Aeroflot Open: Ivanchuk and Kharlov lead

2/18/2005 – After three rounds of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow there are two players with a perfect 3:0 score: Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Andrei Kharlov of Russia. You can watch the games live on the official site or on Playchess.com. Here is a selection of the games played so far, and some visual impressions.

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The International Chess Open Festival "Aeroflot Open 2005" in Moscow runs from Feb. 15-23. It is being held in the Hotel Rossija, directly next to the Red Square. Games start at 3 p.m. Moscow time. There are four groups: Tournament A1 for players with a FIDE rating higher than 2549; Tournament A2 for players between 2399-2550; Tournament B 2199-2400; Tournament C below 2200. The time controls are 40/2, 20/1 + 15 minutes/rest (tournament B and C: 90'+30" for the whole game).

After three rounds the veteran Ukrainian grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk and 36-year-old GM Andrei Kharlov from Russia are in the lead. We cannot tell you very much more, since only a selection of games has become available. Well, it is a step in the right direction – last year no games were made available during the event. The only thing the very frugal official site has to offer is all results (but no cross table). We bring you these in all modesty for Tournament A1. You can browse through the tables and monitor the progress of your favourite players. We also bring you a selection of games we have received. Oh, yes, and some pictures from Moscow we received from our correspondent Michael Knyazkov (the official site has lots of pictures from last year's event)

Picture gallery


The giant hotel Rossija, the biggest in Europe, where the tournament is being held


The entrance with the chess poster – and taxies in the Russian winter


A view from the tournament venue, with the Kremlin and the landmark St Bartholomew's cathedral


Part of the giant playing area in the Rossija Hotel


Players in action at the Aeroflot Open 2005


Watching the action on the transmission screens


Games in play, with Vitaly Tseshkovsky vs Alexander Motylev in the foreground and lanky Loek van Wely (vs Ferenc Berkes) at the end of the table.


In the middle: Teimour Radjabov on his way to beating Artashes Minasian in round three


Kateryna Lahno just about to win her game with black to reach 2.5/3.0 points


22-year-old Mikhail Panarin, known on Playchess as "Topotun"

Round one

Jakovenko, Dmitry Bacrot, Etienne
0-1
Ivanchuk, Vassily Riazantsev, Alexander
1-0
Solak, Dragan Ponomariov, Ruslan
1/2
Akopian, Vladimir Dvoirys, Semen I.
1-0
Galkin, Alexander Aronian, Levon
1/2
Bologan, Viktor Ivanov, Alexander
1-0
Amonatov, Farrukh Van Wely, Loek
1/2
Sakaev, Konstantin Lastin, Alexander
1-0
Popov, Valerij Tkachiev, Vladislav
1/2
Vaganian, Rafael A Minasian, Artashes
1/2
Bocharov, Dmitry Sutovsky, Emil
1/2
Radjabov, Teimour Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
1/2
Kotronias, Vasilios Motylev, Alexander
0-1
Malakhov, Vladimir Yakovich, Yuri
1-0
Belov, Vladimir Khalifman, Alexander
1/2
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar Al-Modiahki, Mohamad
1-0
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly Sasikiran, Krishnan
1-0
Zvjaginsev, Vadim Sorokin, Maxim
0-1
Shaposhnikov, Evgeny Smirnov, Pavel
1/2
Eljanov, Pavel Kulaots, Kaido
1/2
Guseinov, Gadir Beliavsky, Alexander G
1/2
Sadvakasov, Darmen Ivanov, Sergey
1-0
Kornev, Alexei Kobalia, Mikhail
1/2
Kaidanov, Gregory S David, Alberto
0-1
Areshchenko, Alexander Tregubov, Pavel V.
1-0
Ni, Hua Markowski, Tomasz
1-0
Yermolinsky, Alex Kempinski, Robert
1/2
Najer, Evgeniy Anastasian, Ashot
0-1
Neverov, Valeriy Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan
1/2
Naiditsch, Arkadij Petrosian, Tigran L.
1-0
Azarov, Sergei Ehlvest, Jaan
1/2
Filippov, Valerij Kuzubov, Yuriy
1/2
Roiz, Michael Timofeev, Artyom
1/2
Iordachescu, Viorel Vasquez, Rodrigo
0-1
Atalik, Suat Epishin, Vladimir
1/2
Kharlov, Andrei Romanishin, Oleg M
1-0
Nataf, Igor-Alexandre Volkov, Sergey
0-1
Berkes, Ferenc Postny, Evgeny
1-0
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Bu, Xiangzhi Sandipan, Chanda
1/2
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw Izoria, Zviad
1/2
Shabalov, Alexander Lugovoi, Aleksei
0-1
Erenburg, Sergey Fedorov, Alexei
0-1
Asrian, Karen Wang, Yue
1/2
Kurnosov, Igor Gyimesi, Zoltan
1-0
Inarkiev, Ernesto Fontaine, Robert
1-0
L'Ami, Erwin Sargissian, Gabriel
0-1
Efimenko, Zahar Zhao, Jun
1-0
Kosteniuk, Alexandra Karjakin, Sergey
1/2
Kotsur, Pavel Nepomniachtchi, Ian
1-0
Galliamova, Alisa Rustemov, Alexander
1-0

