participants and preview
The Aeroflot 2009 chess tournament is going to have a very strong lineup. In group A1 there will be 70 GMs over 2500 ELO, proving that this is one of the top open events of the year. GM Etienne Bacrot (2722) will be rating favorite of the Aeroflot open. He is the only participant member of the 2700 club. GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2693) and GM Nikita Vitiugov (2687) will use their chances during the event to join him in the prestigious list.
Looking more into the participants list, the event resembles very much a champions league. Here is last year’s winner GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, GM Eshan Ghaem Maghami (2604) who recently won against Anatoly Karpov in a match in Tehran, the Acropolis winner GM Ilia Smirin (2647), the many times Dutch champion Loek Van Wely (2625), and the olympic golden medalist Gabriel Sargissian (2678).
The young stars will also have solid presence at the upcoming Aeroflot 2009. They are led by the Corus C winner GM Wesley So who surely has chances for the top positions at the event. Other young talent participants are GM Li Chao B (2628), GM Eltaj Safarli (2564), GM Sanan Sjugirov (2562).
The interest in the event is clear, a 140 000 eur prize fund and a chance to qualify for the World Blitz Chess Championship 2009.
Very few are the events featuring a strong second group and Aeroflot is surely one of them. Top seeded is IM Yaroslav Zherebukh(2558) followed by GM Dvoirys (2547), GM Roman Ovechkin (2546), GM Alexander Ivanov (2540) and the Corus C participant GM Ediarto Iturrizaga (2528).
In this section there will be many women players seeking GM norms. Top of them are IM Irina Krush (2457) and GM Peng Zhaoquin (2461), joined by WFM Valentina Gunina (2400), , WGM Gu Xiaobing (2283), and the Europe’s youngest WGM Alina Kashlinskaya (2303).
Aeroflot 2009 Chessdom coverage
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