Aeroflot Open Rd3: A leader at last

by Albert Silver
3/4/2016 – Round three of the Aeroflot Open saw one player emerge as the sole leader: Evgeny Najer, the reigning European Champion, as he defeated Tigran Petrosian. After that, things quickly become messy as six players stand at 2.5/3, and 27 more at 2.0. After two draws, Boris Gelfand scored his first win in an impressive game analyzed by GM Elshan Moradiabadi.

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Aeroflot Open 2016

Photos by Amruta Mokal

The 13th edition of the Aeroflot Open 2016 is being held in Moscow, Russia from the 29th of February to 10th of March 2016. The official hotel of the event is Cosmos and the playing venue is also located at the same place. There are three tournaments that are simultaneously taking place:

  • The A Group (2550 and above) which has 83 players. Out of them 67 are grandmasters and the average rating of the tournament is 2585. This is higher than the Qatar Masters which had a rating average of 2529 (although in Doha the rating cut-off was 2300). The top seed of the tournament is Boris Gelfand with an Elo of 2735. Other star attractions are Bu Xiangzhi, Wei Yi and Ian Nepomniachtchi. They will fight for the first place of €18,000. Round begins at 3 p.m. every day and the time control is 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.

  • The B Group (2300 and above) has attracted the most entries – 94. With the participation of 16 grandmasters and 40 International Masters this event has a pretty decent rating average of 2390. The first prize is €8,000. Round begins at 3 p.m. and the time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first.

  • 63 players participate in the C Group (below 2300). There are players right from the rating of 2296 down to unrated players. €3,000 is the first prize. Rounds begin every day at 3 p.m. and the time control is 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first. The participants must keep the record of moves till the end of the game.

Round three

Following the trend of top players participating in prestigious opens, Boris Gelfand is the top
seed in the Aeroflot Open. After two draws, the former World Championship challenger scores.

Demchenko - Gelfand (annotated by GM Elshan Moradiabadi)

Bu Xiangzhi also scored his first win, beating Vladimir Potkin

A bonafide doll

Top results of round three

Bd No. Ti. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Ti. Name Rtg No.
1 8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2677 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Wen Yang 2609 36
2 16 GM Najer Evgeniy 2664 2 1 - 0 2 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 2607 38
3 4 GM Korobov Anton 2713 ½ - ½ 2 GM Goganov Aleksey 2575 52
4 6 GM Matlakov Maxim 2682 1 - 0 GM Khismatullin Denis 2621 29
5 31 GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2615 ½ - ½ GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2677 7
6 30 GM Lu Shanglei 2620 ½ - ½ GM Sjugirov Sanan 2667 13
7 14 GM Swiercz Dariusz 2665 ½ - ½ GM Cordova Emilio 2610 33
8 18 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2662 ½ - ½ GM Bachmann Axel 2609 35
9 20 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2650 ½ - ½ GM Jumabayev Rinat 2607 37
10 22 GM Grachev Boris 2639 ½ - ½ GM Bluebaum Matthias 2605 39
11 23 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2637 ½ - ½ GM Bocharov Dmitry 2595 42
12 84 IM Martirosyan Haik M. 2425 0 - 1 GM Dubov Daniil 2634 25
13 26 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2632 ½ - ½ GM Dragun Kamil 2594 43
14 64 GM Shyam Sundar M. 2523 0 - 1 GM Bartel Mateusz 2625 27
15 2 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2724 1 1 - 0 GM Potkin Vladimir 2585 46
16 48 GM Demchenko Anton 2583 1 0 - 1 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2735 1
17 56 GM Kovalev Vladislav 2560 1 0 - 1 1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2704 5
18 10 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2674 1 ½ - ½ 1 GM Wagner Dennis 2583 49
19 58 GM Bindrich Falko 2557 1 0 - 1 1 GM Kamsky Gata 2673 11
20 12 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2668 1 0 - 1 1 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 2573 53

