Le Quang Liem repeats Aeroflot victory

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Le Quang Liem again strong in MoscowDespite a spectacular loss against Ivan Cheparinov in the penultimate round, Le Quang Liem won the Aeroflot Open for the second time in a row. The Vietnamese grandmaster edged out Nikita Vitiugov and Evgeny Tomashevsky on tie-break after the three finished on 6.5/9.

General info

The 10th Aeroflot Open chess festival took place February 7-18, 2011 in the capital of Russia. Venue was the Izmailovo hotel in eastern Moscow. In the A tournament (rating >2550) the top seeded players were GMs Kamsky, Movsesian, Jakovenko, Vachier-Lagrave and Vitiugov. More info here.

Rounds 7-9

We left the tournament after six rounds, when last year's winner Le Quang Liem was in sole first place with 5 points. The Vietnamese GM continued strongly on Monday with a victory, against Russian GM Mikhail Kobalia, who was completely outplayed and resigned at move 28 in this position:

Kobalia-Le Quang Liem Aeroflot 2011 Diagram 1 Black will continue with ...h5-h4 and ...Rf6+ which is just killing.



In the same round, two seconds of Veselin Topalov met on the board and played a spectacular game:

Cheparinov-Salgado Lopez Aeroflot 2011 Diagram 2 Several moves win but Cheparinov went for 19.Rxe6+!? dxe6 20.Qd8+ Kf7 21.Ng5+! Kg6 22.Nxe6 Qxb3 23.Nxf8+ Kh5 24.Ne5 Bf3 25.Nxf3 Qxf3 26.Rd5+ Kh6 27.Qe7 1-0



Thanks to his win, before the penultimate round Le Quang Liem was leading by a full point. Needless to say, until then he was still undefeated. But in round 8 things went wrong.

Le Quang Liem-Cheparinov Aeroflot 2011 Diagram 3 30.Bxf4? (30. h4 Rf8 31. Kh2 is how White should defend.) 30... exf4 31.Qd3? Qxg5+ 32.Kf1

Diagram 4 32...f3! No doubt underestimated by the Vietnamese.
33.Qxf3 Rf8 34.Qd3 Qf4 35.Qg3 Qc4+ 36.Kg1 Qxd5 and Black won.



In the last round Le Quang Liem played a solid draw with the black pieces against Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan, and so he was the first to reach 6.5 points. Nikita Vitiugov and Evgeny Tomashevsky won their last round encounters, against Cheparinov and Sjugirov respectively, to catch Le in the standings. (For the games see the game viewer below.)

The first tie-break rule was the number of games played with Black, and so Tomashevsky fell off as the Russian had played the white pieces five times. The second tie-break rule was the average of the opponents' ratings minus the highest and the lowest rating, and this decided that Le Quang Liem was again the winner in Moscow. And so we'll see him back in Dortmund this summer, where he did so well last year, finishing clear second, behind Ruslan Ponomariov.

Aeroflot 2011

Gata Kamsky recovered well from his losses against Le Quang Liem and Ding Liren, and finished with three wins. The American scored 6/9, just like Russian GM Denis Khismatullin (who has worked as a second for several Russian top players), Chinese GM Yu Yangyi, Israeli GM Maxim Rodshtein, former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov from Uzbekistan, the aforementioned Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) and Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov, who played very enterprising chess in Moscow.

France's top player Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored just slightly below par with 5.5 points, which isn't a bad result so soon after a tough (and well played) Tata A group. Other Tata participants had a very tough tournament. Jon Ludvig Hammer (2647) from Norway, who was struggling in Wijk aan Zee, also did badly in Moscow with a 2497 performance. He only won in the last two rounds.

GM Daniele Vocaturo ended on 3.5/9 and things went even worse for Wesley So, who played five draws and one loss in the first six rounds and then left the tournament. Already in Wijk aan Zee the Philippine GM, who recently moved to Toronto (Canada) with his family, lamented about tiredness. In the last edition of the Full English Breakfast So hinted that he might be putting chess on hold next season, as he's considering going to university instead.

Russian IM Daniil Dubov (2459) is a name to remember - he scored an undefated 2699 performance! FM Ivan Bukavshin (2458) didn't do so bad either with a 2654 performance.

