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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Ian Nepomniachtchi7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Daniil Dubov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Ivan Bukavshin6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Shanglei Lu6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Rinat Jumabayev6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
David Anton Guijarro6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ildar Khairullin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Denis Khismatullin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
A R Saleh Salem6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Anton Korobov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Pouya Idani5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Hovhannes Gabuzyan5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Rauf Mamedov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Vahap Sanal5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Boris Grachev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Motylev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Jorden van Foreest5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Vladimir Potkin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Alexey Goganov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
* (72 players total; 40 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2015)

The 13th Aeroflot Open was held in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow, Russia, 27 March - 4 April 2015. The A Open, normally for players rated 2550 and above, saw Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as top-seed fighting for the EUR 18,000 first prize and a place in the Dortmund supertournament, while the total prize fund for the three opens and blitz tournament on April 5 was EUR 140,000. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 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: Andrey Filatov. Tournament director: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen.

Ian Nepomniachtchi won on tiebreak ahead of Daniil Dubov, both with 7/9. Nepo qualified for Dortmund Sparkassen (2015).


Previous: Aeroflot Open (Rapid Final) (2013) (there was no tournament in 2014). Next: Aeroflot Open (2016)

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs B Savchenko 1-0192015Aeroflot OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Grigoriants vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½192015Aeroflot OpenB54 Sicilian
3. M Al Sayed vs Iturrizaga Bonelli  ½-½152015Aeroflot OpenE15 Queen's Indian
4. S Bogdanovich vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½452015Aeroflot OpenD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
5. Rapport vs Bluebaum 1-0432015Aeroflot OpenC00 French Defense
6. E Inarkiev vs R Jumabayev 1-0362015Aeroflot OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
7. B Esen vs A Korobov  0-1362015Aeroflot OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. K Stupak vs B Grachev  ½-½372015Aeroflot OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. G Oparin vs S Sjugirov  ½-½242015Aeroflot OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Kovalenko vs E Can 1-0412015Aeroflot OpenE97 King's Indian
11. Zvjaginsev vs H Gabuzyan 1-0252015Aeroflot OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. P Tregubov vs R R Ankit  ½-½402015Aeroflot OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. P V Vishnu vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½362015Aeroflot OpenA80 Dutch
14. Khalifman vs K Kuderinov 1-0392015Aeroflot OpenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. Potkin vs M A Tabatabaei 1-0212015Aeroflot OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. Swayams vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½412015Aeroflot OpenD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
17. A Goganov vs E Kovalevskaya  ½-½402015Aeroflot OpenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
18. P Korobkov vs Shimanov  ½-½372015Aeroflot OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. D Svetushkin vs A Asgarizadeh  1-0292015Aeroflot OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. A Predke vs B Adhiban  0-1432015Aeroflot OpenE97 King's Indian
21. V Sanal vs I Bukavshin  ½-½672015Aeroflot OpenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. M Matlakov vs S Lu 0-1562015Aeroflot OpenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
23. V Fedoseev vs S Chanda  1-0602015Aeroflot OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. M Mozharov vs R Mamedov  ½-½792015Aeroflot OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
25. D Wagner vs Motylev  ½-½502015Aeroflot OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
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  Troller: <Did Salgado Lopez forfeit or what?> Yes, apparently. Chess-Results lists it as such in any case. Salgado Lopez is not paired for rd 5 either, maybe he is ill or had to leave.

This puts van Foreest in the lead with Sasikiran after rd 4, by the way.

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  Willem Wallekers: Jorden van Foreest still tied for first with 4 out 5.
Premium Chessgames Member We tracked down S P Sethuraman vs J van Foreest, 2015 and included the forfeit game I Salgado Lopez vs J van Foreest, 2015, so now Jorden can take his place on the leaderboard.
Mar-31-15  jphamlore: The young player I am curious to follow is Lu Shanglei. He has made tremendous strides just this last year and has a great blitz game. I think he could pull an upset (one round obviously, not the entire event) in the next World Cup.
Mar-31-15  raphi45: Check out Dubov's last 2 games and see how this 18 yr old quietly but beautifully packs a powerful punch
Apr-01-15  fgh: Nepomniachtchi produced quite a powerful game yesterday. Definitely worth seeing:

M Kobalia vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015

Apr-01-15  jphamlore: Rapport fails to respect the competition at this level of event and pays for it.
Apr-01-15  paavoh: First losses for van Foreest and Sasikiran in round 6. Nepo is surging strong, and Sasikiran went wrong in the endgame - Dubov saw his chance and took advantage of it.
Apr-01-15  jphamlore: <raphi45: Check out Dubov's last 2 games and see how this 18 yr old quietly but beautifully packs a powerful punch>

Good call on Dubov. He's on fire at the moment in this event with another win today.

