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Nepomniachtchi wins Aeroflot Blitz Championship

Ian Nepomniachtchi has won the Aeroflot Blitz Championship played today in Moscow as part of the Aeroflot Festival. Peter Svidler obtained the second place, third place is for Alexander Grischuk in an all-Russian medals show.

The format used was a 9 double-round Swiss. There were 275 participants, with 182 titled players; among them 107 GMs and 33 IMs.

The prize fund totaled USD 50,000 with USD 10,000 reserved for the winner. There were prices for the 30 first places.

Report on the Aeroflot Rapid Tournament

The very strong field had a surprising leader after the first 4 double-rounds, the ex-women’s world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. The Russian scored a perfect 8/8 in her first four matches. In her fourth mini-match, she defeated the Russian GM Mikhail Kobalia. Before that she had no problems with Denis Gusev, FM Gleb Apryshko, and GM Ivan Bukavshin.

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Then, the favorites started to show why they have earned their status. After round 12 Ian Nepomniachtchi was already convincing leader with 11,5/12 and Alexander Grischuk was close behind with 11,0/12 points.

Nepomniachtchi played against the early leader Alexandra Kosteniuk in the 5th round and defeated her with a 2-0 score. The ex-World Champion could not recover from this loss and only scored 3/10 in the second half of the event.

In one of the exciting encounters of the day, Nepomniachtchi won against the recent winner of the Moscow Open Boris Savchenko. Exactly this victory put Ian in sole first place.

Alexander Grischuk demonstrated that he was willing to go for the first prize by defeating GM Gata Kamsky in the 6th round.

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Ian Nepomniachtchi kept his good form and led the tournament one round before the end. He defeated Alexander Grischuk with a perfect 2-0 and gained an important lead in the standings. He quickly signed two draws with Karjakin in the next rounds, to have 14,5/16.

The only player that had the chance to put him down was his last round rival, Peter Svidler. The experienced Russian had some early setbacks, as he lost two games against much lower rated opponents – WIM Alina Kashlinskaya and GM Mustafa Yilmaz. However, he recovered by winning all but one of his games, defeating very strong players such as Alexander Riazantsev, Denis Khismatulin, and Dmitry Andreikin.

Peter Svidler

The last two rounds had the dramatic touch that the blitz tournaments use to have. Svidler defeated Nepomniachtchi in the first game of their mini match and both players arrived to the last game with an equal score. Nepomniachtchi won the second game of the mini match, taking the USD 10,000 first prize and stacking a lot of confidence ahead of the Aeroflot Rapid Final.

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Final standings:

1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2723 15.5
2 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2697 14.5
3 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2860 14.0
4 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2700 13.5
5 GM Karjakin Sergey RUS 2901 13.5
6 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2601 13.5
7 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2652 13.5
8 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2651 13.5
9 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2726 13.0
10 GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2619 13.0
11 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2594 13.0
12 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2734 12.5
13 GM Chadaev Nikolai RUS 2716 12.5
14 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2635 12.5
15 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2667 12.5
16 GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2635 12.5
17 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2585 12.5
18 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2627 12.5
19 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2719 12.5
20 GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2617 12.5
21 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2877 12.0
22 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2652 12.0
23 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2554 12.0
24 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2654 12.0
25 GM Morozevich Alexander RUS 2804 12.0
26 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2619 12.0
27 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2656 12.0
28 GM Dlugy Maxim USA 2602 12.0
29 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2566 12.0
30 GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2598 12.0
31 GM Bukavshin Ivan RUS 2697 12.0
32 GM Rublevsky Sergei RUS 2630 12.0
33 IM Eraschenkov Denis RUS 2402 12.0
34 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2615 12.0
35 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2745 11.5
36 GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2603 11.5
37 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2719 11.5
38 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2657 11.5
39 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2670 11.5
40 GM Levin Evgeny A. RUS 2533 11.5
41 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2659 11.5
42 FM Seliverstov Vladimir RUS 2549 11.5
43 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2665 11.5
44 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2705 11.5
45 IM Reshetnikov Alexey RUS 2448 11.5
46 GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2569 11.5
47 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2681 11.0
48 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2581 11.0
49 GM Wang Hao CHN 2724 11.0
50 IM Mesropov Konstantin RUS 2531 11.0
51 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2606 11.0
52 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2574 11.0
53 GM Novikov Maxim RUS 2511 11.0
54 IM Reprintsev Alexander UKR 2372 11.0
55 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2523 11.0
56 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2652 11.0
57 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2509 11.0
58 IM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2552 11.0
59 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2670 11.0
60 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2709 10.5
61 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2678 10.5
62 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2821 10.5
63 GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2641 10.5
64 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2613 10.5
65 GM Evdokimov Alexander A. RUS 2490 10.5
66 GM Glek Igor GER 2529 10.5
67 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2579 10.5
