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🏆 Aeroflot Open (2010)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Gata Kamsky, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Bu Xiangzhi, Alexander Moiseenko, Andrei Volokitin, Anton Korobov, Krishnan Sasikiran, Loek van Wely, Luke McShane, Ivan Cheparinov, Aleksey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Ilia Smirin, Alexander Khalifman, Gabriel Sargissian, Markus Ragger, Sergey Volkov, Eltaj Safarli, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Yifan Hou, Vladimir Potkin, A R Saleh Salem, Artyom Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Hrant Melkumyan, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Sanan Sjugirov, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Vasily Papin, Zhou Jianchao, Sebastien Feller, Arman Pashikian, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Ildar Khairullin, Evgeny Romanov, Giovanni Vescovi, Luka Lenic, Pavel Tregubov, Boris Savchenko, Borki Predojevic, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Zhou Weiqi, Zaven Andriasian, Alexander Shabalov, Vladimir Belov, Jaan Ehlvest, Pavel Maletin, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Dmitry Svetushkin, Ivan Morovic Fernandez, Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez, Sergey Grigoriants, Alexandre Danin, Renier Vazquez Igarza, Sergei Yudin, Anton Shomoev, Tatiana Kosintseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Stanislav Novikov, Alexei Iljushin, Darwin Laylo, Yuriy Ajrapetjan, Marie Sebag, Mikhail Krylov, Rustam Khusnutdinov, Lela Javakhishvili Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2010)

The 9th Aeroflot Open took place in the Izmailovo Hotel (Gamma-Delta) in Moscow, Russia, 9-17 February 2010. The A1 Open, for players rated 2550 and above, saw Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as top-seed fighting for the EUR 21,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund tournament, while the total prize fund for the four opens and blitz tournament on 18 February was EUR 180,000. Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes till the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 61. The tournament was organised by Aeroflot, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations, in cooperation with the municipality of Moscow. Chief organizer: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen.

Le Quang Liem won with 7/9 and qualified for Dortmund Sparkassen (2010).

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Le Quang Liem 2647 +43 +14 +10 =07 =05 =06 =33 +13 +09 7 2 Korobov 2648 =79 -28 +78 +47 =77 +40 =07 +33 +05 6½ 3 Motylev 2697 +45 =32 =57 =04 =44 =27 =36 +37 +30 6 4 Zhou Jianchao 2632 =68 +66 =08 =03 =33 =12 +35 =11 +34 6 5 Nguyen 2616 =76 +21 +11 +15 =01 =09 =06 +17 -02 6 6 Grachev 2653 +22 =61 =77 +46 +40 =01 =05 =09 =08 6 7 Cheparinov 2660 +73 =57 +36 =01 =30 =15 =02 =16 =13 5½ 8 Vachier-Lagrave 2730 =62 +67 =04 =13 -32 +56 +44 =30 =06 5½ 9 Nepomniachtchi 2658 -60 +69 +62 +63 =16 =05 +32 =06 -01 5½ 10 Bu Xiangzhi 2673 +29 +13 -01 =27 =57 =36 =26 +56 =16 5½ 11 So 2656 =72 +56 -05 +60 +31 =32 =15 =04 =18 5½ 12 Sargissian 2680 =63 =26 =59 =29 +61 =04 =27 +57 =15 5½ 13 Savchenko 2638 +70 -10 +79 =08 +23 =30 +34 -01 =07 5½ 14 Bacrot 2713 +47 -01 +48 =20 =24 +16 =30 =15 =19 5½ 15 Timofeev 2652 +50 =58 +60 -05 +25 =07 =11 =14 =12 5½ 16 Bareev 2643 =75 +78 =31 +58 =09 -14 +25 =07 =10 5½ 17 Najer 2665 +41 =20 =27 =25 =26 =57 +54 -05 +40 5½ 18 Iturrizaga 2616 -67 +50 -26 +66 =58 +31 =23 +42 =11 5½ 19 Dreev 2650 =78 -31 +75 +59 =27 =26 =29 +28 =14 5½ 20 Mamedov 2640 +80 =17 =76 =14 =34 -33 +77 =29 =31 5 21 Novikov 2557 =44 -05 =37 -51 -45 +78 +76 +64 +57 5 22 Salgado Lopez 2584 -06 =54 =52 -37 =66 +70 +75 +62 =32 5 23 Volokitin 2692 =26 =62 +45 =57 -13 =60 =18 =41 +56 5 24 Zvjaginsev 2642 =59 +75 =61 =31 =14 =29 =42 =26 =39 5 25 Kobalia 2637 =66 =59 +67 =17 -15 +58 -16 +45 =35 5 26 Khairullin 2605 =23 =12 +18 =34 =17 =19 =10 =24 =33 5 27 Khalifman 2616 +71 =34 =17 =10 =19 =03 =12 =32 =38 5 28 Grigoriants 2560 =38 +02 =32 =44 -42 =39 +46 -19 +52 5 29 Belov 2595 -10 =70 +68 =12 +52 =24 =19 =20 =42 5 30 Sasikiran 2653 =31 +72 =63 +61 =07 =13 =14 =08 -03 5 31 Melkumyan 2583 =30 +19 =16 =24 -11 -18 +69 +54 =20 5 32 Pashikian 2647 +74 =03 =28 =77 +08 =11 -09 =27 =22 5


