Le Quang Liem again going strong at Aeroflot

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Le Quang Liem again strong in MoscowLast year's winner Le Quang Liem is doing well again at the strong Aeroflot Open in Moscow. The Vietnamese grandmaster is the only player on 5 points out of 6 games, which includes a crushing win againt top seed Gata Kamsky. There are three more rounds to go in Moscow.

General info

The 10th Aeroflot Open chess festival takes place February 7-18, 2011 in the capital of Russia. Venue is the Izmailovo hotel in eastern Moscow. The organizers are the "Aeroflot-Russian Airlines", the Association of Chess Federations and the Russian Chess Federation.

Three sections play nine rounds Swiss for a a total prizefund of 160,000 Euros, including the prizes for the qualifier for the World Blitz Championship on February 17th.

  • A tournament, rating >2550, first prize 20,000 Euros, top seeded players GMs Kamsky, Movsesian, Jakovenko, Vachier-Lagrave, Vitiugov (live here)
  • B tournament, rating 2300-2549, first prize 10,000 Euros, top seeded players GMs Lenderman, Shaposhnikov, Kunin, Ulibin, Gabrielian.
  • C tournament, rating <2300, first prize 3,500 Euros, top seeded players WIM Kharashuta, WGM Burtasova.
  • Qualifier for the World Blitz Championship, first prize 10,000 Euros.


You might remember that last year's Aeroflot was won by Le Quang Liem. As our co-editor Colin McGourty pointed out, in June 2010 Alexander Khalifman said about Le in his KC-Conference at Crestbook:

What a school is and what its presence or absence means is something that you can understand very well if you analyze with Asian chess players. In February and March I worked a little bit with Le Quang Liem, and I will say honestly that sometimes my eyes popped out of my head. He is also a very talented boy (maybe not a Carlsen, but definitely out of the ordinary), and he is trying very hard to grow. But at the moment all he does is calculate and calculate variations. He calculates very well, by the way. But a school is, in my opinion, what you would call a basis of positional principles, playing from general considerations and this sort of thing. It’s very hard to learn it even from good books. In order to know which pieces should go where and when to exchange what, that is when it is very important to work with a qualified trainer.


By winning Aeroflot Le had qualified for the Dortmund super-tournament, where in July 2010 he finished second, behind Ruslan Ponomariov. After that the Vietnamese grandmaster had some ups and downs, but this week in Moscow things are going very well again. He started with 4/4, beating Zhigalko, Xiu Deshun, Lenic and Kamky, and then drew with Tomashevsky and Kasimdzhanov.