Apr-02-15  whiteshark: <jphamlore: Rapport fails to respect the competition at this level of event and pays for it.>

Tough times for the Mamedude, too. <3/6>

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  perfidious: Gawlee, that <hamhock> displays cheek in his critiques of players far stronger than he evidently is. One might think him roughly 3200 strength, such is the certitude with which he delivers his pronouncements from On High.
Apr-02-15  jphamlore: Great game between Kobalia and Lu Shanglei. It seems promising to me that Lu Shanglei has shown decent time management so far this game.
Apr-02-15  Wavy: Lu Shanglei is another rising star from China. China has so many good players nowadays.
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  Penguincw: Mamedyarov (+3,-2,=2) is having a terrible tournament, and it could get worse:

25.Qd4 (-4.26)

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Mamedyarov blundered with 22.f4, and black, with only a few minutes left on the clock, will hope to find 25...Qxh2+ 26.Kf1 Nxf4 27.Nxf4 Qh1+ 28.Ke1 Qxa1, which'll leave black up a rook and 3 pawns vs. bishop+knight.

Correction/Update: Mamedyarov played 27.Qg1, and the game was drawn a few moves later, although chess24 gives an eval of "winning for black". Perhaps black was low on time.

Apr-03-15  Illogic: Lu Shanglei won today and will be tied for first with one round left, unless Nepo manages to beat Sasikiran.
Apr-03-15  Illogic: Nepomniachtchi DID win, so he is the sole frontrunner on +5
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  Penguincw: Lu Shanglei resigns, and Dubov catches Nepomniachtchi to tie him with 7/9 for the tournament win.

So, who advances to Dortmund?

Update/Correction: I believe the first tiebreaker is most black, which Nepomniachtchi leads 5-4, so he'll be heading to Dortmund within the next few months.

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  Penguincw: Nearly 7 and a hours after it started, 2 games remain in Group A. Tran-Korobkov recently finished with 97...Kxf4. Sasikrian just blundered after trying to convert a small advantage, and will probably lose. Then there's Svetushkin-Sanal, which looks to be in black's favour.
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  Penguincw: One last post: Jumabayev and Sanal both win. I also see the Russians steal all 3 podium spots. It also could've been top 5 of 7, but Jumabayev made sure it was only 5 of 8.
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  Troller: Even if Nepom took the Dortmund ticket on tiebreaks, this was a bit of a breakthrough for Daniil Dubov. Some years back he was part of a 1996-born triumvirate with Nyzhnyk and Rapport; Nyzhnyk more or less stopped playing while Dubov stagnated, and only Rapport has made it to the big leagues so far.

But in Aeroflot Dubov turned in a 2869 performance, netting him 27.8 elo, catapulting him into top-100 in live ratings. In rd 7 and 8 against fellow Russians Nepom and Bukavshin he played short draws (maintaining his standings), but otherwise he has played long and relentless games. In rd 4-6 he won consecutive games against +2650 players Fedoseev, Kovalenko and Sasikiran.

Apr-05-15  kellmano: Has Nyzhnyk stopped playing? A pity, he had great hair.
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  Troller: <kellmano: Has Nyzhnyk stopped playing?>

Not completely, but his activity in recent years has been quite low. He has joined Webster University I believe, not sure if that will whet his appetite. But has only 8 games with him last year:

Apr-05-15  Pawn Dillinger: Nyzhnyk has played in 10 tournaments in the U.S. in the last year. He's not swimming in the deep end of the pool in America. Europe is the ticket for players who want become world champ. Ask Nakamura, and, increasingly, Daniel Naroditsky. Wesley So will play more in Europe as he gets more opportunities with his rating. Even Samuel Sevian is following the tried and true path.
Apr-14-15  parmetd: So what happened with Jan Forrest?
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  Troller: <parmetd: So what happened with Jan Forrest?>

He did not keep the level of play in the last four rounds. Still, 2645 performance and a rating gain of 16:

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