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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Aydin Suleymanli6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Rinat Jumabayev6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Rauf Mamedov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Chithambaram V R Aravindh6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksej Aleksandrov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vugar Asadli6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Manuel Petrosyan6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Mustafa Yilmaz6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
David Paravyan6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Subramaniyam H Bharath5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Pouya Idani5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Mikhail Antipov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Raunak Sadhwani5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ilia Smirin5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Aleksandr Shimanov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Arjun Erigaisi5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Rasmus Svane5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vitaly Kunin5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Evgeny Shtembuliak5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
* (97 players total; 68 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2020)

The 18th Aeroflot Open was held from 19-27 February 2020 in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow. The A Open, for players rated 2550+ and talented juniors, had an €18,000 first prize, while the total prize fund for the three opens and blitz tournament was €140,000. The players received 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. The event was sponsored by Aeroflot and organised by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Association of Chess Federations. Tournament director: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz.

The 14-year-old Aydin Suleymanli of Azerbaijan won on tiebreak with 6.5/9.

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Previous: Aeroflot Open (2019)

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 418  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Antipov vs Subramaniyam H Bharath 0-1582020Aeroflot OpenB40 Sicilian
2. S Pogosyan vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½292020Aeroflot OpenE73 King's Indian
3. M Karthikeyan vs Mihajlo Radovanovic 1-0722020Aeroflot OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. A Gadimbayli vs M Yilmaz  0-1422020Aeroflot OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
5. R Svane vs C Gokerkan  ½-½1902020Aeroflot OpenA04 Reti Opening
6. K Kozionov vs M Kobalia  ½-½422020Aeroflot OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. M Chigaev vs Z Abdumalik  ½-½462020Aeroflot OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Harshit Raja vs Jobava  ½-½282020Aeroflot OpenB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
9. Zhou Jianchao vs R Vogel 1-0472020Aeroflot OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Aydin Suleymanli vs Indjic 1-0482020Aeroflot OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Zvjaginsev vs S P Rahul 1-0512020Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. P L Basso vs C R G Krishna  ½-½402020Aeroflot OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Volodar Murzin vs E Can 0-1602020Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Abhimanyu Puranik vs M Nikitenko  ½-½442020Aeroflot OpenC02 French, Advance
15. S Swaminathan vs Chopra Aryan  ½-½462020Aeroflot OpenD94 Grunfeld
16. Leon Luke Mendonca vs P Idani  ½-½362020Aeroflot OpenE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. M Petrosyan vs Mittal Aditya  ½-½1072020Aeroflot OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. Shimanov vs M Pranesh  ½-½622020Aeroflot OpenA15 English
19. Kirill Shubin vs D Wagner  0-1302020Aeroflot OpenC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
20. Denis Lazavik vs S Vaibhav  ½-½192020Aeroflot OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. A Aleksandrov vs V Zarubitski  ½-½442020Aeroflot OpenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
22. N R Vignesh vs E Cordova  0-1462020Aeroflot OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. S Sargsyan vs Evgeny Kardashevskiy  1-0492020Aeroflot OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Maralakshikari Sreeshwan vs I Salgado Lopez  ½-½182020Aeroflot OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
25. V Karthik vs V Durarbayli  0-1722020Aeroflot OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Mar-02-20  Pedro Fernandez: Look at this my <Sokrates>:

"The notoriously difficult phonology of the Polish language has always caused much trouble and confusion for neighbouring nations. But what are the absolute hardest words?".


"Germans look at Polish and see incomprehensible series of consonants. While to the east, Polish sounds so strange to Russians that they even have a verb for Poles speaking their language: pshekat. To top it off, Czechs think Poles sound like Czech children with a speech defect."

So my friend, I'm not the only crazy man, lol!

Apart of this (me!):

Why does Finland, surrounded by a Cyrillic country and a Nordic country (Indo-European), have a language full of vowels? Did you know that Finnish has 8 vowels? All of this, for me, is a mystery, and I am very sorry that I am passionate about Linguistics without being competent about it. My Finnish friend, Jussi Pahikkala, won an award for his knowledge of Estonian, although he is a mathematician. (We both publish on PlanetMath.Org)

Probably, our friend, <goodevans>, wants to participate in this discussion, but I have a couple of notes for him.