Aeroflot 2011 | Tournament A | Standings after 6 rounds

Rank Name Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We Rat-HiLo
1 GM Le, Quang Liem 5.0 VIE M 2664 2905 +1.74 2638.8
2 GM Khismatullin, Denis 4.5 RUS M 2649 2841 +1.50 2655.3
3 GM Kobalia, Mikhail 4.5 RUS M 2666 2827 +1.24 2639.0
4 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 4.5 RUS M 2695 2809 +0.86 2618.3
5 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 4.5 RUS M 2709 2808 +0.73 2616.0
6 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 4.5 UZB M 2681 2768 +0.66 2582.3
7 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan 4.0 ESP M 2626 2780 +1.25 2678.0
8 FM Bukavshin, Ivan 4.0 RUS M 2458 2784 +2.54 2660.0
9 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 4.0 RUS M 2718 2761 +0.33 2638.0
10 GM Yu, Yangyi 4.0 CHN M 2607 2744 +1.10 2622.5
11 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4.0 FRA M 2715 2737 +0.16 2612.8
12 GM Mamedov, Rauf 4.0 AZE M 2660 2730 +0.56 2601.5
13 GM Sandipan, Chanda 4.0 IND M 2641 2727 +0.69 2594.3
14 GM Zhou, Jianchao 4.0 CHN M 2655 2717 +0.51 2590.3
15 GM Sjugirov, Sanan 4.0 RUS M 2626 2710 +0.69 2585.3
16 GM Ding, Liren 4.0 CHN M 2628 2720 +0.72 2583.8
17 GM Grachev, Boris 4.0 RUS M 2660 2688 +0.21 2576.8
18 GM Volokitin, Andrei 4.0 UKR M 2678 2689 +0.09 2574.5
19 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 4.0 RUS M 2660 2699 +0.31 2567.3
20 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 4.0 BUL M 2665 2679 +0.11 2553.5
21 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. 3.5 ARM M 2604 2736 +1.11 2684.3
22 GM Lenic, Luka 3.5 SLO M 2613 2682 +0.61 2657.3
23 IM Dubov, Daniil 3.5 RUS M 2459 2706 +1.98 2646.3
24 GM Movsesian, Sergei 3.5 ARM M 2721 2683 -0.29 2624.8
25 GM Kurnosov, Igor 3.5 RUS M 2662 2645 -0.11 2584.8
26 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 3.5 ISR M 2625 2643 +0.20 2584.3
27 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 3.5 RUS M 2689 2625 -0.48 2581.0
28 GM Motylev, Alexander 3.5 RUS M 2687 2632 -0.42 2578.5
29 GM Ni, Hua 3.5 CHN M 2645 2644 +0.04 2570.8
30 GM Khairullin, Ildar 3.5 RUS M 2640 2625 -0.08 2558.8
31 GM Vuckovic, Bojan 3.5 SRB M 2623 2612 -0.05 2546.5
32 GM Ragger, Markus 3.5 AUT M 2615 2597 -0.12 2519.8
33 IM Fedoseev, Vladimir 3.0 RUS M 2505 2655 +1.20 2655.3
34 GM Hess, Robert L 3.0 USA M 2572 2677 +0.84 2674.5
35 GM Shomoev, Anton 3.0 RUS M 2557 2664 +0.88 2670.5
36 GM Grigoryan, Avetik 3.0 ARM M 2595 2663 +0.55 2664.0
37 IM Papin, Vasily 3.0 RUS M 2568 2662 +0.77 2663.8
38 GM Jumabayev, Rinat 3.0 KAZ M 2555 2656 +0.82 2658.8
39 GM Fier, Alexandr 3.0 BRA M 2571 2625 +0.45 2653.0
40 GM Kotsur, Pavel 3.0 KAZ M 2559 2646 +0.70 2647.0
41 GM Kotronias, Vasilios 3.0 GRE M 2599 2631 +0.27 2643.5
42 GM Kamsky, Gata 3.0 USA M 2730 2641 -0.73 2642.3
43 GM Felgaer, Ruben 3.0 ARG M 2585 2624 +0.32 2633.8
44 GM Riazantsev, Alexander 3.0 RUS M 2689 2629 -0.50 2630.3
45 GM Bocharov, Dmitry 3.0 RUS M 2605 2610 +0.04 2620.3
46 GM Romanov, Evgeny 3.0 RUS M 2606 2603 -0.02 2613.0
47 GM Timofeev, Artyom 3.0 RUS M 2681 2588 -0.77 2586.3
48 GM Edouard, Romain 3.0 FRA M 2634 2536 -0.79 2547.0
49 GM Deviatkin, Andrei 3.0 RUS M 2573 2552 -0.18 2544.5
50 GM Predojevic, Borki 3.0 BIH M 2626 2537 -0.72 2541.5
51 GM Khalifman, Alexander 3.0 RUS M 2638 2543 -0.78 2541.3
52 GM Lysyj, Igor 3.0 RUS M 2635 2518 -0.94 2524.3
53 GM Maletin, Pavel 3.0 RUS M 2621 2500 -0.97 2500.3
54 GM Zhou, Weiqi 2.5 CHN M 2573 2614 +0.32 2675.3
55 GM Mamedov, Nidjat 2.5 AZE M 2580 2572 -0.10 2645.5
56 IM Danin, Alexandre 2.5 RUS M 2538 2581 +0.33 2637.3
57 GM El Debs, Felipe de Cresce 2.5 BRA M 2499 2578 +0.60 2631.3
58 IM Kovalenko, Igor 2.5 UKR M 2515 2549 +0.24 2630.5
59 GM Bluvshtein, Mark 2.5 CAN M 2590 2559 -0.28 2629.3
60 GM Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag 2.5 BRA M 2528 2566 +0.29 2625.3
61 FM Nechepurenko, Roman V. 2.5 RUS M 2546 2565 +0.11 2622.3
62 GM Bologan, Viktor 2.5 MDA M 2693 2515 -1.45 2586.5
63 GM Zhao, Jun 2.5 CHN M 2599 2528 -0.63 2580.0
64 GM Korobov, Anton 2.5 UKR M 2670 2514 -1.31 2578.3
65 GM So, Wesley 2.5 PHI M 2673 2507 -1.39 2566.0
66 GM Iturrizaga, Eduardo 2.5 VEN M 2611 2519 -0.79 2553.0
67 GM Savchenko, Boris 2.5 RUS M 2637 2488 -1.27 2548.8
68 GM Mareco, Sandro 2.5 ARG M 2627 2491 -1.13 2546.8
69 GM Sutovsky, Emil 2.5 ISR M 2695 2529 -1.40 2583.8
70 GM Novikov, Stanislav 2.0 RUS M 2568 2507 -0.48 2652.5
71 GM Vorobiov, Evgeny E. 2.0 RUS M 2556 2518 -0.28 2637.3
72 GM Alsina Leal, Daniel 2.0 ESP M 2531 2508 -0.17 2635.0
73 Xiu, Deshun 2.0 CHN M 2508 2498 -0.07 2625.8
74 GM Oleksienko, Mikhailo 2.0 UKR M 2552 2499 -0.40 2622.5
75 GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2.0 BLR M 2566 2479 -0.70 2617.5
76 IM Huschenbeth, Niclas 2.0 GER M 2450 2488 +0.29 2617.5
77 IM Sethuraman, S.P. 2.0 IND M 2545 2487 -0.45 2614.3
78 WGM Paikidze, Nazi 2.0 GEO F 2455 2459 +0.02 2605.3
79 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2.0 RUS F 2498 2478 -0.15 2604.8
80 GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2.0 NOR M 2647 2423 -1.81 2550.8
81 IM Geller, Jakov 1.5 RUS M 2544 2432 -0.83 2627.0
82 WGM Ju, Wenjun 1.5 CHN F 2514 2430 -0.62 2624.8
83 GM Roussel-Roozmon, Thomas 1.5 CAN M 2500 2426 -0.54 2623.0
84 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 1.5 RUS F 2472 2374 -0.73 2580.8
85 IM Khader, Sami 1.0 JOR M 2450 2260 -1.32 2532.5
86 GM Vocaturo, Daniele 0.5 ITA M 2570 2140 -2.73 2531.8



Today's top pairings are Kobalia-Le Quang Liem, Kasimdzhanov-Vitiugov, Tomashevsky-Khismatullin, Zhou Jianchao-Jakovenko and Vachier-Lagrave-Sandipan. Top seed and World Championship Candidate Gata Kamsky lost his second game in round 6 to Chinese talent Ding Liren. All the way down the table we find the winner of the Tata Steel Grandmaster Group C, Daniele Vocaturo. The Italian scored 0.5/6.

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