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Etienne Bacrot wins Aeroflot Open 2009

2/26/2009 – Things didn't look that good for France's top GM, until victories in the last two rounds put him at the top of the table and gave him first place on tiebreak points. Second, with the same number of points (6.5/9) was Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine. We bring you all results and games from the top group, plus, from wintry Moscow, a big photo report by WGM Yana Melnikova.
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Aeroflot Open 2009

The Aeroflot Open took place from February 17th to 25th February, 2009, in Moscow. Top French GM Etienne Bacrot won his last two games to clinch victory. He beat Arman Pashikian in the final round to finish 6.5/9, the same as Alexander Moiseenko. Since Bacrot had played more games with the black pieces he was the tiebreak winner.


The winner of Aeroflot 2009: Etienne Bacrot from France

Final standings (after nine rounds)

# Player Pts FED Rtng Perf. w-We
1 GM Bacrot, Etienne 6.5 FRA 2722 2775 +0.62
2 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 6.5 UKR 2676 2770 +1.11
3 GM Zhou, Jianchao 6.0 CHN 2612 2753 +1.71
4 GM Predojevic, Borki 6.0 BIH 2650 2706 +0.64
5 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 6.0 BLR 2587 2765 +2.15
6 GM Kurnosov, Igor 6.0 RUS 2602 2758 +1.89
7 GM Potkin, Vladimir 6.0 RUS 2613 2748 +1.61
8 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 6.0 RUS 2664 2743 +0.92
9 GM Pashikian, Arman 6.0 ARM 2621 2729 +1.29
10 IM Yudin, Sergei 5.5 RUS 2562 2706 +1.78
11 GM Zhou, Weiqi 5.5 CHN 2542 2714 +2.15
12 GM Filippov, Anton 5.5 UZB 2556 2711 +1.94
13 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 5.5 RUS 2497 2702 +2.52
14 GM Sargissian, Gabriel 5.5 ARM 2677 2685 +0.10
15 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 5.5 RUS 2687 2672 -0.18
16 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 5.5 RUS 2636 2665 +0.36
17 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej 5.5 BLR 2636 2644 +0.10
18 GM Riazantsev, Alexander 5.5 RUS 2634 2636 +0.03
19 GM Khairullin, Ildar 5.0 RUS 2574 2671 +1.17
20 GM Andriasian, Zaven 5.0 ARM 2564 2689 +1.51
21 GM Kotsur, Pavel 5.0 KAZ 2563 2676 +1.37
22 GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy 5.0 UKR 2490 2642 +1.84
23 GM Dreev, Alexey 5.0 RUS 2688 2607 -1.01
24 GM Amonatov, Farrukh 5.0 TJK 2647 2613 -0.44
25 GM Smirin, Ilia 5.0 ISR 2647 2602 -0.56
26 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 5.0 RUS 2628 2595 -0.44
27 GM Huzman, Alexander 5.0 ISR 2602 2582 -0.26
28 GM Zhigalko, Andrey 5.0 BLR 2572 2695 +1.48
29 GM Dyachkov, Sergej 5.0 RUS 2553 2674 +1.46
30 GM Wen, Yang 5.0 CHN 2504 2656 +1.83
31 GM Grachev, Boris 5.0 RUS 2655 2658 +0.01
32 GM Ehlvest, Jaan 5.0 USA 2595 2637 +0.51
33 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 5.0 GER 2693 2645 -0.61
34 GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 5.0 KAZ 2630 2617 -0.18
35 GM Mamedov, Rauf 5.0 AZE 2638 2604 -0.44
36 GM Landa, Konstantin 5.0 RUS 2626 2611 -0.23
37 GM So, Wesley 5.0 PHI 2627 2577 -0.65
38 GM Grigoriants, Sergey 4.5 RUS 2565 2647 +1.03
39 GM Safarli, Eltaj 4.5 AZE 2564 2636 +0.90
40 GM Onischuk, Alexander 4.5 USA 2659 2580 -0.98
41 GM Romanov, Evgeny 4.5 RUS 2576 2621 +0.56
42 GM Melkumyan, Hrant 4.5 ARM 2519 2618 +1.22
43 GM Bareev, Evgeny 4.5 RUS 2645 2567 -0.95
44 GM Van Wely, Loek 4.5 NED 2625 2496 -1.43
45 GM Sjugirov, Sanan 4.0 RUS 2562 2572 +0.15
46 GM Maslak, Konstantin 4.0 RUS 2541 2572 +0.42
47 GM Shomoev, Anton 4.0 RUS 2567 2562 -0.04
48 GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier 4.0 ESP 2558 2547 -0.09
49 IM Chadaev, Nikolai 4.0 RUS 2568 2546 -0.25
50 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 4.0 USA 2619 2528 -1.11
51 GM Bocharov, Dmitry 4.0 RUS 2647 2490 -1.87
52 GM Minasian, Artashes 4.0 ARM 2557 2592 +0.46
53 IM Ponkratov, Pavel 4.0 RUS 2557 2586 +0.39
54 GM Lysyj, Igor 4.0 RUS 2620 2546 -0.90
55 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 4.0 ISR 2650 2524 -1.53
56 GM Li, Chao b 4.0 CHN 2628 2515 -1.37
57 GM Maze, Sebastien 4.0 FRA 2578 2516 -0.73
58 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. 4.0 ARM 2623 2507 -1.40
59 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 4.0 AZE 2724 2735 +0.07
60 GM Li, Shilong 3.5 CHN 2559 2519 -0.50
61 IM Robson, Ray 3.5 USA 2455 2516 +0.69
62 GM Smirnov, Pavel 3.5 RUS 2579 2558 -0.27
63 GM Dziuba, Marcin 3.5 POL 2556 2528 -0.35
64 GM Vaganian, Rafael A 3.5 ARM 2596 2497 -1.23
65 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan 3.5 IRI 2604 2495 -1.36
66 GM Bartel, Mateusz 3.5 POL 2594 2485 -1.35
67 GM Gajewski, Grzegorz 3.5 POL 2581 2423 -1.70
68 GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav 3.0 UKR 2558 2479 -0.94
69 GM Ragger, Markus 3.0 AUT 2540 2467 -0.85
70 WGM Shen, Yang 3.0 CHN 2448 2464 +0.20
71 GM Grigoryan, Avetik 3.0 ARM 2506 2384 -1.23
72 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda 3.0 RUS 2486 2472 -0.16
73 GM Milov, Vadim 3.0 SUI 2669 2467 -2.25
74 IM Ipatov, Alexander 2.5 ESP 2493 2400 -1.10
75 GM Volkov, Sergey 2.5 RUS 2627 2399 -2.46
76 IM Salem, A.R. Saleh 2.0 UAE 2473 2220 -2.24
77 GM Chuprov, Dmitry 1.5 RUS 2571 2419 -1.02
78 GM Kotanjian, Tigran 0.5 ARM 2568 2240 -1.53

