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A lot of quick draws on Aeroflot’s second day

The Qualifying Rapid Tournament of the Aeroflot Open finished today. The 32 players that will participate on the Knockout Rapid Tournament on Friday are already known.

The traditional Aeroflot Open started immediately after the International Chess Festival Moscow Open-2013, from 11-18 February in Moscow, Russia.

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The day started with six players having a perfect score. Only one of them was able to win his first 2 games, Azerbaijani GM Rauf Mamedov.

Mamedov’s first victory was against GM Shekhar Gangluywith the white pieces. It took 72 moves to break the resistance of the Indian. The game finished in a position where  white has mate in two despite the fact that his opponent will soon promote his a-pawn to a queen.

The second win had a totally different nature. The Azerbaijani played a sharp Sicilian Defense to defeat GM Anton Korobov with a direct attack against his king. Black kept his king in the center in order to organize a strong kingside attack with the help of a rook on the g-file. Korobov resigned on move 30 when Black not only had won an exchange but also maintained very strong attacking chances.

The second decisive day started with fighting chess

Then the “draw-fest” began.

The seventh round finished with draws on the first 8 boards, thus keeping exactly the same leaders at the very top, Rauf Mamedov and Sanan Sjugirov. At the same time, the chasing pack grew extensively; 20 players were one point behind the leader.

One of the flaws of the system used this year presented itself in the very beginning of the 8th round. Since there were 32 spots to qualify and most of the players are professionals who are trying to at least earn some money from qualifying, they started to do what was best for themselves: making quick draws.

10 out of 16 games finished in draws that lasted less than 5 minutes. Some of the players had the decency to at least play eight moves, but some of them just shook hands after three moves were played. For example: Efimenko – Kashgaleyev, Chadaev – Guseinov, Smirnov – Reshetnikov, etc.

This incident came as a surprise for the chess world because one of the ideas behind creating a rapid tournament instead of a classical one was to increase the entertainment value for the spectators.

The only exception was GM Gata Kamsky, who proved why he has stayed so long on the elite by beating the tournament leader Rauf Mamedov in 30 moves. The only decisive game on the top boards came precisely in the first one. Bravo Gata!

The RCF representatives must be dissapointed

The last round saw the same scenario as the round before. All the top boards finished with quick draws, and this time not even Gata Kamsky looked for a victory, given that his qualification was absolutely certain with the half point.

At the start of the round, three players shared the first place with 6.5 points: Kamsky, Sjugirov and Mamedov. Behind them, a large group of 27 players shared the 4th-30th places with 6 points. All games played by these players finished in a quick draw of 15 moves or less.

The only “unfortunate” player of this pack who had to face a rival willing to fight was GM Mikhail Mozharov, who lost against the Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta.

Kateryna Lahno stayed out but was the best female

After these two disappointing rounds, the result was that 4 players stood out with a 7 points score and 29 tied with 6.5. The unlucky player that was eliminated was Russian IM Andrey Gorovets.

Among the qualified players, only one of them is not a Grandmaster: IM Alexey Reshetnikov. It’s also worth to point out that 18 out of the 32 are Russians, as was expected given the amount of participants from the organizing country.

The International “camp” will be represented, among others, by two American players, Kamsky and Dlugy; one Indian representative, Abhijeet Gupta; one Turkish, Junior World Champion Alexander Ipatov; one Venezuelan, Eduardo Iturrizaga; one Vietnamese, Le Quang Liem, etc.

Final Standings:

1 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2760 7.0
2 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2633 7.0
3 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2651 7.0
4 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2612 7.0
5 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2733 6.5
6 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 6.5
7 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2628 6.5
8 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2670 6.5
9 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2686 6.5
10 GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2637 6.5
11 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2623 6.5
12 GM Bukavshin Ivan RUS 2551 6.5
13 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2608 6.5
14 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2634 6.5
15 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2646 6.5
16 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 6.5
17 GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2619 6.5
18 GM Chadaev Nikolai RUS 2590 6.5
19 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2662 6.5
20 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2630 6.5
21 GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 2634 6.5
22 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2582 6.5
23 GM Shomoev Anton RUS 2543 6.5
24 IM Reshetnikov Alexey RUS 2499 6.5
25 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E. RUS 2568 6.5
26 GM Frolyanov Dmitry RUS 2591 6.5
27 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2586 6.5
28 GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2585 6.5
29 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2578 6.5
30 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2612 6.5
31 GM Dlugy Maxim USA 2543 6.5
32 GM Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2563 6.5
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33 IM Gorovets Andrey BLR 2516 6.5
34 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2569 6.0
35 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2709 6.0
36 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2626 6.0
37 GM Lagno Kateryna UKR 2616 6.0
38 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2685 6.0
39 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2625 6.0
40 GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2605 6.0
41 GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2549 6.0
42 IM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2523 6.0
43 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 6.0
44 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2654 6.0
45 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2597 6.0
46 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2583 6.0
47 GM Krylov Mikhail RUS 2478 6.0
48 GM Kharlov Andrei RUS 2448 6.0
49 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2663 6.0
50 IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2488 6.0
51 FM Aghasaryan Robert ARM 2425 6.0
52 FM Tilicheev Viacheslav RUS 2436 6.0
53 GM Kovalenko Igor UKR 2635 6.0
54 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2512 6.0
55 IM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2550 6.0
56 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2750 5.5
57 GM Evdokimov Alexander A. RUS 2584 5.5
58 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2657 5.5
59 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2697 5.5
60 IM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2533 5.5
61 GM Novikov Maxim RUS 2511 5.5
62 FM Pasiev Rakhim RUS 2368 5.5
63 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2547 5.5
64 IM Airapetian Gor RUS 2432 5.5
