Aeroflot Open 04-06: GM Vladislav Kovalev in sole lead

GM Vladislav Kovalev of Bulgaria

Photos: Niklesh Jain

Moscow, Russia: The Aeroflot Open 2018 international chess festival is being held from 19 February to 1 March at the Cosmos Hotel. The competition is one of the world’s oldest and most popular and is traditionally held with support from Aeroflot.

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 six rounds, Bulgarian Grandmaster Vladislav Kovalev is in sole lead with 5.0/6 points.  Grandmasters Sasikiran Krishnan,  Sethuraman S.P and Karthikeyan Murali are three Indians trailing behind the leader with 4.0/6 points.

GM Sasikiran Krishnan is having a solid campaign in the Masters Category. In sixth round, he brilliantly outplayed Norway’s GM Aryan Tari, the current World Junior Champion, in 37 moves.

GM S.P Sethuraman outwitted compatriot GM Aryan Chopra in a complex King’s Indian game.

 

Two-time Indian Champion Karthikeyan Murali is in a great form. He defeated extremely strong Azerbaijani Grandmaster Mamedov Rauf and held  GM Matlakov Maxim of Russia to a draw. His performance rating stands at 2741!

IM Iniyan.P is having a smooth run. His victory against higher rated Russian IM Vavulin Maksim pushed him to 3.5/6 points.

India rated no. 3 GM Vidit Gujrathi is having a hard time breaking draw spell in this tournament. All six rounds ended in a draw. His score stands at 3.0/6 points.

13-year-old IM Nihal Sarin (2532) is giving a tough fight to his +2600 rated opponents. His 80-move battle against Russian Grandmaster Sjugirov Sanan (2652) ended after gruelling 7 hours of play.

IM Eesha Karavade won against GM Rinat Jumabayev of Kazakstan in the fourth round but lost two successive rounds to GM Vladislav Kovalev (BLR) and GM Vadim Zvjaginsev (RUS) respectively. Despite the losses, her score stands solidly with 3.0/6 points.

Pairings/Results

Round 7 on 2018/02/26 at 15:00

Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
1 24 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2618 5 GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2641 16
2 6 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2697 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2589 40
3 46 IM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2577 4 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2671 11
4 5 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2709 4 4 GM Bologan Victor MDA 2600 33
5 10 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2677 4 4 GM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2609 29
6 12 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2664 4 4 GM Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2594 39
7 27 GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2614 4 4 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2646 15
8 43 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2585 4 4 GM Gordievsky Dmitry RUS 2630 19
9 22 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2621 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2724 1
10 38 GM Predke Alexandr RUS 2595 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2712 3
11 4 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2709 GM Paravyan David RUS 2603 32
12 63 GM Yuffa Daniil RUS 2521 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2684 7
13 8 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2683 IM Iniyan P IND 2460 87
14 75 IM Xu Yi CHN 2490 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2677 9
15 35 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2598 GM Piorun Kacper POL 2659 13
16 18 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2632 IM Yakubboev Nodirbek UZB 2462 84
17 20 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2629 GM Xu Xiangyu CHN 2545 54
18 2 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2723 3 3 IM Firouzja Alireza IRI 2549 53
19 61 IM Sychev Klementy RUS 2529 3 3 GM Bluebaum Matthias GER 2635 17
20 73 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2493 3 3 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2625 21
21 57 IM Nihal Sarin IND 2532 3 3 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2618 23
22 77 GM Mikaelyan Arman ARM 2486 3 3 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2617 25
23 26 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2614 3 3 IM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2516 64
24 30 GM Wen Yang CHN 2608 3 3 FM Sorokin Aleksey RUS 2511 66
25 34 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2599 3 3 IM Hakobyan Aram ARM 2497 71