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 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 357  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z Andriasian vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½212010Aeroflot OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Bacrot vs Potkin 1-0412010Aeroflot OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Shabalov vs Motylev 0-1272010Aeroflot OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. Kamsky vs S Sjugirov ½-½362010Aeroflot OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
5. I Khairullin vs A Volokitin  ½-½222010Aeroflot OpenA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
6. Naiditsch vs Ehlvest ½-½282010Aeroflot OpenC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. Zhou Weiqi vs G Sargissian ½-½192010Aeroflot OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
8. A Moiseenko vs E Romanov  ½-½602010Aeroflot OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
9. V Belov vs Bu Xiangzhi 0-1432010Aeroflot OpenC42 Petrov Defense
10. Smirin vs L Lenic  ½-½352010Aeroflot OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
11. D Bocharov vs S Zhigalko  ½-½492010Aeroflot OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Najer vs E Safarli  1-0382010Aeroflot OpenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
13. J M Lopez Martinez vs I Cheparinov  0-1552010Aeroflot OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
14. Vescovi vs P Maletin 1-0562010Aeroflot OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. A Rakhmanov vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0282010Aeroflot OpenA57 Benko Gambit
16. Efimenko vs Yifan Hou 1-0492010Aeroflot OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
17. E Ghaem Maghami vs So ½-½252010Aeroflot OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. B Grachev vs I Salgado Lopez  1-0242010Aeroflot OpenE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
19. H Melkumyan vs Sasikiran  ½-½382010Aeroflot OpenD85 Grunfeld
20. A Timofeev vs S Feller 1-0452010Aeroflot OpenD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
21. D Svetushkin vs Dreev ½-½462010Aeroflot OpenB30 Sicilian
22. A Korobov vs S Yudin  ½-½462010Aeroflot OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. M Ragger vs Le Quang Liem 0-1332010Aeroflot OpenA35 English, Symmetrical
24. A Pashikian vs Vazquez Igarza 1-0332010Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Morovic Fernandez vs Bareev  ½-½202010Aeroflot OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 357  PGN Download
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Feb-18-10  frogbert: <Yes, i know what your up to... >

obviously you aren't.

i'm making the same claim i've made dozens of times already, over several years. i've seen little or nothing to make me change my mind, and hence my view remains the same.

however, i see what <you> are up to: making <yet another post> where you aren't able to stick to the topic or avoid personal attacks.

i you would've stayed away from making another personal attack, i could've explained <why> i have the opinion i have and <what> i think the differences are between internet blitz and participation in say aeroflot blitz or the tal memorial qualifier and final. it's got little to do with predictional strength of ratings of any kind, btw.

but if you go on with personal attacks like here, i'll just put you on ignore instead, sugardom. i'm getting pretty tired of people who can't debate an issue without becoming personal. you in particular have received as many chances i'm prepared to give you. do what you want with your last.

Feb-18-10  Eyal: <Poor Le> Well, I'm sure he's still much more happy than sad, for the ticket to Dortmund as well as all the rating points that he gained in The Moscow Open + Aeroflot, which should bring him quite close to 2700.

Speaking of Dortmund, apparently the list of participants is now complete ( - besides Le, it includes Kramnik (of course), Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Meier, and Gustafsson. So the people who always like to complain about those who aren't playing (Where's Carlsen? Where's Ivanchuk?!), as well as to berate the organizers for inviting too many locals, can start right now - though I suppose that at least for some the non-participation of Leko would be a consolation...

Feb-18-10  frogbert: <So the people who always like to complain about those who aren't playing>

actually, there's a competing group of people who like to complain that the same guys are <always> invited. :o)

for instance i expect the nakamura fans to be entirely positive to giving the improving georg meier a chance on home turf - of course, he's "only" in the 2650-area and german - but i've also read numerous times that the 2650-2700 players should get more chances in top tournaments at the cost of the top 15 players - i.e. instead of the most stable and established elite players (that have "invested" the most in their professional chess career).

on the other hand, can dortmund 2010 even be considered a "super-event" with only two seasoned elite players (kramnik, aronian), a relative 2700-newcomer (vachier-lagrave), a going-nowhere 2700-ish at best (naiditsch), plus two players with no experience at "this" level?

le might very well turn out a top elite player - finishing at the top of both moscow open and aeroflot open is indeed hard to do; i completely understand that nakamura chose not to risk an "average" result there after the success in corus a - it could've sent the wrong kind of signal. (in addition he was tired from playing 3 events in 1,5 months.)

i've been watching meier's steady rating-rise, so it's not surprising that he gets a chance. how big his potential is, however, isn't anything i know too much about. maybe some german kibiters have more info...

