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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Le Quang Liem6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Denis Khismatullin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Yangyi Yu6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Gata Kamsky6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Sandipan Chanda5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Dmitry Bocharov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Boris Grachev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Tigran L Petrosian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Ding Liren5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Jianchao Zhou5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Andrei Volokitin5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Emil Sutovsky5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergei Movsesian5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Motylev5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Daniil Dubov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Igor Kovalenko5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Bojan Vuckovic5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Victor Bologan5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Igor Lysyj5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
* (86 players total; 54 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2011)

The 10th Aeroflot Open was held in the Izmailovo Hotel Gamma-Delta in Moscow, Russia, 8-16 February 2011. The A Open, normally for players rated 2550 and above, saw Gata Kamsky as top-seed fighting for the EUR 20,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund supertournament, while the total prize fund for the three opens and blitz tournament on 17 February was EUR 160,000. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 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 1. The tournament was organised by Aeroflot, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations. Chief organizer: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen.

Le Quang Liem won again, on tiebreak ahead of Vitiugov and Tomashevsky, and qualified for Dortmund Sparkassen (2011).

Chess Moscow:

Previous: Aeroflot Open (2010). Next (and for the first time in Cosmos Hotel): Aeroflot Open (2012)

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 384  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Iturrizaga Bonelli vs Kamsky 0-1642011Aeroflot OpenA15 English
2. Movsesian vs Y Yu  ½-½352011Aeroflot OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. E Romanov vs Jakovenko  ½-½452011Aeroflot OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Vachier-Lagrave vs D Bocharov  ½-½242011Aeroflot OpenC41 Philidor Defense
5. T L Petrosian vs Vitiugov 1-0392011Aeroflot OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
6. Sutovsky vs Kotronias  ½-½312011Aeroflot OpenB30 Sicilian
7. Zhao Jun vs Tomashevsky  ½-½342011Aeroflot OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Bologan vs A Grigoryan ½-½992011Aeroflot OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Riazantsev vs R Felgaer  1-0462011Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. N Mamedov vs Motylev  ½-½242011Aeroflot OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
11. Kasimdzhanov vs A Deviatkin  1-0512011Aeroflot OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
12. W Zhou vs A Timofeev  ½-½272011Aeroflot OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. A Volokitin vs R Hess  ½-½542011Aeroflot OpenB32 Sicilian
14. A Fier vs So ½-½212011Aeroflot OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. A Korobov vs Vocaturo 1-0552011Aeroflot OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. S Novikov vs M Kobalia 0-1322011Aeroflot OpenB40 Sicilian
17. I Cheparinov vs V Papin 1-0202011Aeroflot OpenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. A Zhigalko vs Le Quang Liem 0-1362011Aeroflot OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
19. I Kurnosov vs P Kotsur ½-½392011Aeroflot OpenC11 French
20. A Shomoev vs B Grachev  ½-½392011Aeroflot OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. R Mamedov vs E Vorobiov  1-0512011Aeroflot OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. R Jumabayev vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½322011Aeroflot OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. J Zhou vs M Oleksienko 1-0232011Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. R Nechepurenko vs Khismatullin 0-1312011Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. J L Hammer vs S P Sethuraman ½-½742011Aeroflot OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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  gmhammer: I chose the baseball myself! It's so cool, and round. I thought the "Premium member"-thingy was a touch too boring. Anyhow, I am playing - but with a major cold I got before/during the 8th round. I'll make the best of it - should be a lot of fun at least!

Best wishes,
Jon Ludvig

Feb-17-11  parmetd: Here is a much better way to see ICC blitz ratings then getting on the server:
Feb-17-11  Appaz: <<gmhammer> Anyhow, I am playing - but with a major cold I got before/during the 8th round. I'll make the best of it - should be a lot of fun at least!>

Well, it was after you caught the cold you started winning, so I wouldn't be too worried :) Very nice win in the 9th round, btw.

Best of luck!

