Sergey Karjakin wins Aeroflot Blitz Qualifier

2/27/2009 – As part of the Aeroflot Open Chess Festival one more big event was held in Moscow. 165 players took part in the Qualification Tournament for the World Blitz Championship, among them over a hundred grandmasters. For the majority the blitz tournament was part of playing in the Aeroflot Open, but some arrived in Moscow only to qualify for the World Blitz. Photo report by WGM Yana Melnikova.

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Aeroflot 2009 – Qualification Tournament for the World Blitz Championship

The tournament finished with a victory by 18-year-old Sergey Karjakin. In nine rounds of mini-matches – (opponents played two games against each other) the Ukrainian grandmaster scored 15/18. Half a point behind him was GM Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan. The third place with 13 points was divided between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Evgeny Bareev.

According to the regulations six winners of the Qualification Tournament have won the right to take part in World Blitz Championship 2009. The final tournament will take place in Moscow from 15 to 17 November, right after Mikhail Tal Memorial 2009.

We bring you the entire table, since some well-known names are in the middle or bottom half. Look who's at 147 – really do! The first six qualify for the World Blitz, we assume (but no guarantee, since there is no official word yet). Below the table we present you with some pictures from the blitz tournament.

# Sd. Ti. Player Nat. Rtng Pts. MBch Bch
Wins
1 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2706 15.0 80.00 102.00
7
2 4 GM Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2723 14.5 82.00 106.50
7
3 3 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2724 13.0 68.50 89.00
5
4 25 GM Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2645 13.0 68.00 89.50
6
5 16 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2657 12.5 76.50 98.50
6
6 42 GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2612 12.5 75.50 96.50
5
7 8 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2693 12.5 71.00 86.50
5
8 87 IM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2515 12.5 70.00 88.50
5
9 63 GM Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2564 12.5 69.50 91.00
5
10 23 GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2647 12.5 69.50 88.50
5
11 65 IM Yudin, Sergei RUS 2562 12.5 67.50 88.50
5
12 43 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2604 12.5 66.50 86.00
5
13 136   Yu, Yangyi CHN 2398 12.0 75.00 95.50
6
14 27 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2638 12.0 71.50 93.00
5
15 45 GM Huzman, Alexander ISR 2602 12.0 70.50 88.50
5
16 14 GM Milov, Vadim SUI 2669 12.0 67.00 86.00
5
17 48 GM Bartel, Mateusz POL 2594 12.0 66.00 84.00
4
18 2 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2726 11.5 73.00 94.00
5
19 38 GM Pashikian, Arman ARM 2621 11.5 71.00 93.50
5
20 36 GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2625 11.5 68.00 87.50
6
21 50 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2587 11.5 67.50 87.50
5
22 21 GM Predojevic, Borki BIH 2650 11.5 66.50 86.00
5
