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Aeroflot 2004 Gems
Compiled by Benjamin Lau
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Chess players took comfort in the games of Aeroflot at a time when Linares 2004 spelled the apparent death of chess. Selected by chessbase.com based on a combination of beauty, originality, and quality. GM Sergei Rublevsky won this tournament with 7/9.

The power of the fianchetto
A Ramirez Alvarez vs Sadvakasov, 2004 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 24 moves, 0-1

KID revived
S Novikov vs Ehlvest, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Attack and counterattack
S Sulskis vs Van Wely, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 32 moves, 0-1

A rising prodigy
Carlsen vs Dolmatov, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Fortress under siege
Kotronias vs Sasikiran, 2004 
(B56) Sicilian, 55 moves, 1-0

A new classic with an old theme
K Spraggett vs G Vescovi, 2004 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

A unique twist
Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Clash of plans
Efimenko vs A Galkin, 2004
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

Lost in the exchange
Rublevsky vs Filippov, 2004 
(B40) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

A quick denoument
G Vescovi vs Areshchenko, 2004 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

The price is not right
Kotsur vs Bologan, 2004 
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 44 moves, 1-0

Still much to learn
A Volokitin vs Carlsen, 2004 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 28 moves, 1-0

The champion
Rublevsky vs K Asrian, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Bolt from the blue
Vaganian vs T L Petrosian, 2004 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Indian attack
Ara Minasian vs Ehlvest, 2004 
(B40) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

The game of the tournament
Lautier vs Vaganian, 2004 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 0-1

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