Feb-18-10  omaha39: Dortmund is so boring
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  whiteshark: ... and why did they always invite Drawnik?
Feb-19-10  Valmy: <and why did they always invite Drawnik?> Because they need a winner;-)
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  whiteshark: <Valmy> LOL I'm rooting for MVL. Meier-Vachier-Lagrave that is. :D
Feb-19-10  percyblakeney: <So the people who always like to complain about those who aren't playing (Where's Carlsen? Where's Ivanchuk?!), as well as to berate the organizers for inviting too many locals, can start right now>

I'd give them a plus point for inviting Vachier-Lagrave, and another one for avoiding Naiditsch and Leko since they always get a spot each and it's fun with at least some variation. It's basically a two player competition for first though, and if Dortmund once could be seen as a tournament of almost the same level as Linares or Corus those days are definitely gone.

Feb-19-10  frogbert: <one for avoiding Naiditsch>

ah, they did?

i'm blind - i was so sure that naiditsch was in that i read "naiditsch" instead of gustafsson.

< if Dortmund once could be seen as a tournament of almost the same level as Linares or Corus those days are definitely gone.>

well, having both gustafsson and meier certainly takes care of that. :o)

Feb-19-10  percyblakeney: <i was so sure that naiditsch was in that i read "naiditsch" instead of gustafsson>

It's the first Dortmund since 2002 without Naiditsch, and the first without Leko since 1997.

Feb-19-10  Eyal: <the first without Leko since 1997>

A truly historical event, then...

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  whiteshark: Better late than never!
Feb-19-10  kurtrichards: <<Valmy>LOL I'm rooting for MVL. Meier-Vachier-Lagrave that is. :D> :D
Feb-19-10  Eyal: <almost the same level as Linares or Corus>

Starting from next year, it might become Linares or Tata ( According to the same item, the Tal Memorial might finally enter the Grand Slam cycle (it has become such a strong and important tournament lately that the GS is really starting to look ridiculous without it).

About the participants of this year's edition - <It is expected the competition to have 8 participants, from which the only sure is Magnus Carlsen, who won Nanjing and Corus. As he has won the two events, it has been decided that there is a free spot that will be filled with the second placed player that has the best performance in any of the Grand Slam events. The next participant will be known at the end of Linares 2010, and the winner of Mtel Masters 2010 will be invited as well. Who will take the last 4 participants spots and how (invitational basis or position in Grand Slam events) is yet to be decided.>

Since Kramnik was second in Corus (ahead of Shirov by tiebreak - at least the one used in Corus), I suppose Danailov would find some way of calculating "best performance of the second placed player" that would leave him out...

Feb-19-10  Bobby Fiske: <Eyal. Since Kramnik was second in Corus (ahead of Shirov by tiebreak - at least the one used in Corus), I suppose Danailov would find some way of calculating "best performance of the second placed player" that would leave him out...>

Since some of the tournaments have diferent number of rounds, I think the most fair way to decide it, is by comparing point score in percent.

In case of "tiebreaks", they can compare TRP, since some tournaments have weaker fields than others.

Feb-19-10  frogbert: can or can't, bobby fiske. "can" is correct, but it seems you were arguing that point.

in english, the common abbreviation is tpr, for "tournament performance rating" btw.

Feb-19-10  Bobby Fiske: Yes, first they compare point score in percentage. If equal %, then they can compare TPR.

Seems fair to me.

Feb-19-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
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  Tabanus: Aeroflot Open 2010 final standings:

Feb-21-10  Bdellovibrio: <Eyal> That article you linked even had Danailov mentioning a Grand Slam event in the USA! Do I smell a Fischer Memorial in New York? :D
Mar-02-10  Starfire: I am constantly AMAZED how 18 yr olds can WIN a tournament with some of the worlds finest GRANDMASTERS. I am totaly jealous that they can accomplish this feat!!
May-15-10  percyblakeney: <It's the first Dortmund since 2002 without Naiditsch, and the first without Leko since 1997>

The field seems to have changed quite a bit though (only Kramnik and Le are left of the six above named participants) and now both Naiditsch and Leko are in, as usual:


May-15-10  acirce: The field hasn't been changed. The former version was never the actual field to begin with. Gustafsson commented on it here:
May-16-10  percyblakeney: <The former version was never the actual field to begin with>

Strange, I wonder how came up with their version...

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  Tabanus: Regulations and FIDE have different time control info.
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