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🏆 Aeroflot Open (2010)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Gata Kamsky, Etienne Bacrot, Le Quang Liem, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Bu Xiangzhi, Alexander Moiseenko, Andrei Volokitin, Anton Korobov, Krishnan Sasikiran, Loek van Wely, Ivan Cheparinov, Luke McShane, Aleksey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Khalifman, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Markus Ragger, Sergey Volkov, Eltaj Safarli, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Yifan Hou, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Hrant Melkumyan, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, A R Saleh Salem, Sanan Sjugirov, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Vasily Papin, Zhou Jianchao, Sebastien Feller, Arman Pashikian, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Ildar Khairullin, Evgeny Romanov, Luka Lenic, Giovanni Portilho Vescovi, Pavel Tregubov, Boris Savchenko, Borki Predojevic, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Zhou Weiqi, Zaven Andriasian, Alexander Shabalov, Vladimir Belov, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Pavel Maletin, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Dmitry Svetushkin, Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez, Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez, Sergey Grigoriants, Alexandre Danin, Renier Vazquez Igarza, Sergei Yudin, Anton Shomoev, Tatiana Kosintseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Stanislav Novikov, Alexei Iljushin, Darwin Laylo, Yuriy Ajrapetjan, Marie Sebag, Mikhail Krylov, Rustam Khusnutdinov, Lela Javakhishvili

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 355  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs A R Saleh Salem ½-½242010Aeroflot OpenD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
2. D Laylo vs R Mamedov 0-1262010Aeroflot OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
3. Van Wely vs S Novikov ½-½772010Aeroflot OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Shomoev vs V Zvjaginsev ½-½682010Aeroflot OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. B Predojevic vs Grigoriants  ½-½232010Aeroflot OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. I E Morovic-Fernandez vs Bareev  ½-½202010Aeroflot OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. A Pashikian vs R Vazquez Igarza 1-0332010Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. M Ragger vs Le Quang Liem 0-1332010Aeroflot OpenA35 English, Symmetrical
9. A Korobov vs S Yudin  ½-½462010Aeroflot OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. B Savchenko vs A Iljushin  1-0372010Aeroflot OpenB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. V Papin vs M Kobalia  ½-½332010Aeroflot OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. L Javakhishvili vs McShane  ½-½402010Aeroflot OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Khalifman vs M Sebag 1-0282010Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. M Krylov vs E Iturrizaga  1-0542010Aeroflot OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
15. M Rodshtein vs R Khusnutdinov  1-0312010Aeroflot OpenD80 Grunfeld
16. T Kosintseva vs S Volkov 1-0572010Aeroflot OpenC11 French
17. P Tregubov vs A Danin  ½-½412010Aeroflot OpenD85 Grunfeld
18. Y Ajrapetjan vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½302010Aeroflot OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
19. F Amonatov vs N Kosintseva 0-1362010Aeroflot OpenC45 Scotch Game
20. A Timofeev vs S Feller 1-0452010Aeroflot OpenD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
21. H Melkumyan vs Sasikiran  ½-½382010Aeroflot OpenD85 Grunfeld
22. B Grachev vs I Salgado Lopez  1-0242010Aeroflot OpenE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
23. Zhou Weiqi vs G Sargissian ½-½192010Aeroflot OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
24. Naiditsch vs Ehlvest ½-½282010Aeroflot OpenC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. I Khairullin vs A Volokitin  ½-½222010Aeroflot OpenA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
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Feb-17-10  NBT: From what I saw, it should be a win for GM Le. Black rock cannot hold pawn promotion on f file after the exchange of rock for B+pawn g6. Meanwhile, rock on B file should be enough to prevent black pawn on b file.
Feb-17-10  ROADDOG: Le - Nepo 1-0
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  PhilFeeley: Nice final game for Le - when I get to see it!
Feb-17-10  hand banana: this kid had something like 36 games undefeated streak, then he lost a game at Tata Steel Asian Team Chess Championship, and since he's on another streak of (counting today's game) 33 undefeated games.
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  PhilFeeley: Finally got on to the Aeroflot site. The final position is quite sparse compared to all the action before it:

Le-Nepomniachtchi after 60 Kg6

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  PhilFeeley: The moves, in case anyone wants them before CG gets them:

Le Quang Liem (2647) - Nepomniachtchi (2658) [A30]
Aeroflot (9), 17.02.2010

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qb6 6.Nb3 e6 7.e4 Bb4 8.Bd3 Ne5 9.00 Qd6 10.Bf4 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Qxd3 12.Bxe5 Qxc4 13.Re1 b6 14.Qf3 Bb7 15.Nd4 000 16.a4 Qc5 17.Bg3 e5 18.a5 Rhe8 19.axb6 axb6 20.Nf5 g6 21.Ng7 Nxe4 22.Nxe8 Rxe8 23.Qxf7 Rf8 24.Qa2 Qc6 25.f3 Qc5+ 26.Bf2 Nxf2 27.Qxf2 Qxf2+ 28.Kxf2 e4 29.Re3 Kc7 30.Kg3 exf3 31.gxf3 Bd5 32.Ra4 Be6 33.Rh4 h5 34.Rf4 Ra8 35.h4 Ra5 36.Rf6 Bf5 37.Kf4 Rc5 38.Kg5 Bc2+ 39.Kh6 Rc4 40.f4 b5 41.Re5 Rc6 42.Rf7 Kb6 43.Rxd7 Rxc3 44.Rd8 Ka5 45.Rb8 Rb3 46.Rc8 Bb1 47.Rb8 Ka4 48.Rb6 Rb4 49.Ra6+ Kb3 50.Rxg6 Bxg6 51.Kxg6 Rxf4 52.Rxb5+ Kc4 53.Rxh5 Rg4+ 54.Kf5 Rg8 55.Rg5 Rh8 56.h5 Kd5 57.Kg6+ Ke6 58.Kg7 Re8 59.h6 Re7+ 60.Kg6 10

Feb-17-10  Strongest Force: I am happy for Le and i will continue to follow what should be a great chess future.
Feb-17-10  siamesedream: Le won!


Feb-17-10  polarmis: <laskersteinitz: What kind of training did these young Vietnamese players receive, where and by whom? As far as I know, Vietnam is not really a chess cauldron.>

I tried answering this before with Bareev, but it looks as though the man to really thank is a Russian IM, Anatoli Shvedchikov, who's been working with young Vietnamese players for 10 years.

In photos here:
& here: Not sure about the jacket :)

Feb-17-10  Ezzy: Le Quang Liem is certainly a 'chess star in the making.' This is an unbelievable run of success he's having. He seems to know his theory and his calculating skills seem to be of the highest class.

Should be extremely interesting when he meets some of the 'big guns' at Dortmund.

He seems to be swooping pretty fast towards that 2700 elite player marker.

Good luck to the youngster. A promising future ahead.

Feb-17-10  Billy Vaughan: It will be interesting. Le Quang Liem is untested against the Dortmund-level crowd, but he is 3/4 against 2700 players, defeating Bacrot and Mamedyarov and drawing Karjakin and Ni Hua. So we shouldn't underestimate him. He probably stands a better chance than Naiditsch, for instance.
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  Tabanus: Aeroflot Open 2010 final standings:

Feb-17-10  redwhitechess: He is now Bruce Le of chess!
Feb-17-10  pulsar: Incredible performance in Aeroflot, congratulations!
Feb-18-10  asianwarrior: As I said before, he is a future super GM from Vietnam. He might be the first Vietnamese to surpass the 2700 rating.
Feb-18-10  Troller: <DCP23:

So tell me, why would he have to have a <tough day> against MVL?>

A belated answer, but I only just saw your comment. I have certainly heard of Savchenko, but he does not seem as strong as Tomashevsky, Nepom, Vitiugov to name a few other Russians of this generation. He might be a good blitz player as well, but IMHO Vachier-Lagrave has clearly better results. He is also rated some 80 pts higher than Savchenko; finally he is 4 years younger and may be expected to be able to improve more. Therefore I stand by my comment regarding MVL as favourite with the White pieces against Savchenko.

But of course upsets happen, and MVL was indeed lucky to escape with a draw in said game.

And now a big congratulations to Le, a very convincing winner of this year's Aeroflot. Really looking forward to seeing him play some top-10 guys in Dortmund.

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  wordfunph: blistering feat by GM Quang Liem!

Moscow Open Champion..
Aeroflot Champion..

what's next? Aeroflot Blitz?

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  amadeus: Aeroflot Blitz:

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  alexmagnus: Players qualified for the World Blitz Championship:

1. Vachier-Lagrave
2. Bu
3. Nepomniachtchi
4. Mamedov
5. Savchenko
6. Grachev

Feb-18-10  NBT: Did Liem participate on World Blitz qualification? He is notoriously famous for blitz. 3600 rating on ICC and ~3400 on Playchess (both bullet and blitz)
Feb-18-10  NBT: Oh, saw it now. he started impressively with 9/10 pts for the first 5 rounds but only got 2/8 for the last 4 rounds. Poor Le.
Feb-18-10  hand banana: could be exhaustion induced collapse?
he did play 19 straight days now..
Feb-18-10  frogbert: <could be exhaustion induced collapse>

no, it's just another example that internet blitz ratings can't be used to very accurately predict outcomes of otb blitz events having large fields playing many rounds and dozens of strong players competing.

furthermore, the variations in blitz is bigger than in classical chess - you can do well in one eent and worse in another.

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  SugarDom: C'mon...

Even classical ratings cannot very accurately predict outcomes of just 1 tournament...

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  SugarDom: Statistics in general does not predict outcomes very accurately, doesn't it frogbert?...

No need to downplay Nakamura's blitz rating...

Yes, i know what your up to...


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