23 68 IM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2557 11.5 64.00 81.00
5
24 33 GM Li, Chao B CHN 2628 11.5 60.00 79.00
4
25 10 GM Dreev, Alexey RUS 2688 11.0 76.00 97.00
4
26 75 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr RUS 2541 11.0 73.50 93.50
5
27 12 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2677 11.0 69.50 90.00
4
28 32 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2628 11.0 69.50 88.00
4
29 34 GM Volkov, Sergey RUS 2627 11.0 66.50 87.00
4
30 49 GM Korotylev, Alexey RUS 2587 11.0 65.00 85.00
4
31 6 GM Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2722 10.5 74.00 94.00
3
32 39 GM Lysyj, Igor RUS 2620 10.5 73.50 94.00
4
33 22 GM Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2647 10.5 73.50 94.00
3
34 91 GM Grigoryan, Avetik ARM 2506 10.5 72.00 93.00
4
35 59 IM Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2568 10.5 72.00 90.50
3
36 37 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2623 10.5 71.50 92.00
4
37 30 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2634 10.5 69.00 83.50
3
38 41 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2613 10.5 67.00 86.00
3
39 29 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2636 10.5 67.00 84.50
3
40 9 GM Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2688 10.5 66.50 84.00
5
41 74 GM Ivanov, Alexander USA 2541 10.5 65.00 80.50
5
42 18 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2655 10.5 64.50 83.00
5
43 106 GM Bezgodov, Alexei RUS 2475 10.5 63.00 81.50
3
44 57 GM Chuprov, Dmitry RUS 2571 10.5 62.50 81.00
3
45 11 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2687 10.5 60.00 78.00
3
46 53 GM Maze, Sebastien FRA 2578 10.5 55.50 71.00
4
47 5 GM Svidler, Peter RUS 2723 10.0 83.00 107.00
4
48 71 GM Dvoirys, Semen I. RUS 2547 10.0 78.00 95.50
3
49 73 GM Maslak, Konstantin RUS 2541 10.0 75.50 95.00
4
50 82 GM Melkumyan, Hrant ARM 2519 10.0 74.50 96.00
4
51 67 GM Minasian, Artashes ARM 2557 10.0 74.50 93.00
2
52 78 GM Bryzgalin, Kirill RUS 2537 10.0 73.50 89.50
3
53 69 GM Dziuba, Marcin POL 2556 10.0 73.00 92.50
3
54 100 IM Shimanov, Aleksandr RUS 2488 10.0 72.00 92.00
4
55 1 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2760 10.0 71.50 91.00
4
56 15 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2664 10.0 70.00 90.50
3
57 13 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2676 10.0 66.00 84.50
4
58 102 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS 2486 10.0 65.50 84.00
3
59 137 FM Reshetnikov, Alexey RUS 2397 10.0 65.00 83.00
3
60 31 GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2630 10.0 62.00 77.00
3
61 62 GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2564 10.0 61.50 83.00
4
62 96   Korobkov, Piotr UKR 2501 10.0 61.00 79.50
3
63 60 GM Shomoev, Anton RUS 2567 9.5 69.00 90.00
3
64 54 GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS 2576 9.5 69.00 85.50
3
65 143   Wang, Chen CHN 2382 9.5 68.50 89.00
4
66 79 IM Zablotsky, Sergei RUS 2535 9.5 66.50 85.50
3
67 52 GM Smirnov, Pavel RUS 2579 9.5 64.50 85.00
4
68 111 IM Pileckis, Emilis LTU 2462 9.5 64.50 81.00
4
69 112 IM Lushenkov, Mikhail RUS 2462 9.5 63.50 82.50
4
70 55 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2574 9.5 63.00 81.00
4
