Aeroflot Open 2010 – Le Quang Liem in the lead

2/12/2010 – After three rounds of this massive tournament GM Le Quang Liem is the only player left with a clean score: three wins in three games. He is followed by another Vietnamese GM (and a Bulgarian and a Russian), with 31 players behind them – of whom two are female and one an IM. We bring you results and games, plus photo impressions by WGM Yana Melnikova.

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The 9th Aeroflot Open is taking place from February 9th to 18th, 2010, for the fifth year in succession in the tourist complex Izmailovo Hotel Gamma-Delta, where most of the participants also stay. The prize sum is EUR 180,000, including prizes for the World Blitz Qualification Tournament. Four Open Tournaments (A1, A2, B and C) are made up according to the rating of the participants. The A1 tournament has players with a rating of 2550 or higher.

Time controls: for tournament A1 and A2 it is 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 20 moves in 50 minutes, finally 15 minutes for the remaining moves, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. For tournaments B and C: 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

Report from the 9th Aeroflot in Moscow

Photos by WGM Yana Melnikova

Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem is the only player left with a "dry score": three wins in three games, with the usual astronomical performance rating that results from calculating perfect scores. Behind Le Quang we find another Vietnamese GM, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, who is sharing 2nd-4th with Ivan Cheparinov and Artyom Timofeev at 2.5/3. Behind them there are 31 players at 2.0/3 points. 30 of them are GMs, one is a female IM (Nadezhda Kosintseva, rated 2533).

