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🏆 Aeroflot Open (2003)

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Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Alexander Moiseenko, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Riazantsev, Loek van Wely, Aleksey Dreev, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky, Vadim Markovich Milov, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Gregory Kaidanov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Artur Yusupov, Michael Roiz, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Igor Kurnosov, Evgeny Postny, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Boris Avrukh, Zviad Izoria, Alexander Lastin, Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov, Andrei Vasilyevich Kharlov, Sandipan Chanda, Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev, Robert Kempinski, Alexander Shabalov, Darmen Sadvakasov, Pavel Smirnov, Vladimir Belov, Utut Adianto, Alexander Galkin, Merab Gagunashvili, Yannick Pelletier, Sergey Dolmatov, Alexey Nazirzhonovich Korotylev, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Semen Isaakovich Dvoirys, Oleg Romanishin, Kaido Kulaots, Andrei Deviatkin, Vladimir Chuchelov, Ashot Gamletovich Anastasian, Alexander Kovchan, Igor Alexandre Nataf, Stelios Halkias, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Pavel Mikhailovich Kotsur, Yuri Rafailovich Yakovich, Maxim Ilyich Sorokin, Michail Brodsky, Valerij Sergeyevich Popov, Andrey Shariyazdanov, Stanislav Savchenko, Alexander Goloshchapov, Mikhail Vitalyevich Ulibin, Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov, Alexander Berelowitsch, Yuri Balashov, Georgy Anatolyevich Timoshenko, Konstantin Zaivelevich Lerner, Sergey Vladimirovich Ivanov, Vladimir Kosyrev, Alexei Iljushin, Alexei Lugovoi, Leonid Nikolayevich Yurtaev, Sergey Vokarev, Sarhan Guliev, Sergei Vladimirovich Iskusnyh, Aleksandr Poluljahov, Oganes Yuryevich Danielian, Valeri Yandemirov, Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Ramil Hasangatin, Sergey Nikolayevich Zagrebelny, Sergei Aslanovich Beshukov, Nikolai Viktorovich Vlassov, Olga Alexandrova Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2003)

The 2nd Aeroflot Open was a 201-player Swiss held in Hotel Rossija (Russia), Moscow, 11-19 February 2003. The A group, for players rated above 2400, saw 143 GMs with Alexander Grischuk as top-seed fighting for the EUR 25,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund tournament in July. Total prize fund (including groups B and C): EUR 150,000. Time controls: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 30 more minutes till the end of the game. The organizers were Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, the Association of Chess Federations (of Northwest Russia) and the Committee on Tourism of the Municipality of Moscow. Chief organizer and tournament director: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen. The organizers provided about 94 pgn's + scanned scoresheets for almost all games.

Viktor Antonovich Bologan won on tiebreak ahead of Aleksandrov, Fedorov and Svidler, all four with 7/9. Bologan qualified for Dortmund Sparkassen (2003) (which he also won).

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 109  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zagrebelny vs Grischuk ½-½502003Aeroflot OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Bologan vs S Halkias  1-0462003Aeroflot OpenB30 Sicilian
3. O Danielian vs A G Aleksandrov  0-1282003Aeroflot OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. A Poluljahov vs Sutovsky  ½-½392003Aeroflot OpenA28 English
5. Van Wely vs A Kovchan 1-0502003Aeroflot OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
6. S Guliev vs Granda Zuniga  0-1112003Aeroflot OpenA60 Benoni Defense
7. Morozevich vs S Savchenko 1-0252003Aeroflot OpenB30 Sicilian
8. G A Timoshenko vs V Malakhov  ½-½422003Aeroflot OpenB32 Sicilian
9. Svidler vs V Belov  ½-½352003Aeroflot OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. V Zvjaginsev vs A Riazantsev 1-0292003Aeroflot OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
11. V Kosyrev vs A Dreev  ½-½222003Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. B Avrukh vs I Kurnosov  1-0402003Aeroflot OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
13. Shabalov vs Kulaots 0-1472003Aeroflot OpenE12 Queen's Indian
14. Sadvakasov vs Korotylev  1-0332003Aeroflot OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Sutovsky vs A Goloshchapov 1-0372003Aeroflot OpenC18 French, Winawer
16. D Sharavdorj vs Bu Xiangzhi  0-1482003Aeroflot OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Balashov vs Svidler  ½-½242003Aeroflot OpenA16 English
18. S V Ivanov vs Smirin  ½-½292003Aeroflot OpenE97 King's Indian
19. Dvoirys vs Van Wely  ½-½252003Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
20. Jakovenko vs Rublevsky  ½-½382003Aeroflot OpenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. Kharlov vs Iskusnyh  1-0212003Aeroflot OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. P Smirnov vs N V Vlassov  1-0612003Aeroflot OpenB01 Scandinavian
23. M Gagunashvili vs Morozevich  1-0402003Aeroflot OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Sakaev vs M Brodsky  ½-½132003Aeroflot OpenE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
25. Adianto vs V Zvjaginsev 0-1672003Aeroflot OpenB40 Sicilian
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Jan-30-07  positionalgenius: Bologan finished ahead of prominent players like Morozevich,Grischuk,Aronian and Svidler to qualify for the 2003 Dortmund tournament. He ended up winning it.
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  Tabanus: Lots of missing games. Of which some are perhaps still available from the Java links at

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