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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Mohamad Naser Al Sayed0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Rafael Vaganian7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Valerij Filippov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Loek van Wely6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Aleksey Dreev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Pavel Tregubov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Darmen Sadvakasov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Tomasz Markowski6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ferenc Berkes6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexander Yuryevich (Nenashev) Graf6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Motylev6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Pavel Mikhailovich Kotsur6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Semen Isaakovich Dvoirys6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Etienne Bacrot6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Wu Wenjin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Tigran Levonovich Petrosian6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Joel Lautier6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Anton Korobov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Andrei V Kharitonov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Helgi Olafsson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Artyom Timofeev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ilya Yulyevich Smirin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Maxim Ilyich Sorokin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
* (188 players total; 159 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2004)

The 3rd Aeroflot Open was a 203-player Swiss held in Hotel Rossija (Russia), Moscow, 17-25 February 2004. The A group, for players rated above 2400, saw 132 GMs with Vladimir Malakhov 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 control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 61. The organizers were Aeroflot, the Association of Chess Federations and the Committee on Tourism of the Municipality of Moscow. Tournament directors: Alexander Bakh and Alexander Borisovich Roshal. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen.

Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky won on tiebreak ahead of Vaganian and Filippov, all three with 7/9. Rublevsky qualified for participation in Dortmund Sparkassen (2004).

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 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 406  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lautier vs Yurtaev  1-0252004Aeroflot OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
2. A Shomoev vs Jakovenko  ½-½492004Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
3. F Berkes vs A Alavkin  1-0432004Aeroflot OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Geller vs E Inarkiev  0-1572004Aeroflot OpenB06 Robatsch
5. A Iljin vs R Felgaer  ½-½272004Aeroflot OpenA04 Reti Opening
6. A Volokitin vs E Sapunov  1-0382004Aeroflot OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. B Socko vs Blatny  1-0482004Aeroflot OpenB15 Caro-Kann
8. Y Kruppa vs A Dreev  ½-½422004Aeroflot OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. E Alekseev vs Balashov  1-0612004Aeroflot OpenC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. G A Timoshenko vs N Mamedov  ½-½392004Aeroflot OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Cherniaev vs Filippov  0-1402004Aeroflot OpenC02 French, Advance
12. Zhang Pengxiang vs Rublevsky  0-1722004Aeroflot OpenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. N Das vs Areshchenko  ½-½772004Aeroflot OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. S Sulskis vs Carlsen  1-0362004Aeroflot OpenA17 English
15. T Kosintseva vs Kulaots  0-1312004Aeroflot OpenB27 Sicilian
16. Sasikiran vs V Kosyrev  1-0412004Aeroflot OpenD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
17. S Zhigalko vs K Asrian  0-1332004Aeroflot OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. A Rustemov vs P Kostenko  1-0312004Aeroflot OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Korobov vs Zhao Xue  1-0382004Aeroflot OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. A V Kharitonov vs T Thorhallsson  ½-½502004Aeroflot OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. Karjakin vs L Ravi  1-0482004Aeroflot OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Y Xu vs Dvoirys  0-1452004Aeroflot OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
23. V Malakhov vs Grigoriants  ½-½582004Aeroflot OpenA15 English
24. Obukhov vs M I Sorokin  0-1962004Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
25. P M Kotsur vs C Marzolo  1-0562004Aeroflot OpenA27 English, Three Knights System
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 406  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member By popular demand, here are some games from the Aeroflot open. We'll be updating this page as more games become available.

The game scores haven't been reviewed yet for errors, so there are probably a few.

Feb-22-04  ruylopez900: Well I must say the Aeroflot Open was much more exciting then Linares has been. Maybe those super GMs could take a lesson from these IMs and "lesser" GMs
Feb-23-04  shr0pshire: Thank you You made my week by posting another tourney. I was just getting too frustrated with Linares.
Feb-23-04  Paul123: I was looking at some of the games on the official Aeroflot web site and thinking the same thing as both of you.

Now here is fighting chess I thought to myself!

Feb-25-04  Cecil Brown: The Aeroflot festival has now finished with a three way tie for first between Rublevsky,Vaganian and Filippov all on 7/9.

They finished 1,2 and 3 in the order I've given on tiebreak.

A good result for the veteran Armenian Rafael Vaganian, now in his 50's. He's played a couple of nice QGD and French games in this tournament too.

Feb-25-04  equanimus: Bologan ended in place 166!
Feb-26-04  Richard3: Magnus Carlsen continues his remarkable progress. Carlsen - Shaposhnikov may be a candidate for the future book, "How to Beat Magnus Carlsen."
Mar-01-04  AdrianP: I wasn't able to follow the Aeroflot festival... would anyone be kind enough to post a list of interesting games from it here?
Mar-23-04  ruylopez900: Congrats to all the players, especially Canadians Kevin Spraggett and Mark Bluvshtein who placed fairly well.
Mar-23-04  Benjamin Lau: AdrianP, chessbase has a candidate list of "most beautiful games" from Aeroflot 2004. Entirely subjective of course.
Mar-24-04  AdrianP: Cheers, Benjamin
Apr-12-04  Benjamin Lau: I created a collection with the 16 games that were commended so that people can review them conveniently. Game Collection: Aeroflot 2004 Gems
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Some missing games:

Vaganian vs Alexander Ivanov 1/2 (rd. 2 Feb 18)
Markowski vs Wu Wenjin 1-0 (rd. 4 Feb 20)
Checkov vs Motylev 0-1 (rd. 2 Feb 18)
Motylev vs Thorhallson 1-0 (rd. 3 Feb 19)
Olafsson vs Ni Hua 1-0 (rd. 4 Feb 20)
Olafsson vs Sulskis 1-0 (rd. 8 Feb 24)
Ni Hua vs Ara Minasian 0-1 (rd. 7 Feb 23)
Efimenko vs Sargissian 1/2 (rd. 7 Feb 23)
Li Shilong vs Felgaer 0-1 (rd. 5 Feb 21)
Timoshenko vs Iljin 1-0 (rd. 7 Feb 23)
Areshchenko vs Chuprov 1/2 (rd. 2 Feb 18)
Nidjat Mamedov vs Areshchenko 1/2 (rd. 8 Feb 24)

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