71 101 IM Zabotin, Alexander RUS 2487 9.5 62.00 77.00
5
72 135 WFM Gunina, Valentina RUS 2400 9.5 61.50 79.00
3
73 86 IM Babujian, Levon ARM 2518 9.5 58.00 78.50
4
74 85 GM Dlugy, Maxim USA 2518 9.0 72.50 92.50
3
75 72 GM Ovetchkin, Roman RUS 2546 9.0 70.00 90.50
4
76 125 IM Ris, Robert NED 2436 9.0 65.50 85.00
3
77 80 GM Novikov, Stanislav RUS 2523 9.0 65.00 84.00
2
78 126 IM Konovalov, Nikolay RUS 2430 9.0 64.00 82.00
3
79 142   Lou, Yiping CHN 2383 9.0 63.50 79.50
3
80 70 GM Filippov, Anton UZB 2556 9.0 61.00 79.00
3
81 56 GM Zhigalko, Andrey BLR 2572 9.0 61.00 78.00
2
82 66 GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav UKR 2558 9.0 59.50 78.00
2
83 19 GM Savchenko, Boris RUS 2654 9.0 57.00 71.00
3
84 76 GM Ragger, Markus AUT 2540 9.0 54.00 69.00
3
85 26 GM Lastin, Alexander RUS 2643 8.5 67.50 87.00
2
86 107 IM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2473 8.5 66.00 85.00
3
87 146 FM Hansen, Eric CAN 2376 8.5 65.50 84.00
4
88 92 GM Tunik, Gennady RUS 2506 8.5 64.50 82.50
3
89 61 GM Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2565 8.5 64.00 83.50
3
90 24 GM Bocharov, Dmitry RUS 2647 8.5 63.00 82.00
2
91 116 GM Iskusnyh, Sergei RUS 2458 8.5 61.50 79.50
1
92 121 IM Pavlov, Sergey UKR 2443 8.5 60.50 77.50
2
93 58 GM Kotanjian, Tigran ARM 2568 8.5 60.00 78.00
2
94 165   Apryshko, Gleb RUS 2074 8.5 57.50 72.00
2
95 77 GM Kiselev, Vitaliy RUS 2539 8.5 55.00 71.50
3
96 88 GM Rychagov, Andrey RUS 2514 8.5 54.50 71.50
2
97 108 FM Pena Gomez, Manuel ESP 2466 8.5 54.50 70.00
2
98 64 GM Sjugirov, Sanan RUS 2562 8.5 54.50 68.50
4
99 152 FM Djuraev, Sokhib TJK 2353 8.5 53.50 69.50
3
100 84 GM Safin, Shukhrat UZB 2518 8.5 52.00 69.00
2
101 110 IM Piorun, Kacper POL 2464 8.5 51.00 68.00
3
102 93 GM Wen, Yang CHN 2504 8.0 72.00 93.00
2
103 17 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2656 8.0 71.00 91.00
3
104 109 IM Danin, Alexandre RUS 2465 8.0 69.00 89.00
2
105 147   Strelnikov, Sergey UKR 2365 8.0 69.00 86.00
3
106 35 GM Landa, Konstantin RUS 2626 8.0 64.00 82.00
3
107 115 IM Krylov, Mikhail RUS 2459 8.0 62.00 80.50
2
108 83 IM Llaneza Vega, Marcos ESP 2519 8.0 62.00 78.50
2
109 141 IM Gorbatov, Alexej RUS 2389 8.0 59.50 73.00
1
110 20 GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2650 8.0 58.50 75.00
1
111 132   Nozdrin, Alexander V RUS 2413 8.0 58.00 75.50
2
112 148 IM Ogloblin, Nikolay RUS 2362 8.0 56.00 72.50
2
113 120 WGM Shen, Yang CHN 2448 8.0 55.00 70.00
2
114 97 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497 8.0 53.00 71.00
2
115 145 GM Balashov, Yuri S RUS 2378 8.0 52.50 69.50
3
116 94 GM Karpatchev, Aleksandr RUS 2504 8.0 49.50 65.50
3
117 104 GM Minasian, Ara ARM 2477 8.0 48.50 64.50
2
118 154 CM Popilski, Gil ISR 2348 7.5 66.50 86.50
2
119 140   Ju, Wenjun CHN 2392 7.5 62.50 81.50
2
120 131 IM Potapov, Pavel RUS 2414 7.5 62.50 81.00
1
121 118 IM Robson, Ray USA 2455 7.5 61.50 78.50
2
122 89 IM Kalegin, Evgenij RUS 2510 7.5 59.00 80.00
1
123 51 GM Gajewski, Grzegorz POL 2581 7.5 59.00 73.50
2
124 162   Plotkin, Victor CAN 2202 7.5 57.50 76.00
2
125 159 WGM Gu, Xiaobing CHN 2283 7.5 54.00 72.00
3
126 99 GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy UKR 2490 7.5 51.50 66.00
1
127 103 IM Gavrilov, Alexei RUS 2481 7.0 63.00 81.50