Round two

Bacrot, Etienne (1) Berkes, Ferenc (1)

1/2

Fedorov, Alexei (1) Ivanchuk, Vassily (1)

0-1

Inarkiev, Ernesto (1) Akopian, Vladimir (1)

1/2

Sargissian, Gabriel (1) Bologan, Viktor (1)

1/2

Efimenko, Zahar (1) Sakaev, Konstantin (1)

1/2

Motylev, Alexander (1) Kotsur, Pavel (1)

1/2

Sorokin, Maxim (1) Malakhov, Vladimir (1)

1/2

David, Alberto (1) Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (1)

1/2

Sasikiran, Krishnan (0) Areshchenko, Alexander (1)

0-1

Anastasian, Ashot (1) Sadvakasov, Darmen (1)

1/2

Vasquez, Rodrigo (1) Ni, Hua (1)

0-1

Lugovoi, Aleksei (1) Naiditsch, Arkadij (1)

1-0

Kurnosov, Igor (1) Kharlov, Andrei (1)

0-1

Volkov, Sergey (1) Galliamova, Alisa (1)

1-0

Ponomariov, Ruslan (0,5) Galkin, Alexander (0,5)

1/2

Aronian, Levon (0,5) Solak, Dragan (0,5)

1-0

Van Wely, Loek (0,5) Popov, Valerij (0,5)

1-0

Minasian, Artashes (0,5) Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (0,5)

1/2

Ganguly, Surya Shekhar (0,5) Vaganian, Rafael A (0,5)

1/2

Sutovsky, Emil (0,5) Amonatov, Farrukh (0,5)

1-0

Kulaots, Kaido (0,5) Radjabov, Teimour (0,5)

1/2

Khalifman, Alexander (0,5) Bocharov, Dmitry (0,5)

1/2

Smirnov, Pavel (0,5) Belov, Vladimir (0,5)

1/2

Kuzubov, Yuriy (0,5) Eljanov, Pavel (0,5)

0-1

Beliavsky, Alexander G (0,5) Shaposhnikov, Evgeny (0,5)

1-0

Kobalia, Mikhail (0,5) Guseinov, Gadir (0,5)

1/2

Kempinski, Robert (0,5) Kornev, Alexei (0,5)

1/2

Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (0,5) Yermolinsky, Alex (0,5)

0-1

Ehlvest, Jaan (0,5) Neverov, Valeriy (0,5)

1-0

Nyback, Tomi (0,5) Filippov, Valerij (0,5)

0-1

Timofeev, Artyom (0,5) Azarov, Sergei (0,5)

1/2

Epishin, Vladimir (0,5) Roiz, Michael (0,5)

1/2

Tkachiev, Vladislav (0,5) Atalik, Suat (0,5)

1/2

Wang, Yue (0,5) Bu, Xiangzhi (0,5)

1/2

Izoria, Zviad (0,5) Kosteniuk, Alexandra (0,5)

1-0

Sandipan, Chanda (0,5) Asrian, Karen (0,5)

1/2

Karjakin, Sergey (0,5) Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (0,5)

1-0

Yakovich, Yuri (0) Zvjaginsev, Vadim (0)

0-1

Al-Modiahki, Mohamad (0) Kaidanov, Gregory S (0)

1/2

Tregubov, Pavel V. (0) Tseshkovsky, Vitaly (1)

1/2

Ivanov, Sergey (0) Najer, Evgeniy (0)

1/2

Markowski, Tomasz (0) Iordachescu, Viorel (0)

1/2

Petrosian, Tigran L. (0) Shabalov, Alexander (0)

1-0

Gyimesi, Zoltan (0) Romanishin, Oleg M (0)

1-0

Rustemov, Alexander (0) Nataf, Igor-Alexandre (0)

1/2

Postny, Evgeny (0) Jakovenko, Dmitry (0)