Mar-02-20  Pedro Fernandez: BTW <Sokrates>, this is the longest palindromic text we have in Spanish:

<dabale arroz a la zorra el abad>

which stands for:

<give rice to the fox the abbot>

As you can see, my great buddy, how powerful is the Spanish language (we write lenguaje, no French 'g' like in garage [garaje in Spanish], but we more use idioma (idiom) a word that also there exists in English) on the sense of ``fusion". In English: give, gave, given, giving (essentially}. In Spanish: dar, doy, das, di, daré, darás, diste, distes, deis, dale, dele, darían, dad, daréis, daremos, darán, etc., and dábale, of course.

Mar-02-20  karik: <Pedro> A finnish word with a lot of consecutive vowels: hääyöaieaapinen. It is useful for a just married couple.
Mar-02-20  Pedro Fernandez: Hey <Karik>, nice to know you! Are you Finnish? Thanks a lot for countersign what I have wrote here that it is what my friend Jussi has told me. Sincerely regards!
Mar-02-20  groog: karik, unreal, no wonder Finnish is difficult to learn.
Mar-02-20  Pedro Fernandez: <Two notes to <goodevans>>

Hey buddy!

I) <About the rating>

GM Firouzja left 1-3 vs the top ratings guys. So, rating is very important and parallel with experience. Anyway, the kid won this hard tournament.

II) <About the English Words>

C'mon <Evans>, your examples are absolutely exceptional, and certainly suspicious. How do we may pronounce Yellow, Yes, or Yet? By using the diphthong ``ie'', or indeed by using 'y'? Please, tell me about that.

Did you know that the letter 'h' is practically dumb in a few cases like in Spanish? For instance, ``kill him'', ``tell her'', even in ``hear'' is weak, and in ``Marathon'' is exactly equal as ``Maraton'' in Spanish, even the word ``diphthong'' sounds very similar as ``diptongo'' in Spanish on the sense that you don't note the letter 'h'. Of course, words like ``hat'' or ``hot'', the letter 'h' is quite important.

But <Evans>, let me please show you words in Polish like this:


"features only three consonants one after the other (the digraphs sz and cz stand for one sound each). But we’re just getting started in terms of difficulty..."

Beyond of this, I'm a completely ignorant, but I think you already understand my point. Greetings!

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  Sokrates: Palindromes, dear <Pedro>, don't get me started! Your Spanish palindrom was funny, as are many palindroms in general, I think. I may have said it before but I think the Spanish language is very beautiful - love to listen to it - and it's one of my regrets that I never had time to learn it.

Also in Danish you have numerous palindroms, of course. I'll just show you two that aren't long, but, I think, kind of funny:

Du er Freud! (You are Freud)
Elg udnytter ret tynd ugle (Elk exploits a rather thin owl)

Have a splendid week on the other side of the ocean. Yes, Finnish, like its cousin Hungarian, are very different and difficult languages.

Mar-02-20  soldal:

<Why does Finland, surrounded by a Cyrillic country and a Nordic country (Indo-European), have a language full of vowels? Did you know that Finnish has 8 vowels? All of this, for me, is a mystery,>

In addition to the usual six vowels, Finnish has ä and ö, just like Swedish. In addition Swedish has å, so nine in all. German also has ä and ö, and ü too, also nine in all. (But in German those letters are not treated as separate letters, but as <Umlaut>s of a, o and u.) Danish and Norwegian have æ and ø instead of ä and ö, and we have å, like Sweden, so nine vowels in all.

As you see, Finnish actually has a lower number of vowels than the other Nordic languages and German. What makes Finnish look like it's drowning in vowels, is the extensive doubling of them: aa ee ää öö etc (as far as I know, only to point out that the sound is long, not short).

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  Sokrates: Hi, <soldal>

Well written clarification and explanation, thanks.

<... we have å ...> indicates you are Norwegian or Danish?? :-)

One can argue that the use of written double vowels to indicate a long vowel is pretty unique. Every language has long vowels, but they are not expressed orthographically like that.

Mar-03-20  soldal:

Yes, I'm Norwegian (born and raised in Bergen, but living in Oslo for 50+ years).

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  Diademas: <soldal:
Yes, I'm Norwegian (born and raised in Bergen, but living in Oslo for 50+ years).>

Traitor! ;)

Mar-04-20  oxoginkaput: Well, well, is good to see a
fresh, new talents bunch of youngsters performing well in this Aeroflot edition 2020.

