More Attacking Chess At Aeroflot, Sasikiran Still Perfect

More Attacking Chess At Aeroflot, Sasikiran Still Perfect

The top group of the Aeroflot Open continues to see attacking chess. After three rounds GM Krishnan Sasikiran is the sole leader with three victories.

Photo Boris Dolmatovsky.

We saw two nice attacking wins for white in the report on the first round, and we'll see more in this one! Let's start with round 2, board 1, where GM Ildar Khairullin crushed top seed GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a Grünfeld, helped by Delroy the d-pawn:

Khairullin vs Mamedyarov in round 2. | Photo Boris Dolmatovsky.

Dutch IM Jorden van Foreest moved to 2.0/2 scoring his second GM scalp in a row. GM Mikhail Kobalia was much better in a middlegame with opposite-colored bishops, but then Van Foreest was suddenly the first to start a deadly attack.

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi's amazing rook-maneuver-turned-into-exchange-sac shouldn't be missed either. Even more sophisticated than Kasparov's famous Ra1-a4-b4xb7 against Shirov!

Ian Nepomniachtchi, here in between arbiters. | Photo Boris Dolmatovsky.

A puzzle in between. How did GM Alexander Motylev refute GM Mikhail Mozharov's 32...Qxf4?


Or what about the following game, on one of the lower boards. In what looks like a quiet Giuoco Piano position, GM Emre Can goes all in, with success:


GM Krishnan Sasikiran didn't do well at the recent India-China summit, but in Moscow he is the only player to win all his games so far. Against GM Pavel Ponkratov he won a nice ending where his bishop dominated the whole board:

Krishnan Sasikiran on 3.0/3 in Moscow.

GM Baskaran Adhiban was on his way to checkmate GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, but failed to deliver the decisive blow. Few black player will be willing to repeat this line of the French.


GM Vadim Zvjaginsev is one of those grandmasters who have a very different view about openings. After the deceptively quiet 3.g3 move, he continued in gambit style and finished the game with a nice combination:

2015 Aeroflot Open | A group | Round 3 Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2
1 8 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2682 3 2 2605
2 43 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2570 2,5 2 2658
3 23 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2627 2,5 1 2706
4 35 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2592 2,5 1 2646
5 61 IM Van Foreest Jorden NED 2493 2,5 1 2630
6 13 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2661 2,5 1 2587
7 15 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2658 2,5 1 2570
8 21 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2630 2,5 1 2509
9 22 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2627 2 2 2706
10 69 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2438 2 2 2617
11 6 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2694 2 2 2613
12 2 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2714 2 2 2581
13 4 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2708 2 2 2573
14 10 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2673 2 2 2567
15 14 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2658 2 2 2555
16 26 GM Bukavshin Ivan RUS 2618 2 2 2511
17 38 IM Bogdanovich Stanislav UKR 2581 2 1 2708
18 24 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2625 2 1 2674
19 29 GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2613 2 1 2673
20 30 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2613 2 1 2671

(Full standings here.)

The Aeroflot Open is a nine-round Swiss which takes place March 27 - April 5 in Hotel Cosmos in northeast Moscow. There are rating groups A, B and C and the total prize fund is 140,000 Euro.

The A group's first prize is a massive 18,000 Euros. On top of that, the winner will be invited for the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, to be held 27 June - 5 July, 2015. 


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