2
128 98 IM Ipatov, Alexander ESP 2493 7.0 62.50 80.50
2
129 161   Metlyakhin, Dmitry RUS 2215 7.0 61.00 81.50
2
130 46 GM Vaganian, Rafael A ARM 2596 7.0 58.50 75.00
1
131 151 FM Van Eijk, Sander NED 2355 7.0 57.50 72.00
3
132 130 IM Kalashian, David ARM 2415 7.0 56.00 71.50
1
133 157 FM Dubov, Daniil RUS 2308 7.0 54.00 68.50
1
134 123 IM Devereaux, Maxim L ENG 2437 7.0 53.00 67.00
2
135 144 IM Chudinovskikh, Alexander RUS 2379 7.0 51.00 64.50
2
136 139 FM Agaragimov, Djakhangir AZE 2393 7.0 50.50 66.00
3
137 47 GM Ehlvest, Jaan USA 2595 7.0 50.50 65.50
1
138 105 IM Petrosian, Davit G. ARM 2477 7.0 49.00 65.00
0
139 129   Sek, Konstantin RUS 2417 6.5 65.00 84.00
2
140 155   Jia, Haoxiang CHN 2315 6.5 64.00 81.00
1
141 117 GM Potapov, Alexander RUS 2456 6.5 61.50 79.00
1
142 128 IM Melia, Salome GEO 2422 6.5 59.50 75.00
2
143 138   Wang, Li CHN 2397 6.5 54.50 70.00
2
144 95 GM Krapivin, Alexander RUS 2501 6.5 53.00 69.00
1
145 114 IM Belov, Igor RUS 2460 6.5 51.50 66.00
3
146 164   Minasyan, Arnold ARM 2171 6.5 51.00 64.50
2
147 44 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 6.0 60.50 81.50
1
148 134 FM Gritsenko, Andrey RUS 2403 6.0 55.00 70.50
1
149 158 WIM Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS 2302 6.0 54.00 71.00
0
150 163   Inants, Aghasi ARM 2192 6.0 53.50 67.50
0
151 149 WIM Zhang, Xiaowen CHN 2357 6.0 53.00 67.50
2
152 119 WGM Romanko, Marina RUS 2451 6.0 53.00 67.50
1
153 124 IM Genba, Vladimir RUS 2437 6.0 50.00 67.50
2
154 153 FM Zilbert, Oleg RUS 2350 6.0 43.50 57.00
1
155 40 GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2619 5.5 57.50 74.00
1
156 127 WGM Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL 2425 5.5 57.00 73.50
1
157 122   Bochkarev, Alexander RUS 2438 5.0 41.00 55.00
1
158 113 GM Peng, Zhaoqin NED 2461 4.5 49.50 63.50
1
159 156 WGM Nebolsina, Vera RUS 2312 4.5 43.50 58.00
1
160 28 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2636 4.0 46.50 65.00
2
161 160 WIM Pourkashiyan, Atousa IRI 2272 3.5 52.00 66.00
0
162 133 IM Shvedchikov, Anatoli I. RUS 2409 2.5 44.00 60.50
0
163 81 GM Khachiyan, Melikset USA 2519 1.0 31.50 45.50
0
164 150 FM Stukopin, Andrey RUS 2357 0.0 32.00 43.50
0
165 90 FM Nechepurenko, Roman RUS 2508 0.0 26.00 44.50
0

Photo gallery from Moscow

By WGM Yana Melnikova


Top blitzer Vladislav Tkachiev, FRA, 2657, (left) finished fifth


In the heat of battle: left Ehsan Ghaem Maghami from Iran


Relaxing between the rounds: Armenian GM Gabriel Sargissian (right)


Top battle Sergey Karjakin vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (7th and 3rd seeds)


The winner: Sergey Karjakin, UKR, 2706, 15 points


Second and qualified for the World Blitz: Vugar Gashimov, Azerbaijan


18th: Former FIDE world champion and second seed Ruslan Ponomariov


One of the top seeds, Peter Svidler, finished 47th


Getting mated? IM Tatiana Kosintseva, 2486, finished 97th


Older sister IM Nadezhda Kosintseva finished 58th


WGM Shen Yang, CHN, 2448, finished 113th


Vladimir Potkin vs Vadim Zvjaginsev – they finished 38th and 39th


IM Salome Melia, GEO, rated 2422, finished 142nd


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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