Standings after three rounds

Rnk Player
Pts
Nat Gen Rtng Perf WWe
1 GM Le, Quang Liem
3.0
VIE
M
2647 3386 +1.52
2 GM Cheparinov, Ivan
2.5
BUL
M
2660 2883 +0.80
3 GM Timofeev, Artyom
2.5
RUS
M
2652 2835 +0.64
4 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son
2.5
VIE
M
2616 2839 +0.80
5 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2.0
FRA
M
2730 2710 -0.07
6 GM Bacrot, Etienne
2.0
FRA
M
2713 2743 +0.11
7 GM Motylev, Alexander
2.0
RUS
M
2697 2752 +0.21
8 GM Volokitin, Andrei
2.0
UKR
M
2692 2735 +0.16
9 GM Bu, Xiangzhi
2.0
CHN
M
2673 2752 +0.30
10 GM Najer, Evgeniy
2.0
RUS
M
2665 2742 +0.30
11 GM Vescovi, Giovanni
2.0
BRA
M
2660 2731 +0.27
12 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2.0
RUS
M
2658 2691 +0.13
13 GM Efimenko, Zahar
2.0
UKR
M
2657 2719 +0.24
14 GM Grachev, Boris
2.0
RUS
M
2653 2697 +0.16
15 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan
2.0
IND
M
2653 2716 +0.24
16 GM Pashikian, Arman
2.0
ARM
M
2647 2732 +0.33
17 GM Bareev, Evgeny
2.0
RUS
M
2643 2697 +0.21
18 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim
2.0
RUS
M
2642 2676 +0.13
19 GM Van Wely, Loek
2.0
NED
M
2641 2655 +0.04
20 GM Mamedov, Rauf
2.0
AZE
M
2640 2693 +0.20
21 GM Savchenko, Boris
2.0
RUS
M
2638 2724 +0.34
22 GM Kobalia, Mikhail
2.0
RUS
M
2637 2664 +0.10
23 GM Zhou, Jianchao
2.0
CHN
M
2632 2726 +0.36
24 GM Rodshtein, Maxim
2.0
ISR
M
2622 2748 +0.50
25 GM Khalifman, Alexander
2.0
RUS
M
2616 2737 +0.49
26 GM Sjugirov, Sanan
2.0
RUS
M
2610 2805 +0.79
27 GM Khairullin, Ildar
2.0
RUS
M
2605 2788 +0.74
28 GM Ehlvest, Jaan
2.0
USA
M
2600 2804 +0.83
29 GM Zhou, Weiqi
2.0
CHN
M
2600 2792 +0.77
30 GM Romanov, Evgeny
2.0
RUS
M
2599 2791 +0.79
31 GM Melkumyan, Hrant
2.0
ARM
M
2583 2774 +0.77
32 GM Grigoriants, Sergey
2.0
RUS
M
2560 2771 +0.85
33 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda
2.0
RUS
F
2533 2768 +0.95
34 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana
2.0
RUS
F
2515 2764 +1.00
35 GM Salem, A.R. Saleh
2.0
UAE
M
2484 2753 +1.08
36 GM Kamsky, Gata
1.5
USA
M
2693 2574 -0.48
37 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij
1.5
GER
M
2687 2600 -0.36
38 GM Sargissian, Gabriel
1.5
ARM
M
2680 2588 -0.37
39 GM Moiseenko, Alexander
1.5
UKR
M
2677 2602 -0.31
40 GM So, Wesley
1.5
PHI
M
2656 2600 -0.24
41 GM Dreev, Alexey
1.5
RUS
M
2650 2572 -0.32
42 GM Korobov, Anton
1.5
UKR
M
2648 2569 -0.32
43 GM Predojevic, Borki
1.5
BIH
M
2642 2576 -0.28
44 GM Tregubov, Pavel V.
1.5
RUS
M
2628 2518 -0.45
45 GM McShane, Luke J
1.5
ENG
M
2616 2559 -0.23
46 GM Potkin, Vladimir
1.5
RUS
M
2611 2653 +0.17
47 GM Belov, Vladimir
1.5
RUS
M
2595 2583 -0.05
48 GM Bocharov, Dmitry
1.5
RUS
M
2594 2614 +0.09
49 GM Safarli, Eltaj
1.5
AZE
M
2594 2621 +0.12
50 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr
1.5
RUS
M
2591 2656 +0.26
51 GM Shomoev, Anton
1.5
RUS
M
2559 2653 +0.38
52 GM Sebag, Marie
1.5
FRA
F
2510 2600 +0.36
53 GM Smirin, Ilia
1.0
ISR
M
2668 2468 -0.82
54 GM Zhigalko, Sergei
1.0
BLR
M
2668 2469 -0.80
55 GM Amonatov, Farrukh
1.0
TJK
M
2634 2435 -0.81
56 GM Volkov, Sergey
1.0
RUS
M
2623 2424 -0.80
57 GM Iturrizaga, Eduardo
1.0
VEN
M
2616 2440 -0.71
58 GM Andriasian, Zaven
1.0
ARM
M
2613 2568 -0.17
59 GM Shabalov, Alexander
1.0
USA
M
2611 2526 -0.34
60 GM Lenic, Luka
1.0
SLO
M
2595 2561 -0.13
61 GM Maletin, Pavel
1.0
RUS
M
2591 2429 -0.64
62 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan
1.0
IRI
M
2589 2534 -0.21
63 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan
1.0
ESP
M
2584 2523 -0.23
64 GM Feller, Sebastien
1.0
FRA
M
2579 2485 -0.37
65 GM Yudin, Sergei
1.0
RUS
M
2573 2518 -0.21
66 GM Ragger, Markus
1.0
AUT
M
2568 2480 -0.35
67 GM Novikov, Stanislav
1.0
RUS
M
2557 2505 -0.19
68 IM Papin, Vasily
1.0
RUS
M
2548 2506 -0.16
69 GM Khusnutdinov, Rustam
1.0
KAZ
M
2513 2511 +0.00
70 IM Krylov, Mikhail
1.0
RUS
M
2511 2536 +0.09
71 IM Javakhishvili, Lela
1.0
GEO
F
2493 2497 +0.02
72 GM Hou, Yifan
0.5
CHN
F
2590 2386 -0.72
73 GM Svetushkin, Dmitry
0.5
MDA
M
2573 2374 -0.69
74 GM Morovic Fernandez, Ivan
0.5
CHI
M
2561 2372 -0.66
75 GM Iljushin, Alexei
0.5
RUS
M
2551 2347 -0.71
76 GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy
0.5
UKR
M
2525 2341 -0.63
77 IM Danin, Alexandre
0.5
RUS
M
2519 2348 -0.58
78 GM Lopez Martinez, Josep Manu
0.0
ESP
M
2593 1826 -1.63
79 GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier
0.0
ESP
M
2563 1877 -1.29
80 GM Laylo, Darwin
0.0
PHI
M
2556 1866 -1.31

Picture gallery


The "Kremlin in Izmailovo" – a unique cultural and entertainment complex which was
created on the basis of the world famous Vernisage in Izmailovo souvenir market.


The venue: Izmailovo Hotel Gamma-Delta, where most of the participants also stay


The playing hall with a round under way


In the sole lead with 3.0/3: Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem


Ukrainian GM Andrei Volokitin, US GM Jaan Ehlvest


GM Sanan Sjugirov from Kalmykia playing US GM Gata Kamsky (draw in 36 moves)


Armenian GM Zaven Andriasian watches Motylev vs Shabalov (Motylev won in 27 moves)


Youngsters: GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, 19, rated 2658, and GM Hou Yifan, 15, 2590


GM Vladimir Potkin of Russia


GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, rated 2730


GM Pavel Maletin of Russia


GM Maxim Rodshtein of Israel, 2622, without his trademark long hair


Russian GM Sergey Volkov, rated 2623


GM Tatiana Kosintseva of Russia, rated 2515


Tatiana's older sister IM Nadezhda Kosintseva, rated 2533


GM Marie Sebag of France, rated 2510


IM Lela Javakhishvili of Georgia, rated 2493


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