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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Vladislav Kovalev7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Dmitry Gordievsky6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Xiangyu Xu6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Tigran Levonovich Petrosian6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Igor Lysyj6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Anton Korobov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Rauf Mamedov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
David Paravyan5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
M Amin Tabatabaei5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Sandro Mareco5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Rinat Jumabayev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Aram Hakobyan5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Kacper Piorun5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Chithambaram V R Aravindh5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Murali Karthikeyan5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
* (92 players total; 63 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2018)

The 16th Aeroflot Open ran from 20-28 February 2018 in the Cosmos Hotel, Moscow. The A Open, for players rated 2550+ and talented juniors, saw Vladimir Fedoseev as top-seed fighting for the €18,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund 2018 Supertournament. The total prize fund for the three opens and blitz was €140,000. Players had 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. The event was sponsored by Aeroflot, and organised by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Association of Chess Federations. (1) Vladislav Kovalev won with 7/9.

Official site:
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Previous edition: Aeroflot Open (2017).

(1) Chess24: Aeroflot Open

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 395  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Svane vs Arjun Erigaisi  ½-½252018Aeroflot OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
2. S Sargsyan vs M Antipov 0-1462018Aeroflot OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. A Bellaiche vs Bologan 0-1602018Aeroflot OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. A Goryachkina vs Khalifman  0-1522018Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. J Salomon vs A G Aleksandrov  ½-½502018Aeroflot OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
6. E Romanov vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½592018Aeroflot OpenA20 English
7. A Triapishko vs K Piorun  0-1582018Aeroflot OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Sarin Nihal vs Sasikiran  ½-½582018Aeroflot OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
9. E Najer vs Xiangyu Xu  ½-½602018Aeroflot OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. A Firouzja vs E Inarkiev  ½-½632018Aeroflot OpenC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. A Predke vs Nodirbek Yakubboev 0-1502018Aeroflot OpenE15 Queen's Indian
12. T L Petrosian vs A Gallego Alcaraz 1-0622018Aeroflot OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Vavulin vs V Fedoseev  ½-½792018Aeroflot OpenC42 Petrov Defense
14. P Iniyan vs H Martirosyan  ½-½182018Aeroflot OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
15. V Shinkevich vs M Karthikeyan  0-1462018Aeroflot OpenE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
16. Kulaots vs Z Abdumalik  1-0322018Aeroflot OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
17. Harshit Raja vs A Sarana  ½-½202018Aeroflot OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Valentin Dragnev vs P Maghsoodloo 0-1672018Aeroflot OpenA48 King's Indian
19. A Gupta vs N Pogonina  ½-½682018Aeroflot OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. A Indjic vs S Golubov  0-1962018Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. V Zvjaginsev vs A Sorokin  ½-½872018Aeroflot OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
22. V Artemiev vs A Pichot  1-0752018Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
23. A Esipenko vs D Andreikin  ½-½652018Aeroflot OpenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. M Kobalia vs S Pavlov 0-1342018Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
25. M A Tabatabaei vs E Karavade  0-1372018Aeroflot OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 395  PGN Download
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Feb-27-18  Viktorerro: Some participants has dropped out.
They're dropping out like dead tired flies. Really, really tough Russian times these days...the diesel fuel and travel vouchers prizes idea seems to be casting its shadows, and threatening to be a reality.
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  Dionysius1: "They shoot knights, don't they?" with apologies to Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin.
Feb-27-18  botvinnik64: Dionysius: That was a good movie. Peter O'Toole was in it? Some big English actor of the time, can't remember...
Feb-28-18  rokko: Does anybody know the tie-break rules?
If Sargissian wins against Kovalev, there could be a huge tie for first.
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  Tabanus: 1. The number of games played with Black pieces. Byes and forfeited games will be considered as games played with White. 2. The average of the opponents ratings minus the highest and the lowest rating.

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  Dionysius1: Hi <botvinnik64>. Michael York I think - gosh he was big in his day. Yes, good movie. Funny how some movies are remembered as more light-hearted than they were at the time though. Saturday Night Fever was another one: quite a dark plot. It's probably the music that lifts the memories.
Feb-28-18  rokko: Thanks Tabanus.

this would mean that Sethuraman and Gordievski (5 blacks) will have the best chances, ahead of Bologan and Petrosian (average rating) - grossly calculated.

