own system.*

It resembles the ISO standard with a few exceptions.**



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  Sokrates: <Diademas> <There is an ISO standard.> Yes, the one you and I (earlier) linked to, but it turned out that IOC uses IRI instead of IRN and NED instead of NLD. ROU for Romania is IMO idiotic, since it doesn't correspond with neither the English nor the Romanian name for the country. But with the French, I know, but what the heck have the French anything to do with this? You don't abbreviate Germany ALE like in Alemagne. But it has now been duly confirmed that chaos and inconsistancy is the order of those codes. So, let's have a glass of wine and enjoy a game of chess instead! :-)
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  Tabanus: <what the heck have the French anything to do with this?> FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) was founded in Paris in 1924 :)

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  Diademas: <Sokrates: ROU for Romania is IMO idiotic, since it doesn't correspond with neither the English nor the Romanian name for the country. But with the French, I know, but what the heck have the French anything to do with this?>

I saw some speculation that the Romanian request for alteration had to do with them not wanting to be associated with the Romani people* (Gypsies) that are held in low esteem in Romania.

<So, let's have a glass of wine and enjoy a game of chess instead! :-)>

First round on me! ;)

Feb-28-19  zanzibar: RE: ROU

<In English, the name of the country was formerly spelt Rumania or Roumania.[22] Romania became the predominant spelling around 1975.[23] Romania is also the official English-language spelling used by the Romanian government.[24] A handful of other languages (including Italian, Hungarian, Portuguese, and Norwegian) have also switched to "o" like English, but most languages continue to prefer forms with u, e.g. French Roumanie, German and Swedish Rumänien, Spanish Rumania (the archaic form Rumanía is still in use in Spain), Polish Rumunia, Russian Румыния (Rumyniya), and Japanese ルーマニア (Rūmania).>

The Ngram graphs are well worth a look, we're in the tails for sure (but one does well to follow FIDE's convention unless exigencies compel otherwise)

23 -

It's likely the IOC codes were established before 1975, let's see:

<The 1956 Winter Olympics and 1960 Summer Olympics were the first Games to feature Initials of Nations to refer to each NOC in the published official reports.[2] However, the codes used at the next few Games were often based on the host nation's language (e.g., GIA for Japan at the 1956 Winter Olympics and 1960 Summer Olympics, both held in Italy, from Italian Giappone) or based on the French name for the nation (e.g., COR for Korea, from Corée). By the 1972 Winter Olympics, most codes were standardized on the current usage, but several have changed in recent years. >

So, yup.

I wonder how much longer I'll be posting (or even politically able to post) these scintillating and informative asides?

Next, a discussion of AUH... nah... well, maybe?!

Feb-28-19  zanzibar: <sonia: Both Kulaots and Martirosyan scored: ... >

It all depends on which side you're one, pick your color.

In this case, Black Pieces Matter.

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  perfidious: <zed>, very definitely Les Noirs are a lot tougher to score full points with than Les Blancs--unless, of course, one is speaking of Viktor Korchnoi.
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  Sokrates: <Tabanus: <what the heck have the French anything to do with this?> FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) was founded in Paris in 1924 :)>

:-) I know, and absolutely no offence to the French, the English, the Italian, the Japanese, the Ro-Ru-Roumanians, the FIDE, the IOC and all nations wanting to set their mark on the list of acronyms. They are all brave good-willed people, who probably sing lullabyes for their children or grand children every night.

I just don't understand why they can't agree upon a standard, and hey, the ISO Standard is already there. Why not ask the respective countries to confirm their desired code and make it an OBLIGATION for the IOC, FIDE and all other clever head organisations to use the revised/confirmed/acknowledged standard?

Once the English determined that the zero degree of longitude should cut through Greenwich - while in principle, this norm could have been applied to any point on our globe. It IS possible to reach international consensus.

On the other hand: the obvious and logical metric system, Celsius included, is an effort which has not yet been adopted by the Americans - for reasons unknown to me (yeah I know the US scientific world differs).

Anyway, <Zanzibar>, I thank you for your brave efforts to cut the Gordian Knot, but all our efforts seem to be in vain. :-)

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  Tabanus: Someone should compare Chessgames Country Codes with OlimpBase's FIDE country codes at

and add FIDE's codes to :)

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  sonia91: <zanzibar> I'm not sure what you're meaning, Kulaots started with Black in rd 1 and had 2 consecutive Blacks in rounds 7 and 8, Martirosyan started with White in round 1 and had 2 consecutive Whites in rounds 7 and 8. Different starts and colours but same alternation of wins and draws for the same result (shared first place), that's what I wanted to point out.
Mar-01-19  zanzibar: <<Sokrates> They are all brave good-willed people, who probably sing lullabyes for their children or grand children every night.>

Oh, this is rich! Gotta put that one in the Memorial Quotes.

