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Aeroflot 2011

Oto Macka | February 20, 2011 – 20:002 Comments | 564 views
Aeroflot 2011

The tournament was a real thriller, especially at its end.

MOSCOW – World’s biggest and probably strongest open took place from February 7th to 16th in Moscow, Russia. Even several 2700+ were among 86 players including top seeded Gata Kamsky (USA, 2730) who finished 6th scoring 6/9. Other favourites didn’t perform well -Jakovenko and Vachier-Lagrave did 5.5, Movsesian only 5 points and So eventually left the tournament doing five draws and one loss.
The tournament was a real thriller, especially at its end. The three sharing first place, according
to tie-break 1.Le Quang Liem (VIE), 2.Vitiugov Nikita (RUS) and 3.Tomashevsky Evgeny (RUS) made 6.5/9, but only Tomashevsky was left unbeaten. The winner started very strongly with 4/4 crucially defeating on his way even Kamsky, but lost in 8th round to vigorously finishing Ivan Cheparinov playing in a very aggressive style and made a quick draw with black pieces against Mamedov in the last round. This has left him waiting for the result of game Cheparinov-Vitiugov. Cheparinov, having along with leader 6/8, going for tournament victory with white pieces hardly pushed, attacked, sacrificed, but finally lost to steadfast defending Vitiugov, who had recovered from his first round loss. Tomashevsky defeated the young Russian talent Siurigov, so the first junior prize was claimed by Yu Yangyi (CHN) finishing with 6/9.
This victory, which is really a rare achievement, retaining title of such strong open tournament
enabled Le Quang Liem again play in Dortmund, where he will be defending his last year’s second
place.
See also:
►Official site
►Results of Tournament A

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