Aeroflot Open 2018 Begins in Moscow

Indian Team at the Delhi Aiport. [Photos: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India]

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. This year’s event is taking place in the Russian capital for the 16th time and brings together a strong line-up of participants. The festival consists of three tournaments (A, B and C), into which competitors are entered according to their ratings. Players in all sections will play according to the Swiss system of nine rounds. Naturally, much of the interest is centred on the “A” group, in which players must have a ranking of Elo: 2550 or higher.

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.

Indian Team arrives in Moscow.

Top rated Indian Grandmasters Vidit Gujrathi, Sasikiran Krishnan, Sethuraman S.P and  Aravindh Chithambaram are in the fray.

The first round of the Open A category, India no. 3, GM Vidit Gujrathi (2723) was held to a draw by GM S.L Narayanan (2573). Vidit faced King’s Indian Defence Unusual setup from white pieces. A typical middlegame struggle ensued and players soon agreed to a draw on move 31.

GM Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi

 

GM S.L Narayanan

In another Indian encounter, one of the India’s greatest Grandmasters Sasikiran Krishnan (2671) was pitted against…

…13-year-old IM Nihal Sarin (2532). 

The 58-moves complicated battle ended in a draw.

GM Sethuraman S.P (2646) had a good day at the office. He defeated IM Sychev Klementy (2529) of Russia.

World’s Youngest International Master Praggnanandhaa R (2507) drew against experienced Russian GM Romanov Evgeny (2621).

In another notable result, IM Eesha Karavade (2386) outwitted IM Tabatabaei M.Amin (2577) of Iran to claim the victory.

Pairings of the next round for IND

Rd. Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
2 2 43 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2585 1 1 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2697 6
2 6 15 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2646 1 1 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2582 44
2 12 92 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2386 1 ½ GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2723 2
2 15 7 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2684 ½ ½ IM Nihal Sarin IND 2532 57
2 16 48 GM Narayanan.S.L IND 2573 ½ ½ GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2683 8
2 18 11 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2671 ½ ½ IM Firouzja Alireza IRI 2549 53
2 25 23 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2618 ½ ½ GM Aryan Chopra IND 2509 67
2 26 68 IM Praggnanandhaa R IND 2507 ½ ½ GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2618 24
2 27 25 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2617 ½ ½ IM Liu Yan CHN 2476 83
2 28 70 GM Debashis Das IND 2501 ½ ½ GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2614 26
2 29 72 GM Gagare Shardul IND 2494 ½ ½ GM Paravyan David RUS 2603 32
2 30 78 IM Belyakov Bogdan RUS 2486 ½ ½ GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2598 36
2 32 41 GM Martirosyan Haik M. ARM 2586 ½ ½ IM Raja Harshit IND 2448 91
2 34 45 GM Sarana Alexey RUS 2577 ½ ½ IM Iniyan P IND 2460 87
2 35 88 FM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2458 ½ 0 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2709 4