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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Sergei Rublevsky7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Rafael Vaganian7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Valerij Filippov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Loek van Wely6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Aleksey Dreev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Pavel Tregubov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Darmen Sadvakasov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Tomasz Markowski6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ferenc Berkes6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexander Graf6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Motylev6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexei Fedorov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Pavel Kotsur6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Semen I Dvoirys6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Etienne Bacrot6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Wu Wenjin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Tigran L Petrosian6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Joel Lautier6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Anton Korobov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Andrei V Kharitonov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Helgi Olafsson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Artyom Timofeev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ilia Smirin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Maxim Sorokin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Igor Khenkin6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Ara Minasian5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Alexey Korotylev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Kevin Spraggett5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
* (198 players total; 166 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2004)

The 3rd Aeroflot Open was a 203-player Swiss held in Hotel Rossija (Russia), Moscow, 17-25 February 2004. The A group, for players rated above 2400, saw 132 GMs with Vladimir Malakhov as top-seed fighting for the EUR 25,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund tournament in July. Total prize fund, including groups B and C: EUR 150,000. Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 61. The organizers were Aeroflot, the Association of Chess Federations and the Committee on Tourism of the Municipality of Moscow. Tournament directors: Alexander Bakh and Alexander Borisovich Roshal. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen.

Sergei Rublevsky won on tiebreak ahead of Vaganian and Filippov, all three with 7/9. Rublevsky qualified for participation in Dortmund Sparkassen (2004).

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 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 534  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Bellini vs A Moiseenko  0-1322004Aeroflot OpenB30 Sicilian
2. G Sargissian vs L Pantsulaia  ½-½472004Aeroflot OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
3. Kaidanov vs R Ovetchkin 1-0292004Aeroflot OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
4. A Ramirez Alvarez vs Sadvakasov 0-1242004Aeroflot OpenE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
5. Annakov vs S Volkov 0-1282004Aeroflot OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Mamedyarov vs S Zagrebelny 1-0402004Aeroflot OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. B Grachev vs P Tregubov 0-1422004Aeroflot OpenA57 Benko Gambit
8. S Matveeva vs Vaganian  0-1782004Aeroflot OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Motylev vs M Godena 0-1532004Aeroflot OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Khenkin vs A Minasian  1-0322004Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Beshukov vs Van Wely 0-1322004Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
12. Wu Wenjin vs Tkachiev  ½-½412004Aeroflot OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
13. G Vescovi vs S Novikov 0-1402004Aeroflot OpenB30 Sicilian
14. Smirin vs S Belkhodja  1-0182004Aeroflot OpenC41 Philidor Defense
15. Kharlov vs A Deviatkin  ½-½352004Aeroflot OpenD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. Kholmov vs T Markowski  0-1392004Aeroflot OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. R Pogorelov vs A Korotylev  ½-½482004Aeroflot OpenA15 English
18. S Chanda vs Aronian  ½-½262004Aeroflot OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
19. P Acs vs Tomashevsky  0-1402004Aeroflot OpenC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
20. Li Shilong vs Bacrot  0-1402004Aeroflot OpenB32 Sicilian
21. A Zhigalko vs A Huzman  1-0352004Aeroflot OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. A Lastin vs H Olafsson  1-0382004Aeroflot OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. P Maletin vs K Spraggett  ½-½862004Aeroflot OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
24. S Sulskis vs Carlsen 1-0362004Aeroflot OpenA17 English
25. Lagno vs Bu Xiangzhi  ½-½502004Aeroflot OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 534  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member By popular demand, here are some games from the Aeroflot open. We'll be updating this page as more games become available.

The game scores haven't been reviewed yet for errors, so there are probably a few.

Feb-22-04  ruylopez900: Well I must say the Aeroflot Open was much more exciting then Linares has been. Maybe those super GMs could take a lesson from these IMs and "lesser" GMs
Feb-23-04  shr0pshire: Thank you You made my week by posting another tourney. I was just getting too frustrated with Linares.
Feb-23-04  Paul123: I was looking at some of the games on the official Aeroflot web site and thinking the same thing as both of you.

Now here is fighting chess I thought to myself!

Feb-25-04  Cecil Brown: The Aeroflot festival has now finished with a three way tie for first between Rublevsky,Vaganian and Filippov all on 7/9.

They finished 1,2 and 3 in the order I've given on tiebreak.

A good result for the veteran Armenian Rafael Vaganian, now in his 50's. He's played a couple of nice QGD and French games in this tournament too.

Feb-25-04  equanimus: Bologan ended in place 166!
Feb-26-04  Richard3: Magnus Carlsen continues his remarkable progress. Carlsen - Shaposhnikov may be a candidate for the future book, "How to Beat Magnus Carlsen."
Mar-01-04  AdrianP: I wasn't able to follow the Aeroflot festival... would anyone be kind enough to post a list of interesting games from it here?
Mar-23-04  ruylopez900: Congrats to all the players, especially Canadians Kevin Spraggett and Mark Bluvshtein who placed fairly well.
Mar-23-04  Benjamin Lau: AdrianP, chessbase has a candidate list of "most beautiful games" from Aeroflot 2004. Entirely subjective of course.
Mar-24-04  AdrianP: Cheers, Benjamin
Apr-12-04  Benjamin Lau: I created a collection with the 16 games that were commended so that people can review them conveniently. Game Collection: Aeroflot 2004 Gems
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Some missing games:

Vaganian vs Alexander Ivanov 1/2 (rd. 2 Feb 18)
Markowski vs Wu Wenjin 1-0 (rd. 4 Feb 20)
Checkov vs Motylev 0-1 (rd. 2 Feb 18)
Motylev vs Thorhallson 1-0 (rd. 3 Feb 19)
Olafsson vs Ni Hua 1-0 (rd. 4 Feb 20)
Olafsson vs Sulskis 1-0 (rd. 8 Feb 24)
Ni Hua vs Ara Minasian 0-1 (rd. 7 Feb 23)
Efimenko vs Sargissian 1/2 (rd. 7 Feb 23)
Li Shilong vs Felgaer 0-1 (rd. 5 Feb 21)
Timoshenko vs Iljin 1-0 (rd. 7 Feb 23)
Areshchenko vs Chuprov 1/2 (rd. 2 Feb 18)
Nidjat Mamedov vs Areshchenko 1/2 (rd. 8 Feb 24)

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