Aeroflot Blitz won by Sergey Karjakin

2/20/2012 – After the prestigious open, there was a first rate blitz tournament, a nine-round swiss with eighteen games of three minutes plus two seconds increment. The tournament attracted a number of top players such as Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich with its 25 thousand Euro prize fund. Game videos by Sergey Sorokhtin.

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Aeroflot Blitz

After the prestigious Aeroflot Open, there was a first rate blitz tournament, a nine-round swiss in which the players played two games againts each opponent in games of three minutes plus two seconds increment. The tournament attracted a number of top players such as Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich with its 25 thousand Euro prize fund. After nine rounds and eighteen games, Sergey Karjakin took first with 15.0/18 and 7000 Euros. Second was Alexander Grischuk with 14.5/18 and 4000 Euros and third was Chinese teenager Yu Yangyi with 13.5/18.

Final standings

Rk
Title
Name
Fed
Rtg
Pts
Wins
1
GM
Karjakin, Sergey
RUS
2769
15.0
7
2
GM
Grischuk, Alexander
RUS
2761
14.5
7
3
GM
Yu, Yangyi
CHN
2631
13.5
6
4
GM
Popov, Ivan
RUS
2599
13.5
6
5
GM
Shimanov, Aleksandr
RUS
2549
13.0
6
6
GM
Jumabayev, Rinat
KAZ
2573
13.0
6
7
GM
Dreev, Aleksey
RUS
2698
12.5
6
8
GM
Andreikin, Dmitry
RUS
2688
12.5
5
9
GM
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
RUS
2740
12.5
5
10
GM
Caruana, Fabiano
ITA
2736
12.5
4
11
GM
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
AZE
2747
12.0
4
12
GM
Jobava, Baadur
GEO
2704
12.0
6
13
GM
Bosiocic, Marin
CRO
2580
12.0
4
13
GM
Dlugy, Maxim
USA
2518
12.0
4
15
GM
Zhigalko, Sergei
BLR
2658
12.0
6
16
GM
Gupta, Abhijeet
IND
2652
12.0
5
17
GM
Sjugirov, Sanan
RUS
2622
12.0
6
18
GM
Gopal G.N.
IND
2566
12.0
5
19
GM
Korobov, Anton
UKR
2660
12.0
3

Though the games were not digitally recorded by electronic chessboards, Sergey Sorokhtin was onhand and posted a number of the games he filmed. Here are a few:

 
Grischuk-Karjakin: In an English Opening, Grischuk sacs the exchange for big pawn center. After
a complicated game, it deteriorates into heavy tactics as Karjakin fights back. Gris wins back the
exchange but is unable to win the endgame.
Draw.

 
Jobava-Karjakin: The opening is a Slav Exchange. Karjakin loses a pawn early and soon faces a
nightmare on the queenside. He manages to create his own with threats, and though possibly
winning, but with less than ten seconds on the clock, Jobava repeats the position. Draw.

 
Grischuk-Negi: 1-0

 
Dlugy-Eljanov: Former US champion Maxim Dlugy, residing in Moscow, plays 1.b3 against Pavel
Eljanov and manages to get his way. 1-0.


Karjakin-Dlugy: Dlugy choose the 3...Qd6 Scandinavian against Karjakin, and attempts to play
extremely quickly to compensate his significant Elo disadvantage. It is not enough and he loses
the b-pawn (his planned Rxb2 is countered by Qa3+) and subsequently the game. 1-0.


Karjakin-Grischuk: Grischuk also tries the 3...Qd6 Scandinavian, two rounds after Dlugy's game,
but is unable to get anything and agrees to a draw after a strong d5 push by White.

More games and videos can be found at Sergey Sorokhtin's YouTube channel.

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