There should be some interesting fights in particular unless Kovalev gets an easy draw and there is less at stake.

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  whiteshark: Drawlifman strikes again with a 13-move draw with White (vs Kamsky).
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  paavoh: Two successive losses and Fedoseev does not like to play seriously anymore... Too bad, I was hoping him to do well here.
Feb-28-18  rokko: Congratulations to Kovalev and welcome to Dortmund !
Feb-28-18  siamesedream: Congratulations to GM Vladislav Kovalev for winning Aeroflot Open 2018!
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  Check It Out: A disgraceful lack of fighting spirit by Khalifman. After winning his first two games he went for easy draws in 31,12, 9, 23, 17, 19, and 13 moves!

Some guesses as to why:
1. He is a tired chess player who no longer loves the vicissitudes of chess battle against an opponent.

2. He calculated that 2 wins and 7 draws would give him the prize money he desperately needs to pay the bills.

3. Something happened in his personal life that has drained his energy.

In any event, chess goddess Caissa is frowning.

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  Check It Out: In contrast, Matlakov ended with the same score, 2 wins 7 draws. The one win was Gupta’s forfeit and his one short draw was against, of course Khalifman. But here are the rest: draw in 47, 34, 48, 56, 41, and 68 moves. Those a respectable draws with fight.
Feb-28-18  happyjuggler0: I was tempted to cut Khalifman some slack because maybe he was feeling ill or something but didn't want to drop out, but after going back and seeing his results in past Aeroflot tournaments, I am not feeling sympathetic.

Aeroflot Open (2005)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2006)/Alexander Khalifman

6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2008)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2010)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2011)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2012)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2015)/Alexander Khalifman

Aeroflot Open (2016)/Alexander Khalifman

He went +3 in 2012 though, so there is that.

Feb-28-18  stst: The other Vladislav got it... Artemiev has to wait for another show...

Both look smart, of course, and hope they do well in future...Belarus has been lacking for quite a long while!!

Feb-28-18  siggemannen: I read that Khalifman lost a lot of his money, because the German bank where he stored his prizes refused to give him access to his own account for some reason. So that might be a reason for him to play. Perhaps someone could help him get his money back. He surely deserves it, even though he does like his draws
Feb-28-18  john barleycorn: <siggemannen: I read that Khalifman lost a lot of his money, because the German bank where he stored his prizes refused to give him access to his own account for some reason. ...>

German banks do that when instructed to do so. The money, by the way, is not "lost" . He has to fix the issues which lead to freezing his account. He either regains his money or it becomes the money of somebody else. But it is not lost. :-)

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  whiteshark: <siggemannen: I read that Khalifman lost a lot of his money, because the German bank where he stored his prizes refused to give him access to his own account for some reason.>

Almost correct if the following link was your read:

<Equally disturbing is the likelihood that Khalifman might not have received his [FIDE World Chess Championship] winners purse of $482,705 ...>

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  paavoh: <In any event, chess goddess Caissa is frowning.>

Indeed. Some of the games were straight from the <Aeroflop> tournament :-(

Mar-01-18  siggemannen: <whiteshark>, <john barleycorn>, no, i read an interview with him where he was talking about this, he had stored all his winnings in Germany, but wasn't able to withdraw them. And yes, it isn't technically lost, but he had no access to his own account from what i understood, which amounts to the same net result i guess :) Anyways, good luck to him, he seems like a nice guy.
Mar-01-18  john barleycorn: <siggemannen: <whiteshark>, <john barleycorn>, no, i read an interview with him where he was talking about this, he had stored all his winnings in Germany, but wasn't able to withdraw them. ...>

Sure, the tax department can close an account, for example. But not being able to withdraw has a reason.

Mar-01-18  john barleycorn: Though the #1 reason for not being able to withdraw money from your account is (tata) there is no money in the bank.
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  jith1207: Looks like Aeroflot blitz tournament happened following this open, which Nepo won. I don't seem to find in chess 24, anyone has a reference?

It seems Tal memorial starts today, a rapid event. Some elite players participate, but I don't see a tournament page here.

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  jith1207: Here are the results for the subsequent blitz tournament:

Mar-02-18  happyjuggler0: Tal Memorial, which seems to be March 2-4 2018, links:

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