68 GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2549 10.5
69 GM Frolyanov Dmitry RUS 2563 10.5
70 GM Gabrielian Artur RUS 2501 10.5
71 IM Atabayev Maksat TKM 2452 10.5
72 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2397 10.5
73 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2484 10.5
74 FM Aghasaryan Robert ARM 2425 10.5
75 GM Kalugin Sergey G. RUS 2377 10.5
76 IM Ulko Jaroslav RUS 2398 10.0
77 GM Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2569 10.0
78 GM Tregubov Pavel V. RUS 2611 10.0
79 GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2667 10.0
80 IM Potapov Pavel RUS 2444 10.0
81 GM Danielian Oganes ARM 2530 10.0
82 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2584 10.0
83 GM Krylov Mikhail RUS 2480 10.0
84 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2589 10.0
85 IM Pavlov Sergey UKR 2524 10.0
86 IM Kuzin Anton RUS 2291 10.0
87 FM Pasiev Rakhim RUS 2434 10.0
88 FM Grishchenko Sergey RUS 2420 10.0
89 IM Karpov Vadim RUS 2345 10.0
90 GM Bryzgalin Kirill RUS 2503 10.0
91 IM Sharafiev Azat RUS 2452 10.0
92 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2480 10.0
93 GM Lagno Kateryna UKR 2519 10.0
94 FM Palachev Petr RUS 2342 10.0
95 GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 2528 10.0
96 IM Firat Burak TUR 2443 10.0
97 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2541 10.0
98 FM Belousov Danila RUS 2336 10.0
99 Gevorgyan David ARM 2392 10.0
100 IM Arslanov Shamil RUS 2380 10.0
101 GM Annageldyev Orazly TKM 2397 10.0
102 Kukhmazov Arsen RUS 2260 10.0
103 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2696 9.5
104 GM Korotylev Alexey RUS 2609 9.5
105 GM Naumkin Igor RUS 2495 9.5
106 IM Atabayev Yusup TKM 2407 9.5
107 IM Dragomarezkij Evgeni RUS 2452 9.5
108 IM Tarlev Konstantin UKR 2486 9.5
109 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2672 9.5
110 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2575 9.5
111 GM Vul Arkadi Eremeevich RUS 2320 9.5
112 GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2470 9.5
113 FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2324 9.5
114 IM Kireev Aleksei RUS 2379 9.5
115 GM Shomoev Anton RUS 2563 9.5
116 GM Rychagov Andrey RUS 2535 9.5
117 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2531 9.5
118 FM Gubajdullin Alexei RUS 2422 9.5
119 Shuvalov Evgenij RUS 2337 9.5
120 Gilev Sergey RUS 2248 9.5
121 GM Kovalenko Igor UKR 2652 9.0
122 IM Gorovets Andrey BLR 2498 9.0
123 Paravyan David RUS 2294 9.0
124 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2636 9.0
125 GM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2488 9.0
126 FM Apryshko Gleb RUS 2417 9.0
127 GM Yakovich Yuri RUS 2417 9.0
128 IM Kalegin Evgenij RUS 2479 9.0
129 FM Minko Vladimir RUS 2264 9.0
130 FM Gordievsky Dmitry RUS 2414 9.0
131 IM Battaglini Gabriel FRA 2491 9.0
132 GM Khruschiov Alexey MDA 2479 9.0
133 GM Krapivin Alexander RUS 2344 9.0
134 GM Smagin Sergey RUS 2429 9.0
135 FM Rozhko Dmitry RUS 2420 9.0
136 Denishev Marat RUS 2273 9.0
137 Pogosian Manvel BLR 2399 9.0
138 IM Vasilevich Irina RUS 2289 9.0
139 Nazaretyan Tigran RUS 2129 9.0
140 Chizhikov Vladislav RUS 2337 9.0
141 Dusenov Ruslan RUS 2285 9.0
142 Tsarev Valery RUS 2270 9.0
143 Einor Pavel RUS 2160 9.0
144 Kurochkin Victor RUS 2403 9.0
145 Gusev Denis RUS 2193 9.0
146 Vasilyev Vasily RUS 2138 9.0
147 GM Domogaev Sergey RUS 2510 8.5
148 IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2612 8.5
149 FM Tologontegin Semetey KGZ 2350 8.5
150 FM Khatoev Eduard RUS 2305 8.5
151 IM Zaitsev Alexander RUS 2386 8.5
152 FM Volkov Sergei RUS 2267 8.5
153 GM Ovetchkin Roman RUS 2543 8.5
154 WGM Shaydullina Sandugach RUS 2249 8.5
155 WFM Grigoryeva Olga A. RUS 2134 8.5
156 WIM Gavasheli Ana GEO 2161 8.5
157 FM Tsydypov Zhamsaran RUS 2455 8.0
158 Oganisjn Roman RUS 2254 8.0
159 GM Vaisser Anatoly FRA 2548 8.0
160 Golubov Saveliy RUS 2369 8.0
161 IM Airapetian Gor RUS 2462 8.0
162 WGM Charochkina Daria RUS 2413 8.0
163 GM Castaneda Georgui PER 2531 8.0
