Aeroflot Open 2000 under way in Moscow

2/16/2008 – It will probably be the strongest open of the year, and is taking place from February 13th to 22nd. The venue and official hotel the "Gamma-Delta" Hotel, which can accomodate 3,500 guests. The festival consists of four tournaments, each a nine rounds Swiss Tournament. We bring you results and games from the first two rounds, and a number of video links that provide impressions of the tournament.

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The Aeroflot Open 2008 is taking place from February 13th to 22nd. The venue and official hotel the "Gamma-Delta" Hotel, which can accomodate 3,500 guests. The festival consists of four tournaments, each a nine rounds Swiss Tournament. The total prize fund of the four tournaments is US $200,000 – $30,000 first place and $100,000 total in the top group.

After two rounds of play three players have perfect scores. They are followed by 22 with a win and a draw each. One of these is our young friend Fabiano Caruana, who beat GM Milos Pavlovic in the second round with the black pieces:

Pavlovic,Milos (2522) - Caruana,F (2598) [D11]
Aeroflot Open Moscow RUS (2), 15.02.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bxf3 6.Qxf3 e6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0-0 Bd6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Qd1 Qe7 11.Bd2 dxc4 12.Bxc4 e5 13.Bb3 Rad8 14.Qc2 Bb8 15.Ne2 Nb6 16.dxe5 Qxe5 17.Ng3 Qg5 18.Ne2 Qe5 19.Ng3 Qg5 20.Ne2 Nbd5 21.Rad1 Rfe8 22.Nd4 Ne4 23.Nf3 Qf5 24.Ba5 Rd6 25.Nd4 Qd7 26.Rfe1 Rg6 27.Kf1 Rf6 28.Nf3 Rf5 29.Rd4 Qe7 30.Red1?

30...Nxe3+ 31.fxe3 Ng3+ 32.Kg1 Qxe3+ 33.Qf2 Ne2+ 34.Kf1 Ng3+ 35.Kg1 Ne2+ 36.Kf1 Qxf2+ 37.Kxf2 Bg3+ 38.Kf1 Nxd4 0-1.

Top standings after two rounds

1 GM Dreev, Alexey RUS 2633 2.0
2 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2600 2.0
3 GM Feller, Sebastien FRA 2522 2.0
4 GM Timofeev, Artyom RUS 2664 1.5
5 GM Motylev, Alexander RUS 2644 1.5
6 GM Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2642 1.5
7 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2638 1.5
8 GM Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2634 1.5
9 GM Asrian, Karen ARM 2621 1.5
10 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2618 1.5
11 GM Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2617 1.5
12 GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2614 1.5
13 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2601 1.5
14 GM Bocharov, Dmitry RUS 2600 1.5
15 GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2598 1.5
16 GM Iordachescu, Viorel MDA 2586 1.5
17 GM Jussupow, Artur GER 2585 1.5
18 GM Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2583 1.5
19 GM Evdokimov, Alexander A. RUS 2569 1.5
20 GM Shomoev, Anton RUS 2562 1.5
21 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2558 1.5
22 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2551 1.5
23 GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2551 1.5
24 WGM Hou, Yifan CHN 2527 1.5
25 IM Sebag, Marie FRA 2510 1.5
26 GM Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2700 1.0
27 GM Volokitin, Andrei UKR 2674 1.0
28 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA 2663 1.0
29 GM Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2649 1.0
30 GM Jobava, Baadur GEO 2643 1.0
31 GM Khalifman, Alexander RUS 2638 1.0
32 GM Azarov, Sergei BLR 2594 1.0
33 GM Lysyj, Igor RUS 2593 1.0
34 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2583 1.0
35 GM Minasian, Artashes ARM 2578 1.0
36 GM Balogh, Csaba HUN 2575 1.0
37 GM Maletin, Pavel RUS 2573 1.0
38 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2564 1.0
39 GM Brkic, Ante CRO 2558 1.0
40 GM Zhigalko, Andrey BLR 2556 1.0
41 GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS 2543 1.0
42 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE 2540 1.0
43 GM Olafsson, Helgi ISL 2531 1.0
44 IM Melkumyan, Hrant ARM 2485 1.0

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