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Aeroflot Open Tournament

Evgeny Najer6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Mateusz Bartel6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Daniil Dubov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Gata Kamsky6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Maxim Matlakov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Alexandr Predke5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Rinat Jumabayev5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Motylev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Axel Bachmann5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Matthias Bluebaum5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Eltaj Safarli5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Baadur Jobava5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Wei Yi5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Jorden van Foreest5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Alexey Goganov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Vladimir Potkin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
A R Saleh Salem5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
* (86 players total; 57 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Aeroflot Open (2016)

The Aeroflot Chess Festival started in 2002 and is one of the world's premier open events. In 2016, 67 of the 86 participants in the "A" Group were grandmasters, while 16 of the 94 participants in the "B" Group were grandmasters. The "C" Group had a further 64 participants to bring up a total of 244 participants. The organizers were Aeroflot Airlines, the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Federations. Tournament director and chief organizer: Alexander Bakh. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz.


In the Hotel Cosmos in Moscow.


Tuesday 1 March to Wednesday 9 March 2016.


Swiss-style format with nine rounds.

Time Control:

The time control for the "A" Group was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first.


1. The number of games played with Black pieces. Byes and forfeited games will be considered as games played with White.

2. The average of the opponents ratings minus the highest and the lowest rating.


The total prizemoney for the "A" Group was EUR 65,000 (nearly US $71,000) and distributed as follows:

<1st Prize> EUR 18,000 <6th - 10th Prizes> EUR 1,700 each

<2nd Prize> EUR 10,000 <11th-15th Prizes> EUR 1,200 each

<3rd Prize> EUR 7,000 <16th-20th Prizes> EUR 700 each

<4th Prize> EUR 4,000 <21st-30th Prizes> EUR 500 each

<5th Prize> EUR 3,000

There were also special prizes for the best performance by seniors, women and juniors.


Opening Day was 29 February.

The draw for round one included 42 grandmasters paired on the top 21 boards. There were few surprises in the first round as the high ratings for this group precluded major upsets. There were 25 winners in the first round, some notable results being Goryachkina's draw with Sasikiran, Wei Yi's loss to Potkin and Jobava's loss to Goganov.

The second round saw five joint leaders emerge: Vallejo, Najer, Wen Yang, Petrosian and Goganov. Wei Yi was in the tail end of the field at this early stage with a second round draw against Lorparizangeneh who was rated nearly 300 points lower, while Anton Guijarro (2641) lost his second successive game and was the highest rated player to be sitting on an "egg". Artemiev (2674) and Moiseenko (2668) were the highest rated players to lose a game in the second round. Of the five women competing in the event, only IM Shen Yang (2466) had an even score, with one point out of two. The other four, Goryachkina, Lei Tingjie, Kovalevskaya and Karavade were all on half a point.

The third round saw Najer emerge as the sole leader of the event with his win over Petrosian to maintain his perfect score. There was a trailing pack of six players on 2.5 points. Apart from Petrosian the other leaders from round two all drew their games in this round. Wei Yi won his first game of the event playing black against Goryachkina, who still only had a draw to her credit after three rounds and was languishing at the bottom of the table. Shen Yang drew her game against Motylev, while Lei Tingjie defeated Bartosz Socko for both women to be on 1.5 after three rounds. Anton Guijarro lost his third successive game, this time to the young Indian GM Aravindh, to be one of three players yet to score.

The fourth round saw Najer retaining his lead, if not his perfect score following his draw against Maxim Matlakov. All six players in the trailing pack drew all their games to remain half a point behind Najer. A number of players in the third tier of results (ie: 2 points after round 3) won their games and joined the pack chasing Najer, namely Gelfand, Sjugirov, Fedoseev, Zvjaginsev, Rakhmanov and Grachev to bring up a total of twelve players on second. None of the women won their third round games and remain located in the lower end of the field, although the Chinese contingent of Lei Tingjie and Shen Yang both performed at or above rating with TPRs of over 2500 while the others scored only slightly under rating. Anton Guijarro finally got off the mark with a draw against IM Karavade. The only player in the field still to score was the lowest seeded player, CM Erigaisi (2379).

Round five and Najer (4/5) retained the sole lead despite another draw, this time with top seed Boris Gelfand. The entire chasing pack of twelve players that were on 3 points after round four drew their games, and were joined by three third tier players on 2.5 who won their games, namely Axel Bachmann who upset second seed Korobov, as well as Vladislav Artemiev and Robert Hovhannisyan to enlarge the pack chasing Najer to fifteen players on 3.5/5. Korobov and Cordova were the only players rated above 2600 who lost a game in this round. Wei Yi joined the third tier on 3/5 after his win over Esipenko (2445), and Goryachkina's poor form continued with another loss, this time to Wang Yiye (2445). Of the other women, Lei Tingjie and Shen Yang maintained their rating plus performances with draws against higher rated players, while Kovaletskaya (2462) drew with Kulaots (2578). Bottom placed Erigaisi remained on zero after losing to Anton Guijarro, who thereby scored his first win.

