Aeroflot Open Rd6: Tough fights and great games

by Albert Silver
3/6/2016 – It has been a terrific series of fights with none able to break away from the pack for any length of time. At the top are Najer, Gelfand, Bartel and Matlakov with 4.5/6. The tournament has also been a boon to young talents, several of whom are found in the A and B events. In this report are two games with wonderfully instructive analysis by GM 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 six

One of Aravindh's biggest advantages is that doesn't really care about his previous results.
He just focuses on his present game. In round six he defeated fellow prodigy Alireza Firouzja.

The best part about Baadur Jobava is that whether he wins or loses, he is always in good spirits

Korobov - Bachmann

Korobov is a renowned tactician, but the Paraguayan grandmaster Axel
Bachmann was in the zone. Can you see his ultra-creative continuation?
Black to play.

The Polish grandmaster Bartel Mateusz has been all business and his focus and concentration
have been rewarded. After six rounds he is one of only four players with 4.5/6.

In the following game, you will be treated not only to deep strategic ideas, but extremely creative tactics to follow up on them. A true gem of a game with inspired notes by Iranian grandmaster GM Elshan Moradiabadi.

Korobov - Bachmann (annotated by GM Elshan Moradiabadi)

Ian Nepomniachtchi is a world-class blitz and rapid player

Boris Savchenko's bored look may explain why he lost to Ernesto Inarkiev in round six

Kamsky - Salem

It is time to turn off engines, sit back, and evaluate the position. White is
a pawn down, and Black has a great 'pack' of pawns in the center. Sound
about right?

No! As GM Moradiabadi explains in his notes: "Black king's does not have a real safe place to go to, and in the long-run Black has a lot of difficulty to mobilize his pieces. In addition, Black has a number of weaknesses on the queenside, notably the a-pawn, which would fall once White manages to mobilize his pieces on the queenside."

Kamsky - Salem (annotated by GM Elshan Moradiabadi)

Andrey Esipenko is just 13 years old, but already has a rating of 2445. He is playing in
the 'A' category and has beat strong GMs like Nikita Maiorov and Denis Khismatullin

GM Rinat Jumabayev from Kazakhstan has 3.5/6 and is performing about par

About the annotator

Elshan Moradiabadi, is a grandmaster, rated 2603 FIDE, and was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He is a PhD student/candidate in Management Information System (MIS) at Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech university.

Elshan co-authored "Chess and the Art of War: Ancient Wisdom to Make You a Better Player" with Al Lawrence. He has also published written articles for ChessBase, and edited opening materials for fellow authors. Elshan Moradiabadi is a veteran instructor and teaches chess to every level, with students ranging from beginners to IM. He can be contacted for projects or teaching at his email.

Top results of round six

Bd
No.
Ti.
Name
Rtg
Pts.
Result
Pts.
Ti.
Name Rtg No.
1
8
GM
Vallejo Pons Francisco
2677
½ - ½
4
GM
Najer Evgeniy
2664
16
2
1
GM
Gelfand Boris
2735
1 - 0
GM
Grachev Boris
2639
22
3
6
GM
Matlakov Maxim
2682
1 - 0
GM
Hovhannisyan Robert
2636
24
4
27
GM
Bartel Mateusz
2625
1 - 0
GM
Artemiev Vladislav
2674
10
5
13
GM
Sjugirov Sanan
2667
½ - ½
GM
Goganov Aleksey
2575
52
6
15
GM
Fedoseev Vladimir
2664
½ - ½
GM
Wen Yang
2609
36
7
25
GM
Dubov Daniil
2634
½ - ½
GM
Zvjaginsev Vadim
2662
18
8
35
GM
Bachmann Axel
2609
½ - ½
GM
Rakhmanov Aleksandr
2650
20
9
43
GM
Dragun Kamil
2594
3
½ - ½
3
GM
Bu Xiangzhi
2724
2
10
3
GM
Wei Yi
2714
3
0 - 1
3
GM
Kobalia Mikhail
2632
26
11
5
GM
Nepomniachtchi Ian
2704
3
1 - 0
3
GM
Bok Benjamin
2611
32
12
7
GM
Inarkiev Ernesto
2677
3
1 - 0
3
GM
Savchenko Boris
2610
34
13
11
GM
Kamsky Gata
2673
3
1 - 0
3
GM
Salem A.R. Saleh
2615
31
14
67
 
Predke Alexandr
2508
3
½ - ½
3
GM
Swiercz Dariusz
2665
14
15
17
GM
Safarli Eltaj
2663
3
½ - ½
3
GM
Bocharov Dmitry
2595
42
16
19
GM
Motylev Alexander
2655
3
½ - ½
3
GM
Potkin Vladimir
2585
46
17
39
GM
Bluebaum Matthias
2605
3
0 - 1
3
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan
2637
23
18
48
GM
Demchenko Anton
2583
0 - 1
GM
Korobov Anton
2713
4
19
9
GM
Jobava Baadur
2676
½ - ½
GM
Alekseenko Kirill
2554
60
20
47
GM
Kunin Vitaly
2584
0 - 1
GM
Moiseenko Alexander
2668
12

Click for complete results

Standings after round six

Rk. SNo Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 16 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2664 4,5
2 1 GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2735 4,5
3 27 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2625 4,5
4 6 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2682 4,5
5 36 GM Wen Yang CHN 2609 4,0
6 52 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2575 4,0
7 7 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2677 4,0
8 35 GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2609 4,0
9 18 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2662 4,0
10 20 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2650 4,0
11 5 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2704 4,0
12 26 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2632 4,0
13 11 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2673 4,0
14 13 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2667 4,0
15 15 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2664 4,0
16 25 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2634 4,0
17 23 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2637 4,0
18 8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2677 4,0
19 43 GM Dragun Kamil POL 2594 3,5
20 67   Predke Alexandr RUS 2508 3,5
21 54 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2573 3,5
22 46 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2585 3,5
23 22 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2639 3,5
24 30 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2620 3,5
25 42 GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2595 3,5
26 4 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2713 3,5
27 2 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2724 3,5
28 10 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2674 3,5
29 14 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2665 3,5
30 33 GM Cordova Emilio PER 2610 3,5

Click for complete standings


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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Logos Logos 3/8/2016 03:19
Nice article as always. Thank you Elshan.
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