Over 120 Grandmasters at Aeroflot Open 2005

2/14/2005 – It starts tomorrow, at 3 p.m. Moscow time = 13:00h European Central, 07:00h NY, the strongest Open in the world, with 515 confirmed participants, 123 of them Grandmasters. The games will be played in Europe's biggest hotel, the Rossja, in the center of Moscow, directly next to Red Square. You can watch the games live on the official site or on Playchess.com. Here are all the details.

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The International Chess Open Festival "Aeroflot Open 2005" starts in Moscow on Tuesday, Feb. 15 (first round) in the Hotel Rossija, directly next to the Red Square. There are 515 confirmed participants. These play in four groups:

Tournament A1: for players with a FIDE rating higher than 2549. The prizes here are $30,000 for first, $17,000 for second, $10,000 for third, $5,000 for 4th, $3,000 for 5th, etc. down to $500 each for 21st-30th.

Tournament A2: for players with a FIDE rating of less than 2550, but higher than 2399. The prizes range from $12,000 for first to $1,500 for fifth, going down to $500 for 16th-25th.

Tournament B: for players with a FIDE rating of less than 2400, but higher than 2199. Prizes range from $5,000 for first to $800 for fifth, and $250 for 26th-35th.

Tournament C: for players with a FIDE rating lower than 2200 or without rating. Prizes are $3000 for first, $500 for fifth, $200 for 26th to 35th.

There are special prizes for the best performance among seniors, women and juniors in all tournaments, and rating prizes (total 5000 USD). The exact distribution of the special prizes shall be published after the start of the tournament, when the numbers of seniors, women and juniors and the ratings of the payers in the festival are known.

Time controls: Tournament A1 and A2 are played at 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour, finally 15 minutes for the remaining moves with an increment of 30 seconds per move in the last period. Tournament B and C: 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

Timetable

Tournament:
A1, A2 B C
Presentation of the players Feb. 14 Feb. 14 Feb. 14
Opening Ceremony Feb. 14: 20.00 Feb. 14: 20.00 Feb. 14: 20.00
Round 1 Feb. 15: 15.00 Feb. 15: 9.30 Feb. 15: 9.30
Round 2 Feb. 16: 15.00 Feb. 16: 9.30 Feb. 16: 9.30
Round 3 Feb. 17: 15.00 Feb. 16: 15.00 Feb. 17: 9.30
Round 4 Feb. 18: 15.00 Feb. 17: 9.30 Feb. 17: 15.00
Round 5 Feb. 19: 15.00 Feb. 18: 9.30 Feb. 18: 9.30
Round 6 Feb. 20: 15.00 Feb. 19: 9.30 Feb. 19: 9.30
Round 7 Feb. 21: 15.00 Feb. 20: 9.30 Feb. 20: 9.30
Round 8 Feb. 22: 15.00 Feb. 21: 9.30 Feb. 21: 9.30
Round 9 Feb. 23: 11.00 Feb. 22: 9.30 Feb. 22: 9.30
Closing Ceremony Feb. 23: 18.00
Prize giving Feb. 23: 19.30 Feb. 23: 10.00 Feb. 23: 10.00

Top 50 confirmed participants

Bacrot Etienne FRA 2715
Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2711
Akopian Vladimir ARM 2693
Aronian Levon ARM 2684
Bologan Viktor MDA 2683
Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2677
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROM 2673
Sutovsky Emil ISR 2669
Radjabov Teimour AZE 2667
Motylev Alexander RUS 2665
Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2664
Khalifman Alexander RUS 2662
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2657
Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2657
Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2653
Smirnov Pavel RUS 2645
Eljanov Pavel UKR 2643
Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2635
Beliavsky Alexander SLO 2635
Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2634
Kaidanov Gregory S USA 2629
Tregubov Pavel V. RUS 2629
Ni Hua CHN 2625
Movsesian Sergei SVK 2624
Najer Evgeniy RUS 2624
Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2623
Ehlvest Jaan EST 2622
Filippov Valerij RUS 2621
Timofeev Artyom RUS 2619
Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2615
Epishin Vladimir RUS 2614
Kharlov Andrei RUS 2614
Volkov Sergey RUS 2612
Berkes Ferenc HUN 2610
Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2609
Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2607
Izoria Zviad GEO 2607
Shabalov Alexander USA 2607
Fedorov Alexei BLR 2603
Asrian Karen ARM 2602
Gyimesi Zoltan HUN 2602
Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2602
Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2602
Efimenko Zahar UKR 2601
Karjakin Sergey UKR 2599
Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2598
Rustemov Alexander RUS 2598
Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2596
Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2596
Dvoirys Semen I. RUS 2595

The Aeroflot Open 2005 will take place in Europe's largest hotel, the "Rossija", which is located in downtown Moscow, 200 meters from the Kremlin, surrounded by an array of architectural monuments of XV - XVII centuries. Sightseeing places known all over the world, museums, theaters, shopping and entertainment centers, restaurants and casinos are closely to the hotel.


View of the mega hotel Rossija (background)

"Rossija" is rated as a three stars (***) hotel, and has in fact won the prize of "best Moscow 3-star Hotel" in 1998 and 2000. It has 2876 rooms. You can choose a single or a double room, a suite or an apartment. All the hotel rooms have necessary conveniences: a bathroom/toilet room, a refrigerator, a TV-set and a local and long-distance telephone.

There are a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars in the hotel, offering mainly Russian cuisine, but also with specialities of the house. They are called "Zolotoi Zal", "Vasilyevsky", "Sever" and the famous "Kremlyovsky". With a capacity of up to 500 guests. it is possible to arrange banquets, cocktail parties, wedding celebration – and chess tournaments.


Built on the bank of the river Moskva

For journalists the organisers are offering packages which include include flight, hotel accommodation 5 or 10 nights and transfer. A package in a single room costs between $400-500 for five nights and $575-675 for ten nights.

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