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Kosteniuk leads the Aeroflot blitz tournament at half-time

Alexandra Kosteniuk

The very strong field of the 2013 Aeroflot blitz tournament has a surprising leader, the ex-women’s world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. The Russian has scored a perfect 8/8 in her four first matches. In her last mini-match of two games, she defeated the very strong Russian GM Mikhail Kobalia. Before that she had no problems with Denis Gusev, FM Gleb Apryshko, and GM Ivan Bukavshin.

Kosteniuk is well known for being a good blitz player, winning many titles at fast chess. During her reign as World Champion, she invested a lot of time to make the faster time controls and 960 format more popular among the chess players.

The format used in Aeroflot 2013 is a 9 double-round Swiss. There are 275 participants, with 182 titled players; among them, 107 GMs and 33 IMs. Stay tuned for more updates on

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