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Round Six of Aeroflot Open (update)

Scandal rocks Aeroflot, Mamedyarov withdraws

Igor Kurnosov singled again as a sole leader at the Aeroflot Open after beating the top-seeded Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with Black in 21 moves. Mamedyarov went for an all-out attack, but Black struck back vigorously and forced resignation after the neat Queen move that nets at least an exchange. Update: At the time the report was written, Chessdom editors had no knowledge of the events around the game. As reported by Chessbase a formal protest that was filed by the Azeri GM.

To: The organizer of the Aeroflot Open tournament

Alexander Grigorievich Bakh

From: GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Explanation of my protest

Dear Alexander Grigorievich,

On 22.09.2009 the game between myself and Igor Kurnosov was played.

During the game my opponent went out of the playing hall after each move, took his coat and withdrew himself on the toilet. After suspicion of unfair play on move 14 I offered a draw, he refused. We quickly played 11 moves, on the 12th move I played a move which confused my opponent. The next moves from him were given as first choice by Rybka, which quickly allowed him to win the game.

Due to this series of suspicions, having to do with the unusual behaviour of my opponent, Igor Kurnosov, I hereby lodge a protest and refuse to continue participation in the tournament.

I hope that this kind of situation will not occur in the future.

Sincerely,

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

The moves of the game:

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2724) – Igor Kurnosov (2602)

Aeroflot Open (Moscow) (6) 2009

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O f5 10. h4 fxe4 11. h5 gxh5 12. d5 Ne5 13. Bh6 Nec4 14. Qg5 Rf7 15. Bxc4 Nxc4 16. Rd4 Qd6 (16… Nd6 17. fxe4 Bg4 18. Bxg7 Rxg7 19. Qe3 e5 20. dxe6 Qe7 21. Nh3 Qxe6 22. Nf4 Qf7 Rodshtein-Margvelashvili, European championship 2003) 17. Bxg7 Rxg7 18. Qxh5 Qf4+ 19. Kb1 Bf5 20. fxe4 Bg4 21. Nge2 Qd2 0-1

Until 2:50 CET there has been no official decision on Mamedyarov’s complaint, although the organizers have confirmed that there is no way back. Chessvibes quotes the arbiter of the game. “It’s not a very convincing claim,” said chief arbiter Geurt Gijssen on the phone. “It’s all theory until 16…Qd6 and after that Black doesn’t make very strange moves. We checked the game with arbiters Fillipowicz and Vasiukov, but they didn’t think it was impossible to find the moves.” Mamedyarov has asked during the round the game to be removed from the website as well.

More updates to follow, stay tuned!

The third in the group of players with 4.0 points, GM Alexander Moiseenko, drew Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia after a long struggle.

Jianchao Zhou and Arman Pashikian broke through to the second place tie and are set to play Kurnosov and Moiseenko respectively in tomorrow’s 7th round. After the starting defeat, GM Borki Predojevic is picking up the pace with three consecutive wins, while the future star IM Ray Robson beat his compatriot Varuzhan Akobian in an ultra-sharp Semi-Slav combat. (Games bellow)

The official website has Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Dmitry Chuprov and Tigran Kotanjian listed as “absent” from the 7th round. Now the story of Mamedyarov is known, the rest of the players are probalby byes, although it is not confirmed. We couldn’t find a paragraph on possible bye points in the regulations.

Tournament A1 round 6 results:

1 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2724 - GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 0-1

2 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2677 - GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2676 ½-½

3 GM Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2722 - GM Zhigalko, Andrey BLR 2572 ½-½

4 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2587 - GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2664 ½-½

5 GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2612 - GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2630 1-0

6 GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2564 - GM Pashikian, Arman ARM 2621 0-1

7 GM Ehlvest, Jaan USA 2595 - GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2687 ½-½

8 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2613 - GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2655 1-0

9 GM Predojevic, Borki BIH 2650 - GM Smirnov, Pavel RUS 2579 1-0

10 GM Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2647 - GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS 2576 ½-½

11 GM Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2565 - GM Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2645 1-0

12 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2636 - IM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2557 1-0

13 GM Filippov, Anton UZB 2556 - GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2634 ½-½

14 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497 - GM Landa, Konstantin RUS 2626 ½-½

15 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2574 - GM Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2693 1-0

16 GM Dreev, Alexey RUS 2688 - GM Minasian, Artashes ARM 2557 0-1

17 GM Onischuk, Alexander USA 2659 - GM Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2564 ½-½

18 GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2647 - GM Dziuba, Marcin POL 2556 1-0

19 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2638 - GM Dyachkov, Sergej RUS 2553 0-1

20 IM Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2568 - GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2636 0-1

21 GM Kotsur, Pavel KAZ 2563 - GM Li, Chao b CHN 2628 1-0

22 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2628 - GM Maslak, Konstantin RUS 2541 ½-½

23 GM Sjugirov, Sanan RUS 2562 - GM So, Wesley PHI 2627 ½-½

24 GM Li, Shilong CHN 2559 - GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2623 0-1

25 GM Zhou, Weiqi CHN 2542 - GM Lysyj, Igor RUS 2620 1-0

26 GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2619 - IM Robson, Ray USA 2455 0-1

27 GM Huzman, Alexander ISR 2602 - GM Melkumyan, Hrant ARM 2519 ½-½

28 GM Vaganian, Rafael A ARM 2596 - GM Wen, Yang CHN 2504 0-1

29 GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy UKR 2490 - GM Shomoev, Anton RUS 2567 1-0

30 WGM Shen, Yang CHN 2448 - GM Maze, Sebastien FRA 2578 1-0

31 GM Grigoryan, Avetik ARM 2506 - IM Yudin, Sergei RUS 2562 0-1

32 GM Milov, Vadim SUI 2669 - GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier ESP 2558 1-0

33 GM Bartel, Mateusz POL 2594 - GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2650 ½-½

34 GM Volkov, Sergey RUS 2627 - IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS 2486 ½-½

35 GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav UKR 2558 - GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2625 ½-½

36 IM Ipatov, Alexander ESP 2493 - GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2604 0-1

37 GM Bocharov, Dmitry RUS 2647 - GM Gajewski, Grzegorz POL 2581 1-0

38 GM Ragger, Markus AUT 2540 - IM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2473 1-0

Tournament A1 round 6 standings:

1 GM Kurnosov, Igor 5.0 RUS 2602

2 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 4.5 UKR 2676

3 GM Pashikian, Arman 4.5 ARM 2621

4 GM Zhou, Jianchao 4.5 CHN 2612

5 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 4.0 AZE 2724

6 GM Bacrot, Etienne 4.0 FRA 2722

7 GM Sargissian, Gabriel 4.0 ARM 2677

8 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 4.0 RUS 2664

9 GM Predojevic, Borki 4.0 BIH 2650

10 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 4.0 RUS 2636

11 GM Potkin, Vladimir 4.0 RUS 2613

12 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 4.0 BLR 2587

13 GM Zhigalko, Andrey 4.0 BLR 2572

14 GM Grigoriants, Sergey 4.0 RUS 2565 etc

Tournament A1 round 7 top pairings:

1 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 - GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2612

2 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2676 - GM Pashikian, Arman ARM 2621

3 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2636 - GM Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2722

4 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2677 - GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2613

5 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2664 - GM Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2565

6 GM Zhigalko, Andrey BLR 2572 - GM Predojevic, Borki BIH 2650

7 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2687 - GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2587

8 GM Minasian, Artashes ARM 2557 - GM Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2647

9 GM Dyachkov, Sergej RUS 2553 - GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2647

10 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2636 - GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2564

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