Feb-17-11  siamesedream: Results:
Feb-17-11  ketchuplover: GMHAMMER did you ever play at Mainz? Sounds like it's ending. Thoughts?
Feb-17-11  crazybird:

With one round left, 6 qualifier spots for World Blitz 2011, the current top 10 (in order) are:

Andreikin, Ponomariov, Mamedyarov, So, Pridorozhni, MVL, Sasha, Mamedov, Gata, Vitigov

Feb-17-11  crazybird: World Blitz qualifiers and top 6 after 9 rounds are

Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Andreikin, Tomashevsky, So, Vitiugov

Feb-17-11  wordfunph: <crazybird> thanks for the heads up..
Feb-17-11  Ezzy: Stunning performance by Wesley So in the blitz, considering he was suffering in the 'open' and made a difficult decsion to withdraw. What a courageous fightback!

Another great performance from Tomashevsky and Vitiugov who also tied for first in the 'open.' Nice payday for those two.

Feb-17-11  fisayo123: <ezzy> how did it go in the blitz.Please tell.
Feb-17-11  Ezzy: <fisayo123:>

Top 6 qualify for the World blitz championship.

Feb-17-11  Shams: <Ezzy> A lot of big names didn't make the cut. How are the other WBC spots allocated?
Feb-17-11  crazybird: These 6 + 10 from Tal memorial + 4 nominees= World Blitz Championship
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  HeMateMe: Does the blitz begin on Friday?
Feb-17-11  Kinghunt: <HeMateMe: Does the blitz begin on Friday?>

The blitz is already over. Look down about half a page.

Feb-17-11  Jim Bartle: "<HeMateMe: Does the blitz begin on Friday?>

The blitz is already over. Look down about half a page."

The heck with bullet! This blitz was over before it started.

Feb-17-11  crazybird: A nice collection of pics from Aeroflot Blitz. Doesn't seem like they used DGT boards

Feb-18-11  Don Cossacks: Well it's just blitz...
Feb-18-11  parmetd: crazybird is that completely correct? Cause last year some people from Tal Memorial turned down blitz and some people from Tal Memorial already qualified (so in essence a double spot)...
Feb-18-11  crazybird: <parmetd> you are right, there were some replacements last year (one i think was Andreikin). I've read at another place that the participants would be Top 6 Aeroflot Blitz + Top 10 on FIDE rating list + 4 organizer nominees. I am not sure which is correct, perhaps someone else can clarify.
Feb-18-11  Ezzy: <crazybird: perhaps someone else can clarify.>

I think you are correct in this -

<crazybird: These 6 + 10 from Tal memorial + 4 nominees= World Blitz Championship>

If anybody withdraws, then they just invite somebody else.

The qualifiers for the 2010 tournament are mentioned here - I don't think anything has changed.

Feb-18-11  AuN1: after the tal memorial this past year, i believe the organizers said that they did not plan on holding the blitz championship immediately after the super-tournament. they said it was making less and less sense to have both events back to back.
Feb-18-11  Don Cossacks: About Blitz chess:
"A player who plays 100 games at G/90 or slower during the year is likely to improve at a much greater rate than one who plays half of that or almost all games at 30 minutes or faster." - Dan Heisman
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  Penguincw: < Feb-09-11

Penguincw: If only one round has been played and there are 36 games,imagine how many games there would be when the tournament is finished! > It looks like there are 384 games.

Feb-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: LE QUANG LIEM RELOADS AT AEROFLOT 2011

ROUND 2: Le Quang Liem vs D Xiu, 2011

39 ?

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39 ♘d7-f6! <reload: f6>

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39 ... g7x♘f6?? 40 ♕d4xf6+ <fork: d8,h8>

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ROUND 3: L Lenic vs Le Quang Liem, 2011

38 ... ?

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38 ... ♘h5-g3!

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39 h2x♘g3?? h4xg3 <reload: g3>

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ROUND 4: Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011

16 ?

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16 ♗e4xc6+!!

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16 ... b7x♗c6 17 ♕c2xc6+ <reload: c6>

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