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🏆 Aeroflot Open (2015)

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The 13th Aeroflot Open was held in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow, Russia, 27 March - 4 April 2015. The A Open, normally for players rated 2550 and above, saw ... [more]

Player: Alexander Khalifman

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Khalifman vs K Kuderinov 1-0392015Aeroflot OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. A Korobov vs Khalifman  ½-½122015Aeroflot OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Khalifman vs B Grachev  ½-½182015Aeroflot OpenD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. R Mamedov vs Khalifman ½-½112015Aeroflot OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Khalifman vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½262015Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Khalifman vs V Fedoseev ½-½152015Aeroflot OpenC45 Scotch Game
7. Rapport vs Khalifman ½-½742015Aeroflot OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
8. Motylev vs Khalifman ½-½172015Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
9. Khalifman vs Mamedyarov ½-½132015Aeroflot OpenD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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Mar-31-15
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  Troller: <Did Salgado Lopez forfeit or what?> Yes, apparently. Chess-Results lists it as such in any case. Salgado Lopez is not paired for rd 5 either, maybe he is ill or had to leave.

This puts van Foreest in the lead with Sasikiran after rd 4, by the way.

Mar-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Willem Wallekers: Jorden van Foreest still tied for first with 4 out 5.
Mar-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: We tracked down S P Sethuraman vs J van Foreest, 2015 and included the forfeit game I Salgado Lopez vs J van Foreest, 2015, so now Jorden can take his place on the leaderboard.
Mar-31-15  jphamlore: The young player I am curious to follow is Lu Shanglei. He has made tremendous strides just this last year and has a great blitz game. I think he could pull an upset (one round obviously, not the entire event) in the next World Cup.
Mar-31-15  raphi45: Check out Dubov's last 2 games and see how this 18 yr old quietly but beautifully packs a powerful punch
Apr-01-15  fgh: Nepomniachtchi produced quite a powerful game yesterday. Definitely worth seeing:

M Kobalia vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015

Apr-01-15  jphamlore: Rapport fails to respect the competition at this level of event and pays for it.
Apr-01-15  paavoh: First losses for van Foreest and Sasikiran in round 6. Nepo is surging strong, and Sasikiran went wrong in the endgame - Dubov saw his chance and took advantage of it.
Apr-01-15  jphamlore: <raphi45: Check out Dubov's last 2 games and see how this 18 yr old quietly but beautifully packs a powerful punch>

Good call on Dubov. He's on fire at the moment in this event with another win today.

Apr-02-15
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  whiteshark: <jphamlore: Rapport fails to respect the competition at this level of event and pays for it.>

Tough times for the Mamedude, too. <3/6>

Apr-02-15
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  perfidious: Gawlee, that <hamhock> displays cheek in his critiques of players far stronger than he evidently is. One might think him roughly 3200 strength, such is the certitude with which he delivers his pronouncements from On High.
Apr-02-15  jphamlore: Great game between Kobalia and Lu Shanglei. It seems promising to me that Lu Shanglei has shown decent time management so far this game.
Apr-02-15  Wavy: Lu Shanglei is another rising star from China. China has so many good players nowadays.
Apr-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Mamedyarov (+3,-2,=2) is having a terrible tournament, and it could get worse:

25.Qd4 (-4.26)


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Mamedyarov blundered with 22.f4, and black, with only a few minutes left on the clock, will hope to find 25...Qxh2+ 26.Kf1 Nxf4 27.Nxf4 Qh1+ 28.Ke1 Qxa1, which'll leave black up a rook and 3 pawns vs. bishop+knight.

Correction/Update: Mamedyarov played 27.Qg1, and the game was drawn a few moves later, although chess24 gives an eval of "winning for black". Perhaps black was low on time.

Apr-03-15  Illogic: Lu Shanglei won today and will be tied for first with one round left, unless Nepo manages to beat Sasikiran.
Apr-03-15  Illogic: Nepomniachtchi DID win, so he is the sole frontrunner on +5
Apr-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Lu Shanglei resigns, and Dubov catches Nepomniachtchi to tie him with 7/9 for the tournament win.

So, who advances to Dortmund?

Update/Correction: I believe the first tiebreaker is most black, which Nepomniachtchi leads 5-4, so he'll be heading to Dortmund within the next few months.

Apr-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Nearly 7 and a hours after it started, 2 games remain in Group A. Tran-Korobkov recently finished with 97...Kxf4. Sasikrian just blundered after trying to convert a small advantage, and will probably lose. Then there's Svetushkin-Sanal, which looks to be in black's favour.
Apr-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: One last post: Jumabayev and Sanal both win. I also see the Russians steal all 3 podium spots. It also could've been top 5 of 7, but Jumabayev made sure it was only 5 of 8.
Apr-05-15
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  Troller: Even if Nepom took the Dortmund ticket on tiebreaks, this was a bit of a breakthrough for Daniil Dubov. Some years back he was part of a 1996-born triumvirate with Nyzhnyk and Rapport; Nyzhnyk more or less stopped playing while Dubov stagnated, and only Rapport has made it to the big leagues so far.

But in Aeroflot Dubov turned in a 2869 performance, netting him 27.8 elo, catapulting him into top-100 in live ratings. In rd 7 and 8 against fellow Russians Nepom and Bukavshin he played short draws (maintaining his standings), but otherwise he has played long and relentless games. In rd 4-6 he won consecutive games against +2650 players Fedoseev, Kovalenko and Sasikiran.

Apr-05-15  kellmano: Has Nyzhnyk stopped playing? A pity, he had great hair.
Apr-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <kellmano: Has Nyzhnyk stopped playing?>

Not completely, but his activity in recent years has been quite low. He has joined Webster University I believe, not sure if that will whet his appetite. But cg.com has only 8 games with him last year: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Apr-05-15  Pawn Dillinger: Nyzhnyk has played in 10 tournaments in the U.S. in the last year. He's not swimming in the deep end of the pool in America. Europe is the ticket for players who want become world champ. Ask Nakamura, and, increasingly, Daniel Naroditsky. Wesley So will play more in Europe as he gets more opportunities with his rating. Even Samuel Sevian is following the tried and true path.
Apr-14-15  parmetd: So what happened with Jan Forrest?
Apr-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <parmetd: So what happened with Jan Forrest?>

He did not keep the level of play in the last four rounds. Still, 2645 performance and a rating gain of 16:

http://chess-results.com/tnr164197....

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