65 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2677 5.5
66 GM Bryzgalin Kirill RUS 2566 5.5
67 Gilev Sergey RUS 2248 5.5
68 IM Kalegin Evgenij RUS 2493 5.5
69 IM Pavlov Sergey UKR 2467 5.5
70 FM Tologontegin Semetey KGZ 2326 5.5
71 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2631 5.5
72 IM Shvedchikov Anatoli I. RUS 2434 5.5
73 IM Savina Anastasia RUS 2290 5.0
74 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2714 5.0
75 GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2549 5.0
76 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2674 5.0
77 GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2468 5.0
78 IM Sharafiev Azat RUS 2461 5.0
79 IM Potapov Pavel RUS 2492 5.0
80 GM Smagin Sergey RUS 2551 5.0
81 FM Gordievsky Dmitry RUS 2494 5.0
82 GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2594 5.0
GM Ibragimov Ildar USA 2555 5.0
84 GM Yandemirov Valeri RUS 2470 5.0
85 FM Seliverstov Vladimir RUS 2459 5.0
86 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2622 5.0
87 IM Ulko Jaroslav RUS 2466 5.0
88 FM Pisakov Ilia RUS 2310 5.0
89 GM Zlochevskij Alexander ITA 2489 5.0
GM Kabanov Nikolai RUS 2470 5.0
91 WGM Charochkina Daria RUS 2384 5.0
92 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2509 5.0
93 IM Badmatsyrenov Oleg RUS 2472 5.0
94 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2592 5.0
95 GM Glek Igor GER 2463 5.0
96 Kapov Albert RUS 2240 5.0
97 GM Vaisser Anatoly FRA 2548 5.0
98 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2455 5.0
99 IM Gorbatov Alexej RUS 2360 5.0
100 GM Naumkin Igor RUS 2495 5.0
101 FM Grishchenko Sergey RUS 2485 5.0
102 GM Rychagov Andrey RUS 2498 5.0
103 GM Levin Evgeny A. RUS 2548 5.0
104 IM Galliamova Alisa RUS 2485 5.0
105 Kozionov Kirill RUS 2266 5.0
106 Dusenov Ruslan RUS 2263 5.0
107 WGM Girya Olga RUS 2389 5.0
108 GM Krapivin Alexander RUS 2435 5.0
109 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2507 5.0
110 GM Khruschiov Alexey MDA 2439 5.0
111 FM Tsydypov Zhamsaran RUS 2433 5.0
112 Oganisjn Roman RUS 2254 5.0
113 Yaksin Oleg RUS 2416 5.0
114 IM Mesropov Konstantin RUS 2429 5.0
115 IM Meshkov Yuri A. RUS 2391 5.0
116 GM Danielian Oganes ARM 2530 5.0
117 IM Reprintsev Alexander UKR 2319 5.0
118 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2577 5.0
119 Romanov Stanislav RUS 2139 5.0
120 GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2641 4.5
121 GM Tregubov Pavel V. RUS 2564 4.5
122 FM Vlassow Valentin RUS 2356 4.5
123 IM Eraschenkov Denis RUS 2451 4.5
124 GM Gabrielian Artur RUS 2546 4.5
125 GM Domogaev Sergey RUS 2510 4.5
126 IM Firat Burak TUR 2375 4.5
127 GM Pridorozhni Aleksei RUS 2523 4.5
128 GM Yakovich Yuri RUS 2561 4.5
129 Golubov Saveliy RUS 2284 4.5
130 Anokhin Vladimir RUS 2298 4.5
131 Gharagyozian Artur ARM 2210 4.5
132 Churikov Kirill RUS 2243 4.5
133 Prokopchuk Yury RUS 2332 4.5
134 Gevorgyan David ARM 2369 4.5
135 Mikhailov Dmitry RUS 2290 4.5
136 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2410 4.5
137 IM Battaglini Gabriel FRA 2440 4.5
138 IM Rjabzev Konstantin RUS 2254 4.5
139 IM Dragomarezkij Evgeni RUS 2447 4.5
140 Polyantsev Radzh RUS 2012 4.5
141 Dobrovolsky Konstantin RUS 2326 4.5
142 FM Apryshko Gleb RUS 2335 4.0
143 FM Palachev Petr RUS 2326 4.0
144 IM Tarlev Konstantin UKR 2442 4.0
145 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2428 4.0
146 GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes ARM 2517 4.0
147 IM Vasilevich Irina RUS 2367 4.0
148 GM Vorotnikov Vladislav V RUS 2433 4.0
149 Mukhitdinov Akmalkhon RUS 1954 4.0
150 Kukhmazov Arsen RUS 2159 4.0
151 FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2361 4.0
152 Vavulin Maksim RUS 2356 4.0
153 IM Skripchenko Almira FRA 2432 4.0
