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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Mateusz Bartel6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Anton Korobov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Pavel Eljanov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Khalifman6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Adam Tukhaev5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Anton Shomoev5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Viorel Iordachescu5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Markus Ragger5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Yaroslav Zherebukh5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ivan Sokolov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Baadur Jobava5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ivan Popov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Karen H Grigoryan5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Eltaj Safarli5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Akopian5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Zhou Jianchao5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Andrey Zhigalko5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
* (85 players total; 56 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2012)

The 11th Aeroflot Open was held in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow, Russia, 7-15 February 2012. The A Open, normally for players rated 2550 and above, saw Evgeny Tomashevsky as top-seed fighting for the EUR 20,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund supertournament, whilst the total prize fund for the three opens and blitz tournament on 16 February was EUR 150,000. Time controls: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes till the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. The tournament was organised by Aeroflot, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations. Chief organizer: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen.

Mateusz Bartel won on tiebreak ahead of Korobov and Eljanov, all three with 6.5/9. Bartel earned a place in Dortmund Sparkassen (2012).

Aeroflot 1:
Aeroflot 2:
*Wikipedia article: Cosmos Hotel

Previous: Aeroflot Open (2011). Next (in which the Classical time control was abandoned): Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier) (2013)

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 363  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Cori vs H Melkumyan 1-0422012Aeroflot OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. B Esen vs Ni Hua  ½-½792012Aeroflot OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Negi vs D Leal  ½-½212012Aeroflot OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. A Tukhaev vs Nisipeanu 0-1562012Aeroflot OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
5. Iturrizaga Bonelli vs K Szabo 1-0382012Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Ju Wenjun vs V Iordachescu 0-1562012Aeroflot OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
7. A Gupta vs A Pridorozhni 1-0372012Aeroflot OpenE90 King's Indian
8. B Adhiban vs M Ragger 1-0442012Aeroflot OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. S Zhigalko vs G N Gopal  1-0482012Aeroflot OpenC11 French
10. I Sokolov vs G Pap 1-0242012Aeroflot OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. S P Sethuraman vs I Khairullin  ½-½242012Aeroflot OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
12. E Safarli vs V Fedoseev  ½-½592012Aeroflot OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
13. S Sjugirov vs B Gundavaa  ½-½222012Aeroflot OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Dubov vs S Chanda  ½-½682012Aeroflot OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh 1-0872012Aeroflot OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
16. V S Gujrathi vs Khalifman  ½-½272012Aeroflot OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. M Rodshtein vs Lu Shanglei 1-0152012Aeroflot OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. D Harika vs G Guseinov  ½-½302012Aeroflot OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
19. B Socko vs I Bukavshin 1-0502012Aeroflot OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. M Yilmaz vs R Mamedov  ½-½282012Aeroflot OpenE70 King's Indian
21. M Al-Modiahki vs M Bartel  0-1572012Aeroflot OpenC70 Ruy Lopez
22. A Shomoev vs Khismatullin 0-1452012Aeroflot OpenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. A Korobov vs A Jankovic  1-0432012Aeroflot OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. Le Quang Liem vs B Savchenko 1-0322012Aeroflot OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. P Ponkratov vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½432012Aeroflot OpenB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 363  PGN Download
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  cro777: Andreikin - Eljanov

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  cro777: Zvjaginsev - Rodshtein

Zvjaginsev tried (this time without success) his surprise weapon - the French Wing Gambit!

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4

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4...cxb4 5.a3

Feb-15-12  Refused: And draw agreed. In the Andreikin - Eljanov game
Feb-15-12  jamesmaskell: Draw agreed in Eljanov game.

Bartel wins on first tiebreak (number of Black games) and gets the invite to Dortmund being held 12-22 July.

Feb-15-12  siamesedream: Congrats to my countryman GM Mateusz Bartel!

Mateusz will be defending Polish Champ title soon (18-26th February):

Feb-15-12  Refused: Ouch and Vallejo has lost again today. Goodbye 2700 I guess.
Feb-15-12  waustad: There are a lot of draws today but they seem to be going for it. Final rounds often get 13 movers and the like.
Feb-15-12  Refused: <waustad: There are a lot of draws today but they seem to be going for it. Final rounds often get 13 movers and the like.>

Just a natural thing imo. They played competitive chess for 9 days straight. Some are happy with their result and want to wrap them up rather quick. Some played a rather bad tournament, and just want it to end asap and best forget about it. For both groups a quick draw seems to be appealing esp. if they are in the table's nowhereland, with no chance to win something. So I can understand the motivation behind those final round quick draws.

Feb-15-12  parmetd: Ah, I used to specialize in that Winged Gambit :)
Feb-15-12  zoren: Sad how Zviagintsev didn't get anywhere with that line, the idea seems like it should at provide for some compensation for the pawn.
Feb-15-12  bronkenstein: One of the reasons for relatively fast 9th round draws also might lie in the simplest simple nervous and physical exhaustion.

PS On Zvjaginsevīs wing adventures - live by the offbeat, die by the offbeat =)

Feb-15-12  kia0708: pity there is no English/German language version of that page :-(

<Mateusz will be defending Polish Champ title soon (18-26th February):>

Feb-15-12  jon01: So, it's Bartel who plays in Dortmund this year. It would be a great challenge to him.
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Bartel who edges out on tiebreak. I will look forward to see him play at Dortmund this year. Let's see if can hold Kramnik to a draw.
Feb-15-12  siamesedream: <kia0708> Try:
Feb-15-12  rapidcitychess: It works really well for figuring out what they are not saying! :)
Feb-15-12  waustad: <refused>I understand the issue, these are people playing a board game for a living. However, many games I expected to be mere formalities were played until after time control. Could the Hort prize money plan have something to do with it? They only split half of the money in a tie but the rest is paid based on tie breaks. Maybe there are a few extra Euros at stake this time. In many open torunaments, if players have a guaranteed piece of 1st with a draw, it is over before they enter the room.
Feb-15-12  waustad: <kia>Ah yes. When I was in Poland in the 70s it seemed that I was always in 3 language conversations. When I talked to 2 Poles, one spoke English and one spricht Deutsche.
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  cro777: In Group B 16-year-old Chinese WFM Mo Zhai (2191) scoring 4.5/9 (Tournament Performance Rating 2462) fulfilled the norm of International Master and Women's Grandmaster.
Feb-16-12  VishyFan: Any idea about the Blitz qualification parings & games? The Aeroflot website mentions that the games would start on 16-Feb at 10:00, which was more than 2 hours ago. I neither see any links on the official site nor on Chessbomb..

Anybody has more info?

Feb-16-12  polarmis: No live games (I think), but the blitz results are here:
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  cro777: Winner of the tournament, the reigning Polish champion GM Mateusz Bartel, is not only a chess player. He likes to write about chess as well, he said. He is the editor-in-chief of the Polish Chess Magazine "Mat" (Mate), "a grandmaster magazine for all". Bartel lives in Warsaw. For six years now, WGM Marta PrzeŸdziecka has been his girflriend. About his qualification for the 40th Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund he said:

"It will be something special to me, to play such a strong tournament. Of course, I will be an underdog, but I hope I can show some good chess".

Sergey Karjakin won the Blitz tournament collecting 15/18 ahead of Grischuk 14.5/18.

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  Bratek: <Mateusz Bartel about the victory in 2012 Aeroflot Open>
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  Penguincw: Reason why Le finished at -1 this tournament.

Dec-22-12  Jason Frost:

Seems a bit last minute and with a format change. Should still draw a crowd with the prize-fund though.

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