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Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier) Tournament

Gata Kamsky7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Rauf Mamedov6/8(+5 -1 =2)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
Anton Korobov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Pavel Eljanov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Zahar Efimenko5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Dmitry Kokarev3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Gadir Guseinov3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Ivan Bukavshin4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Ivan Popov2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Alexander Ipatov2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Pavel Smirnov2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Nikolai Chadaev3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Aleksandr Shimanov2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Adam Tukhaev0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[games]
Sergey Volkov2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
Anton Shomoev2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Alexey Reshetnikov2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Evgeny E Vorobiov1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[games]
Dmitry Frolyanov2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Murtas Kazhgaleyev2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Pavel Maletin2.5/4(+1 -0 =3)[games]
Daniil Dubov0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
* (96 players total; 67 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier) (2013)

The first stage of the 12th Aeroflot Open was a 257-player Swiss open held on 12-13 February 2013 at the InfoSpace international exhibition centre in Moscow, Russia. Time control: 15 minutes for the whole game, with 10 seconds added per move from move one. The 32 best players would only advance to the next stage, which resulted in many short draws in the last round. Chief organizer: Ilva Levitov. Chief arbiter: Alexander Raetsky.

The following 32 players qualified for the Aeroflot Open (Rapid KO) (2013) on 15 February:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Kamsky 2760 107b1 231w1 034b½ 022w1 014b½ 040w1 011b½ 003w1 002b½ 7 2 Sjugirov 2633 179b1 104w1 097b1 025w1 006b½ 056w1 003b½ 007w½ 001w½ 7 3 Mamedov 2651 133w1 079b1 116w1 094b1 036w1 005b1 002w½ 001b0 009w½ 7 4 Gupta 2612 138b1 069w1 060b1 006w0 145b1 062w1 008w½ 028b½ 050w1 7 5 Korobov 2733 091b1 042w1 016b1 057w1 007b½ 003w0 045b1 013w½ 030b½ 6½ 6 Eljanov 2678 147w1 109b1 103w1 004b1 002w½ 013b½ 018w½ 026b½ 027w½ 6½ 7 Inarkiev 2628 156w1 090b1 047w1 080b1 005w½ 010b½ 028w½ 002b½ 031w½ 6½ 8 Efimenko 2670 099b1 024w½ 128b1 043w1 040b½ 057w1 004b½ 027w½ 013b½ 6½ 9 Le Quang Liem 2686 062w1 125b1 041w1 011b½ 013w0 121b1 012w½ 034w1 003b½ 6½ 10 Kokarev 2637 141b1 068w1 075b½ 081w1 046b1 007w½ 027b½ 012w½ 023b½ 6½ 11 Guseinov 2623 160b1 093w1 023b1 009w½ 056b½ 126w1 001w½ 018b½ 028w½ 6½ 12 Bukavshin 2551 166w1 136b1 019w½ 015b½ 059w1 039w1 009b½ 010b½ 017w½ 6½ 13 Ponkratov 2608 215b1 095w1 084b½ 089w1 009b1 006w½ 015w½ 005b½ 008w½ 6½ 14 Popov 2634 175b1 089w½ 024b1 084w1 001w½ 018b0 063w1 083b1 026w½ 6½ 15 Iturrizaga 2646 143b½ 134w1 154b1 012w½ 060b1 034w1 013b½ 022w½ 016b½ 6½ 16 Ipatov 2569 194w1 148b1 005w0 111b1 064w1 020b½ 019w½ 044b1 015w½ 6½ 17 Smirnov 2619 105b1 084w0 152b1 052w1 100b1 023w½ 066b1 024w½ 012b½ 6½ 18 Chadaev 2590 165b1 139w1 145b½ 051w1 076b½ 014w1 006b½ 011w½ 021b½ 6½ 19 Zvjaginsev 2662 152b1 100w1 012b½ 075w½ 124b½ 061w1 016b½ 055w1 022b½ 6½ 20 Shimanov 2630 073b0 233w1 099b1 087w1 042b1 016w½ 025b1 023w½ 024b½ 6½ 21 Tukhaev 2634 088w1 047b0 133w1 069b1 032w½ 083b½ 146w1 075b1 018w½ 6½ 22 Volkov 2582 209w1 108b1 123w½ 001b0 048w1 073b1 038w1 015b½ 019w½ 6½ 23 Shomoev 2543 211w1 202b1 011w0 155b1 044w1 017b½ 036w1 020b½ 010w½ 6½ 24 Reshetnikov 2499 212w1 008b½ 014w0 067b1 208w1 082w1 074b1 017b½ 020w½ 6½ 25 Vorobiov 2568 187w1 064b1 038w1 002b0 148w1 036b½ 020w0 123b1 059w1 6½ 26 Frolyanov 2591 132w1 144b½ 101w1 077b½ 146w1 074w½ 058b1 006w½ 014b½ 6½ 27 Kazhgaleyev 2586 096w0 211b1 157w1 072b1 125w1 065b1 010w½ 008b½ 006b½ 6½ 28 Maletin 2585 182b1 137w½ 085b1 145w½ 142b1 076w1 007b½ 004w½ 011b½ 6½ 29 Dubov 2578 164b1 052w1 073b½ 056w0 085b½ 158w1 126b½ 068w1 058b1 6½ 30 Svetushkin 2612 112w1 078b0 156w1 144b½ 084w1 041b½ 079w1 062b1 005w½ 6½ 31 Dlugy 2543 186b1 073w0 142b0 140w1 091b1 153w1 076b1 039w1 007b½ 6½ 32 Lintchevski 2563 185b1 145w0 254b1 113w1 021b½ 058w0 115b1 074w1 056b1 6½