The B tournament was won by GM Tigran Kotanjian from Armenia, who edged out GMs Darwin Laylo (Philippines) and GM Nikolai Kabanov (Russia) on tiebreak. More Armenian successes were seen in the C group: David Shahinyan finished clear first with 8/9 and Tigran Simonian clear second with half a point less.

Aeroflot 2011 | A tournament | Final standings

Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR W-We Rat-HiLo
1 GM Le, Quang Liem 6.5 VIE 2664 2809 +1.73 2649.4
2 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 6.5 RUS 2709 2803 +1.11 2638.6
3 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 6.5 RUS 2695 2797 +1.22 2630.6
4 GM Khismatullin, Denis 6.0 RUS 2649 2779 +1.57 2660.3
5 GM Yu, Yangyi 6.0 CHN 2607 2762 +1.87 2644.1
6 GM Kamsky, Gata 6.0 USA 2730 2756 +0.28 2631.1
7 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 6.0 ISR 2625 2734 +1.32 2614.7
8 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 6.0 UZB 2681 2727 +0.56 2607.0
9 GM Mamedov, Rauf 6.0 AZE 2660 2720 +0.74 2597.4
10 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 6.0 BUL 2665 2716 +0.62 2587.0
11 GM Sandipan, Chanda 5.5 IND 2641 2715 +0.93 2639.4
12 GM Bocharov, Dmitry 5.5 RUS 2605 2686 +1.01 2611.1
13 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 5.5 RUS 2689 2663 -0.29 2594.0
14 GM Grachev, Boris 5.5 RUS 2660 2662 +0.04 2592.4
15 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 5.5 RUS 2660 2669 +0.14 2589.6
16 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. 5.5 ARM 2604 2750 +1.82 2671.0
17 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 5.5 RUS 2718 2718 +0.01 2639.4
18 GM Kobalia, Mikhail 5.5 RUS 2666 2715 +0.63 2638.0
19 GM Sjugirov, Sanan 5.5 RUS 2626 2700 +0.96 2630.1
20 GM Ding, Liren 5.5 CHN 2628 2703 +0.92 2624.7
21 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 5.5 FRA 2715 2698 -0.18 2620.6
22 GM Zhou, Jianchao 5.5 CHN 2655 2693 +0.51 2617.9
23 GM Volokitin, Andrei 5.5 UKR 2678 2664 -0.14 2593.1
24 GM Sutovsky, Emil 5.5 ISR 2695 2669 -0.31 2588.6
25 GM Khalifman, Alexander 5.5 RUS 2638 2626 -0.13 2547.4
26 GM Movsesian, Sergei 5.0 ARM 2721 2668 -0.69 2624.0
27 GM Motylev, Alexander 5.0 RUS 2687 2603 -1.04 2566.3
28 IM Dubov, Daniil 5.0 RUS 2459 2699 +2.79 2656.9
29 IM Kovalenko, Igor 5.0 UKR 2515 2664 +1.78 2635.4
30 GM Vuckovic, Bojan 5.0 SRB 2623 2648 +0.28 2608.9
31 GM Bologan, Viktor 5.0 MDA 2693 2609 -1.01 2573.4
32 GM Lysyj, Igor 5.0 RUS 2635 2584 -0.62 2528.4
33 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan 4.5 ESP 2626 2661 +0.44 2675.7
34 GM Hess, Robert L 4.5 USA 2572 2656 +1.02 2665.7
35 GM Grigoryan, Avetik 4.5 ARM 2595 2660 +0.80 2661.9
36 FM Bukavshin, Ivan 4.5 RUS 2458 2654 +2.27 2653.3
37 IM Fedoseev, Vladimir 4.5 RUS 2505 2637 +1.60 2641.1