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Standings after round three

Rk. SNo Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 16 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2664 3.0
2 27 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2625 2.5
3 25 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2634 2.5
4 52 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2575 2.5
5 36 GM Wen Yang CHN 2609 2.5
6 8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2677 2.5
7 6 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2682 2.5
8 53 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2573 2.0
9 39 GM Bluebaum Matthias GER 2605 2.0
10 43 GM Dragun Kamil POL 2594 2.0
11 7 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2677 2.0
12 1 GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2735 2.0
  5 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2704 2.0
14 11 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2673 2.0
  13 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2667 2.0
16 15 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2664 2.0
17 33 GM Cordova Emilio PER 2610 2.0
18 35 GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2609 2.0
19 37 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2607 2.0
20 41 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2599 2.0
21 30 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2620 2.0
22 38 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2607 2.0
23 42 GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2595 2.0
24 14 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2665 2.0
25 18 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2662 2.0
26 20 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2650 2.0
27 2 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2724 2.0
  22 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2639 2.0
29 4 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2713 2.0
30 23 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2637 2.0
31 26 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2632 2.0
  32 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2611 2.0
33 31 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2615 2.0
34 34 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2610 2.0

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Mr TambourineMan Mr TambourineMan 3/5/2016 09:29
This my guys I Think is a real doll! Cosplay maybe. If you fooled me - well done! But couldnt someone inform us (chessbase news dont; they do this trix) on how it is just someone in Place at Aeroflot could tell. This one should be intresting. I wonder "Bonafide" is it mean to bonafide fide?
fons fons 3/5/2016 04:09
"A bonafide doll"

Hahaha: and this just a day after the "Hou Yifan draws first blood" article.

Looks like the political correctness army has descended upon ChessBase. All beware.

To be fair; the comment was indeed sexist.

Then again; if it would have been a man with the caption: "A bonafide hunk" nobody would have given a peep.
jackie jackie 3/5/2016 03:39
Captioning the photograph of the young girl with 'bonafide doll' is simply Very Creepy.
Ugh. *shudders*
Just wondering, did the child's parents consent to usage of the image btw? The name was obtained in doing so, yes? Out of politeness and respect (remember: children are people too) the young girl was asked too?
(Laws differ by country, obviously, but a general guide to note might be that minors do not generally have the legal capacity to consent to usage of their image).
jhoravi jhoravi 3/5/2016 12:31
That flesh manlike thing beside the doll makes the scene familiar :)
PaulPena PaulPena 3/5/2016 12:19
"A bonafide doll" ?? Wow I'm a male chauvinist pig and found this offensive.
firestorm firestorm 3/4/2016 06:44
I'll echo the comments of other readers of chessbase's news pages- writing "a bonafide doll" about a female chess player is gratuitous sexism, and has no place here.
mistery mistery 3/4/2016 06:14
Is it any wonder that more women and girls don't feel comfortable playing competitive chess when chess journalists publish pictures of female players with the sole intent of showing a pretty face? Does she have a name? A rating? A federation? Could you show us any of her games? This is a chess news website, not a men's magazine. Grow up!
WickedPawn WickedPawn 3/4/2016 01:20
"A bonafide doll" ??
isn't it better if we learn the player's name and federation?
fightingchess fightingchess 3/4/2016 09:59
a weak commentary on the gelfand's game. it does not take a gm to write it. just use some games from database and some general comments on the position without giving much insight. a typical commentary by some who are influenced by the result and the name of players.
ainojin ainojin 3/4/2016 09:36
Instead of writing:
"A bonafide doll" You could write the name of the female player, instead of saying that she is a "real doll"... I found the comment completely off.
psamant psamant 3/4/2016 07:28
The analysis comments in Gelfand's game make it seem that it was a one sided affair. But, playing through makes us realize that Demchenko also played very well. To a weak hobby player like me, the result isn't clear till almost the very end. Gelfand held his nerve and parried white's attacks beautifully. A great game.
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