1-0

Riazantsev, Alexander (0) Erenburg, Sergey (0)

1-0

Dvoirys, Semen I. (0) Fontaine, Robert (0)

1-0

Ivanov, Alexander (0) L'Ami, Erwin (0)

1-0

Lastin, Alexander (0) Zhao, Jun (0)

1/2

Nepomniachtchi, Ian (0) Kotronias, Vasilios (0)

1/2

Round three

Ivanchuk, Vassily

2

Volkov, Sergey

2

1-0

Ni, Hua

2

Areshchenko, Alexander

2

1/2

Kharlov, Andrei

2

Lugovoi, Aleksei

2

1-0

Ehlvest, Jaan

1,5

Bacrot, Etienne

1,5

1/2

Akopian, Vladimir

1,5

Izoria, Zviad

1,5

1-0

Filippov, Valerij

1,5

Aronian, Levon

1,5

1-0

Bologan, Viktor

1,5

Inarkiev, Ernesto

1,5

1-0

Berkes, Ferenc

1,5

Van Wely, Loek

1,5

0-1

Sakaev, Konstantin

1,5

Sargissian, Gabriel

1,5

1/2

Kotsur, Pavel

1,5

Sutovsky, Emil

1,5

0-1

Tseshkovsky, Vitaly

1,5

Motylev, Alexander

1,5

1/2

Malakhov, Vladimir

1,5

Efimenko, Zahar

1,5

1/2

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

1,5

Karjakin, Sergey

1,5

1-0

Eljanov, Pavel

1,5

Sorokin, Maxim

1,5

1-0

Yermolinsky, Alex

1,5

Beliavsky, Alexander G

1,5

1/2

Sadvakasov, Darmen

1,5

David, Alberto

1,5

0-1

Ponomariov, Ruslan

1

Anastasian, Ashot

1,5

1/2

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter

1

Ivanov, Alexander

1

1-0

Vaganian, Rafael A

1

Kulaots, Kaido

1

1-0

Radjabov, Teimour

1

Minasian, Artashes

1

1-0

Galkin, Alexander

1

Khalifman, Alexander

1

0-1

Zvjaginsev, Vadim

1

Ganguly, Surya Shekhar

1

1/2

Bocharov, Dmitry

1

Smirnov, Pavel

1

1/2

Belov, Vladimir

1

Kobalia, Mikhail

1

0-1

Guseinov, Gadir

1

Kempinski, Robert

1

1/2

Naiditsch, Arkadij

1

Vasquez, Rodrigo

1

1/2

Kornev, Alexei

1

Timofeev, Artyom

1

0-1

Petrosian, Tigran L.

1

Epishin, Vladimir

1

1-0

Azarov, Sergei

1

Tkachiev, Vladislav

1

1-0

Bu, Xiangzhi

1

Postny, Evgeny

1

1/2

Roiz, Michael

1

Fedorov, Alexei

1

1/2

Asrian, Karen

1

Kurnosov, Igor

1

1-0

Atalik, Suat

1

Gyimesi, Zoltan

1

1/2

Sandipan, Chanda

1

Riazantsev, Alexander

1

1/2

Galliamova, Alisa

1

Dvoirys, Semen I.

1

1/2

Kaidanov, Gregory S

0,5

Wang, Yue

1

1-0

Shaposhnikov, Evgeny

0,5

Tregubov, Pavel V.

0,5

0-1

Najer, Evgeniy

0,5

Markowski, Tomasz

0,5

1-0

Nataf, Igor-Alexandre

0,5

Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan

0,5

1/2

Iordachescu, Viorel

0,5

Ivanov, Sergey

0,5

1-0

Neverov, Valeriy

0,5

Rustemov, Alexander

0,5

0-1

Solak, Dragan

0,5

Kuzubov, Yuriy

0,5

1/2

Amonatov, Farrukh

0,5

Nyback, Tomi

0,5

0-1

Wojtaszek, Radoslaw

0,5

Lastin, Alexander

0,5

1/2

Popov, Valerij

0,5

Nepomniachtchi, Ian

0,5

1-0

Zhao, Jun

0,5

Kotronias, Vasilios

0,5

0-1

Kosteniuk, Alexandra

0,5

Al-Modiahki, Mohamad

0,5

1-0

Romanishin, Oleg M

0

Sasikiran, Krishnan

0

1/2

Shabalov, Alexander

0

Erenburg, Sergey

0

1/2

Fontaine, Robert

0

Jakovenko, Dmitry

0

1-0

L'Ami, Erwin

0

Yakovich, Yuri

0

0-1

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