Aeroflot Open-2018 02-03: Two leaders emerge

Tournament leader GM Victor Bologan (Right)

Photos: Niklesh Jain

The Aeroflot Open 2018 International chess festival is being held from 19 February to 1 March at the Cosmos Hotel Moscow, Russia.

As a part of the exposure trip, the selected Indian team consisting of 39 members (18 men + 17 women + 4 coaches) are being sponsored at full cost by the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Here you can find the team list.

After three rounds,  GM Victor Bologan (2600) and GM Petrosian Tigran L (2589) are only two players with 3.0/3 score in the Open-A category.

Top-rated Indians are struggling to squeeze victories. India no. 3 GM Vidit Gujrathi (2723) was held to a draw by compatriot IM Eesha Karavade (2386) in the second round.  While Armenia’s GM Petrosyan Manuel (2569) put up a fight in the third round to secure a draw against Nasik’s only Grandmaster.

IM Eesha Karavade (2386), with a score of 2.0/3, is having a performance rating of 2761!

Former Asian Champion S.P Sethuraman defeated GM Kulaots Kaido (2582) in the second round but succumbed to a loss against seasoned Armenian Grandmaster Tigran Petrosian  (2589).

Two-time Indian Champion Karthikeyan Murali defeated statemate IM Iniyan P in round 3.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2617) started his campaign with solid 2.0/3 points. He defeated IM Liu Yan (2476) of China and drew against  GM Aryan Chopra (2509).

IM Nihal Sarin (2532) drew against GM  Ernesto Inarkiev (2684) and GM Piorun Kacper (2659) in round 2 & 3 respectively.

Pairings of the 4th round for IND

Rd. Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
4 5 15 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2646 2 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2618 24
4 7 43 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2585 2 2 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2709 4
4 9 19 GM Gordievsky Dmitry RUS 2630 2 2 GM Aryan Chopra IND 2509 67
4 11 25 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2617 2 2 IM Xu Yi CHN 2490 75
4 12 92 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2386 2 2 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2614 26
4 15 56 GM Xu Yinglun CHN 2538 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2723 2
4 19 48 GM Narayanan.S.L IND 2573 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2677 10
4 20 11 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2671 IM Triapishko Alexandr RUS 2530 59
4 22 14 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2652 IM Nihal Sarin IND 2532 57
4 29 41 GM Martirosyan Haik M. ARM 2586 FM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2458 88
4 30 42 GM Svane Rasmus GER 2586 IM Raja Harshit IND 2448 91
4 31 72 GM Gagare Shardul IND 2494 IM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2577 46
4 36 68 IM Praggnanandhaa R IND 2507 1 1 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2599 34
4 40 60 GM Kotronias Vasilios GRE 2529 1 1 IM Iniyan P IND 2460 87
4 43 70 GM Debashis Das IND 2501 ½ ½ IM Bellaiche Anthony FRA 2485 79
4 47 36 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2598 0 not paired