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Previous: Aeroflot Open (2012). Next (there was no tournament in 2014): Aeroflot Open (2015). See also Aeroflot Open (Rapid KO) (2013) and Aeroflot Open (Rapid Final) (2013)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 143  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Girya vs Kamsky  0-1582013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Fressinet vs A Zaitsev Jr  1-0782013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)E15 Queen's Indian
3. D Charochkina vs A Korobov  0-1312013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
4. Jobava vs S Kalugin  1-0442013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)B23 Sicilian, Closed
5. B Firat vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1342013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. D Gevorgyan vs Motylev  ½-½652013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A06 Reti Opening
7. Le Quang Liem vs R Pasiev  1-0272013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A04 Reti Opening
8. G A Ageichenko vs Khismatullin  0-1352013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. Eljanov vs I Vasilevich  1-0532013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A13 English
10. K Kostin vs Sasikiran 0-1292013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A34 English, Symmetrical
11. A Riazantsev vs D Voit  1-0322013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)D85 Grunfeld
12. A Gorbatov vs Efimenko  0-1312013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)B07 Pirc
13. Tkachiev vs V Vlassow  1-0392013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. M Vavulin vs Zvjaginsev  0-1402013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. T L Petrosian vs V Gagarin  0-1492013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)C52 Evans Gambit
16. Kamsky vs T Kotanjian  1-0292013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. A Pridorozhni vs Fressinet  ½-½252013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)C33 King's Gambit Accepted
18. A Korobov vs M Antipov  1-0312013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
19. H Gabuzyan vs Jobava  ½-½562013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A04 Reti Opening
20. Kasimdzhanov vs A Gorovets  1-0542013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)C07 French, Tarrasch
21. K Stupak vs Potkin  0-1372013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. S Domogaev vs Le Quang Liem  0-1292013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A15 English
23. Khismatullin vs M V Novikov 1-0272013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. D Harika vs Eljanov  0-1372013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
25. Sasikiran vs T Kosintseva  1-0742013Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier)E01 Catalan, Closed
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 143  PGN Download
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Feb-15-13  Strongest Force: Watching Kamsky play is always a great pleasure. All he needs to do is spread his troops over the board and let them march towards the familiar endgame advantage.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: The section that Kamsky won was G30?
Feb-15-13  Eyal: So the 8 players who qualified from the 2nd, knockout stage are Kamsky, Korobov, Le, Eljanov, Mamedov, Sjugirov, Dmitry Frolyanov & Aleksandr Shimanov. They'll be joined tomorrow for the final stage by Grischuk, Svidler, Andreikin, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Wang Hao, Mamedyarov & Karpov.
Feb-15-13  PhilFeeley: I don't like rapid or blitz tournaments. They are unwatchable, and too many errors occur for the games to be interesting. It's no wonder <> doesn't want us to upload any games from these events if they don't have them.

The sponsors' comments about the classical format being "boring, miserable and useless", is just mindless drivel. No true fan would ever say that.