Photo gallery from Moscow

By WGM Yana Melnikova


Moscow in the winter


The location of the Aeroflot Open 2009, the tourist and hotel complex "Izmailovo"


Inside the building a banner for the tournament


The action in the main playing hall


Second after Bacrot on tiebreak points: GM Alexander Moiseenko


Third (on tiebreak): Zhou, Jianchao from China, rated 2612


9th: GM Arman Pashikian, ARM, 2621, lost to Bacrot in the final round


Another Chinese GM: Zhou Weiqi, who finished eleventh


Seventh: GM Vladimir Potkin, RUS, rated 2613


Both sides now: GM Alexander Riazantsev, RUS, 2634, 18th


31st: GM Boris Grachev, RUS, 2655


32nd: GM Jaan Ehlvest, USA, 2595


Disappointed: GM Rauf Mamedov, AZE, 2638 came 35th


WGM Batkhuyag Munguntuul of Mongolia, rated 2425, in the A2 group


FM Ju Wenjun, rated 2392, who played in the A2 tournament

About the author

WGM Yana Melnikova, Russia, is:

  • a graduate of the N. Bauman Moscow State Technical University, management faculty;
  • an organizers of chess events for the Moscow Chess Federation;
  • a member of German chess club Bad Konigshofen;
  • a Woman Grandmaster since 2005.

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