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Aeroflot Open Started Today

16-27th February in Moscow, Russia

The world’s richest chess festival, Aeroflot Open, kicked off today with 78 players competing in the main A1 group for 140.000 Euro purse and invitation to the Dortmund tournament. Azeri star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov signed in at the last moment to take the pole position, but Chessdom’s frequent contributor Mateusz Bartel held him to a draw in the first round. Probably the biggest upset of the day was caused by Pavel Smirnov who beat the 4th-seeded Alexey Dreev in his favourite Classical Sicilian.

Etienne Bacrot played a safe Berlin Ruy Lopez with Black for the first-day warmup and made a draw without too much trouble. His team-mate from Baden-Baden and third seed here in Moscow, GM Arkadij Naiditsch, took on the Berlin with White and outplayed young Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski.

Tournament A1 round 1 results:

1 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2724 - GM Bartel, Mateusz POL 2594 ½-½

2 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2587 - GM Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2722 ½-½

3 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2693 - GM Gajewski, Grzegorz POL 2581 1-0

4 GM Smirnov, Pavel RUS 2579 - GM Dreev, Alexey RUS 2688 1-0

5 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2687 - GM Maze, Sebastien FRA 2578 1-0

6 GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS 2576 - GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2677 ½-½

7 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2676 - GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2574 1-0

8 GM Zhigalko, Andrey BLR 2572 - GM Milov, Vadim SUI 2669 ½-½

9 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2664 - GM Chuprov, Dmitry RUS 2571 1-0

10 GM Kotanjian, Tigran ARM 2568 - GM Onischuk, Alexander USA 2659 0-1

11 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2655 - IM Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2568 ½-½

12 GM Shomoev, Anton RUS 2567 - GM Predojevic, Borki BIH 2650 1-0

13 GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2650 - GM Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2565 ½-½

14 GM Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2564 - GM Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2647 ½-½

15 GM Bocharov, Dmitry RUS 2647 - GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2564 ½-½

16 GM Kotsur, Pavel KAZ 2563 - GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2647 ½-½

17 GM Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2645 - GM Sjugirov, Sanan RUS 2562 ½-½

18 IM Yudin, Sergei RUS 2562 - GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2638 ½-½

19 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2636 - GM Li, Shilong CHN 2559 1-0

20 GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier ESP 2558 - GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2636 0-1

21 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2634 - GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav UKR 2558 ½-½

22 GM Minasian, Artashes ARM 2557 - GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2630 ½-½

23 GM Li, Chao CHN 2628 - IM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2557 0-1

24 GM Dziuba, Marcin POL 2556 - GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2628 ½-½

25 GM So, Wesley PHI 2627 - GM Filippov, Anton UZB 2556 1-0

26 GM Dyachkov, Sergej RUS 2553 - GM Volkov, Sergey RUS 2627 0-1

27 GM Landa, Konstantin RUS 2626 - GM Zhou, Weiqi CHN 2542 1-0

28 GM Maslak, Konstantin RUS 2541 - GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2625 ½-½

29 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2623 - GM Ragger, Markus AUT 2540 ½-½

30 GM Melkumyan, Hrant ARM 2519 - GM Pashikian, Arman ARM 2621 ½-½

31 GM Lysyj, Igor RUS 2620 - GM Grigoryan, Avetik ARM 2506 1-0

32 GM Wen, Yang CHN 2504 - GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2619 ½-½

33 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2613 - IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497 ½-½

34 IM Ipatov, Alexander ESP 2493 - GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2612 0-1

35 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2604 - GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy UKR 2490 1-0

36 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS 2486 - GM Huzman, Alexander ISR 2602 ½-½

37 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 - IM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2473 1-0

38 IM Robson, Ray USA 2455 - GM Vaganian, Rafael A ARM 2596 0-1

39 GM Ehlvest, Jaan USA 2595 - WGM Shen, Yang CHN 2448 1-0

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