Feb-16-13  FadeThePublic: Rapid and Blitz is fun, why not have more? It takes less time and there can be more tournaments, of course the chess isnt as great but its still skill and technique. More chess is better.
Feb-16-13  BUNA: < PhilFeeley: I don't like rapid or blitz tournaments. They are unwatchable, and too many errors occur for the games to be interesting.>

I guess after this game even Grischuk would have agreed with you.

Nepomniachtchi - Grischuk
1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d4 e6 7. Bd3 dxe4 8. Nxe4 Qxd4 9. c3 Qd8 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Rd1 Qc8 12. Qg3 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Nf6 14. Bf3 g6 15. Bg5 Be7 16. Qe5 and black resigned.

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Feb-16-13  Strongest Force: Kamsky is in the final 8 now. Some of the biggest elite-dawgs are there. It will be dawg eat dawg...just like NYC. :)
Feb-16-13  Strongest Force: Svidler is s monster player who doesn't take prisoners. He is 1:0 against Nepo at start of semis.
Feb-16-13  Strongest Force: Make that: quarter-finals. I hope its Pete and Gata in final.
Feb-16-13  Strongest Force: Kamsky goes to final 4 with another smooth-as-silk performance!
Premium Chessgames Member We're starting to get the Aeroflot Rapid Finals (2013) games in now; sorry for the delay.
Feb-16-13  Refused: To edit my previous Comment.

Chessgames. You should disable the standings for the Raipd Finals though, since that is a knock out format.

Feb-17-13  Refused: And Final between Grischuk and Karjakin goes into the tie breaks.
Feb-17-13  Refused: Congratulations to GM Karjakin for winning the Armageddon Game in the Final against GM Grischuk.
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  whiteshark: as former world champion < Alexander Khalifman > mused:

< Do the sponsors really understand the difference between 1.5 hours game and 20 minutes game <?>>>

Enjoy the backgrounds...

Feb-17-13  Refused: OFC it's not the Aero Flot we all enjoyed as the strongest open tournament. And I want the old one back. Yet, the change was somehow to expected after the Moscow Open came into being. It was chess political decission to replace a traditional international open tournament with a Russian one.

On a seperate note.
Whiteshark or anybody else. Do you happen to know, how the qualifier for Dortmund works now. With the old Aero Flot, the winner fought his way into Dortmund, but I don't think that is working with the Rapid Tournament. At least I hope not. Though, two of the favorites made it to the final.

Feb-17-13  Eyal: <the change was somehow to expected after the Moscow Open came into being.> Well, the Moscow Open takes place since 2005... In the last 8 years there didn't seem to be a problem in holding both classical open tournaments (always in very close termporal proximity). Aeroflot always used to be the somewhat stronger and more international of the two.
Feb-17-13  Refused: <Eyal: <the change was somehow to expected after the Moscow Open came into being.> Well, the Moscow Open takes place since 2005... In the last 8 years there didn't seem to be a problem in holding both classical open tournaments (always in very close termporal proximity). Aeroflot always used to be the somewhat stronger and more international of the two.>

True, but they added up size, with the festival and bigger prize fund. But like I said, imho that change is wanted chess politics wise.

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  whiteshark: <Refused> I haven't heard anything on the (new) qualifier yet.

41st Sparkassen Chess-Meeting will be helt from 25.7. bis 4.8. 2013, so they'll release the info hopefully in due time.

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  HeMateMe: everytime I see those butt-ugly sponsor patches on Karjarkan's shirts, I think of that movie <The Hunger Games>. He kind of looks like he could be one of the contestants, and one of the audience sponsors sort of put a brand on him, his horse in the big race.
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  HeMateMe: The aeroflot website mentions this is the "90th anniversary of Aeroflot." Hmm...So Aeroflot was a passenger airline as early as 1923? This seems a bit early. There couldn't have been a whole lot of room in the second seat of a wooden Spad.

However, I'm sure most flights were delayed or late and the food was lousy or non-existant, thus beginning a great tradition in the airline business.

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  keypusher: <HeMateMe> If only the internet could be harnessed as a reference tool, allowing us rapid access to historical data.

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  HeMateMe: <k> You don't feel that most of their planes were shot down in dog fights on the eastern front? Maybe the Bolshevik peace treaty of 1917 saved the airline.
Mar-01-13  sami sherriff: kamsky is a Genuis!!!!!
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  Tabanus:, ChessBase and 365Chess also have 143 games. If more games are available, please add them here ;)
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