38 GM Vorobiov, Evgeny E. 4.5 RUS 2556 2625 +0.86 2632.7
39 GM Felgaer, Ruben 4.5 ARG 2585 2619 +0.42 2623.1
40 GM Oleksienko, Mikhailo 4.5 UKR 2552 2608 +0.70 2620.4
41 GM Ni, Hua 4.5 CHN 2645 2585 -0.70 2582.1
42 GM Timofeev, Artyom 4.5 RUS 2681 2568 -1.37 2575.4
43 GM Khairullin, Ildar 4.5 RUS 2640 2568 -0.87 2563.1
44 GM Maletin, Pavel 4.5 RUS 2621 2543 -0.93 2536.7
45 GM Lenic, Luka 4.5 SLO 2613 2647 +0.42 2667.9
46 GM Fier, Alexandr 4.5 BRA 2571 2643 +0.89 2663.1
47 GM Shomoev, Anton 4.5 RUS 2557 2660 +1.27 2662.4
48 GM Jumabayev, Rinat 4.5 KAZ 2555 2641 +1.05 2642.9
49 GM Romanov, Evgeny 4.5 RUS 2606 2614 +0.09 2622.0
50 FM Nechepurenko, Roman V. 4.5 RUS 2546 2620 +0.90 2619.9
51 GM Riazantsev, Alexander 4.5 RUS 2689 2611 -0.97 2610.4
52 GM Kurnosov, Igor 4.5 RUS 2662 2591 -0.87 2590.0
53 GM Bluvshtein, Mark 4.5 CAN 2590 2589 -0.01 2588.7
54 GM Ragger, Markus 4.5 AUT 2615 2584 -0.39 2581.7
55 GM Predojevic, Borki 4.5 BIH 2626 2553 -0.89 2559.7
56 GM Kotsur, Pavel 4.0 KAZ 2559 2616 +0.71 2660.7
57 IM Papin, Vasily 4.0 RUS 2568 2589 +0.29 2644.1
58 GM Alsina Leal, Daniel 4.0 ESP 2531 2583 +0.66 2625.1
59 WGM Ju, Wenjun 4.0 CHN 2514 2557 +0.54 2606.0
60 GM Deviatkin, Andrei 4.0 RUS 2573 2518 -0.66 2559.6
61 GM Novikov, Stanislav 4.0 RUS 2568 2564 -0.03 2611.6
62 GM Iturrizaga, Eduardo 4.0 VEN 2611 2549 -0.74 2583.0
63 GM Zhao, Jun 4.0 CHN 2599 2539 -0.73 2577.9
64 GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 4.0 NOR 2647 2497 -1.81 2544.9
65 GM Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag 3.5 BRA 2528 2534 +0.08 2616.7
66 GM Mamedov, Nidjat 3.5 AZE 2580 2521 -0.75 2602.1
67 IM Sethuraman, S.P. 3.5 IND 2545 2512 -0.42 2597.3
68 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 3.5 RUS 2498 2493 -0.08 2583.3
69 GM Savchenko, Boris 3.5 RUS 2637 2465 -2.14 2547.7
70 GM Mareco, Sandro 3.5 ARG 2627 2464 -2.00 2542.6
71 GM Edouard, Romain 3.5 FRA 2634 2452 -2.23 2537.9
72 GM Kotronias, Vasilios 3.5 GRE 2599 2545 -0.68 2628.1
73 Xiu, Deshun 3.5 CHN 2508 2508 -0.03 2595.7
74 GM Korobov, Anton 3.5 UKR 2670 2486 -2.28 2568.6
75 GM Vocaturo, Daniele 3.5 ITA 2570 2395 -1.87 2517.3
76 GM Zhou, Weiqi 3.0 CHN 2573 2512 -0.69 2648.7
77 IM Danin, Alexandre 3.0 RUS 2538 2503 -0.38 2637.6
78 GM El Debs, Felipe de Cresce 3.0 BRA 2499 2492 -0.06 2616.0
79 GM Zhigalko, Andrey 3.0 BLR 2566 2464 -1.22 2596.3
80 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 3.0 RUS 2472 2381 -0.90 2563.3
81 IM Huschenbeth, Niclas 2.5 GER 2450 2411 -0.48 2586.4
82 GM Roussel-Roozmon, Thomas 2.5 CAN 2500 2420 -0.95 2598.1
83 IM Geller, Jakov 2.5 RUS 2544 2417 -1.51 2590.0
84 WGM Paikidze, Nazi 2.5 GEO 2455 2402 -0.66 2575.0
85 IM Khader, Sami 2.5 JOR 2450 2268 -1.75 2505.0
86 GM So, Wesley 2.5/6 PHI 2673 2507 -1.39 2562.0



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