Mar-01-19  zanzibar: <sonia91> I think I was just pointing out the simple fact that Kulaot won on tb1 - which was the number of wins as Black.

I probably wasn't even aware of the exact color order for each player - just that Kulaot got more Black wins - thus the pun.

Your observation is interesting all the more (though I think (from memory) Kulaot also had the better tb2 score, i.e. rating average of opponents).

(OK, was tb2 for all opponents, or some weighted average? Hmmm, I'm not sure off the top of my head)

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<parmetd> I'm always struggling with pgn!


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  HeMateMe: I was hoping Wie would explode on the chess scene like Fischer and Kasparov did. He seems to have met an early plateau.
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  Check It Out: <HMM> I was thinking the same. I wonder if a possible reason is his attacking style is based more on calculation than positional understanding.
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  HeMateMe: Yeah, it would seem Wie has to make some of the adjustments that Tal did--you can't blow out the elite GMs by upending the board, as you do against the 2600 players. You either have to have the ability of a Kasparov to calculate deeper, forced variations off the attack, or improve your positional skills.
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  sonia91: <zanzibar> Actually I wasn't thinking about colours at all when I wrote the comment, just that it's not common that top scorers of a tournament alternate wins and draws and that impressed me (usually they score consecutive wins and consecutive draws).
Mar-01-19  zanzibar: <sonia91> that kind of correlation might make for a statistics study.


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  parmetd: <zanzibar> maybe this will help you:
Mar-02-19  zanzibar: Thanks <parmetd> for that link - I'm not sure if I've seen it before. Likely yes, but I'll have another look, in case I missed something.

I assume you use this toolset then?

The one disadvantage is Pollock's $40 toolset seems to require Java, which isn't as common as it used to be.

Another tool I used to use, a long way back, was Barnes' pgn-extract:

It's open sourced, and written in C, so it's quite fast.

At present I use my own customizable Python library toolset, imaginatively named PGN, plus lots of auxiliary routines (many written on the fly).


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  parmetd: <zanzibar> interesting, right now no I haven't used anything more complicated than simple command line stuff. I have spent the last 6 months learning python... so I am actually way more interested in what you are building and maybe helping you build that out. I've been playing python stuff for chess already:

I also didn't see that $40 price on Pollock's thing.

Mar-03-19  zanzibar: <parmetd> About the $40 notation, I was a little to glib, $40 = 0x40 ($40 is an old Motorola notation not seen too frequently these days - I like it's economy).

Since I think almost all things Python start at good, it's worth following python-chess.

Having looked at it a little, I like my stuff better though - at least on first brush. Maybe I should a a blog page on it, I started a bit here, but realized it was getting too long (and too off-topic).

Maybe a later post on the under-utilized Librarian forum would be more appropriate?


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  parmetd: <zanzibar> I don't know what the librarian forum is? But it does make sense to continue the conversation somewhere else.
Mar-05-19  zanzibar: The generic link to the librarian forum is here:

CG Librarian chessforum

You can see a couple of old threads sputtering out, but it's a good place for technical discussions nonetheless.


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  Sokrates: Live ratings from 8 March (Source:

1 Carlsen 2845.0
2 Caruana 2819.0
3 Ding Liren 2810.9
4 Giri 2797.0
5 Mamedyarov 2792.9
6 Anand 2774.2
7 Nepomniachtchi 2772.8
8 Grischuk 2766.9
9 Vachier-Lagrave 2766.5
10 Aronian 2762.8
11 So 2762.0
12 Karjakin 2757.1
13 Radjabov 2756.0
14 Kramnik 2753.0
15 Yu Yangyi 2751.5
16 Nakamura 2746.0

I chose the first 16 just to please Nakamura! :-) He can't be happy being no. 16, almost a 100 points under the world champion.

Noticable (to me) is the wider distance between Carlsen and Caruana, the latter no longer breathing the champion in the neck. Mamedyarov, who had a long period of great results, has left the 2800 elite; So seems to have got stuck below the top ten and, naturally, Kramnik is slowly moving downwards. Admirably, the old Indian warrior, the gentleman of chess, Anand, holds his 6th place, which he must have had for ages now.

Ding Liren is still above 2800, but where is the great breakthrough, the grande tournament win in a strong tournament packed with the elite bunch? Countless draws, rare wins, no defeats gets you to the top of a rating list, but it doesn't make you shine.

Around the Carlsen-Caruana match many thought that the days of Carlsen's domination were nearing their end, but I don't see any worthy challenger (besides Caruana) among these sixteen.

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