NOT TOO LONG ago, a few years back of this Aeroflot a highly hyped participant, sounds like a super pampered barracuda of the open seas DID NOT DO WELL AFTER FOUR ROUNDS - then QUIT!!!

Claiming a bum stomach, severe headache, and some serious dizziness is BOTHERING HIM BIGTIME.

AND ABRUPTLY, the hype of that bum stomach and serious headache took the sting out of him and the next available Aeroflot flight out of Moscow was the best next option.

I am pretty, pretty sure Iking of that WSFFCI of the Wesley So Page could provide you a clue who that super GM player was.

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  perfidious: Dang, and Ah thought the days of the pampered goldfish were well and truly done with for good and all.

Shows what <Ah> know!

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  Sokrates: Here is one perspective on the forthcoming Candidates. All based on today's live-ranking.

I exclude Alekseenko from the following, since he is ranked no. 39 and as wild as a wild card can get.

Between the highest ranking candidate, Caruana (2), and the lowest ranking, Wang Hao (12), you have no less than four candidates:

Aronian, ranked 6
So, ranked 7
MVL, ranked 8
Mamedyarov, ranked 10.

Caruana and Ding are in a league of their own, being over 2800. Between the next, Grischuk (4) at 2777 and Wang (12) at 2762 there are only 15 rating points. The gap between Ding and Grischuk is 28 points!

I'll leave it to you, gentlemen, to conclude on this, if conclusions can be made. I dare say, though, that Caruana and Ding should have an edge, particularly Caruana with his staggering 2842, momentarily "only" 20 points behind The Master!

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  alexmagnus: <I exclude Alekseenko from the following, since he is ranked no. 39 and as wild as a wild card can get.>

Andreikin in 2014 was ranked even lower (world #42), ended up with 50%.

Mar-04-20  nok: Andreikin is actually good.
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  alexmagnus: Another similarity between Andreikin in 2014 and Alekseenko in 2020 is not only that both are the lowest rated Candidates in the field, but also the youngest.
Mar-04-20  Absentee: Also, both have names that start with A.
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  Sokrates: <Absentee: Also, both have names that start with A.> + <perfidious: Shows what <Ah> know!> = me laughing diabolically. Thanks, gentlemen, I needed that.
Mar-05-20  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks to our Norwegian friend <soldal> by his well aimed explanation around important characteristics of the languages of these North-European countries. Recall also that the Finnish language is Finno-Ugric and not Indo-European.
Mar-05-20  Pedro Fernandez: Hey <Sokrates>, I'm surprised for those Dansk palíndromes. Note the lot of vowels contained in the our one.
Mar-05-20  Olavi: Couple of Finnish palindromes…

Ai, laama Atso nostaa maalia!
Iso rikas sika sökösakissa kirosi.
Olet isä, äläpä käpälääsi telo.

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  Sokrates: SENSATION !!!

Radjabov has withdrawn himself from the Candidates. He thinks FIDE has not made sufficient precautions to safeguard the tournament from the Coronar virus. He has pinpointed what he thinks are the holes in FIDE's precautions and they have replied that they think they are good enough.

Anyway, he has withdrawn and instead MVL will take his place. Good for MVL and his many fans. Bad for the tournament since Radjabov qualified in a very convincing way with great play. It is Radjabov's decision, of course, but taken the countless cancellations of big international events into consideration, one wonders why FIDE insists of carrying through an event with two Chinese players, one of them not going through a quaranteen programme.

This is not a weird rant or a crazy idea by Radjabov. The whole world is on alert because of the virus, and a postponement of the tournament would by no means be unreasonable. Imagine that half of the players get the disease during the tournament. What would that say about Radjabov's cancellation and FIDE's decision?

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  moronovich: <"The problems of the Candidates Tournament would be probably simpler but definitely not easy to solve. If some players arrive in Moscow, and someone in his flight just got infected or has a fever, I guess that the player would be simply quarantined for 14 days and miss the tournament. "And I don’t know what will happen if some player just happened to cough or has a fever during the tournament. It’s a big question because it’s not easy to test the virus and the results can also be wrong. Also, it’s possible that he just caught a cold or the flu. But if such a case happens, what should we do? At least I don’t think that there’s a good solution. "I just saw the news about the withdrawal of Radjabov. I think that it’s a decent decision, probably he just wants to stay at home to avoid all the possible risks. No one can blame him if it’s the reason.">

by Wang Hao

Mar-07-20  torrefan: wang hao asks how
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