154 GM Ovetchkin Roman RUS 2539 4.0
155 FM Rozhko Dmitry RUS 2390 4.0
156 FM Ganzhurov Roman RUS 2290 4.0
157 FM Volkov Sergei RUS 2275 4.0
158 GM Gavrilov Alexei RUS 2450 4.0
159 Paravyan David RUS 2253 4.0
160 FM Minko Vladimir RUS 2281 4.0
161 Nazaretyan Tigran RUS 2198 4.0
162 FM Bakin Alexander RUS 2155 4.0
163 IM Zaitsev Alexander RUS 2386 4.0
164 Mitlashevsky Oleg RUS 2203 4.0
165 Bronnikov Konstantin RUS 2241 4.0
166 Lukashov Evgeny RUS 2169 4.0
167 GM Kalugin Sergey G. RUS 2377 4.0
168 Bitman Alexander R RUS 2178 4.0
169 FM Kurdakov Yuri RUS 2159 4.0
170 IM Ageichenko Genadi A RUS 2367 4.0
171 Basiev V P RUS 2030 4.0
172 Lomasov Semen RUS 1905 4.0
173 Tugarin Anton RUS 2069 4.0
174 FM Kostin Konstantin RUS 2367 4.0
175 GM Vul Arkadi Eremeevich RUS 2310 4.0
176 Trikin Ilia RUS 2213 4.0
177 Khelemendik Roman RUS 0 4.0
178 Hallay Axel FRA 1983 4.0
179 IM Bajarani Ilgar AZE 2302 4.0
180 Rettore Ludwig ITA 2141 4.0
181 Tsarev Valery RUS 2251 3.5
182 Ustinov Alexey RUS 2214 3.5
183 Vdovin Vadim RUS 2197 3.5
184 Taalaibekov Tagir KGZ 1946 3.5
185 WFM Rjanova Valery RUS 2183 3.5
186 Dogodkina Julia RUS 2136 3.5
187 WIM Gavasheli Ana GEO 2186 3.5
188 Litvinov Maxim RUS 1947 3.5
189 Isakjanov Kelsinbek KGZ 1876 3.5
190 Vinogradov Anatoly RUS 2046 3.5
191 Sakhvadze Georgy RUS 2093 3.5
192 Shuvalov Evgenij RUS 2246 3.5
193 Savchenko Andrey RUS 1965 3.5
194 WFM Bivol Alina RUS 2193 3.5
195 Kovtunenko Alexandr RUS 2191 3.5
196 Popelyshev Igor V. RUS 2138 3.5
197 FM Startsev Vladimir RUS 2170 3.5
198 Agbabishvili Lali CAN 1958 3.5
199 Vasilyev Vasily RUS 2184 3.5
200 Drachev Oleg RUS 2129 3.5
201 IM Archangelsky Mikhail RUS 2196 3.5
WFM Sazonova Anastasia RUS 1977 3.5
203 Slesarev I. RUS 2026 3.5
204 Konaplev Anton RUS 1896 3.5
205 Kuzmin Mikhail RUS 2154 3.5
206 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2694 3.0
207 GM Zagrebelny Sergey UZB 2484 3.0
208 WGM Shaydullina Sandugach RUS 2246 3.0
209 Sukhareva Evgeniya RUS 2205 3.0
210 Maslov Ivan RUS 2013 3.0
211 Lebedev Mikhail S. RUS 2134 3.0
212 Tsukanov Boris KAZ 2010 3.0
213 Ofitserian Boris RUS 2048 3.0
214 WCM Egorova Ayyyna RUS 1849 3.0
215 FM Velikanov Igor RUS 2253 3.0
216 Bykova Anastasia RUS 2130 3.0
217 Gurvich Vitaly RUS 1879 3.0
218 Kuzmichev Alexandr RUS 2090 3.0
219 Piskov Vladimir RUS 2014 3.0
220 Ivenin Vladimir RUS 2050 3.0
221 Bukanov Yury RUS 0 3.0
222 Smirnov Timofey RUS 1930 3.0
223 Dunaev Oleg RUS 1972 3.0
224 Kobozeva Viktoria RUS 1868 3.0
German Nikita RUS 1857 3.0
226 Radkov Bazhen D. RUS 1896 3.0
227 Tagirov Kajum K RUS 1917 3.0
228 Baskakov Nikolay RUS 1966 3.0
229 Potemkin Evgeny RUS 1827 3.0
230 Absoliamov Javday RUS 1836 3.0
231 GM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2526 2.5
232 Pasalic Harun BIH 2155 2.5
233 Gurevich Alexander Y. RUS 2074 2.5
234 WFM Obolentseva Alexandra RUS 1854 2.5
235 Egorov Vladimir RUS 1893 2.5
236 Gorelov Kirill RUS 0 2.5
237 Khmelev Mikhail RUS 1681 2.5
238 Galkin Alexandr A. RUS 0 2.5
239 Bystritskiy Daniil RUS 1813 2.5
240 Matafonova Yulia RUS 1776 2.5
241 Pechonkin Oleg UKR 1913 2.0
242 Nogaev Gennadiy RUS 1557 2.0
243 Kharitonov Ivan RUS 1821 2.0
244 Khelemendik Viktor RUS 0 2.0
245 Bykov Oleg RUS 0 2.0
246 Rajapaksa Miyuni Kavinya SRI 0 2.0
247 Kashpur Mark RUS 1675 2.0
248 Vasilieva Aisena RUS 1721 2.0
249 Leonov Viacheslav RUS 0 2.0
250 Zotin Alexander RUS 0 2.0
251 Chistyakova Daria RUS 1651 1.5
252 Zavialov Vladimir RUS 2184 1.5
253 Starshov Lev RUS 1593 1.5
254 IM Gagarin Vasilij RUS 2349 1.0
255 IM Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2371 1.0
256 Dzhavathanov Magomed RUS 1791 1.0
257 Lyubokhiner Leonid M. RUS 1761 1.0

 

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