First Sweets, Then Pawns

Sunday, 05.04.2015 07:35

Ian Nepomniachtchi wins the Aeroflot Open for the second time

It's as if time went backwards: Ian Nepomniachtchi took the first prize in the Aeroflot open, as he had done in 2008. Everyone has grown up since then, while the festival has almost died and then revived. Not so long ago, it seemed that Le Quang Liem had already become the only chess player to have won the strongest Russian open twice; now Nepomniachtchi has joined the Vietnamese grandmaster. Still, anyone including Ian himself will have to put in a lot of effort to win it twice in a row, as Le Quang Liem did in 2010 and 2011.

As the tournament has clearly shown, just having 2700+ isn't enough to win the Aeroflot Open: two other 'seven-hundred' players finished on 5/9, while two remaining ones performed even worse - below the 50% score. The only rating favorite who appeared to be in good shape was Ian, and his shape was not only good but excellent. The games were spectacular and of high quality, without the touch of superficiality which sometimes marks Ian's chess. The clash which gave him extra strength was perhaps his draw against Adhiban in round 3, where he managed to save a hopeless position after having been caught into the opening preparation.

Nepomniachtchi defeated Grigoriants (round 2), Vidit (round 4), and van Foreest (round 6) in the vigorous attacking style typical for him, but his key win - against Sasikiran -  was purely positional. It's interesting to note that Ian has consumed a great amount of sweets during that encounter. He began with many cups of tea, many chokolates and a cake, making the witnesses somewhat amused; when it all was over, he switched to Sasikiran's weak pawns, taking three of them one by one.

In the final round, Nepomniachtchi quickly drew Ivan Bukavshin and was waiting for the Dubov - Lu Shanglei game to finish. The Chinese player took too many risks with Black, and the second place eventually went to 18 years old GM Daniil Dubov from Moscow, who caught up with Nepomniachtchi but had an inferior tie-break (fewer games played with Black). Ivan Bukavshin, also of Russia, took the bronze. The tournament was definitely a huge success for both Daniil and Ivan, as their scores had been hardly predictable. As well as the fact that Rapport and Inarkiev would take 4 and 3.5 points respectively, we might add. But - this is the Aeroflot Open where many things are possible!

All the games by the tournament winner can be replayed below.

[Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.03.27"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Bogdanovich, Stanislav"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "IM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2581"] [BlackElo "2714"] [ECO "E60"] [Opening "King's Indian defence"] [WhiteFideId "14115298"] [BlackFideId "4168119"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 e6 4. e4 c5 5. d5 d6 6. Ne2 Bg7 7. Nec3 Nh5 8. Be3 exd5 9. cxd5 f5 10. Bb5+ Nd7 11. exf5 gxf5 12. f4 Nf6 13. O-O Ng4 14. Qf3 O-O 15. Kh1 a6 16. Bxd7 Bxd7 17. Bg1 b5 18. Nd2 b4 19. Nd1 Bb5 20. Re1 Qh4 21. Re6 Rae8 22. a4 bxa3 23. Qxa3 Rxe6 24. dxe6 Qe1 25. Nf3 Qxe6 26. Nc3 h6 27. Re1 Qd7 28. b4 c4 29. Nd4 Re8 30. Rxe8+ Qxe8 31. Ncxb5 axb5 32. Nxf5 Qe4 33. Nxg7 Kxg7 34. Qg3 h5 35. h3 Qd3 36. Qh4 Nf6 37. Qg5+ Kf7 38. Qxb5 Qe4 39. Qg5 c3 40. f5 c2 41. b5 Qe1 42. Qg6+ Ke7 43. Qg7+ Ke8 44. Qg6+ Ke7 45. Qg7+ 1/2-1/2[Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.03.28"] [Round "2.12"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Grigoriants, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2573"] [ECO "C43"] [Opening "Petrov"] [Variation "modern attack, Symmetrical variation"] [WhiteFideId "4168119"] [BlackFideId "4130804"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. dxe5 d5 5. Nbd2 Nc5 6. Nb3 Nxb3 7. axb3 Be7 8. Bd3 c5 9. c3 Nc6 10. Ra4 Be6 11. O-O h6 12. Re1 Qd7 13. Bd2 Rd8 14. Qc2 a6 15. h3 Qc8 16. Rf4 b5 17. h4 g5 18. Rf6 g4 19. Nh2 Bxf6 20. exf6 Kd7 21. Bf5 h5 22. Bf4 Rde8 23. Rd1 d4 24. cxd4 Nxd4 25. b4 Qc6 26. bxc5 Qd5 27. Qe4 Qxe4 28. Bxe4 Bd5 29. Rxd4 Rxe4 30. Rxd5+ Kc6 31. Rf5 Rhe8 32. g3 Rb4 33. Rxh5 Rxb2 34. Nxg4 b4 35. Ne5+ Kb5 36. Nxf7 1-0 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.03.29"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Adhiban, Baskaran"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2646"] [BlackElo "2714"] [ECO "C07"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Tarrasch, open variation"] [WhiteFideId "5018471"] [BlackFideId "4168119"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Ngf3 cxd4 6. Bc4 Qd7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Nb3 Nf6 9. Qe2 a6 10. a4 Be7 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. Nbxd4 Bd7 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Ne5 Bd5 15. Bxd5 Nxd5 16. c4 Nf6 17. Bf4 Qc8 18. g4 h6 19. h4 O-O 20. g5 hxg5 21. hxg5 Nh7 22. Qh5 Bxg5 23. Bxg5 Nxg5 24. Rd7 Ne4 25. Ra3 Nf6 26. Qh4 Qxd7 27. Nxd7 Nxd7 28. Rh3 f6 29. Qe4 Rfe8 30. Qxb7 Nc5 31. Qh1 Kf7 32. Rh7 f5 33. Qc6 Rac8 34. Qd6 Kg8 35. Qh2 Kf7 36. Qe5 Rg8 37. Rh3 Nd7 38. Qd4 Nc5 39. Qe5 Nd7 40. Qd4 Nc5 41. Rg3 a5 42. Kg2 g5 43. Rh3 Kg6 44. Qd6 f4 45. Qd1 g4 46. Rh4 f3+ 47. Kg3 Ne4+ 48. Kf4 Nf6 49. Kg3 Kf5 50. Qd4 e5 51. Qd3+ Kg5 52. Qe3+ Kf5 53. Qd3+ Kg5 54. Qe3+ Kf5 55. Qd3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.03.30"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2625"] [ECO "A30"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [WhiteFideId "4168119"] [BlackFideId "5029465"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Qb3 Nxc3 9. Bc4 Nd5 10. Bxd5 e6 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. O-O Qd5 13. Be3 f6 14. Rfc1 Bd6 15. Nd2 Kf7 16. Qc2 Bd7 17. Ne4 Rhb8 18. f3 Be7 19. Qf2 Kg7 20. b3 Be8 21. Qg3 a5 22. Nc5 Rd8 23. Rc4 Ra7 24. Rac1 Kg8 25. Ra4 Rda8 26. Qe1 g5 27. Bf2 Bf7 28. Rac4 Kh8 29. h3 Rb8 30. Ne4 Ra6 31. Nc5 Ra7 32. R1c2 h6 33. Ne4 Ra6 34. Nc5 Ra7 35. Kh1 Rba8 36. Bg1 Bg8 37. Re2 Bf7 38. Qc1 Rc8 39. Rc3 Bf8 40. Rc4 Be7 41. Qc3 Kg7 42. Qe3 Kg8 43. Re1 Re8 44. Qe2 Raa8 45. Rec1 Rec8 46. Ne4 Kg7 47. Ra4 Rcb8 48. Rac4 Rc8 49. Bf2 Ba3 50. R1c2 Be7 51. Nc5 Kg8 52. Be1 Ra7 53. Ra4 Rca8 54. Qe3 Bd6 55. Ne4 Be7 56. Rc5 Qd8 57. Rxc6 Be8 58. Rxe6 Bf7 59. Ng3 Bxe6 60. Qxe6+ Kh8 61. Nf5 Bf8 62. d5 Qe8 63. Qxf6+ Kh7 64. Bc3 Qf7 65. Qh8+ Kg6 66. Nh4+ Kh5 67. Qe5 1-0 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.03.31"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Kobalia, Mikhail"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2632"] [BlackElo "2714"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [WhiteFideId "4119150"] [BlackFideId "4168119"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O a6 5. Bd3 Ngf6 6. c3 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. Qe2 e5 9. d4 Be7 10. a4 O-O 11. Rd1 Qb6 12. Nbd2 exd4 13. cxd4 Rae8 14. axb5 axb5 15. dxc5 dxc5 16. b3 Bd6 17. Bb2 Re7 18. Bc3 Bb8 19. Ba5 Qc6 20. Bd3 b4 21. Rac1 Qe6 22. h3 Bf4 23. Ra1 Ra8 24. Qf1 Ree8 25. Bc4 Qe7 26. Bb5 Reb8 27. Re1 Ne5 28. Ra4 Qe6 29. Nxe5 Bxe5 30. Bc4 Qe7 31. Nf3 Bc3 32. Re3 Bc6 33. Ra2 Nxe4 34. Qb1 Qb7 35. Qd3 Bf6 36. Nh2 Bd4 37. Rf3 Nd6 38. Rg3 Nxc4 39. Qxc4 Qb5 0-1 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.04.01"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Van Foreest, Jorden"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "IM"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2493"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "4168119"] [BlackFideId "1039784"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. Na4 Nd4 8. Nxc5 Nxb5 9. a4 dxc5 10. axb5 Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bg5 Qd6 13. Ra3 Nd7 14. Be3 f6 15. g4 Bf7 16. Qa1 Qb6 17. Ra5 h5 18. Nh4 hxg4 19. hxg4 Qe6 20. f3 c4 21. Rd1 Nb6 22. d4 exd4 23. Bxd4 Nc8 24. Nf5 b6 25. Ra6 Be8 26. Qa4 Qd7 27. Qxc4+ Rf7 28. Qa2 Qxb5 29. Rd2 c5 30. Be3 c4 31. Rd8 Kh7 32. Kg2 Bd7 33. Qa1 Be8 34. Qh1+ Kg8 35. Ra1 Qc6 36. Nd4 1-0 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Dubov, Daniil"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2627"] [BlackElo "2714"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [WhiteFideId "24126055"] [BlackFideId "4168119"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. Nf3 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 d5 4. O-O e5 5. c4 c6 6. Qa4 Ne7 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nc3 O-O 9. d3 h6 10. Bd2 Be6 11. Rfc1 Nd7 12. Nxd5 Bxd5 13. Bc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.04.03"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Sasikiran, Krishnan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2682"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [WhiteFideId "4168119"] [BlackFideId "5004985"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 h5 8. g3 b5 9. Bg5 Nbd7 10. Nd5 Be7 11. Nxe7 Qxe7 12. Nc3 Bb7 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. exd5 Qd8 15. Bg2 Qc7 16. O-O O-O 17. Qd2 a5 18. a3 Rfe8 19. Rfe1 e4 20. Qe2 Re5 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 22. Qxb5 Rxd5 23. Qa4 Re5 24. Re2 d5 25. Qd4 Re6 26. Rd1 Rc6 27. c3 a4 28. Qe3 Rb8 29. Rd4 Rc4 30. Red2 Rxd4 31. Qxd4 Qc6 32. Bf1 Re8 33. Qe3 Nd7 34. Be2 g6 35. Rd4 Nb6 36. h4 Qc7 37. Kf1 Re6 38. Ke1 Rc6 39. Kd1 Rf6 40. Rb4 Rc6 41. Kc2 Kh7 42. Qd4 Re6 43. Qe3 Qd6 44. Kb1 Qc7 45. Ka2 Rc6 46. Qd4 Re6 47. Bd1 e3 48. fxe3 Qd6 49. Bc2 Qc7 50. Bb1 Kg8 51. Bd3 Nd7 52. Qxd5 Rd6 53. Qb5 Kg7 54. Rxa4 Re6 55. Rc4 Qa7 56. Rd4 Nf6 57. Qg5 Qb8 58. Qf4 Qe8 59. e4 Ng4 60. Qc7 Ne5 61. Bc2 Rf6 62. Rd8 Qe6+ 63. Bb3 1-0 [Event "Aeroflot Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.04.04"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Bukavshin, Ivan"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2618"] [BlackElo "2714"] [ECO "D85"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "modern exchange variation"] [EventDate "2015.03.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Be3 Qa5 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. Rc1 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qxd2+ 12. Kxd2 O-O 13. Bc4 Rd8 14. Rhd1 Bxd4 15. Nxd4 Nxd4 16. Ke1 e5 17. Bxd4 exd4 18. Bd5 Rd6 19. Rxd4 Be6 20. Rc7 Re8 21. Kd2 Ra6 22. Ke3 Bxd5 23. Rxd5 Ra3+ 24. Rd3 Ra4 25. Rd4 Ra3+ 26. Rd3 1/2-1/2 

The festival will end today by an extremely strong blitz open tournament starting in a few hours. Please see our updates on Twitter.

Aeroflot Open 2015: all the information and previous materials

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