Aeroflot Set For A Close Finish

Aeroflot Set For A Close Finish

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Feb 14, 2012, 11:58 AM |
7 | Chess Event Coverage

2012_aeroflot_open.gifCo-leaders Pavel Eljanov and Mateusz Bartel faced each other in the penultimate round of the 2012 Aeroflot Open, but neither could land a decisive blow and the game ended in a draw.

That allowed early leader Anton Korobov to join them at the top of the standings on 6/8 after beating Viorel Iordachescu with the black pieces.

Fabiano Caruana recovered from his loss in the previous round to beat Bartosz Socko, leaving him in a tie on 5½ points with Alexander Khalifman, Hrant Melkumyan and Dmitry Adreikin. A total of 15 competitors lie half a point further back on 5/8.

The first tie-break is the number of games played with black, and the second tie-break is the average opponent rating (excluding the highest and lowest).

The top pairings in the final round look like this:


 White  Pts Nat Elo
 Black  Pts Nat Elo
1
 Korobov, Anton  6.0 UKR 2660 v  Bartel, Mateusz  6.0 POL  2658
2  Andreikin, Dmitry  5.5 RUS 2688 v  Eljanov, Pavel  6.0 UKR  2690
3  Melkumyan, Hrant  5.5 ARM 2620 v  Khalifman, Alexander  5.5 RUS  2632
4  Jobava, Baadur  5.0 GEO 2704 v  Caruana, Fabiano  5.5 ITA  2736

 

If tie-breaks are required then Mateusz Bartel and Alexander Khalifman will have played one more game with black than their closest rivals (5 blacks and 4 whites) which gives them the advantage. Bartel will also have the best score on the second tie-break measure, so if he can hold Korobov to a draw then only a win by Eljanov would deprive him of the tournament victory, and an invite to the Dortmund Super-Tournament in July.

All of which augurs well for an exciting final round!

The top standings going into the final round (with final tie-break scores shown)


 Name  Nat Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts TB1 TB2
1  Bartel, Mateusz  POL 2658 1 ½  ½  ½  1 1 1 ½  6.0 -1 2656.7
2
 Korobov, Anton  UKR 2660 1 ½  1 1 ½  1 0 1 6.0 1 2657.1
3  Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2690 1 ½  ½  ½  1 1 1 ½  6.0 1 2642.4
4  Khalifman, Alexander  RUS 2632 ½  1 ½  ½  1 ½  ½  1 5.5 -1 2650.9
5  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2736 1 ½  1 0 1 1 0 1 5.5 1 2644.6
6  Melkumyan, Hrant  ARM 2620 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 ½  5.5 1 2637.3
7  Andreikin, Dmitry  RUS 2688 1 ½  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  1 5.5 1 2619.3
8  Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2670 ½  1 ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  5.0 -1 2613.4
9  Shomoev, Anton  RUS 2570 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 5.0 -1 2592.0
10  Iordachescu, Viorel  MDA 2651 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 1 0 5.0 -1 2590.0
11  Ragger, Markus  AUT 2655 0 1 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 5.0 -1 2572.9
12  Rodshtein, Maxim  ISR 2634 1 1 ½  ½  1 0 ½  ½  5.0 1 2670.7
13  Sokolov, Ivan  NED 2641 1 ½  ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  5.0 1 2640.0
14  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2740 ½  1 ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  5.0 1 2638.1
15  Fedoseev, Vladimir  RUS 2525 ½  0 ½  1 1 1 ½  ½  5.0 1 2629.4
16  Jobava, Baadur  GEO 2704 1 ½  ½  0 1 ½  1 ½  5.0 1 2629.1
17  Popov, Ivan  RUS 2599 ½  0 1 1 0 1 1 ½  5.0 1 2628.4
18  Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS 2670 1 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  5.0 1 2623.1
19  Grigoryan, Karen H.  ARM 2482 0 1 ½  ½  ½  1 ½  5.0 1 2618.6
20  Safarli, Eltaj  AZE 2638 ½  ½  1 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  5.0 1 2616.9
21  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  RUS 2688 ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 5.0 1 2611.0
22  Zhou, Jianchao  CHN 2619 1 0 ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½  5.0 1 2583.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the start.

The final round starts at the usual time of 15:00 (11:00 UTC). Live coverage is available via the official website, either here or here.

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