164 GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes ARM 2595 8.0
165 Vavulin Maksim RUS 2302 8.0
166 FM Esenov Annaberdi TKM 2255 8.0
167 Tregubov Andrei RUS 2349 8.0
168 Korjakin Artem RUS 2267 8.0
169 IM Bajarani Ilgar AZE 2313 8.0
170 Bronnikov Konstantin RUS 2249 8.0
171 IM Gorbatov Alexej RUS 2348 8.0
172 Kuzmichev Alexandr RUS 2090 8.0
173 WGM Mikhaylova Irina RUS 2244 8.0
174 Litvinov Maxim RUS 1936 8.0
175 Tselkovskiy Kirill RUS 2046 8.0
176 Konaplev Anton RUS 1896 8.0
177 Elishev Ivan RUS 2215 8.0
178 WFM Bogumil Tatiana RUS 2090 8.0
179 FM Kurdakov Yuri RUS 2253 8.0
180 Basiev V P RUS 2042 8.0
181 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2337 7.5
182 IM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2536 7.5
183 Mikhailov Dmitri RUS 2307 7.5
184 Romanov Stanislav RUS 2165 7.5
185 FM Pisakov Ilia RUS 2290 7.5
186 Khachatryan Vahag H. ARM 2252 7.5
187 FM Vlassow Valentin RUS 2314 7.5
188 IM Savina Anastasia RUS 2299 7.5
189 WFM Bivol Alina RUS 2117 7.5
190 WFM Rjanova Valery RUS 2183 7.5
191 Haitbaev Hayrulla TKM 2082 7.5
192 Sukhareva Evgeniya RUS 2217 7.5
193 Galaktionov Artem RUS 2007 7.5
194 Tsukanov Boris KAZ 1965 7.5
195 FM Startsev Vladimir RUS 2165 7.5
196 Smirnov Timofey RUS 1961 7.5
197 Lauda Alexandr MDA 2059 7.5
198 WFM Sazonova Anastasia RUS 1950 7.5
199 Sklovsky Stanislav RUS 2001 7.5
200 Gurvich Vitaly RUS 2087 7.5
201 FM Bakin Alexander RUS 2155 7.5
202 FM Konenkin Dmitry RUS 2342 7.0
203 IM Dvalishvili Pavel S. RUS 2540 7.0
204 IM Badmatsyrenov Oleg RUS 2385 7.0
205 IM Rjabzev Konstantin RUS 2218 7.0
206 Prokopchuk Yury RUS 2332 7.0
207 Reutov Andrey Al UKR 2158 7.0
208 FM Velikanov Igor RUS 2245 7.0
209 Sakhvadze Georgy RUS 2075 7.0
210 Kapov Albert RUS 2207 7.0
211 WIM Kharmunova Nadezhda RUS 2286 7.0
212 Dyakonova Ekaterina RUS 1950 7.0
213 Vinogradov Anatoly RUS 2046 7.0
214 WGM Burtasova Anna RUS 2253 7.0
215 Drachev Oleg RUS 2112 7.0
216 Bukanov Yury RUS 2093 7.0
217 Ivenin Vladimir RUS 2050 7.0
218 Ofitserian Boris RUS 2053 7.0
219 Savchenko Andrey RUS 2015 7.0
220 Pechonkin Oleg UKR 1913 7.0
221 IM Galliamova Alisa RUS 2459 6.5
222 Maslov Ivan RUS 2025 6.5
223 Churikov Kirill RUS 2243 6.5
224 Pasalic Harun BIH 2166 6.5
225 Lebediantsev Ruslan RUS 2116 6.5
226 Radkov Bazhen D. RUS 1889 6.5
227 Nikel RUS 0 6.5
228 Bykova Anastasia RUS 2072 6.5
229 Dunaev Oleg RUS 1975 6.5
230 WFM Obolentseva Alexandra RUS 1944 6.5
231 German Nikita RUS 1842 6.5
232 Polyantsev Radzh RUS 2047 6.5
233 WFM Jalloul Maya M. LIB 1946 6.5
234 GM Pridorozhni Aleksei RUS 2568 6.0
235 GM Zlochevskij Alexander ITA 2382 6.0
236 Kozionov Kirill RUS 2248 6.0
237 Lebedev Mikhail S. RUS 2134 6.0
238 WIM Semenova Elena RUS 2176 6.0
239 Badalyan Vazgen RUS 1937 6.0
240 Bykov Oleg RUS 0 6.0
241 Kharitonov Ivan RUS 1783 6.0
242 Skorobogatova Olga RUS 1733 6.0
243 GM Vorotnikov Vladislav V RUS 2433 5.5
244 Lomasov Semen RUS 1901 5.5
245 Darjin Nikolay RUS 1793 5.5
246 Vasilieva Aisena RUS 1748 5.5
247 WCM Egorova Ayyyna RUS 1884 5.5
248 Ulyankin Igor RUS 1804 5.5
249 Gaboshvili Georgii RUS 1600 5.5
250 Chistyakova Daria RUS 1620 5.5
251 GM Kharlov Andrei RUS 2463 5.0
252 Piskov Vladimir RUS 2094 5.0
253 Popelyshev Igor V. RUS 1985 5.0
254 Tagirov Kajum K RUS 1891 5.0
255 Kashpur Mark RUS 1590 5.0
256 Vergues Julien FRA 0 4.5
257 Kobozeva Viktoria RUS 1797 4.5
258 Strunnikov Kirill RUS 0 4.5
259 Absoliamov Javday RUS 1855 4.5
260 Kharchenko Leonid RUS 1889 4.5
261 Ter-Saakian Grigory 0 4.0
262 Nogaev Gennadiy RUS 1771 4.0
263 Gorelov Kirill RUS 0 4.0
264 Gharagyozyan Artur ARM 2283 3.5
265 Khmelev Mikhail RUS 1783 3.5
266 Baskakov Nikolay RUS 1988 3.5
267 FM Petrosyan Tigran S. ARM 2356 2.0
268 FM Kostin Konstantin RUS 2361 2.0
269 Kasimov Maksim RUS 1588 1.0
270 Gaydamak Vsevolod RUS 0 0.0
271 GM Kabanov Nikolai RUS 2440 0.0
Tugarin Anton RUS 2126 0.0
Dzhavathanov Magomed RUS 1791 0.0
Lyubokhiner Leonid M. RUS 1699 0.0
Rajapaksa SRI 0 0.0

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