Round six: another draw by Najer, this time against Vallejo Pons, allowed Gelfand, Bartel and Matlakov from the massive chasing pack to catch up with wins and to share the lead with 4.5/6. A number of highly seeded players lost in this round, most notably Wei Yi to Kobalia and Artemiev to a resurgent Bartel who now shared the lead. All the women drew their games with higher rated players apart from Karavade who defeated GM Debashis and Goryachkina who drew against a lower rated player.

Round seven: the front runners all drew their games as did the chasing pack, barring Fedoseev who defeated Bachmann to join the lead with 5/7. There were now five players sharing the lead, and a group of 15 that were a half point behind. Wei Yi won his third game of the event when he beat Alekseenko. Four of the five women drew with higher rated opponents, while the fifth, Goryachkina, defeated Firouzja to record her first win of the event.

The top end of the field thinned considerably in round eight with the top 20 within half a point of each other now reduced to nine players in that top margin. Najer regained the sole lead with a win as Black over Fedoseev, and was the only player in the leading five to win a game. High profile losses in this round included Inarkiev, Vallejo, Korobov, Moiseenko and Swiercz. The results for the five women were a mixed bag with Lei Tingjie defeating Antipov, Eesha Karavade defeating Vasiliy Korchmar and Shen Yang drawing with Kulaots, but Goryachkina crashed to her fourth defeat to Vitaly Kunin while Kovaleskaya lost to Oparin. Tailender Erigaisi broke his string of losses to record his first result, a win against GM Debashis.

The final round saw Gelfand win his game to draw level with Najer, who drew. Apart from the Gelfand, all the players who started the round with 5.5 points and who were in equal second place drew their games, allowing Najer and Gelfand to pull clear of the field. Najer had the better tiebreak and thereby won the tournament ahead of Gelfand. Wei Yi drew his game with Petrosian to finish with 5/9 and equal 21st, barely remaining within the "2700 club" with a live rating of 2700.3 at the close of play. Lei Tingjie was the top placed woman in the event, with 4/9 (+2 -3 =4) against nine GMs and a near GM rating norm result. Goryachkina's last round win against IM Swayams left her with 3.5/9 and she thereby managed to remain 2500+, with the loss of only six rating points.





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 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 383  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Timofeev vs Gelfand  ½-½502016Aeroflot OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Bu Xiangzhi vs B Socko  ½-½412016Aeroflot OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Potkin vs Wei Yi 1-0252016Aeroflot OpenA10 English
4. A Korobov vs V Kunin  1-0582016Aeroflot OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Demchenko vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½332016Aeroflot OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. M Matlakov vs D Wagner  ½-½262016Aeroflot OpenA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
7. Kulaots vs E Inarkiev  0-1682016Aeroflot OpenC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
8. F Vallejo Pons vs S Chanda  1-0602016Aeroflot OpenC42 Petrov Defense
9. A Goganov vs Jobava 1-0332016Aeroflot OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. V Artemiev vs M Antipov  1-0532016Aeroflot OpenE16 Queen's Indian
11. B Lalith vs Kamsky  ½-½142016Aeroflot OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Moiseenko vs G Oparin  1-0782016Aeroflot OpenE17 Queen's Indian
13. V Kovalev vs S Sjugirov  ½-½162016Aeroflot OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. Swiercz vs N Maiorov 1-0422016Aeroflot OpenC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
15. F Bindrich vs V Fedoseev  ½-½472016Aeroflot OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. E Najer vs J van Foreest 1-0412016Aeroflot OpenB56 Sicilian
17. K Alekseenko vs E Safarli  ½-½492016Aeroflot OpenD80 Grunfeld
18. Zvjaginsev vs V Sivuk  1-0602016Aeroflot OpenC26 Vienna
19. Pichot vs Motylev  ½-½222016Aeroflot OpenB32 Sicilian
20. A Rakhmanov vs Kotronias  1-0372016Aeroflot OpenA20 English
21. S M Shyam vs D Anton Guijarro 1-0472016Aeroflot OpenA10 English
22. B Grachev vs Yinglun Xu  1-0672016Aeroflot OpenA13 English
23. Goryachkina vs Sasikiran  ½-½382016Aeroflot OpenB40 Sicilian
24. R Hovhannisyan vs A Predke  1-0412016Aeroflot OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
25. C Aravindh vs Dubov 0-1352016Aeroflot OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Mar-07-16  Mr. V: <siggemannen> Lol. Has he ever explained in any interviews why he chooses to draw so quickly? Did he resolve to never refuse a draw offer?
Mar-07-16  waustad: Lei Tingjie and Shen Yang are both at -1, a little below the GM norm standard. I suspect going 1.5/2 for either would get them there, though it might be harder for Lei Tingjie, since her oponents have had a lower average rating.
Mar-07-16  Fish55: For some reason the Chessgames leaderboard does not show Kamsky, who is 4.5/7 and will have white against the lower-rated Goganov in round 8.
Mar-08-16  notyetagm: Kamsky-Goganov in Round 8 is a *great* example of <WEAK DARK SQUARES>.
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  Willem Wallekers: Bluebaum-Korobov 1-0 with an amazing zugzwang.
Mar-08-16  fisayo123: V Fedoseev vs E Najer, 2016

Fedoseev vs Najer. Qb2?? Can anyone tell me what's going on here, because Fedoseev had at least 25 mins on the clock before this move.

<Willem Wallekers> Yes, that was impressive from the young German player! Great preparation. Impressive zugzwang.

Mar-08-16  Shams: Can anyone explain?
A R Saleh Salem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016
A R Saleh Salem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016
Mar-08-16  sonia91: <Shams> I just submitted a correction slip for duplicated games (link at the bottom of every page)
Mar-08-16  Shams: <sonia> Thanks. Two PGNs of the same game, one with fewer moves, would have made sense. But these were two completely different games. Any idea what happened?
Mar-08-16  sonia91: <Shams>, <Fish55> according to chess24, this game A R Saleh Salem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 is the real Salem-Nepo, while this A R Saleh Salem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 is actually Bok-Kamsky from round 5 which is missing

ChessBomb has the former as both Salem-Nepo and Bok-Kamsky. Now I submitt a new correction slip.

Mar-08-16  Shams: <sonia> Fine work.
Mar-08-16  waustad: Since she is playing white against Anton Korobov (2713) in the final round, Lei Tingjie would have the qualifications for the GM title with a final round draw. Her opponent is having a poor tournament and might want to go home and lick his wounds. Either that or he may be seriously bent on regaining some of the -17,4 elo from this tournament. It will be interesting seeing which way it goes.
Mar-08-16  Shams: <waustad> A game to watch. Thanks for the tip.
Premium Chessgames Member
  norami: Kobalia-Dubov repeated moves for a draw starting at move eight. I wonder what the record is in a real game.
Mar-09-16  siggemannen: Gelfand or Djumabajev can still catch Najer for the win, exciting finish!
Mar-09-16  notyetagm: <waustad: Since she is playing white against Anton Korobov (2713) in the final round, Lei Tingjie would have the qualifications for the GM title with a final round draw. Her opponent is having a poor tournament and might want to go home and lick his wounds. Either that or he may be seriously bent on regaining some of the -17,4 elo from this tournament. It will be interesting seeing which way it goes.>

She lost her White game in 33 moves. Sucks to be that close to the GM title and fail.

Tingjie Lei vs A Korobov, 2016

Mar-09-16  jamesmaskell: Gelfand gets the win against Djumbayev and ties with Najer, which means tiebreak matches!
Mar-09-16  jamesmaskell: ...or maybe not. Reading the top there its talking about tiebreak matches but Im now guessing thats if the two are still tied after Black wins and average rating? If so, Najer wins on average rating tiebreak.
Mar-09-16  siggemannen: Najer is ahead here:

But who knows, usually they still play some blitz tiebreakers anyway

Mar-09-16  sonia91: Najer won the tournament on second tiebreak (opponents' average rating minus the highest and the lowest rating) and qualifies for Dortmund 2016:

Tiebreak matches occur only in the blitz tournament tomorrow; full regulations here:

Mar-09-16  siggemannen: Thanks <sonia91>!

IMO, this tourney was quite interesting, but a bit too many GM-draws under move 10 spoiled it

Mar-09-16  jamesmaskell: <sonia> oh, in that case someone needs to amend the text above the games on this page as it seems to say both sorts of tiebreaks apply to the main tournament.
Mar-10-16  sonia91: Ding Liren won the Aeroflot blitz tournament today:
Mar-11-16  zluria: Congrats to GMs Gelfand and Najer on winning the tournament!
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  Tabanus: Standings updated. Someone must have done a job here, I found only one wrong game result (correction slip sent).
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